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Cafe Amici

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489 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 489 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KathyB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

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vipnyc25
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and wines. Service is always great.

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AlexM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was super attentive. Great food, service and experience

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AnthonyS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Cafe Amici many times over the past 15 years and the owner, Massimo is always warm and welcoming, the service is always impeccable, and the food is perfectly cooked and just enough to leave you satisfied and full.

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cmkny
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine Italian food near Sarasota Opera House. Attentive service by knowledgeable waiters.

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Jeff
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only place to get the local Primativo red wines of Puglia! COuple that with the homed cooked flavors of Southern Italy and Massimo delivers a perfect dining experience.

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vipAFMCMM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lifelong friends, our spouses and I dined at Cafe Amici for the first time last evening, and it was a fabulous celebration in the year of our 70th birthdays. The food, beverages and service were excellent, and we will return soon.

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Sal324
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was really outstanding but sadly there was one large party there, perhaps had a few too many drinks, and were really loud. Really. Loud!! Pretty much destroyed any chance of us, sitting on the other side of the restaurant, having any kind of conversation.
Additionally our waiter seemed totally disengaged and uninterested in us lame all. He walked away from our table before we were finished speaking to him every single time.

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ElisaD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an enjoyable evening with friends. Food was great, we had the best waiter, wines were wonderful and can’t wait to go again.

Cafe Amici
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks so much for supporting Amici's...grazie!!!

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vipJessicaS
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Amici. I had the Carbonara, and it was exceptional. The atmosphere is always outstanding. Love the family!

Cafe Amici
Responded on February 27, 2020

Jessica< i'm glad your experience was positive, grazie and see you soon!!!

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vipcomurf
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming. Asked if we were headed to the Opera in order for them to get us out in plenty of time. Even with that, they did not rush us nor make us feel rushed. Excellent service and our food was excellent.

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vipEliana
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad we found this place. Friendly staff and good food. Might want to ask the price of the specials, as while my grilled branzino was delicious, it was 38$.

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MarkF
London
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

As tourists not made to feel particularly welcome. Very much focused on locals where service appeared to fun up a level.

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vipAnthonyA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long time favorite. Like dinner in Italy without the plane fare!

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vipsrqrob
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small restaurant with excellent Italian food and well trained and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant service

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IanK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They overbooked the restaurant, and had no bar seats for waiting,

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vipKimberlyF
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant. The service was great, had traditional Italian wines which were awesome, and food was a little bit different but wonderful! We go to again!

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vipRFkent
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

ALl fresh pasta , reasonable prices and an outstanding wine list make this a must try in Sarasota. The owner was most gracious and the food was excellent

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blazersaints90
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere for a date or out with friends. The food is excellent with a very good wine list. Most of the time the service is very good, but as always happens you get a flailing waiter. as I had recently. It did not distract from our dinner though. The food, wine, and atmosphere was excellent and would recommend Cafe Amici to anyone trying to find a excellent Italian restaurant. Give it a try, you will love it!

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SusanS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were very good. Disappointed our table of 7 had not been set up when we arrived. The noise level was quite high.

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PatC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter did not know prices; when martini arrived without it’s garnish he was very slow to remedy that; when it came time to pay he took each credit card separately to be rung up. There apparently was some problem with the credit card machine - not the waiter’s fault but he didn’t handle it smoothly.

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DavidW
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Across the board excellent experience in a city of so many great restaurants this one is near the top. Reminded us of all our favorite small Italian spots. First dinner. Lunch sometime ago. Been waiting to try. New favorite place.will repeat often.

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vipPape
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding! We will be back!

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vipEatOutNow
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Casual, neighborhood Italian. Good choice, depending upon how strict your Italian food standards are. Give it a try, it was crowded by the time we left. Seems to be a neighborhood favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great People,,,,Great Italian food @!!!

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Yogidog
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was very good. We started with the antipasto and then had eggplant Parmesan and the lasagna before we went to a play. The antipasto was good but we’ve had better with way more choices. The eggplant was great! My husband said he liked the lasagna but liked mine better. The bread was delicious. Our dinner and the service was quite good overall. I would def recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Had a reservation for our family of 14. We reserved the place based on their prices that they have listed on OpenTable. We thought that they were resonsibly priced since we had family visiting from different continents and didn't want them to have to pay a lot for their meal. Upon arrival, when we looked at their prices on the actual menu, we realized that they misled us and asked to speak to the manager. The owner of the place came to our table and when we asked him why the prices are different and told him that they are misleading, he was quite rude and told us that he never checks the OpenTable prices (even though they took the reservation via OpenTable) and it’s not his problem. To top it off, the food was below average.  With so many restaurants in Sarasota, there are much better choices than this.

Cafe Amici
Responded on January 22, 2020

Mr.anonymous, we really sorry if your experience was not satisfy, 1) Opentable has no price of our menu 2) New Years Eve and New Years Day prices are different, menu and prices are posted on the window for those two days Sorry for the inconvenience. The management.

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vipMikeW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience in every way!

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vipStephanieM
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Never again!!!

Service was extremely slow even with our usual expectation around New Years Eve, but we were an early arrival and looked to be the only ones seated in the downstairs area. Salads weren’t brought out until after dinner was served with the exception of 1 meal they forgot to even order. It was over priced $38 for a very small portion of pasta with a few (3) pieces of small lobster for my entree. The shrimp in my relatives pasta was mushy - she didn’t even eat it.

I also didn’t like it that the menu online didn’t say they were altering it, for NYE- so when we got there, a lot of their normal entrees weren’t available such as lasagna and more simpler meals that are better for teenagers and kids.

Left Feeling ripped off- lesson learned - never ever again!

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vipAlex
Indiana
54 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal with great menu options. Wonderful wine list. A little noisy when it’s crowded. The tables are a little too close together.

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vipSmokie
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. we love cafe amici

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vipMikeW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff, food and service is always outstanding! Massimo makes everyone feel like they just came over for a dinner with a best friend or family get together! Wonderful experience!!!

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vipArtM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Good food. Mediocre service. Menu features Caesar Salad for $9. Billed $10. Bread was never offered. Had to ask.
Wouldn't honor Groupon claiming not valid on holidays. However, Christmas Eve is not a holiday. Christmas Day is a holiday. Beware.

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EdZe
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoy coming to Cate Amici. And will be back again. It was Christmas Eve so we understand why service was a little slow. We waited over an hour from the time we ordered our food.
My wife had fish and it was excellent. I had the Veal chop and it was so so.

Your waitress Kelly was excellent. She tried her best.

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vipBobP
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant that consistently serves excellent pasta and fish entres. Black grouper with black olives, capers and cherry tomatoes was especially good.

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vipLovepizza
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food, great service and wine list!!

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vipPhilA
Naples
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always very reliable with very good food and service

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mikep
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific authentic Italian restaurant. Great service and food!

FAQs

Cafe Amici offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 951-6896.

Cafe Amici is rated 4.4 stars by 489 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.