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About Libby's Cafe & Bar

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.

1917 South Osprey Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Hillview Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 487-7300

Website:
http://www.tableseide.com/libbys-cafe-and-bar

Entertainment:
Thursday and Friday Nights 6pm-9pm Live Entertainment in the L Bar

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

Parking Details:
Complimentary on-street and parking lot across the street every day

Public Transit:
Within 1 block

Executive Chef:
Fran Casciato

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining rooms are available with varied menu options to customized events based on interest and budget

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.

Libby's Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
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Great for Lunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Casual (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Cozy (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 21 hours ago

We for Thanksgiving Dinner. The food was terrible, especially for the cost. I was very disappointed—taste and quality were a real disappointment. I was embarrassed that I brought my family to Libby’s The only positive was the dessert and the waiter.

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 (Tampa)·Dined a day ago

Great service and overall experience.

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·Dined a day ago

love this one, a fave for all occasions. we do lunch and work our way through the menu every season.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

Met some friends from the key for dinner. New menu, but enough of the former so as to not disappoint. The Tortelloni was good but not a typical Libby's portion. Overall good food and good laughs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding food. Best restaurant I have been to since we relocated here a year ago.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service was very slow. We sat at 5:45 and had to be someplace right around the corner at 7:30. We thought we had plenty of time but barely made it. There were a lot of new people training and that perhaps slowed things down. We did not get our meal order taken until we had already been there 40 minutes. It took awhile to get our first drinks. The food when it came was good and I liked the atmosphere. I might be willing to try it again and see if the service concern is a constant or a fluke.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They usually have very good food. I ordered the usually wonderful Pork Chop and was very disappointed. About a quarter of it was inedible as was the vegetable. Service was very good as usual. Hope this was just a bad night for the kitchen.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wine Wednesday has excellent values on a first-class wine list!

Food was excellent and very reasonably priced.

Bartender seemed a bit overwhelmed by two large parties, even though the dining room itself was not crowded. Drinks came slowly and one drink order got mixed up.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Libby's is a great restaurant, and this trip there wasn't really up to speed. Because they were changing menus, there were many changes to the written menu, which was hard to figure out. Would have liked at least one pasta dish; more fish (not seafood) and vegetarian options. And a non-chocolate dessert. Also missed the sunset menu, it was easier to navigate than the 25% off asterisks.

On the plus side, the servers were great, the tomato bisque terrific, and we had a nice meal nonetheless. It just wasn't the experience I'm used to there.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Libby's is always good. It's a great location, particularly for an after dinner walk or around the corner and down Hillview for music and a drink. Food is also consistently good, and on this evening they had my favorite meatloaf entree as a special. My three companions also bragged about their food. Our server was very attentive, seemed always to be there when we needed him, but not bothersome when we didn't. Minor glitch with our big cookie desert, which Libby's comped. Thank you very much. And it was delicious. We'll go back and recommend Libby's to our friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A friend and I went to Libby's for lunch and we both had the seared tuna salad which was delicious. I will definitely order it again when I go back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I’m a regular at Libbys and it’s other restaurants. I ordered the tuna which was too dry. Tasted as though it had been sliced and left uncovered. I ate it because I was very hungry. My friend had eggs Benedict which were good but the string potatoes were not.

I shall continue to go there but will not order the Ahi Tuna again. It was expensive to boot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was unfortunately very slow!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately, our meal was subpar. My mother and I ordered the Eggs Benedict and it came out cold and the hashbrowns were as dry as straw and entirely too brown. The re-fire of our meal the temperature was much better, however, zero improvement with the hashbrowns. Not a great meal. The service though was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Outstanding food as always. Service was prompt, informative, and friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Like the vegetarian menu. Wish there were more chicken options

Tags: Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! Plan to have a wedding brunch here

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I enjoy Libby's for all occasions, and recently I appreciated the generosity of the staff as they allowed us girlfriends to enjoy wine and chat for almost 45 minutes before ordering, no push and just a very laid back and friendly staff. Attentive and not pushy!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The service and cocktails are very good. We've been here several times and think they need to refresh the menu.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 17, 2017

My 2 friends and I had simple lunches. Presentation was nice; taste was good.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Overall great service, quick and friendly. Food is very good with some interesting selections that should please any palette. Be sure to check out Sunday brunch with the Martini and Sangria Bar!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was great!!! I had the spaghetti with Kobe meatballs!!!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Used to love Libby's. Not any more. Food and service have really gone down . Libby's has lost its mojo. Servers who couldn't care less, hamburgers and salad ordinary. There's too much good competition in Sarasota now. Libby's needs a facelift.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Never disappoints. Had the Salmon and it was delicious. Nice atmosphere and nice bar for happy hour.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always enjoy eating there. The noise level is often a problem but when the weather is good sitting outside is great. Although the wait staff is very good but the food is sometimes slow out of the kitchen.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The Kobe meatball sliders are absolutely delicious! We ordered another round to go!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent brunch bloody marys amd mimosas. Travis is great

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great place to eat & drink!! Food was wonderful & of course the drinks were superb!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent food, great service, cool place. Libby's is now on our go to list! Definitely be back soon.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The service and ambiance were very good. It was difficult to hear over the noise, the food was marginal and a little pricey.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 19, 2017

It was very loud due to a large table of 10 ladies. We would have been better away from them. Server kierstin has excellent and keep checking on us

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 14, 2017

My wife and I can walk to Libby's and it is at the top of our neighborhood list!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 11, 2017

OUR WAITER WAS GREAT AND OUR MEAL WAS WONDERFUL. THE NOISE LEVEL WAS BETTER THAN USUAL BECAUSE IT WASN'T CROWDED. ALWAYS LOVE TO COME TO LIBBY'S.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Always a wonderful experience at Libby's. Their attention to detail is wonderful and we love going there.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Libby's is my favorite restaurant in Sarasota.... Wish we had one in Chicago!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The staff did a phenomenal job helping us celebrate the life of our grandfather who was a loyal customer of Libby's. We so appreciate their kindness and support during this difficult time. Libby's will always hold a special place in our hearts.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Consistently good food and service A+. We always choose Libbys when getting together with friends or just a great spot to eat when were passing by!

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Libby's is consistently good. We enjoy eating at the tables in teh bar area as we find the dining area a bit cold. Good, attentive service. The seafood was fresh and the pasta well prepared.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great food, very good service, diverse menu, attractive setting - what could be better? Being able to hear each other, table of 4 at rightsized square table. Being able to have a lovely relaxing lunch, worthy of the food served and company at the table. Once again, the noise level at a Friday lunch was unbearable. Even as I was trying to talk to hostess re table, cane, pain, the manager, I think, had to step up and explain that she couldn't hear me because of the noise.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Loved the burger and beer deal for $10.00 and will be back! My only issue with the restaurant is that it is too dark. I can't even read the menu without a flashlight.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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