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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.
Sarasota, FL 34239
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday and Friday Nights 6pm-9pm Live Entertainment in the L Bar
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
Complimentary on-street and parking lot across the street every day
Within 1 block
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 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
Very interesting menu with delectable selections with a Korean twist. Loved the "Seoul Kitchen" Chicken Lettuce Cups and the Bulgogi Beef Soft Tacos. An added bonus was half-priced bottled wines on a Wednesday night - which inevitably leads to buying two bottles. Seating outside on the sidewalk was pleasant, the bar area seemed a bit dingy, loud with a faint hint of old beer scent.
Opt for the outside table, enjoy people watching and the very good service.
My husband and I sat outside and the chairs are way too low. We both got the $15 dinner and we upgraded to the beef dinner. Tasty but fatty. My husband had beer and I had a"glass" of wine with dinner. Maybe two inches in the glass. That's not a glass of wine but more like a sample. Small first course caesar salad and dry chocolate cake for dessert. I would never complain except it was my birthday and we're new to the area. The three course dinner is not a good deal.
A special evening celebrating my mothers retirement was handled with ease by the knowledgeable staff at Libby's. Our reserved table was immediately available and late comers were quickly directed to us. The server adjusted her normal pace to allow for opening of gifts and then a leisurely dinner of exquisite food. The short ribs are not to be missed for a decadent treat but the grouper also was exceptionally well prepared. Prices are quite reasonable for a dining experience which combines service, taste and atmosphere.
We have been to Libby's several times and have enjoyed the food and ambiance as well as the service. Parking can be a problem in season but there are several choices if you know the area. We spent New Year's Eve there with our grandchildren, who are grown, and they were very impressed to go to a "dress up" place on New Year's Eve and we were honored that they chose their grandparents to spend time with.
Your early bird menu is very good and such a deal. We had an enjoyable time and our wait staff very accommodating. Out of the party of 6 we had 4 different entrees and no one complained. Thank you for offering good food and drink at a reasonable price.
The best part about our dining experience a Libby's was that we were promptly greeted by the host staff. They were very pleasant and eager to accommodate our wish to change our table from the middle of the dining room, (which was near an incredibly loud party) to a seat outside, where we were seated next to an equally loud party and underneath a ceiling fan spinning at top speed so we turned it down. I will give kudos to the chef for food presentation, but that is the extent to which I will dole out the compliments. The food was tasteless a best. The waitress was either inexperienced or overworked, but nonetheless provided mediocre service. Overall it was a very disappointing dining experience and I would not recommend this restaurant!
The food was very good, very flavorful and well presented. The carbonara was excellent and the crab cakes were full of crab meat. The noise in the restaurant was extreme, making it very difficult to talk. Service was friendly, but the wait person seemed to disappear for long periods of time. I wish I had had his cell phone number. I would return, but only if the restaurant was half empty.
This is by far one of the best lunches I have ever had. I lunched with a friend and she and I split 2 appetizers, the spicy tuna rice paper roll & the double dragon which were wonderful. We then had the BEST blackened grouper presented nicley with yummy shredded brussel sprouts underneath. Cannot imagine a better afternoon. Kudos!
A friend highly recommended Libby's on our vacation in Siesta Key. My wife and I had a great lunch dining experience. It was a perfect day and in addition to the outdoor seating, the restaurant had all the patio doors open with a view of the "street scene". The menu is interesting with great combinations of ingredients. The crab cake appetizer consisted of jumbo lump crabmeat minus all the breading found in some crab cakes. The pear salad topped with grilled shrimp was a delight.
The food and service at Libby's is always outstanding. The menu choices are unique and offer a broad range of choices. I had their house meatloaf for the first time and it was delicious. The prices are what I would consider about normal for the area and caliber of food. All in all one or our favorites when we are in town.
We are frequent diners at Libby's and we have always been pleased with their food and service until their Easter Sunday Brunch. There was nothing about it that was good. They had added extra seating so the ambiance was one of being elbow to elbow with other diners and yet not able to hear those with whom you were seated. Their on-line menu for the day did not make it clear that it was going to be a buffet. So with the tables being so close together and so many people, it was a long wait to reach the food and a disappointment upon reaching it. The items offered were a jumble without any cohesion and with such such overcrowding, there were not sufficient staff to keep things clean and appetizing. The food was lukewarm and disappointing.
Libby's Easter brunch advertised well, stressing their extensive buffet offerings, as well as bloody mary and mimosa bar. Unless you dug further and clicked on the menu itself, you wouldn't realize that the $30 excluded any beverages except water. There was no printed menu on the table or notification at the bar that the bloody marys and mimosas were extra. Our server invited us to the bar where we ordered bloody marys,and it certainly seemed that it was all a part of the brunch, rather than an added item. I guess I can only blame myself for not paying closer attention, but this has never happened to me before. I don't mind paying for a drink, but I don't like being surprised...coffee was extra too...I left with a bad taste in my mouth..
The food was very good but the service was lacking and we waited for over 30 minutes for our table even with a reservation. The waiter was nice but not always attentive. I would go back and give it another try though. The manager was helpful when issues came up.
We have come to love Libby's bar for happy hour. They have inventive drinks and delicious small plates are available. Love the blue cheese chips with balsamic reduction. So good. When we took our family back- a party of five- we were a bit disappointed with the noise level though. We were in the back of the room and the restaurant was so crowded that we were practically yelling at each other. That was a bummer. Other than that we loved it. Server was very nice.
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