Bologna Cafe Italian Restaurant

4.7
53 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Italian Restaurant and Catering . LUNCH , DINNER AND DELI.
Quality and 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
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
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
Reviews from verified diners
53 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
78%
Very Good
15%
Good
5%
Fair
0%
Poor
2%
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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J
Orlando
13 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch in Sarasota !

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Louisville
1 review
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, fresh, delicious Italian food with prime ingredients. Service was fantastic and attentive. Owned by true Italians who take food seriously and cook with care. Would recommend to anyone. Authentic, beautiful food.

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E
Tampa
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way

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KS
Nashville
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best authentic Italian in the area. The food was delicious and our server was precious! So happy to find this place.

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Naples
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate Italian bistro. Friendly staff. Delicious meals.

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After reading all the positive reviews, I thought, no restaurant can be that good!!

Well, let me tell you, it was undersold! From the time we walked in the door 'til we left,
we were surprised with each and every selection; Taglitelli Bolognese, Veal Ossobucca (which wasn't
even in the menu), Ravioli with sage butter sauce, and Vodka sauce macaroni.

Even before we were served our entrees, we devoured the Proscuitto and melon tower that was not only tasty and fresh, but truly, a work of art! We also went crazy over the cheese platter which had at least five different delectable cheeses with fresh fruits and vegetables which also was presented with an artistic flair!!

Yes, we had dessert! Creme brûlée, and profiteroles with limoncello and complimentary Grappa, made in house. Fantastic!

Do yourself a favor and try out this fantastic Italian Cafe. Your tastebuds won't be disappointed!!!

Service, was excellent and friendly . White tablecloths, always a plus!!

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J
Orlando
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best, including lunch!

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RS
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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t
1 review
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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f
Washington DC
83 reviews
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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Chicago
22 reviews
4.0Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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s
New York Area
23 reviews
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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n
New York Area
63 reviews
5.0Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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C
Tampa
65 reviews
4.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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E
Tampa
7 reviews
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
New England
1 review
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff.

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AB
Tampa
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Tampa
3 reviews
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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s
Western NC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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n
Pittsburgh
1 review
5.0Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Tampa
7 reviews
5.0Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
8 reviews
5.0Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Great waiter

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j
Tampa
3 reviews
3.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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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Indiana
44 reviews
5.0Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
1 review
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta hand made daily. Everything was excellent!

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RO
1 review
3.0Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GG
Tampa
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, and a lot of fun!

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Denver
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Aithentic Bolognese cuisine!! Well executed !

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TM
1 review
5.0Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Tampa
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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G
Philadelphia
12 reviews
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
Tampa
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Cleveland
2 reviews
3.0Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

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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New Mexico
3 reviews
3.0Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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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HS
Cincinnati
1 review
2.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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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n
Tampa
1 review
1.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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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W
New York Area
18 reviews
5.0Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

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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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
5.0Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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h
Detroit
3 reviews
4.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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