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Cafe Gabbiano

4.5
892 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly
Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 349-1423
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paolo DiCosta
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Catering
Catering available. Call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Canal
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Parking details
Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.
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Public transit
SCAT.
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Entertainment
Live music on select days, call for details.
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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.
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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

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Come and celebrate Dad. Celebrate with you loved ones at Cafe Gabbiano.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 892 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Overall food was very good. Lobster Ravioli was little to salty. Meat and Cheese appetizer was excellent. Will definitely recommend this place and will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had a nice meal, however, our waiter asked if we were celebrating anything and originally we said no, but then said it was my birthday the week before. When it was dessert time our waiter brought out a creme brulee that we didn't ask for and then he charged us for! It was also very runny. Was very disappointed and surprised at this! Overall the food was good.

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We were seated in a basic area with what seemed to be temporary plastic windows. Disappointing.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The food was very good--nicely prepared and well presented. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We sat in library room, very cozy, nice wine selection, good food & good waiter. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Fantastic service and food! True authentic Italian! Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Amazing dinner, ambiance, wine list, and our waiter was one of the best ever! Thank you for making a memorable experience!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We went for our 31st anniversary and had a very nice time thanks to this establishment. We started with a combination of blue cheese, parmesan reggiano, prosciutto and pancetta platter. I ordered the veal parmigiana while my wife had the eggplant parmigiana. Both dishes were cooked to perfection. We added a bottle of a Super Tuscan wine that we enjoyed very much. Service was great, food was excellent and would definitely go back and recommend this to anyone looking for a great meal at a fantastic price.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We love Gabbianos. They are one of the best Italian restaurants in the Sarasota area.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Food and service were excellent. More a and Robby were our servers. We were in town for the week and had dinner here twice. My family wanted to end the vacation with a guaranteed good meal so we came back to Cafe Gabbiano

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Awesome place run by awesome people who care about freshness, quality and service

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Loved this place from start to finish. We came for our wedding anniversary, and were seated at a table with a hand written card for the occasion. Staff was friendly and fun. The ambiance is romantic, and interesting. All of the food was beyond delicious! The lasagna and cannoli were standouts. Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We were disappointed that we were seated directly next to the ONE other table in the restaurant that was occupied. The occupants were talking and I couldn't even hear our waiter when we was trying to tell us the specials.
The food was good but the quality and quantity did not match the menu prices.
Service was good and the staff tried hard to create a welcoming environment.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food with attractive environment , staff is attentive and freindly , food was fabulous we had great antipasto -the mussels were great , we had party of 6 with large verity of dishes , were in sarasota 15 years and can’t belive we didn’t find this gem until now. Only down play is make sure you know what you order they so accommodating but we weren’t clear on the orders so a few things were a bit different than we expected. But there wasn’t a dish I wouldn’t call magnificent

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was the first time we have been to this restaurant and we will definitely be back! Food was amazing, our waiter Tommy was wonderful and the ambiance was a nice change from the beach themed restaurants we always go to. Overall a great dining experience!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Amazing service and food! They do a great job at making you feel very special on your birthday! One of my new favorite restaurants in sarasota!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Always love our dining at Gabbianos. Delicious tonight and Robby our water took great care of my food allergies.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Upon entering Cafe Gabbiano we were thrilled to see such an amazing display of wine!! Being avid wine lovers, we were anxious to see the wine menu and the bottle we chose was wonderful. A lovely Chianti which went very well with our meals.
We started with the Buffalo mozzarella and tomato/basil appetizer which was amazing!!
I had the linguine with clams which was awesome! Perfectly Al dente pasta and lots of fresh clams. My sister had the lobster ravioli which she said was just ok; too much tomato and red sauce.
The service was good, but there seemed to be too few servers on staff at the time we were there.
Overall, an excellent dinner and we will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Robbie was fantastic!! Gave recommendations and explained each dish in detail, we will be back and ask for him!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The experience was outstanding. I made the reservation a few months in advance for an Anniversary meal. There was a nice Anniversary card on our table. The server acknowledged it was our Anniversary and took great care of us. After the appetizers and main course, we had desserts on the house. This place is worth every penny!
For anyone who loves filet mignon, I highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I took my husband there to celebrate his birthday and we were very impressed with the service and the food was excellent. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to all our friends. A big "Thank you" to Cafe' Gabbiano's for the wonderful dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Love Love Love this place! Can't wait to come back. The food is amazing! Great wait staff. We had a perfect evening. Group of 6 women. Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Went here to celebrate a Birthday while in Siesta Key, and couldn't have been better. The meal was paced very comfortably from Charcuterie, to entree, to dessert. Definitely not a rushed experience so time your dinner accordingly and enjoy some wine.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great all-around experience, we'll be back.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Best bread I had while in Florida!
Excellent service.
Excellent calamari w homemade marinara sauce!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Nice ambiance. Great food. Great Service. The enclosed patio and bar is a nice quiet room with music playing in the background but not too loud. Will make it a regular stop when in Siesta Key.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

always a great meal - standard menu + specials + great service...

always worth a trip

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Fantastic food! Great ambience . You won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was fabulous and the service saved the entire experience from being a bust. We were seated at a corner table that has direct exposure to a hurricane force AC vent. After we mentioned our displeasure with our seating, Tiffany, our server, who was awesome, and the manager, immediately changed the airflow without compromising the comfort of the dining room. It’s a must try when you’re in the Sarasota or Siesta Key area.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I chose this place based on reviews. We were celebrating a birthday. The restaurant did not disappoint. From the time they greeted us outside, the entire staff was so nice and helpful. There was so much wine to choose from so we asked for suggestions. The waitress gave us two to taste that she was recommending. We chose and ended up getting 2 bottles. It was perfect! We each ordered something different from homemade ravioli to filet mignon. Everything was so delicious and perfectly cooked. Even the bolognese sauce wasn't just ground beef, it had ground veal and sirloin tips. OMG it was delicious. Then they brought out a huge piece of tiramasu with a candle and sang to the birthday boy (who was turning 69). If you are in the area and want a wonderful dinner, this is the place to go. You will enjoy the entire experience. It's worth it! We will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

First time trying this Italian restaurant and it did not disappoint!
Wine was really excellent, food was very delicious.. and great server..

We will most definitely be back here to get our fill for great authentic Italian food

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great experience!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely terrible service and below average meals.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Cafe Gabianno was recommended by a friend. Good deal for happy hour though the service during this time was okay. Food was excellent and portion size is decent.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Got there in time for happy hour. Sat at the bar. They did not have the wine I wanted so the bartender recommended a different wine which was good. However, when the 4 of us received our bill, he did not charge us happy hour prices. When questioned, he just topped off 2 of the 4 wines (1 was almost still full) and said there, that should cover it. Of course it did not, but in the haste of getting to our table, we just paid the tab. BEWARE - check your bar tab at this place. Everything else was great.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We love this restaurant it has the same quality as any large city restaurant. My wife and I drive 70 miles from Tampa just to eat there. I would recommend this to anyone who has family and friends in town as well as after business meeting dinner. Noah is our go-to waiter he as always taken care of us I am sure the other wait staff is as just as nice. This time we met Pete one of the partners in the restaurant he explained how the chef is from an island off the coast of Naples Italy. ( Not Florida Naples) Spo if you want really good food this is the place. Tampa Mike Formerly jersey mike( not the sub guy.)

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a group dinner outing to celebrate one of our party's birthdays. We were seated promptly and at a very comfortable table for 6. The ambience was very good and the food was outstanding as usual, yet the entire dinner experience was marred by slow service. We aren't sure if one of our entrees had to be done over forcing them to hold all of our dinners - or if there was another issue in the kitchen, but it took over and hour and a half for our entrees to be served. And since it was after season, the restaurant wasn't extremely busy. We still had an OK time overall, and were comped with a drink for all the delay, but... It really was a shame, since the service in recent past had been as outstanding as the food.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good service. Knowledgeable server. Husband loved his pasta. My fish was over cooked and overpowered with herbs. Nice wine list with some interesting selections. And there was parking which is always a plus.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our second time here. Both visits were exceptional. Outstanding food and service. I had the linguine with seafood. The veal chops looked magnificent. That will be my choice next time. Reservations a must in season.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Although the veal and eggplant dishes were good, the seafood dishes were not very good. Sitting on the porch was very crowded and noisy, you felt as if you were sitting at family style tables and it was difficult for the wait staff to serve the table. The light weight curtains were pretty but not helpful as divisions. The inside restaurant was less noisy and the tables were well placed. Perhaps that is a better place to have a table. I have been here before and was not impressed, but tried it again. I probably would not return.

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