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Libby's Cafe & Bar

1936 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • 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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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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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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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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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
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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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What 1936 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Brought a group of 10 and everyone thought it was a home run!

vipCapePrincess (Naples)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Libby’s is my go-to neighborhood place. I had a guest visiting and we went for lunch. I ordered the tomato caprese salad. It was overdressed and the greens were quite wilted. Bread isn’t served unless you ask for it. They ran out of salt and pepper shakers. The restaurant is getting rundown; the rugs are dirty and it just doesn’t seem as crisp as it once was. On a positive note, our server was attentive and friendly. All in all, though, I’m finding LIbby’s to be just average and it used to be very good.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We ate outdoors and so had a quiet table. Our server, Regina, was very helpful and pleasant. I alppewxiare their plant friendly menu

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

We have eaten there several times and always enjoyed it. This time, they simply didn't have their act together. A vodka gimlet was made with straight lime juice instead of Roses lime juice. There was no bread until just before dessert and it was cold. The crab cakes tasted like pepper. Overall, very disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

All three ladies in my party enjoyed the food very much.

vipToudeloo (New England)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Abrupt but efficient service. Blueberry pancakes were great, but waffle was hard as a rock. Fried chicken with spiced honey was yummy. For brunch, nice Bloody Mary bar and fancy mimosas.

vipkenn (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The food, service, decor were all delightful. The
Cedar wrapped salmon was excellent, as was the filet.
The dining indoors was painfully loud with chatter,
90 on our decibel App

Happyfoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Delicious food! Great place for a ladies lunch.

vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We have eaten at Libby’s several times over the course of the years. Tonight’s experience exceeded all previous ones. The food was really near perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed it. A slight mishap on my wife’s Manhattan, that was quickly corrected .
We really enjoyed Libby’s and look forward to a return visit.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Lovely place. Food was very tasty. Price excellent. Relaxed, plenty of time to eat, talk and get to the theater. Waiter could have been a little more attentive

vipLWRancher (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Table requested was not available. Sat us in main dining room which was very noisy. They were kind enough to move us to a window table when I asked after seeing one being cleaned. Food was very good. Waitress was the best! Very attentive.

SherylG (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Everything was great except the noise level. I couldn't hold a great conversation with my date.

vipRitaxoxo (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything was delicious! The staff was very accommodating and polite. We will definitely go back again! The mussels were to die for... compliments to the chef!

KatherineJ (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Some of the best food we've had in Sarasota. Excellent service. Nice to eat outside too.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I recently re-connected with a former girl friend, and i wished to make Valentine's Day evening special. I chose the Rose Package to supplement dinner. Best move ever.
The lady arrived first, and was so impressed that wine and roses were at the table waiting for her.
Service by John, and his recommendations for dinner were spot on delicious.
Excellent evening, and thanks to Libby's staff and menu selections provided.