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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Christmas Eve kicks off our traditional Feast of Fishes at Libby's Cafe + Bar. An Italian tradition meant to wish you good luck in the New Year. On Christmas Eve we will also have live piano holiday music playing while our guests dine.

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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Casual (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Cozy (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Romantic (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 24, 2017

All in all, it's a nice restaurant. The food is good and so is the service. What turns me away usually is the noise level. It was a light crowd, plenty of quieter booths to have seated us. Yet, the hostess put us right next to a noisy table. I should have refused. So, you can't visit much there. Just enjoy the food and go elsewhere to visit.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Went for a father's day brunch. Not a great branch selection and way tooooooo loud. Would go somewhere else next time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day Brunch

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went for Sunday Brunch and it was delicious! The bottomless bloody mary and mimosa bar had lots of options, not just for add-in's but in terms of vodka and juices too. The brunch menu was tasty, and you could also order from the full lunch/dinner options. It was a great time with adequate service and a fun atmosphere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fathers Day brunch with free mimosa for hubby! Everything was delicious. Only complaint is noise level but food and service was excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Libbys never disappoints us. The menu offers a wide variety of seafood, chops,
pasta, etc. I had the kobe meatloaf which is the best I have ever had. Prices
are reasonable, and the service is always attentive without being overbearing.
When the weather is right, I recommend dining outside.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We enjoyed our salads very much; fresh products and wonderful taste. Service was very good, we did not feel rushed. Will return again.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (Naples)·Dined on June 12, 2017

My husband and I have enjoyed a couple of meals here so we invited friends for a casual dinner. The menu has many options for all tastes. We had a pleasant dining experience. Very good food & service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Disappointing. Food order wrong, servers didn't know who got what. Have eaten here before and was good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Enjoyed a delightful lunch with friends to celebrate a birthday and especially enjoyed the featured cocktail.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Four of us had dinner last Saturday night. Two of the guests were strict vegan and we were able to accommodate their needs. My husband and i enjoyed the Savor Sarasota menu and were very pleased with the choices and the service provided. I believe we will be back. I know my vegan friends were thrilled and said this restaurant is a keeper on the options lists.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The food was excellent, great tasting. The waiter was knowledgeable and very pleasant and efficient. Great choices on the menu.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We have always been pleased with the menu options, service, ambiance, and delicious meals. And now, they have great summer & early dining options that make the experience even better!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I have hesitated to visit Libby's because when crowded it can be quite noisy inside. Although we asked for an outside table for that reason, it was quite sunny and warm so we moved inside to a quiet corner. The restaurant was uncrowded so it stayed fairly quiet and we could hear our guests w/o problem.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

One of our favorites. All was good....food, service and atmosphere. Consistently good :)

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This was our first visit to Libby's. It had been recommended by a friend of ours. Our reserved table was ready on time, the receptionist and wait staff were wonderful and the food was scrumptious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Waiter was excellent and food was excellent. The only complaint would be that it was really noisy. You sometimes had trouble hearing the person next to you. However, the food was so good it was worth it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

They changed the menu from last time around and I'm not happy with it

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 19, 2017

One table of guests was loud and obnoxious spoiling any chance for quiet conversation and a meal. The dining room is tired, bench seating was ripped. The food was acceptable but not outstanding. Certainly will not be rushing back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Beautiful restaurant In lovely neighborhood. However noisy with poor lighting. Menu was limited and seems to cater to locals. Prices are all over the board but mostly ala cart. Prices very expensive even drinks during happy hour. Waiter was fair. Great special occasion location with large rooms for bigger parties. Outside sidewalk seating available. I won't be going back anytime soon. Lots of other choices in town.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Our grouper sandwich was very fishy tasting. The truffle fries were amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We always enjoy the brunch buffet, which Libby's has on special occasions (this time it was Mother's Day). A grand selection of our favorites, plus some new choices. Always eat too much, but never regret it later. One of our favorite places at any time, it's extra special when they have a brunch buffet.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Live Music, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We dined on Mother's Day for the buffet brunch. It was quite busy, but getting food or getting to the pleasantly priced mimosa/bloody mary bar was no issue. The spread was top-notch with fantastic selections from breakfast and lunch. Probably 50 or so items, including; fresh seafood, lamb, prime rib, omelettes, and an assortment of pastries and dessert items. I would definitely recommend this place and I would advise to go on an empty stomach.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Outstanding Mother's Day Brunch. Great Find. We will definitely be back. Quality of food was outstanding and the selection was endless. Great wait staff. Really impressed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 13, 2017

An enjoyable dining experience worth the money. Great place for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Libby's never fails to disappoint and this trip was no exception! Also very cool that they are dog friendly with the outside seating in addition to water bowls and now special doggy ice cream that comes when your meal arrives too. Walter was thrilled!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

One of our favorites in Sarasota! Innovative & clever! Always terrific service!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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