Cafe Amici

4.4
293 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Comfort Food
Cafe Amici is a traditional Italian cuisine, we offer extensive menu, you will enjoy dish from Puglia, Veneto, Tuscany and the Mediterranean shores. There is an eight seat bar with 20 wines by the glass, 120 bottle of wines from all over the world, wine vintage from 1964 thru 2016.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday-closed june to october
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Phone number
(941) 951-6896
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Achille Nigri
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Private party facilities
The private room can accommodate up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Massimo: (941) 914-2679
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Catering
We can arrange catering up to 100 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Palm Av and Pineapple St on Main street
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Parking details
Free parking garage situated behind Cafe Amici, valet service available.
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Special events & promotions
Monthly wine dinner.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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293 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
62%
Very Good
26%
Good
5%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Friendly helpful staff with excellent specials choices.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota! Upscale delicious food in a cozy warm family feel ambience. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great visit to Cafe Amici. Maria is an outstanding server-professional and in tune to her customers. Special that evening was very nice-a red sauce with fish. We enjoyed all our choices

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Mixed results after a fantastic first time experience....my salmon was tremendous as it was last time, BUT my date's 'sepcial' spicy seafood fra diablo was not spicy and the clams were sandy, pretty gross.

Our server was great, saving me mucho money because when I asked for Jose Cuervo silver tequila which she said they had, came back to forewarn me it was 1942...how about simply putting the list of liquors you have on a menu, rather than make guests ask and possibly be misled?

So, in a nut shell, salmon a go to dish, others I can't vouche for. A special should be truly special.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great restaurant, good food, amazing wine list.

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1.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Salads were served in time. Dinner about an hour later. Veal did could not be eaten. Heavy in cream. Told waitress Taste was horrible
She did not seem to care Eggplant was just ok
Pasta with marinara sauce was ok
When we were leaving I asked if she told the chef
She said yes. Three times. No one came to the table
No adjustment on bill. She said she could not do anything
I called when I got home. No answer. Left message
With all the great Resturant’s here never would I go back. Waiting to hear from manager

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Rollatini, usually my favorite—in fact, the reason I go to this restaurant—was not quite the same as usual. Very good, but not the stuff of cravings that draw me back when I’m in town. Waiter was superb, knowledgeable, welcoming and warm. Wine by the glass was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Love Amici -- excellent authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This is our favorite go to place. The food is always prepared perfectly, service is friendly and top notch. The wine list includes many older wines, hard to find in many restaurants. Ask Massino what he has that is not on the wine list and you will be offered some unique and interesting wines. We love it here.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always a treat at Cafe Amici. Best of the best in Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Cafe Amici was absolutely outstanding! I was relieved they had a full bar which many authentic Italian places think is unimportant. Our waitress Maria was a dream, knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient.
The bread and olive oil to start was fantastic, the salad fresh, and our entrees were melt in your mouth. I had the salmon which was off the charts with capers and the freshest cherry tomatoes. My date had veal and finished every bite!
Not only will I be back, but since I work retail downtown and am often asked where folks should go to eat, Cafe Amici is going to be my number one suggestion!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Food was tasty and prepared well. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We hadn't been to Cafe Amici in several years, and now I'm kicking myself! We had a delicious dinner and watched the Kentucky Derby before heading to a performance at the nearby opera house. Pasta was cooked al dente. My Eggplant Parmesan was very well done - not too much breading, delicious marinara and just the right amount cheese. Hubby loved his Pasta Bolognese. Waiter was experienced, smooth as silk, a pleasure to be served so nicely. Cappucino was full-flavored. We will return.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Maximo gave us the VIP treatment, food excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We have dined regularly at Cafe Amici since 2012, and it continues to impress with each recurring visit. When we arrived last Wednesday evening, the red carpet had been laid at the entrance to the restaurant. Obviously, this wasn't meant for us; rather, it was placed there in honor of the owner's birthday! (Massimo Nigri). Massimo shared the evening with family and friends and even offered us a complimentary glass of champagne. Grazie, Massimo!
Dinner was as delicious as ever. Indulge yourselves with the succulent veal osso buco and treat yourselves to a first class dining experience. We return now to New York for the spring/summer months, but anxiously await our return to Sarasota in October, when we can again enjoy the delicious Pugliese cuisine at Sarasota's wonderful neighborhood gem, Cafe Amici!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We three all enjoyed our dinner. The staff was friendly & knowledgeable about the menu. I had the duck comfit which was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always excellent prep for traditional and unique Italian tastes.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always a good experience, our favorite place in downtown!!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Cafe Amici is my new favorite restaurant in the Siesta Key/Sarasota area. We are visitors from the Mid-West and come down here almost every year. We had just an outstanding experience. Everything was top notch! We started out with the Antipasta Rustico and it was unbelievable! The selection of meats and cheeses was tasty and plentiful. It’s a must try! It’s enough for up to four people to sample. From there, it only got better! The fresh bread and pastas are fantastic! I really can’t say enough good things. It’s definitely a neighborhood gem! It’s a smaller establishment and that likely allows them to focus on the quality of the food and service! I highly recommend Cafe Amici!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Food is authentic Italian with fresh pasta. Veal Scallopini was awesome and the mussels appertiser was the best ever. Food was so good we ate there 3 straight nites. Service was great by Maria but way too many tables to take care of thus not enough help in general. Easy to overlook when your meals were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great food great experience!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The food was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Average food and service but noisy

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service is always very good and the food is authentic italian comfort food.

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Entree’s were poor quality. The short ribs were extremely fatty. Service was rushed and hospitality was phony.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

100% Authentic Italian food, fantastic place !!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Overall good, but some caveats: who I believe was the owner a little bit “un-welcoming” when arriving not recognizing my reservation!!! Hat to show him it at my phone, he said “well, you just made it” so had to show him the confirmation email from Open table received a couple of hours back!! Then we were ok! Second, wanted to order the Spaghetti Neri with baby octopus, and they came and said we don’t have any more the squid ink, so cannot give it to you! Offered spaghetti with baby octopus, which was ok, but just not what they offer in the menu, basically the pata, with the octopus with some sort of tomatoes sauce. Our server a nice lady, a little bit in a rush mode all the time, so my kids order was brought wrong, they had to take it back to bring the right food. However, overall ok, the pasta nicely cooked al-dente and a good selection of wines. It is a nice place in downtown Sarasota Main Street where plenty of nice restaurants can be found,

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Will never go again, bad service, noice level so high could not talk, food fair to poor.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We absolutely loved this restaurant. We were only in Sarasota for four nights and ate here twice for dinner. The owners were extremely friendly and the food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Absolutely loved it!! Would definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Outstanding appetizer...baked prosuitto and mozzarella.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was pretty sub par. Waitstaff was very friendly and was best part of meal. Overall, would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very authentic little Italian place like you would find in NYC. Maria is fantastic as a server and will be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Incredible meal. Will absolutely go back upon return to Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent meal once again

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Visited before the Sarasota Opera.

Great attentive service from the time we walked in the door! Recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Excellent food. Service staff great. Enjoyable experience

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were looking for an authentic Italian dining experience downtown Sarasota and found Amici mediocre at best for the food.

The staff (family) was very friendly though.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always a good meal at good price with friendly and attentive staff

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