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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

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Cozy (8)
Casual (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 29, 2017

It was a very nice experience and the service was excellent. We sat outside and very much enjoyed the view. We were on vacation and will definitely stop back the next time we are in town.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 25, 2017

In spite of having 3 servers collaborate to serve our 3-top table, the service was horrendous. Orders were not taken in a timely manner, drinks were not refilled, dirty plates were not taken away, etc. On multiple occasions, I had to ask food runners to please get one of our servers. When I mentioned the poor service to two of our servers, they seemed shocked; they seemed very impressed with themselves and couldn't believe my comments. In this case, three servers were not better than one good one. Very, very disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We absolutely loved the menu & the food was amazing! Our server Dion was terrific! This was a wonderful find. The Burata was served on a salt block & so fresh! This was one of our favorite restaurants we found in Sarasota!! We will be going back!

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We loved it. It was my 75th birthday and the waiter paid special attention to me. The food was lovely.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Interesting choices, dependably good quality of food, pleasant atmosphere nice surroundings.
Can be a little noisy as with most restaurants here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. Menu changes frequently so you can always try something new. They brought back the cheese steak egg roll appetizer which is one of our favorite and the salmon is incredible. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 16, 2017

over priced for an Easter brunch , Prime Rib tough ham dry deserts need to be in theme of the event. No drinks of any kind included in the 50 dollar per person cost.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Libby's was a fabulous place for Easter Brunch! We enjoyed the good company of our family members, the excellent service, the bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's and the endless buffet!!!! The food was delicious and the atmosphere festive. It was a wonderful day.

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter brunch

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Boring food with limited wine menu. Comfortable room with odd decor: paintings and light fixtures seem incongruous with the wood trim. Third time we've visited and been truly UNDERWHELMED by the food. LAST TIME WE WILL VISIT OR RECOMMEND

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We have been numerous times and never been disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 12, 2017

We always get the Kobe Meatloaf and another dish. I tried the General Tsao's Fried Rice and it did not disappoint. I love the biscuits and fixings. We always make sure to get to Libby's!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Wait staff was outstanding. Food was excellent. Great evening with friends.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Evenso we were late for our reservation, we were seated at a lovely table by a window. The food was very good and service was outstanding! I always enjoy lunch at Libby's!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

It is always a joy to go to Libby's, especially to greet old friend Steve. Unfortunately he was not in! Next time!

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner with good friends. The food was delicious. The proteins were very well paired with other items on the plate. The sauces were very good. The waiter was very attentive. There was a table of eight women celebrating a birthday. They were very loud and kept talking over each other. The more they talked the louder they got. This was not the restaurant's fault but definitely affected our enjoyment of the evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Another Sunday night supper, this one our last in Sarasota. We chose a table at the open window overlooking outdoor patio seating. It was the right choice. The neighborhood walked by friends, families and dogs meeting and enjoying the early evening. Were we in Europe? We had been to Libby's before and in the past felt it was too noisy, busy and rushed but this night it was just right. The menu had been updated since our last visit and included old standbys, a number of interesting additions and small plates with international flair. Our waiter was cheerful and attentive. Salads could have been better chilled. However, we enjoyed our meals (Caesar salads with white anchovy, short rib burger medium rare, meatloaf, sea scallops), wine, the street view and the comfortable ambiance. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Molly great manager

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Four couples had dinner here one evening with a table inside but near the open windows. This had been requested and the restaurant took care to reserve the table. All the dinners were delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 30, 2017

It was a disappointment. We've always loved Libby's, but I don't think the food is very good anymore. This was our third time this season-had a guest-and was hoping it would be as it used to be. Previously, didn't know what to order as everything was great. Not so anymore. Guess that's why Libby's isn't crowded like it used to be. Hope they change chefs or something before next year.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Food was good. Ambience was nice, open front to street with outdoor seating. Cozy inside. Had vegan options as well as plenty for meat eaters.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 29, 2017

We meet our friends here before theatre and always have an interesting meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Lovely time, always a great place for friends to meet!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Delightful evening with a very attentive wait staff. Excellent, consistently good food,

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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We were introduced to Libby's this year, our first year as snowbirds in Venice. Now consider it out go -to restaurant for a wonderful meal. Love everything we have tried , particularly the burger. Service is friendly and efficient.
Can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 24, 2017

good food good service reasonable price

interesting food and wine specials

convenient location

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great bar area with good wine selection with ample appetizers. Dining room can get noisy but tolerable. Food is always good but not foodie caliber. Good wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Went for the early bird special but decided to,order from the regular menu
Food was of the highest quality& came with a high price
Excellent service
Enjoyed thecwhole experience
Very nice outdoor seating also

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service, great food. Outdoor dining enjoyable. Perfect lunch with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Beyond terrible service! Will not be returning.

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 (Naples)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Love this restaurant... everyone so friendly. We always take out of town friends and recommend it highly. Just a fun bar and food so good. Like the new Sunset menu 😄

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Much better than a week or so ago. Waiter was much better as was the food. Had short ribs-very good. Scallops last time-not so good and certainly not worth the money -3 scallops.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Some interesting menu additions. Love the Buffalo Cauliflower! A dependable, organized restaurant that seats on time, has delicious offerings at fair prices. Love it.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Just ok used to be great,creative , great service, etc now I wouldn't recommend it period

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Arrived for confirmed reservation on Saturday at l0:30 am. Turned out they opened only at ll:30, and no brunch was served. Very dated website. Looks very good!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We had a wonderful evening! The food was excellent, and our waiter was friendly, helpful and attentive. The salad wedge is definitely enough for 2-3, the salmon was exceptional, and the other meals were also very good. The hot chocolate chip cookie with ice cream was also exceptional, and enough for the whole table to share. Overall, and 9 out of 10!!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Libby's is one of our top go-to places for a quiet night out, a date, special occasions. An extremely good idea is to arrive before 7pm and get in on the Happy Hour at the bar prior to sitting down for dinner. Outstanding cocktails, particularly martinis. Dinners are reasonably priced for the payoff, which is delicious food and excellent service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

A standby for us in South Sarasota and convenient to Siesta Key. Food is very good and very good value. Iceberg wedge and beef burger are outstanding. Service is always efficient and cheerful. Molly, the manager, makes everything run like clockwork. We highly recommend.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Always a pleasure dining here...This time it was brunch. The smoked salmon platter was fantastic! The Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars are a great touch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

It was the first time we were there. I have celiac's disease and heard so much about the Gluten-free choices. I was disappointed in the selection.

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