About Cafe Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano is a casual fine dining restaurant in Sarasota Fl (Siesta Key). We source local ingredients and have a great blend of classic and modern Italian dishes. At Cafe Gabbiano everything is made to order as we want each dish to be fresh. All of our sauces and pastas are homemade.

Cafe Gabbiano is a 4,000 sqft facility that offers intimate dining as well as larger rooms to host special occasions such as beach weddings and rehearsal dinners. We have an extensive wine list, signature crafted cocktails and a great beer list. We are open daily from 5 PM to 10 PM with Happy Hour 5 PM to 6:30 PM at the bar.

5104 Ocean Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34242
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly
Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Canal

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 349-1423

Website:
http://www.cafegabbiano.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on select days, call for details.

Catering:
Catering available. Call for details.

Parking Details:
Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.

Public Transit:
SCAT.

Executive Chef:
Paolo DiCosta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine pairing menu available Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday.

Sunset Baskets *Now Available* exclusively at Café Gabbiano

Bring the essence of Café Gabbiano, including our wide wine selection packaged for carryout, on your date with the picturesque Siesta Key Sunset.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Special edition menu including a traditional turkey dinner!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holidays at Cafe Gabbiano special edition menu available, open 2 to 8.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holidays at Cafe Gabbiano special edition menu available, open 2 to 8.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holidays at Cafe Gabbiano special edition menu available, open 5 to 11 pm.

Cafe Gabbiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good for a Date (24)
Good for Birthdays (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Romantic (19)
Authentic (19)
Casual (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (7)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

Good and service is excellent

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

My numerical ratings say it all.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was awesome A++++++. This is the second time we went and we were equally impressed both times!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This restaurant is amazing....second time we’ve eaten there in three months....
Service was great an my veal stuffed raviolis topped with bolognaise sauce was to
die for.... dined with four friends an we all loved every bit of our meal!!
Would recommend this restaurant to everyone! 👍

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great everything! Ambiance, food, wine & service. Fabulous evening.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent choices, service and ambiance- nice location as well

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

CG is simply the best Italian dining experience in Sarasota/ Bradenton area. Fantastic team with unparalleled service. We have eaten here since inception and have never been disappointed with the food and service. Ciao

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Authentic, Healthy, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Best in the village hands down! Try the chef Paolas tortellini incredible. Happy hour food is awesome always fresh

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always wonderful

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

It was very good food, the gnocchi was the best I have ever had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall a very good restaurant. Very good menu, as well as daly specials. Also a very good wine list. Will return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Rough start. Sat for 15 minutes before we were waited on.
Homemade pasta was great. Friend had the chicken cacciatore special, that was very good as well.
Would give this place another try.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food very disappointing. Also overpriced .Had a house specialty ( Veal ) & it had no taste. Wine list & service pretty good, though.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

While vacationing at our LBK Condo, we always make it a point to visit. This time it was for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary......and it was ever bit as memorable as our first visit. Thanks to all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wait staff was exceptional. Wonderful experience and the food was delicious. Your wine list is fabulous. Lived here almost 50 years and first time eating at your restaurant. We traveled to Italy over the summer and wanted to pretend we were there again. It worked !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our visit and we will be definitely be back. Our server, David, was outstanding. Wish they used snail bowls instead of bread plates for the sides. Not enough room for the food and it gets cold more quickly. We were not aware that there were different areas for dining. We sat in the patio room, would try a different area next time. Food was great, expansive wine list; even by the glass..

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent food and service was very attentive without being too intrusive.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

All I can say is WOW! Excellent in every way. Ross took such great care of us. Attentive without being annoying. Food was delivered hot and delicious. Worth the drive! The Truffle Sacchettini was off the chart. My wife and frequently visit Italy and we often set low expectations when eating Italian food stateside. This food was every bit as good with no detail left uncovered.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The sautéed calamari was excellent. Our go to Italian restaurant. They make all their own pasta.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were visiting family in the Venice Fla area who have been there before. We had an early reservation and they seated us in the back wine room which was extremely comfortable and romantic. We started with the bruschetta which was very fresh, then had the dover sole which was deboned tableside. The fish was excellent. According to the server, it just arrived that day. So fresh and prepared perfectly. We also had the risotto which was cooked to perfection. The wine list was extensive and had a large range of prices. We will definitely go back every time we visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our server was Outstanding (Jordan - Not sure of spelling). Food and service was Fantastic!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Cafe Gabbiano. The chef prepared our request perfectly. We did not feel rushed when we wanted to wait until we had our first course to order additional courses. Definitely a “must go to” on our trip to Siesta Key next year.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Veal chop was delicious and cooked to perfection as well as the Osso Bucco Ravioli. Our
Waiter was very attentive and gave us sterling service. A pleasure indeed. The evening was truly a special dining experience.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Zack was a very professional waiter. The food was delicious and we'll prepared. When listing specials orally, prices should be mentioned.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Cafe Gabbiano is our favorite restaurant on Siesta Key! The food is excellent and the server, Tommy, is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They are so wonderfully accommodating with our children.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing ambiance. Authentic.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Absolutely delicious food, wonderful service, we will definitely return.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

My favorite. Food excellent and service outstanding.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was great! I was annoyed at first because I had told them it was for a special occasion (our anniversary) but then they didn't do anything for it. I don't understand why they even asked if they don't offer anything! Otherwise the food was great and so was the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our group was very disappointed in the menu selection. Entrees did not include soup or salad and outrageously expensive for an Italian type dining. Drinks were also very high in price and mixed drinks skimpy for the price. Definitely not worth the drive especially since we have access to much better dining in the Sarasota, Manatee and Bradenton area.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent but service was poor we had to ask 2+ times for missing drinks and cutlery. Table was cleared before all guests were finished a

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dining experience was great. However, very disappointed that Gabbiano's did not honor the
advertised special, 3 courses for $29.95. They were part of Restaurant Week, Oct 2 to Oct 15, 2017.
The SRQ Originals email indicated the offer at approx 50 restaurants included week-ends.
However, Gabbiano's informed us that they did not honor their special on week-ends.

Probably would not have booked with them had I known they "changed the rules of the game"!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place. Terrific. Food was amazing. Just like my family would, Grandmother, Mother. Wish I was here longer.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Entrees were nice size portions and excellent. Yum! Entree pricing was typical. However the wines are very pricey. Eg, $65 for bottle of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio! Costco sells it for $17.99 a bottle. It’s ok to make a profit but that is way too excessive!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We absolutely loved it !! In a strip-mallish location on the main street with many Daiquiri\beach bars but this did not disappoint. Owner was on the premises working the tables. Tommy was our waiter, attentive and personable without being overbearing. Started with marinated olives and the mesclun salad. Then moved to the Veal special and the Osso Bucco ravioli. Wrapped it up with cappuccino and Key Lime Pie. Awesome from start to finish.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Cafe Gabbiano consistently has the best Italian dishes and freshest seafood on the island of siesta key… I highly recommend the truffle Sachin teeny they make the pasta right there I often order it for a table of three or four people as an appetizer even though it’s on the entrée menu it is worth giving everybody a taste. I have been going to this restaurant for three years now and I’ve taken many people along no matter what they’ve ordered from the menu everyone has always been pleased I would certainly put this on your list of restaurants to try if you’re visiting our area. It is worth mentioning That during the busy season reservations are required word has gotten out and the place fills up quick on the weekends

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome food & service! A true asset to Siesta Key!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We went here in March and couldn’t wait to go back. They didn’t disappoint. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. My husband was in heaven through his whole meal and wished we had gone back again. The dessert didn’t disappoint either. The tiramisu was to die for. Norah was our waitress and she was a gem. Thanks for such a wonderful experience. We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Have eaten here many times and once again we were not disappointed. One person at our table loved the Charcuterie Board and said she would be back for that.

Everyone in our party loved the food and wine.

As always, we will return in the future.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our dinner was wonderful and the service was very good. The wait staff was very friendly. We are from Pittsburgh and this is our third visit to Siesta Key. We dined at your restaurant last year and this year and will definitely be back next year. Also we think it is very reasonably priced.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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