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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Special holiday menu! Celebrate with you loved ones at Cafe Gabbiano.

Cafe Gabbiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (50)
Good for a Date (44)
Romantic (41)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Notable Wine List (38)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Authentic (28)
Cozy (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Casual (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good for Groups (18)
Fun (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Healthy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and service were excellent and the wine list was fantastic. Having made a reservation weeks in advance I was disappointed, however, to be seated near the bathroom instead of at one of the available tables in the very nice back room lined with wine. Those tables did not fill up during our stay so they weren't being saved for another party.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was chaotic. Servers were nice but not very attentive once orders were finally taken and food service was slow.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

We waited longer than usual for our dinner but the food made the wait worthwhile!. We all had veal dishes that were outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The best Italian restaurant in Sarasota/ Siesta Key area. All of the pastas are perfectly crafted, weather traditional or contemporary and creative. There’s an excellent selection of locally sourced fish options and meat dishes as well. the appetizers are great and the wine list is extensive and compelling. The house bottled wines are made with lesser-known but high-quality regional wineries from Italy. They are very moderately priced and good. The service is excellent and the ambience is charming. On a chilly night you can sit inside and enjoy the Italian Villa atmosphere. on warmer nights the outdoor patio is very agreeable. has no view but is well decorated And furnished.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is consistently fantastic. The Chef, wait staff and ownership are some of the best teams in Florida. Period.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Best Italian restaurant on Siesta Key - maybe in all of Sarasota! Amazing wine list including their own labels. Friendly, efficient service including the young men who bus the tables. Food is outstanding. Save room for the Creme Brulé! We both had veal dishes and they were tender, buttery and delicious. More than enough to take some home. Jordan was an attentive and efficient server, and Luis was a perfect busser. We never miss the chance to eat at Café Gabbiano when we are on Siesta Key!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Fantastic Italian restaurant! We took an anniversary trip to Sarasota and normally always eat along St. Armand’s circle. Wanting to try something new we searched for a new restaurant on Open Table and found a winner with Cafe Gabbiano. As their info says, get ready for a long meal, but it is very enjoyable, more like classic European style dining than fast paced American. We started with the chefs choice cheese board, excellent bruschetta and smoked cheeses on it. Next course was a fresh made Caesar salad that did not disappoint. I had the lobster ravioli in vodka sauce which has nice chunks of lobster in it, not just flavoring. My husband had the filet with risotto that he is still raving about.
Tom our server, and Regan our seater made us feel at home and helped celebrate our anniversary. We will be back for sure!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

the food is authentic Italian. great wine selection.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Overall a great meal at Cafe Gabbiano. The food was great and they accommodated our party easily (4 kids, 4 adults). Our only complaint was the service. It was both slow and uncoordinated. It seemed like the front, the servers and the kitchen were all disconnected. While our service was slow from our particular server, we spoke with a neighboring table and they were similarly nonplussed by the speed of service. The table that was there after them had a similar experience. Three tables with a consistent experience is a trend that says they need to evaluate their service/servers/coordination. That said, on to the food.
We got some cocktails which were delicious, the ladies having the various mules and the gents having the blue cheese martinis. The calamari appetizer was a little small but favorable and a nice crunch to it. The bread that comes out is likewise delicious and plentiful. We ordered several entrees and served family style and that worked out quite well. The gnocchi was great, the ravioli was delicious and the veal special was pretty good as well. For dessert we split the chocolate mousse and it was rich and creamy as one would expect from a nice restaurant. All in all, really good food for a little spot on Siesta Key.
One last part to mention, parking was plentiful for dinner on a holiday weekend and that was a personal victory as sometimes not being able to park at a restaurant really gets under my skin. So if they can work on their service, they'll be a place we'll return to again and again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

If you’re on the key make sure you have dinner at Cafe Gabbiano. Great food and excellent service

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was excellent and the food was wonderful. Beautifully prepared and nicely served. Wine by the glass is quite pricey but was very good. We arrived early, with a reservation; but, were seated at a 'very small' table for two, angled in a tight corner. It was explained that there was a function planned for later in the evening and that the restaurant expected to become very busy. We were happy to accommodate in light of this; although, this was a special birthday celebration (however, we chose not to share that information). We did finish our meal and leave before a number of more spacious tables had been filled - resulting in a little disappointment over the 'tight quarters'. We would absolutely recommend this restaurant both for food and overall ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was fantastic. Our table was less than stellar, right next to two large groups. We asked to be moved and they accommodated us, but they should have known better to begin with. Luckily the food was so good because the server forget to check on us until we were done eating. Overall, we will go back for the food.

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 (Northern MI)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our third time here in less than three months, which for us, says a lot.
We sat at the bar the first two times, but this time sat a table in the dining room.
The food was just as good and our guests enjoyed our selections of dishes we had tried before. The wine list is very extensive ( a bit hard to read in the dim light, and with middle aged eyes). The house wine is delicous and moderately priced to enjoy with the great dishes.
There was a little issue, and it was resolved right away and they made up for the issue, so it will not be a deterant when deciding if/when we return! Great job!!! We will all look forward to coming again soon!
Thank you.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was a wonderful meal in a great atmosphere with an outstanding waiter named ross

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great spot. I don't know how we have missed it since we moved to Siesta Key. Ashley was terrific and highly knowledgeable as to the menu and specials. Will be back soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was wonderful and the service was even better !

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Cafe Gabianno was a disappointment. They had a wedding party the night of our dinner. The wedding may have stretched the staff as we had to wait 20 minutes just to get a cocktail. The dinner itself was mixed. My swordfish (a special) was outstanding. But my wife’s veal scallopini (another special) was mediocre. The sauce was “goopy”. My pasta side was just okay—kind of bland tasting. My wife’s sauteed spinich was bad—it had a bitter, metalic taste. Our waiter appologized for the slow service and gave us a complimentary glass of wine. But since the food itself was nothing special, it’s unlikely we’ll be back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Exceptional service and the food was top shelf.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The service was super - good quality and value. I had never been there before and was pleasantly surprised.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food, ambiance, and service. We got a gift card and made a reservation. We able to sit in the wine room which was very cozy and quiet. The food was great! We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious food. Very fresh and well prepared ingredients. Caring service in a cozy environment. Definitely recommend

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is a very nice place - great menu choices and a very long and ambitious wine list. We dined here on New Years Eve - it was very nice and also very busy. The food and wine was excellent - the Grouper and Veal dishes were terrific and the cheese/meat plate in advance, along with the bread, was very very good. We completely enjoyed the food and wine - the service was a bit slow...guessing this had something to do with busy NYE night - we'll try again on another night to check. Everything was slow - greeting, wine, pre-dinner food and main dish - too bad because food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

great food and service highly recommended convenient parking

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was good, service was good. We would have preferred to be seated in the more open part of the restaurant. The small private area in which we were seated was a bit stuffy, close quarters and became too warm. A good thought for privacy but probably less confining with fewer than 8 people.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our experience was extremely positive. The service was wonderful and the food was exceptional. Coming from the northeast, we tend to be very particular about Italian food... Gabbiano's did not disappoint. I highly recommend the bolognese sauce!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and service were fabulous as we have come to expect. This is our "go to" special Italian restaurant. It's not inexpensive but really worth the extra money.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have eaten at Gabbiano's quite a few times, and we have always been very pleased. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. The wait-staff is knowledgeable and helpful. The menu has a variety of interesting and different dishes, as well as traditional Italian fare. Just make sure you leave room for one of their wonderful desserts.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Cafe Gabbiano was recommended by friends, and we read the generally favorable reviews on Open Table, so we gave it a try. Although it is in the heart of Siesta Key, the inside is well decorated and seems more intimate than the large space would suggest. The biggest problem is the service, and we are not suggesting the blame necessarily lies with the wait staff. I took about 15 minutes before we got a drink, and 20 before bread was delivered. Note that the restaurant was only about 2/3 full, even though it was between Christmas and New Years. By the time our salad came, we had been there for an hour, and our main course finally appeared about 1 1/2 hours after we arrived. Now for the food. It is quite good, although not special. I had their mixed seafood over linguini in a red sauce. The seafood, consisting of shrimp, mussels, etc. was fresh and cooked very well. The pasta also was cooked well. My wife had a different seafood dish and it also was quite good. So, if you don't mind an unduly long wait to eat, give it a try. However, there are better Italian restaurants in Sarasota so we are unlikely to return soon.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Second time visiting this place and it was as good as the first. The truffle honey is amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Went for Christmas as one of only options open on the holiday.
The restaurant is always average and more upscale for the key. There are much better options downtown or just off the key - but convenient location

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent Italian food in a rustic cafe setting. Mussels were great as was the veal and chicken
dishes. One of our new favorites in the Sarasota area. If you like Italian food, this is a must.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a fantastic time at Café Gabbiano.
It was the first time we had spent Christmas outside the UK and this experience was well worth the trip.
Merry Christmas and thank you !!
Fully recommend this restaurant.
The Roberts Family from Wigan, England.
25th Dec 2017.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

For a new restaurant it was great. The waiter Douglas was informative and sweet. Drinks were deliciously combination of infused delight. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent choice for large party. Waitress and staff were exceptional.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was excellent but it was Christmas Eve and we did not know they did not offer their regular menu. That was disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

When a special is given the price should be given also. $44 for a small fish and couscous is too much. Also house wine costing $22 a glass is over the top, also not mentioned. This is enough to keep me from returning although the restaurant is close by.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I believe that was the best veal chop I ever tasted. My girlfriend's filet was top notch. Fantastic food and we found a great bottle of wine that didn't break the bank. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I’m happy at least the food was pretty good because the service was awful. Spending so much on dinner for such poor service and pretty OK food... spent $110 on a bottle of wine... it just was not worth it. We branched out to go here. But we will be sticking with FLAVIO’S! Step it up. Very disappointed.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Dinner was perfect. Service excellent. Food was quite delicious and perfectly prepared. Will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is a cute and quite Wine Bistro type place. It has a large wine list; average menu with average quality and OVERPRICED food and wine. We are not sure how the ratings were so high but our suggestion would be to look for good or great Italian food elsewhere and save money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion
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