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

Details

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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (38)
Romantic (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Authentic (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Cozy (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Casual (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (12)
Happy Hour (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We went with 6 people. The food was amazing, and the service was terrific. Highly recommend sitting in main dining room. It's beautiful, and intimate. We all had the Osso Buco ravioli. Yummy! Great wine selection too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant on Seista Key. The food is consistently good, a very nice wine selection and the martinis are excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We very much enjoyed our meal at Cafe Gabbiano and would recommend to a friend.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My cousin came to visit and ordered the lasagna. She commented it was so fresh tasting and delicious. She felt it was healthy instead of just loaded with tasteless cheese and pasta. The flavors were outstanding. Ambience was great. Can't wait to come back!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Magnificient! Good, ambiance, service, all top shelf!!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a wonderful night celebrating our anniversary. The wait staff were wonderful. The food was well prepared and presented and made to order. Very pleased. Definitely a nice place for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

This Place Is Awesome!!!
Great Food and The Best Service.

Took my wife here for our 10 year anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make this a night we will not forget.

Jordan (our server) was more than just a server. He went out of his way with meaningful conversation and anniversary wishes. He really helped to make the night amazing.

The food was amazing! Everything that we expected and more! Top notch culinary experience.

The only reason the noise level was high was because of some customers who wanted to be sure that EVERYONE saw them. Really cant fault the establishment for that. Some people just dont know how to act in public.

We will be back! If you are in the Seista Key area, you have to give this place a try. Best Filet and Sea Bass on the Island, hands down.

Jordan, Thanks for making this anniversary dinner a special night!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 29, 2017

delicious food great service diverse menu choices

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It takes a great restaurant with superb food offerings (may we suggest the grouper, or any of their veal preparations) and superior staff (be that Tommy, or Ross working the tables, to the several "special" staff handling serving water / bread and clearing the table) to make this a "go to" place that we visit a dozen or so times a year! To say it is a "special" place is an understatement!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were at Gabbiano a couple weeks ago and everything was perfect. What made it perfect was the execellent waiter we had. This time we had to wait for our bread 20 minutes, after being served the waiter said he would be back with fresh parmesan cheese but never came back. After 10 minutes I had to get up and go find him. My wife's plate was a veal with some tomato base liquid which was excellent by the way but the plate was brought to the table with the liquid that had spill all around the plate. I would of never presented a plate like that to friends at home. I still would recommend Gabbiano's because of it's excellent food and I hope that the next experience will be to the level we found the first time.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We made reservations to celebrate our daughters 40th birthday. We were greeted with a smile and taken to s great table. Dinner and service was great and a special desert was presented to our daughter. Nice enough for all to share:) we can’t wait to come the next time we are in the area!
Thank you!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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