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About Cafe Amici

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.

1371 main street
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
between Palm Av and Pineapple St on Main street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 951-6896

Website:
http://www.cafeamicisrq.com/

Catering:
We can arrange catering up to 100 people.

Parking Details:
Free parking garage situated behind Cafe Amici, valet service available.

Executive Chef:
Achille Nigri

Private Party Facilities:
The private room can accommodate up to 50 people.

Private Party Contact:
Massimo: (941) 914-2679

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly wine dinner.

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Cafe Amici Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (15)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
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Cozy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, generous servings

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Food always good. Regular waiter was not working. New girl struggled but the limoncello after dinner soothed the meal.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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service2
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Cafe Amechi continues as one of our favorite restaurants. Service by staff as well as the hospitality of the owners makes it always a pleasure to dine here. The home made pasta dishes are always excellent as well as their seafood entrees.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went to Cafe Amici for my birthday and before a show. The food was very good, but the server upsold us on the grilled octopus appetizer saying we needed 2 for the table of 4 when 1 would have been fine. Also, she said the appetizers were in the $13 range, but when our bill came the octopus was $18 a plate. Additionally, the initial bill was wrong and it took forever to get it straightened out which made us rush to get to the show.
Later, we noticed that they had charged our credit card twice. Once for the wrong amount and once for the correct amount. This took several days to get corrected.
Lastly, it would have been nice to be offered something for my birthday and for our inconvenience.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Friendly and attentive service. Food was absolutely delicious. Osso Buco and Veal Scalapina were special. Friendly family place with an old world feeling. Parking can be a challenge on weekends, but there is a valet service outside.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was delicious. Lived the bread. Great service. Would definitely dine there again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Love eating at Amici's and is a great local restaurant. The staff, waiters, waitresses, bar tenders are all very attentive and nice.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We are new to Sarasota and wanted to take our visiting friends from Naples to a good Italian restaurant. Food was actually very good but our server, Aaron, rushed us to the point that it made the experience very unacceptable. He kept saying he had other tables to check on and that he’d be back. Seriously, is it my concern about his “other tables?” We felt like all he wanted to do is turn the table instead of us having a good dining experience. So many restaurants in Sarasota that it will probably be a while before we come back.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Once seated, had to flag down a server to get water after a long wait. Service was slow, they were one server down. Oh well. Food was well prepared but bland. Sub par from previous visits. Server forgot parts of our order, but was responsive when reminded. Final checks - 2 couples, 2 checks - were a jumble.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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food3
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurant in town, always consistent food, great wine list and good service.

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Dinner was excellent, Maria took great care of us. We will be back again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve and had reservations but still had to wait 30 minutes to be sat. Not a good start but once sat our server was great!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Let me start by saying Amici was one of our favorite restaurants. We had dinner reservations for 2 at 8:00 on Christmas Eve. We arrived about 10 minutes early and checked in with the hostess. She suggested we take a seat at the bar since our table wasn’t available yet. We were enjoying a glass of wine when my husband checked the time an saw it was almost 8:30. He checked with the hostess and she apologized for overlooking our reservation. We were seated within a few minutes in their side room with a few large parties. After about 15 minutes of being ignored we decided to leave. Needless to say we will never go back as all we received was oh I’m sorry and not a word from the manager/ owner.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Cafe Amici has long been a favorite for authentic Italian cooking and professional service. Unfortunately, our Christmas Eve meal did not live up to past experiences. While we enjoyed the Feast of Seven Fishes, service was not up to par. As the room filled, the wait staff became clearly overwhelmed, leaving us with unfilled requests. At the end of the meal, it took several attempts to correct our bill. While we will most likely return, we would not recommend this restaurant for a high volume, busy evening.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Family owned and authentic.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Cafe Amici is one of our favorite restaurants with consistent friendly service by wait staff and owners. We enjoy both the home made pasta entrees and the their fish dishes are always spot on. Bronzini is a favorite!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Authentic Italian - Delicious !Chef Eduardo is amazing - tasty dishes prepared with passion & care ! Great ambience , wonderful service & ambiance . A true gem in Sarasota !

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Rather loud but it was a busy Saturday night pre-theater occasion. Good red sauce joint with a nice wine list. Affordable for a downtown restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cafe Amici is a long time favorite. always great food, service and atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My favorite restaurant in all is Sarasota. Whatever it is, order the homemade pasta of the day. All servers wonderful but Andre’ is the best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Worse waitress I’ve ever had - she was horribly condescending and didn’t deserve the tip she received.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The homemade tagliolini pasta with cream of truffles and wild mushrooms are amazing ,the filet mignon was fantastic, service was attentive and the wine list is one of the best in the area.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This place is where you want to be if you want real Italian food. The noodles are incredible and to die for. Very upscale and romantic vibe inside or you can be loud outside!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Everything was great except parking
Service, food perfect

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food4
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was tasty but portions were smaller than the price called for. $28.00 for 5 medium size seafood ravioli is over priced. Perhaps lunch is a better value .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great find for an evening of wonderful Italian food, great service , vast wine list, authentic Italian food prepared from fresh ingredients , well worth the moderate price and the food is as good as any we have had anywhere, service as attentive and wonderful but not rushed and very accommodating to requests, we were treated to a wonderful dining experience to make it the best meal of our trip, we will return again, it is a do not miss meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was amazing...from the grilled octopus to the mushroom ravioli to the veal chop with a great wine list and fantastic service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Cafe Amici is a terrific value for lunch. My guests had the luncheon omelet while I had the basaltic salmon over salad, which all was excellent. Service was uneven but overall ok. Ambiance/room was quite at lunch which was perfect for biz conversation.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had an overall good dining experience.
We had The Veal Amici, which was tasty and well presented.

By contrary, the service was rushed and unfriendly.
We asked for a bottle of wine, and the way this was handled disregarded entirely the wine serving rules. The bottle was quickly uncorked, and the wine was brusquely poured in the glass, without having the opportunity to taste it first.
We asked for something, and about 20 minutes later our request was still not fulfilled.
When we reminded the waiter regarding our request, we were told (in un unfriendly way), that we need to be more patient, because there were more customers to be attended.

Special Note: It has to be mentioned that the waiter assistant (young girl) who was serving water, was utterly pleasent, considerate and well mannered.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great welcoming atmosphere and service. Always makes me feel at home. Go there!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a party of 16 and the service was spot on. Nothing was a problem or an issue. We even had one with a gluten allergy in which they were able to work with. Lobster ravioli was delicious. Veal dishes were very good as well. Pasta was homemade. Would recommend for romantic dates to large groups. They can accommodate all sized groups. The bar was only six seats so not a large bar scene

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding Italian food, good service in the heart of downtown, is a must in Sarasota.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Best Lobster Ravioli on the planet and great service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We love this Resturant. The owner, Massimiliano Nigri makes each guest feel like family. The service and food are second to none. We always stay for a drink at the bar after dinner and hate to leave.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 1, 2017

This is the absolute best Italian restaurant I have ever eaten at. You could taste the freshness in the food, the service was fabulous, and the wine selection was to die for. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants true, authentic, Italian food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was average for Italian restaurant. Waiter did not mention the dinner summer special. We had to ask for it.
Interestingly the owner/manager never came by to say hello or ask if we enjoyed our meal. I find that very unusual for an Italian restaurant.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Always a great meal! Carbonara was fabulous

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Cafe Amici never disappoints. Food is always prepared well and the very attentive hosts are gracious and more like eating at a friends house

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We had an excellent evening, the food was wonderful, the service was spectacular and I look forward to going back

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was amazing and well prepared, good service and great wine list.

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