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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)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We visit Libby's every November to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Your meatloaf dinner is her favorite meal in Sarasota.

My wife had the Lavash flat bread. It tasted delicious but
- the size was certainly not a small plate (it made 3 meals)
- the crust, altho delicious, was not strong enough to hold the weight of the toppings.

JimB

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have always had a good experience at Libby's . My husband's favorite is the Truffle Fries.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We for Thanksgiving Dinner. The food was terrible, especially for the cost. I was very disappointed—taste and quality were a real disappointment. I was embarrassed that I brought my family to Libby’s The only positive was the dessert and the waiter.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was rushed,food was ok,service was not good.very disappointed.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We visited Libby's for Thanksgiving dinner. Our reservation was early, so we avoided the crowd. It began to fill up by the time we were halfway through our meal. The service was great, my wife was pleased with her traditional turkey dinner, and I was happy that I didn't have to eat turkey. I ordered the meatloaf, which is what I order 3 out of times when we go to Libby's. We had absolutely no complaints, and we never do. We'll be back again for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner and it was good but nothing special. Though the restautant has a cozy atmoshpere, it was pretty noisy and it would have been nice to have tablecloths on the tables for Thanksgiving. Only the large round tables had them. The staff was very nice. So it was good overall but with many local restaurants serving a holiday meal, we'll try another one next time.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our First time at Libby's and it was wonderful for Thanksgiving. Great Thanksgiving menu, great atmosphere. We had a relaxing meal and were not rushed. We would definitely come back and try their regular menu. We also sat at the bar which was also very nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service and overall experience.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I made reservations for Thanksgiving meal & it was our first time eating here. The meal exceeded my expectations, the wine was wonderful, the staff was amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant. I will return to try other interesting items on their menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving lunch and found we could have a non-traditional meal (not just turkey). The service was excellent and the ambiance very pleasant. The food was delicious. We will return and bring friends.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I made reservations for my husband, son, and myself. I requested a vegan menu option for Thanksgiving Dinner. Silvia verified that I would have a vegan Thanksgiving Dinner selection. When I got there and was presented the menu by a very hurried server, he pointed out the vegan options on the menu...lettuce wedge, tomato soup, deep fried cauliflower wings.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

love this one, a fave for all occasions. we do lunch and work our way through the menu every season.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Met some friends from the key for dinner. New menu, but enough of the former so as to not disappoint. The Tortelloni was good but not a typical Libby's portion. Overall good food and good laughs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Outstanding food. Best restaurant I have been to since we relocated here a year ago.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service was very slow. We sat at 5:45 and had to be someplace right around the corner at 7:30. We thought we had plenty of time but barely made it. There were a lot of new people training and that perhaps slowed things down. We did not get our meal order taken until we had already been there 40 minutes. It took awhile to get our first drinks. The food when it came was good and I liked the atmosphere. I might be willing to try it again and see if the service concern is a constant or a fluke.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They usually have very good food. I ordered the usually wonderful Pork Chop and was very disappointed. About a quarter of it was inedible as was the vegetable. Service was very good as usual. Hope this was just a bad night for the kitchen.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wine Wednesday has excellent values on a first-class wine list!

Food was excellent and very reasonably priced.

Bartender seemed a bit overwhelmed by two large parties, even though the dining room itself was not crowded. Drinks came slowly and one drink order got mixed up.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Libby's is a great restaurant, and this trip there wasn't really up to speed. Because they were changing menus, there were many changes to the written menu, which was hard to figure out. Would have liked at least one pasta dish; more fish (not seafood) and vegetarian options. And a non-chocolate dessert. Also missed the sunset menu, it was easier to navigate than the 25% off asterisks.

On the plus side, the servers were great, the tomato bisque terrific, and we had a nice meal nonetheless. It just wasn't the experience I'm used to there.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Libby's is always good. It's a great location, particularly for an after dinner walk or around the corner and down Hillview for music and a drink. Food is also consistently good, and on this evening they had my favorite meatloaf entree as a special. My three companions also bragged about their food. Our server was very attentive, seemed always to be there when we needed him, but not bothersome when we didn't. Minor glitch with our big cookie desert, which Libby's comped. Thank you very much. And it was delicious. We'll go back and recommend Libby's to our friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A friend and I went to Libby's for lunch and we both had the seared tuna salad which was delicious. I will definitely order it again when I go back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I’m a regular at Libbys and it’s other restaurants. I ordered the tuna which was too dry. Tasted as though it had been sliced and left uncovered. I ate it because I was very hungry. My friend had eggs Benedict which were good but the string potatoes were not.

I shall continue to go there but will not order the Ahi Tuna again. It was expensive to boot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was unfortunately very slow!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately, our meal was subpar. My mother and I ordered the Eggs Benedict and it came out cold and the hashbrowns were as dry as straw and entirely too brown. The re-fire of our meal the temperature was much better, however, zero improvement with the hashbrowns. Not a great meal. The service though was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Outstanding food as always. Service was prompt, informative, and friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Like the vegetarian menu. Wish there were more chicken options

Tags: Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! Plan to have a wedding brunch here

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I enjoy Libby's for all occasions, and recently I appreciated the generosity of the staff as they allowed us girlfriends to enjoy wine and chat for almost 45 minutes before ordering, no push and just a very laid back and friendly staff. Attentive and not pushy!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The service and cocktails are very good. We've been here several times and think they need to refresh the menu.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 17, 2017

My 2 friends and I had simple lunches. Presentation was nice; taste was good.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Overall great service, quick and friendly. Food is very good with some interesting selections that should please any palette. Be sure to check out Sunday brunch with the Martini and Sangria Bar!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was great!!! I had the spaghetti with Kobe meatballs!!!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Used to love Libby's. Not any more. Food and service have really gone down . Libby's has lost its mojo. Servers who couldn't care less, hamburgers and salad ordinary. There's too much good competition in Sarasota now. Libby's needs a facelift.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Never disappoints. Had the Salmon and it was delicious. Nice atmosphere and nice bar for happy hour.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always enjoy eating there. The noise level is often a problem but when the weather is good sitting outside is great. Although the wait staff is very good but the food is sometimes slow out of the kitchen.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The Kobe meatball sliders are absolutely delicious! We ordered another round to go!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent brunch bloody marys amd mimosas. Travis is great

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