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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.
Sarasota, FL 34242
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on select days, call for details.
Catering available. Call for details.
Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.
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.
Cafe Gabbiano Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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!
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