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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

From February 10th-17th we are offering up a Libby's Love week. On the night of Valentine's Day itself we are offering a concierge service with your choice of flowers and bottle to be pre-set with your table. Please ask for the Rose ($75)or Tulip($60) package when making your reservations.

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
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Special Occasion (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Casual (16)
Business Meals (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Cozy (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food, decent service, nice interior. The only thing preventing a 5 star rating is how crazy-noisy it was. The place was full and it has a metal ceiling. Conversation was difficult for a group of cousins who wanted to catch up with each other. The food preparations are inventive and well done.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Yet another wonderful dining experience at my favorite restaurant! The cedar plank salmon was delicious and the mango sorbet was the best sorbet I’ve ever had!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We dine at Libby’s several times during the winter season. They’ve never let us down.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great new menu since we were there last- seafood was delicious.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Libbys is a favorite of ours and is always great for a meal with friends. Foods is yummy, service is cordial and efficient and we love the vibe. This visit was great as usual!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was above average. Our server was tremendous.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful lunch, great food and friendly service,

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Have been gotto Libby’s for years amd plan to continue making it one of our favorites.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I’ve been eating at Libby’s for years, and last night was the best dinner I’ve had there. Heretofore, it’s not been my first choice, and I’ve eaten there because the location was convenient for me and my companions. Last night, however, everything was terrific ... except we were seated in the main dining room near two loud parties. The far dining room was not available for occupancy, and the waiter could not accommodate us.

The cocktail could have been stronger.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

My wife and I chose Libby’s for it’s proximity to the Van Wezel Theater, as well as previous positive experience. We both enjoyed our entree, and the service was superb. The only draw back was the seating process..in an I crowded dining room the hostess took us to a table that was “stuffed” into a space that would be undesirable when the crowd arrived...(approximately 30 minutes later). When I asked for a table in a less crowded area, she took us to a table in the rear dining room. When I asked if that was the best she had to offer, she spun and walked away...there were several desirable tables in the main dining room....this left a vey sour taste in my mouth...we will need to rethink returning to Libby’s!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Always a pleasant experience dining @ Libby's. Early bird salmon was very good. I miss the old presentation which included wonderful green beans with citrus splash.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The spaghetti squash airline chicken salad was misrepresented and over priced. There was not any spaghettis squash in this salad, rice noodles were substituted. No concern or explanation from the waiter. A bunch of kale with some chicken and a few strands of rice noodles for $19.00, way too much money.
A spilled water was wiped to the floor, not wiped up.
Pretty disappointing first and last visit to Libby’s. Too bad, it’s a cute place, great location, etc.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Hostess tried to shoehorn 4 of us into a table meant for 2 people. we refused and went to a more suitable area. Our server had an assistant but both were hard to find. Had to ask another server for my side dish, a sharp knife to cut my steak, was not asked about a drink refill And never had our water replenished.
Will not come here again.
PS, restaurant was not crowded.
Manager just liked to walk around , did not visit any tables that I could see.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food and drinks. Staff is friendly and attentive. Atmosphere was comfortable. I would highly recommend LCB as a goto dining experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Vegan, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always good. Quick service. Food is great though not fancy.

We have been here many times. This time we were there on a Saturday evening. The place was packed. And the noise level is getting a concern.
In the absence of curtains and other noise reduction it is a hindrance for a normal conversation.

I have mentioned this before but management has not yet taken any action. I do hope they see the seriousness of the issue as it might become a show stopper for many like me.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A lovely meal and we had a table for 8. While food was good, it was loud ( expected for a large popular restaurant) probably not a quiet date night location. May have been louder too because it was cold outside so beautiful front floor to ceiling windows weren’t open.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Nice experience. I would of like more pasta choices. Accommodation were right on time & I made them the day before.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Ambiance was awesome at outdoor and right inside windows.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

So loud you could not hold a conversation! Need to improve acoustics so that the noise does not reverberate from the walls

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Anniversary

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Didn’t honor reservation. Had to eat in the bar. Terrible service. Manager unresponsive.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall restaurant was good.
We went for New Year’s Eve,the service was perfect.the food was good.however we had to shout to talk.
We had asked for a round table...there were 10 of us and we were seated at a long table.
Can’t tell how it would be on a normal night!?

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Phenomenal! My husband had the Kobe Meatloaf and it was superb. I had the Faroe Island Salmon with ginger mustard sauce. The sauce made it. Caesar Salad was large and tasty. Deserts ended the meal well. We will be back!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I've been to Libby's several times. It's the kind of place you reserve under duress because your memory makes it better than it is. The food is staid, pre-prepared, not fresh. The service is effusive and ill-seasoned. The location is fantastic. It feels good to go there. It's just that when you're there, it's really not good.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Was a very enjoyable dinner. The weather was good and the area is so nice. Wood definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Libbys never fails to serve up excellent food, with good sized portions. If you like meat loaf,
this is the place to get it. Their kobe meatloaf with an egg an an onion ring on top is the
best I've ever had. Dine outdoors if the weather permits.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have found Libby's to be so inconsistent, it's frustrating. It seems that our handful of visits have vacillated between spectacular and significantly disappointing. On this visit the hostess seemed very put out that we requested a table in the back of the restaurant away from the open air front because it was chilly. She said they were expecting an entirely full house but when we finished our meal and left, the restaurant was still half-empty. Our 9 year old son ordered a kids grilled cheese with just cheese and it arrived with bacon jam (we are vegetarians). The waiter was defensive that he had put in the order correctly and it was the kitchen's fault, but he did correct it for us. The menu is inconsistent too with some of our favorites going on and off. Really miss the carrot wellington. On the plus side, the cheddar biscuits are always amazing as is the buffalo cauliflower. That's what keeps us coming back but afraid to return now after our latest experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Libby’s was a super surprise offering an excellent and very tasty menu. I couldn’t be happier with my braised beef dish. It offered something for everyone, even a vegetarian AND vegan 😃

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Tremendous value on the early-bird menu, all three courses were superb. Only disappointment was the substitution of ingredients in my cocktail (fresh, vs. Rose's, lime juice), despite specific instructions. Let the customer know if you're making changes! Otherwise, our server, Gage, was excellent. His helpers (busboys??), however, were spacey... took three requests for bread, which Gage eventually retrieved for us. Would highly recommend Libby's.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Comfort Food, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our waiter made the night. He was full of personality and made every effort to see that we were all taken care of for he had many tables at the same time. Food was outstanding as well. We will definitely return. Thank you for doing a great job.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We made a reservation with open table. Upon arriving we decided to sit at the bar to watch the game. It was extremely chilly at the corner there, so we asked the hostess if we could take our original seating. She was very kind and led us to a table. Service and food were excellent. My only complaint was that we never received our points for the reservation. I contacted the restaurant and nothing has happened. It's been almost two weeks.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was to be a birthday celebration. We had a previous experience that was actually very good. That’s is why we chose to return. However, our experience on Thursday night didn’t meet our expectations. What they got right was that we requested a booth. They totally missed it was a special occasion. Our appetizer and soup came out at the same time. We felt like we were being rushed. The fresh fish of the day, snapper, was a bit soggy, probably from being frozen or refrigerated too long. We left feeling underwhelmed. Will probably give them another chance, but not for a special night.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A nice midweek dinner with friends. Some had comfort food, some a healthy option, so it worked well for everyone. Food was prepared well and served hot. Service was appropriately attentive for our preferred, slower pace. The restaurant was not busy so the noise level was reasonable for conversation. This restaurant allows you to bring your own wine and charges a corkage fee - which is important for some among us.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service and food. Two couples and two kids with all of us getting something different. Everyone was happy with their choice and the sauce with the beef and mashed potatoes was oh so good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Christmas visit with Mom. It was an outstanding experience all the way around

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. Only one complaint, the noise level is too high. The restaurant was not full and yet it was hard to hear conversations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went with my wife for lunch on a rainy Sunday. I enjoyed the great cheeseburger and she loved the short ribs Benedict. The unlimited Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar ($13) was very good as well. We decided that we really need to eat here more often. If the weather’s nice, enjoy the sidewalk dining. The bar is fun without being too crowded. Recommend.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our "go to"place when we feel like special time together or wirh friends.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We enjoyed eating at Libby's to celebrate my sister's birthday. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Our party enjoyed the presentation of the dishes and the selection from the menu. Thank you for a great experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Thank you so much. Libby's has become a regular lunch venue for me to meet with friends of the JH All Children's Hospital as well as Junior League colleagues.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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