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Bologna Cafe Italian Restaurant

4.4
46 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Italian Restaurant and Catering . Quality
& Tradition in Our Authentic Italian Cuisine
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Home cooking
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 244-2033
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Antonio Agosta
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tamiami Trail
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Front and Side Restaurant
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Quite [for the most part], out of the way, expensive but very good.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The owners and staff are very friendly and engaging. The food is wonderful. The closest thing i've found to true authentic Italian. They import their products from Italy. The wine is great and they have a good selection. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. Great place with great food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

great food, great service, make sure you try the antipasto sculpture

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Homemade pasta, sauce , breads and deserts- all top shelf!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Although Cafe Bologna is a bit on the pricey side for Italian cuisine, the food is delicious. This small, intimate restaurant provides good service along with the authentic italian food.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful little gem! Excellent food and service in a charming setting. It sits in a small plaza in Osprey Florida. You could definitely miss it. Search this place out, it is very special. Excellent homemade pastas!!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

First visit to Cafe Bologna and we will return!!Everything was. delicious-
Shared appetizers and then two of us had a special pasta with shrimp and asparagus,while the other two had veal dishes.Pasta is homemade and really good!!

The desserts were excellent!!...and wine very nice also-
Service was attentive and good, and it was one of the quietest restaurants ive been to in area!!
i cant say about "value" as women were given menus without prices-an old fashioned touch ---could do without---only slightly negative thing about the visit!!..I think prices are perhaps bit higher than some places in area,but the quality of meal and service justifies this-all my dining companions felt the same!!

One of the best meals weve had in Sarasota area this season, and for past several years a!!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We had an excellent dinner. The appetizers (caprese salad and prosciutto with melon) were both top notch. The pasta is all homemade and a great choice. We will return.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent Northern Italian Cuisine! The best by far in the Sarasota area. We have to drive 45 minutes at least to get there but it is well worth the trouble. Also I always buy their wonderful olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They are delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Amazing food and staff.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Hands down the BEST (and most authentic) Italian restaurant in the Sarasota/Osprey area. Fabulous service and ambience. Food is spectacular!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful food in an intimate atmosphere. I love the new outdoor bar/eating area. This place is definitely a find.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Everything was wonderful as usual except the creme brûlée. It was served warm and there was very little glazed sugar on the top...Would not order it again.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food was excellent. Service outstanding. Lemon grappa complimentary and delicious !

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Wonderful evening. Our meal was superb; hosts very warm and gracious; waiter Dylan both charming and knowledgeable. Our first time but we will definitely go back (and try one of their wine dinners).

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Very nice. Great waiter

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food good. We made a reservation 11 days before without problem. Arrived and were told they had overbooked (at least they were honest) and offered us a choice of eating at an outside (covered) table. As it was rainy and cold, about 50 F, we declined that offer. We debated leaving and then chose to stick it out. 50 minutes after our reservation we were seated. Owner did apologize and took the cost of 3 glasses of wine off the bill.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The food was really good. Well worth the high price.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Pasta hand made daily. Everything was excellent!

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

While my wife and I enjoyed ourselves our guest felt the waiter "stories" were off putting to quote our guest "he interupted our conversation" overall he did enjoy the food VERY MUCH!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Superb, and a lot of fun!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Aithentic Bolognese cuisine!! Well executed !

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Fantastic food. Appetizers were excellent. Would recommend to anyone. Best Italian food on the gulf coast!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was delicious, service was very good. Our waiter was extremely personable and attentive. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Amazing place this was our 2nd visit and will be one of those restaurants that I will keep going back to. Food excellent best Northern Italian style food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE.WONDERFUL, FRIENDLY SERVICE,AND EXCEPTIONAL FOOD.SOME OF THE BEST "GENUINE" ITALIAN FOOD I HAVE HAD. WILL BE BACK THERE SOON FOR ANOTHER INCREDIBLE MEAL.THANK YOU BOLOGNA CAFE

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

they push there wine that the new owner has from his winery. the wine they used to carry was better in my opinion.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Ownership has changed and my favorite dish although still on the menu was not the same. Our waiter was very friendly but was serving a lot of tables and was not timely with some request. After we had ordered a table of 10 was seated next to us and it was quite noisy. Perhaps they should have mentioned this when we were seated.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

First time visit- did not leave a good impression. Waited over 1 hour from the time we placed a food order. Waiter was good but hurried- restaurant seemed understaffed Sat night.

Their are other Italian options with as good cuisine with more value and better service.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We arrived and they said they didn’t have our Open Table reservation. They found a two top table for us. We received water, never saw a waitress or waiter and after 45 minutes of waiting, we left. Will not go back there.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Ownership and management changed. Missed the family staff feel. Still have the same excellent cook stafff with Authentic Bolognese food. We had a somewhat annoying overly familiar waiter.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Lovely restaurant. Friendly service. Outstanding Northern Italian food. Try the antipasto tower !!!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to one of our favorite restaurants for italian food for the first time since it was sold. We were a bit apprehensive, thinking it would be not meet our expectations. We were wrong! It was just as fabulous as it’s always been! The cook stayed on, so the recipes are the same. The pasta is a perfect al dente. The service is improved, that is a big plus. We look forward to returning.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent. Salads/appetizers are made fresh at deli counter. Pasta dishes were appropriately proportioned and very delicious. Service was horrendous. Either the restaurant was short one server or the server we had was waiting tables for the first time. Service ruined a delicious meal.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Delicious food and great service by Dalmo.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Over the top goodness. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a fabulous dinner! Delicious food and wine with great gluten free pasta! Our service was top notch!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our first visit and we were very positively surprised. What stood out was the food - delicious! Well made and lots of taste. It was a little noisy but not too loud. Our server was a little over-communicative, not really in keeping with the warm, comfortable feel of the restaurant.

We will be back with friends. Like it a lot!!

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

My wife I are new to the area and were just looking for a good place to have dinner. Bologna Cafe was a wonderful find. It's close to our new home and I think it will become our go to place.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent as always! Great food and excellent service. The best Italian restaurant in town.

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