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Libby's Cafe & Bar

4.4
2037 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe + Bar has won over the hearts and palates of Sarasota diners and visitors since opening in October 2008. Its Modern American cuisine includes creative Asian and Italian influences with small and large plate options. Whether it’s enjoying a Happy Hour special, lunch, Sunday Brunch, dinner or a special occasion event in the private dining room, value, quality and service consistency is paramount for this family owned café that thrives on genuine hospitality.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-Close;
Sunday Brunch 10:30-4:00;
Happy Hour Daily 4-7pm;
Live Music Thursday's and Friday's 6pm-9pm
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Phone number
(941) 487-7300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fran Casciato
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Catering
Choose from three different menus based on price, bar and event or customize your own private dinner or special celebration; private dining rooms available on-site
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hillview Ave.
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Parking details
Complimentary on-street and parking lot across the street every day
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Public transit
Within 1 block
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Entertainment
Thursday and Friday Nights 6pm-9pm Live Entertainment in the L Bar
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Special events & promotions
Private dining rooms are available with varied menu options to customized events based on interest and budget
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Private dining rooms offering casual elegance for 10-100 are available for business meetings, social and special event functions as well as holiday and bridal parties. Choose from a variety of off-the-menu options or custom orders, delivered with the highest quality ingredients and service.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day is extra special here at our TableSeide Restaurant locations. Because we believe in treating every family like our own we know just how important it is to express to our mothers how much they are loved. We do that through our food. We hope you join us again this year for Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2037 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food and service. The restaurant was not crowded, but they sat a large group right next to us which made it noisy.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were as expected. The noise is always an irritant unless you’re lucky enough to eat outside. Our table was so wide that it inhibited conversation across the table.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We will return

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Good service, food was fine

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was not our first visit to Libby's and won't be our last. We've never had a bad meal there and the customer service is always exceptional. We brought a couple of friends (their first visit) and they were very impressed. We also timed the weather perfectly. The front doors/windows were wide open and people were eating as comfortably outside as they were inside. One of the things I also enjoy about eating at Libby's or any of the Tableseide Restaurant Group venues is the fact that Steve and his family truly give back to the community - in multiple ways.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This has always been one of my favorite restaurant in this area. I love the wedge salad and the brisket burger but the truffle fries are not as good as they used to be when they were served in a little wire basket. The service is very good and the ambiance is great!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Libby’s never disappoints. We were introducing friends to a favorite spot and it worked in all categories.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was a Wow but noise level took away from enjoying the fine service and excellent food. We were originally seated near a table of 8 who shouted across it to hear each other. The hostess did move us to a table further away. This helped but it was still very noisy in the restaurant. We have been there for a group lunch and it wasn't this loud.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always good, always professional....and they add different twists to everyday food....the 4 cheese tortellini knocked me over !!!!!!!!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service awful
Forgot to serve our appetizers - after a 50 minute wait from order our entrees arrive. To top it off they served the wrong vegetable side.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food and great service. We have had good experiences here!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

With a reservation, our large group of 10 was seated right away. Our waiter was very attentive as the rest of the wait staff with the bread & water. Our food came out in a reasonable amount of time and we all enjoyed our food selections. Sitting inside but right next to the wide opening to the outdoor gave us the pseudo experience of eating al fresco; the ambience was delightful. We asked for separate checks & each tipped our waiter over 35% by choice. We will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Solid every time we go there and I appreciate how it allows you to build a small meal or go big on entrees. Patio can’t be beat

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

As soon as we arrived, our server got us waters and informed us of the specials. The server gave recommendations. The meal was excellent and the venue was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Sat outside - great ambience and very nice little spot in Sarasota. Service was excellent and food was very tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Go on Wednesday’s. Great wine value

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was a home run! So glad we chose Libby’s for our meal!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was a fabulous experience form the food variety and selection to the exceptional service.
Libby’s never disappoints !

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Entrees were presented before appetizers were even half finished. Waiter was minimally attentive compared to excellent service at prior visit. Wine was not the vintage of the wine list entry, and no mention of this by the server.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I took my mother for her 90th birthday, and she loved every minute. I’ve always enjoyed everything about Libby’s, we sat outside since the weather was beautiful . The table next to us raised their glasses in a toast for my mother then our waiter Dion, brought out a warm and delicious giant chocolate chip cookie with ice cream and a candle.
Very memorable, thank you!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Had a 7pm reservation. Showed up behind a walk up group. Had to wait for a table setup. Waited for 7 minutes to get greeting and place drink orders. Waited for 10 minutes to get drinks. Was 30 min to get our food order and drinks ran out. Restaurant was about 60% full, very noisy with tin ceilings and tile floors. Food was good and it’s a nice place. I would go back and be more assertive on service expectations which seems like a shame for that price level.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

In our neighborhood. Great food and on a beautiful night try to sit outside.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

SO good! we don't get there often enough, but it's always delicious, creative, and the desserts oh. my! what else can one ask?!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

So glad they brought back the Early Bird specials and pricing. We will now definitely be back!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch for my father-in-law’s birthday. The food and service was superb. And we will definitely return in the near future.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, as always. We have also enjoyed Happy Hour. Friendly atmosphere with attentive staff

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Birthday celebration with special friends. First time st Libbys. Enjoyed and will return.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food is unique and very good. The staff was attentive and friendly. Libby’s is one of my favorite places in Sarasota.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Nice place....good food. Open air is a nice touch.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Enjoyed our dinners at Libby's! Good menu. Good food! Good service! No complaints.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Libby’s is a favorite . Great Menu , service . A little loud but worth the noise . Surf and turf Buffalo Cauliflower and Tomato Basil soup some of our favorites .

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I ordered the special roast beef dinner, $29., it was tough. The manager gave me a $4 discount (Asolo discount.) I will not go back.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Group of 8 with excellent seating just inside door on round table making conversation easy. Location near door gave a feel of being outside which was nice. Cocktails were just okay. I had a very weak margarita. The bread "bites" served before the meal were somewhat hard and dry. The menu has a nice a la carte selection. Something for everyone. The meals were very good with "small" portions. Our waiter lacked any personality and the service was slow. We did not order dessert and after a lengthy wait for our bill had to find our waiter for the bill as we had after dinner plans. Overall though, we would give this restaurant another try and recommend other to do so.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My wife and I choose to dine inside rather than out. We were quickly shown to our table and then completely and utterly rushed through our meal. Certainly, the impression was "HURRY UP - WE NEED TWO MORE TURNS OUT OF THIS TABLE." Waiter was efficient but very curt and totally non-attentive. Too bad really as the food was very well prepared and creative cuisine. If I were to go back, which is most unlikely, I can recommend the roasted chopped vegetable salad and the grilled scallops with shaved brussel sprouts were excellent.

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Very average all around. Nothing terrible. Nothing outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food a bit overpriced but very good. Service was excellent

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food and service were good. Noise was horrendous. Asked to be moved as soon as we were seated from the middle of the floor to a empty booth against the wall. Waitress asked Hostess for us and we were told NO we could not move there. By the time we left no one had sat in the booth and five other booths were empty. Bad customer management!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Delicious food , friendly attentive staff and cozy atmosphere . Will return again .

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We took friends from the UK here and had a very enjoyable evening. My wife and I shared the crab cake appetizer, which was very good with a surprising bit of spiciness. Our friends shared the burrata to start, which was quite large.

My wife loves the seared tuna appetizer as a dinner and enjoyed that again. I had the fish of the day, which was corvina. It was cooked to perfection and delicious, although I'd probably have a sauce different from the chipotle aioli next time. Just personal taste here; nothing at all wrong with the sauce.

Our friends had the gulf shrimp and boneless short rib. The only miss of the night was the short rib, which was surprisingly fatty. The small taste I sampled confirmed our friend's impression. Other than that it was a perfect dinner.

They have a great selection of wines by the glass and service is excellent. The place can get noisy, but we had a booth in the corner that worked out great for us. Overall, a go-to place in the Sarasota area. The Tableseide Group always does a great job.

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