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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Special Occasion (37)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Casual (22)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (11)
People Watching (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (London)·Dined on April 24, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 24, 2013

All was good except the waiter. He did not listen in the beginning and when I quietly addressed him he became defensive. Lots of fake smiles and truly made us feel uncomfortable. We love to go to Libby's and this truly was our first complaint.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 24, 2013

Very few empty tables which semed to make for a high noise level. Food and service outstanding, as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 24, 2013

I love this neighborhood place. Never disappointing, great value, especially the happy hour deals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 21, 2013

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 19, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2013

Libby's never disappoints. We make a point of coming every time we're in Sarasota. So many appetizers to choose from, we had to have three. Wasabi Tuna, Deviled eggs, Jersey Boardwalk egg roll. Yum. Blackened Grouper x2. Excellent meal!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 19, 2013

Our first experience at Libby's was AMAZING! It definitely will not be our last visit! Can't wait to enjoy Libby's wonderful food, and exquisite staff again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 17, 2013

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 14, 2013

Outstanding menu selection and food was prepared to perfection. Early Bird offerings were an additional treat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 13, 2013

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!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 12, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2013

Our waiter , Brian was EXCELLENT. My husband was late getting to the restaurant & Brian was more than willing to accommodate ALL of our requests.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 9, 2013

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Wonderful service, diverse menu with lots of "small plate" options, and really fun atmosphere. We had so much fun on Friday night, we went back again on Sunday!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Too Loud, Too loud Too loud!!!!!!!!! Unable to converse with friends, very disappointing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Everything was just great - but isn't that what you expect when go to LIBBY'S?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 6, 2013

First time at Libby's and will be back when we're in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 6, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Wonderful - marvelous just love this place ...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Everything was excellent for our party of four. 4 salads, 4 entrees and some wine and everything was perfect. Hard to do these days, especially on a Friday night when the Seidenstickers' were also opening Louies Modern. Will be trying it this week.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Great food, great place....so consistent too!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Early Dinner 3 Pix is great for the price. Fridays are a bit crowded and smaller portions are served compared to a Wednesday 3 Pix. Otherwise no complaints. Keep it going!

Servers are just great as is the service. Keep that going too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 4, 2013

Only real criticism ( minor ) quite loud.But we will certainly be back next time we are in Sarasota

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 4, 2013

We had a wonderful meal there with great service. This was our second visit and will be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 4, 2013

First time at Libby's and can't wait to go back. Good house wine !!!!!

Enjoyable dinner and friendly service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 4, 2013

Too much money for average food. Server too anxious to turn tables.
We arrived at 5:30, was never told of happy hour menu until after 6:00, oops too late!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 3, 2013

This place has really impressed. If you like a nice spin on everyday food, you will love it. Very cool spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Prior experiences have always been good. Easter brunch was not. Food selections
were adequate and tasty. Too much chasos by both staff and patrons, over crowded
and seemed like a fast food restaurant environment.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Sunday brunch- food good-very noisy-tables crowded together

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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 31, 2013

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.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Have been dinning at Libby's since it opened. Always fantastic. We went for the easter Brunch and had a wonderful experience. The food was wonderful and the wait staff and host staff were on top of their game. Always a great time

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2013

The staff was excellent . We had a late addition and they were so accommodating . Food was great . Ambiance was fantastic . Would highly recommend

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2013

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..

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 30, 2013

Excellent, very diverse and creative menu. Have a feeling that there is nothing you can go wrong with. Enjoyed the "non" chain environment.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Menu would benefit from a few "standard" items without so many bells and whistles added. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Noise level on the inside is way up there. Outdoor seating is fun for people watching.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2013

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.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on March 29, 2013

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 29, 2013

I have been a customer of Libby's for quite a while. It's always good and a bit to noisy inside, but I am happy with all you have to offer.Harv Hollek

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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