Bologna Cafe Italian Restaurant

4.6
70 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Authentic Italian Restaurant and Catering . DINNER and DELI. Quality and Tradition in Our Authentic Italian Cuisine !
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 244-2033
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tamiami Trail
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Parking details
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 70 People Are Saying
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AP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed on this visit to Bologna. The quality of the food was not as we had experienced before. The pesto was brown, the veal scallopini was so heavily breaded it looked like cheese was on it. So sad since this restaurant was always a favorite.

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R
Milwaukee
88 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My wife and I dined at Bologna Café for the first time and we enjoyed the food very much. My wife ordered scallops and prawns over risotto which she thought was very good. I ordered the ruvide pasta with Italian sausage and mushrooms. My meal was very good as well but the portion was smaller than I expected and the sausage was ground up instead of links like I assumed it would be...…….the menu didn't identify it very well. Our server did a nice job providing service but there were a couple times we needed something and he appeared to be no where in sight. After paying the bill and leaving the restaurant we came to the conclusion the menu prices were higher than they should have been. There are a number of Italian restaurants in the Sarasota area where the food is every bit as good if not better and the prices are much more reasonable.

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E
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!

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W
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of four was totally impressed on every level from the moment we arrived.
The food, service, ambiance, aromas and wine selection were better than we could have imagined.
The BEST Italian food we have had in Florida. A real gem!

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Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The drinks are WAY overpriced. A gin and tonic was $13!!!

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LA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal! This is now my favorite restaurant in NY or Florida!!!! Bravo Francesco!

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GM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food but the mixed drinks(Bombay Saphire & tonic - $14.50 & Tanquery & tonic- $12.50) are,too expensive.

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E
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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RM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent visit to Bologna Cafe was our first of many. I have had the good fortune to dine at many excellent Italian restaurants in New Jersey and New York City. The quality of our meal at Bologna Cafe was as good or better than most other Italian restaurants we have dined at over the last couple decades. My wife and I cannot wait to return to the Venice/Opsrey area later this year and have our second of many dinners at Bologna Cafe!

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V
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great find! First time dining here. The restaurant is easy to find and it’s lovely. Food was fresh and beautifully prepared. Lots of choices for everyone’s likes. The night we went was very quiet; off season, but I would expect that in season, that changes. We highly recommended the restaurant to our daughter and family for their visit to Sarasota. We will definitely dine here again.

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TT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food as always, but we continue to be troubled by small knats. Need to fix that to be perfect.

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LA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Italian food I have ever had in Florida. Having grown up in Brooklyn NY and worked in Manhattan, I have eaten at some great Italian restaurants. This is now one of my favorites. I’ll be back many more times. My compliments to the chef. Bravo!!!!!

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j
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant! The food was delicious and service was excellent. I highly recommend!

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J
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ! Well done.

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G
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food I have had. The veal is perfect and tender. Wife had the pasta special with shrimp which was perfect as well. Nothing like having homemade pasta. The pear dessert was incredible and I highly recommend. This is a gem in Osprey.

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PF
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We first went to Bolonga in February 2018. It was superb! Did not get around to returning until July. What a disappointment! Pasta was very dry and overcooked. Veal Marsalla was ok, but nothing special. This place really needs a good chef!

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W
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little Italian restaurant , food and service was excellent. Pasta was home made and delicious would recommend this restaurant

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J
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 1

Best lunch in Sarasota !

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
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
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way

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KS
Nashville
1 review
Dined 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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OT
Naples
8 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best, including lunch!

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RS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
86 reviews
Dined 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
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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s
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 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
26 reviews
Dined 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
76 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff.

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AB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 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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AP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Great waiter

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