Cafe Amici

4.4
310 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.
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.
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
What 310 People Are Saying
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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We waited for 25 minutes after being seated at our table for a server to acknowledge us.
Waited another 10 minutes for drinks.
Another lengthy wait between soup/salad and entree.
Server never asked us if the meals were satisfactory and did not appear at our table from the time we were served until the meals were completed.
Server never inquired as to whether we wanted any desert or coffee.
We have dined at this restaurant previously having had satisfactory experiences.
Will not return again any time soon.

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k
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome server and awesome food.

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VS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal at Cafe Amici. The branzino is always yummy. Missed Maria, the lead waitress. Not the same without her.

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N
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Something has changed. This used to be my favorite restaurant. Service was terrible and the food has changed is now just mediocre.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice! I enjoy going there with both local and out of town friends.

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L
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with authentic Italian cuisine!

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c
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a 815pm sitting. Got in at 840pm. Order are first drinks at 855
First drinks came at 920pm and still some missing. Got the app order in by just asking to please get them in. Just two of them. Finally got the full drink order and got to hear the specials at 930. Placed the orders 940 around the table and they totally forgot to take my order. The guy who was paying for it all. Finally came back after on of my guest chased him down. Orders came out at 1015 all but mine again. Had to wait another 15minutes.
This has been the worst service that I have ever had here. To bad it was my go to place 🤯

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R
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

What a great dining experience! Our server, Kayla, was outstanding and very patient with all our questions. The food waz fantastic....we'll be back!

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C
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious pasta carbonara! My husband had the scallops. Excellent service! Can’t wait to go back. A Sarasota gem!

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Amici is an amazing restaurant with authentic Italian entrees and fresh ingredients. A very comfortable atmosphere that makes you feel at home with the friendly staff! Great for an outing with friends, dates, great meal~ Whatever you're looking for! Delicious food! Highly recommended!

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s
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have eaten here many times and it’s always good. A little expensive compared to other, similar restaurants but wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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j
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Why I have never eaten here before is my misfortune! Absolutely wonderful experience. The food, the staff, the setting and especially the dessert was an awesome experience. Definitely putting this restaurant on my list to take friends and family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We made reservations on Open Table for a Friday night. The first part of the meal was wonderful. Then everything went wrong. We did a pasta course and then did a chop for an entree. The chop we ordered rare, 30 minutes after our pasta course, with no communication from anyone, we were served a medium well chop. When we said something about it, we were told by the waitress, she would tell her manager. He came over, said nothing and walked away when we said we would not wait another 30 minutes and would eat the overdone chop. He then threw a desert and shot of lemoncello at us. Still saying nothing. We never got an apology. Then when we went to pay and use a Groupon, were told that since we made the reservation with Open Table (their website booking engine), we could not use the Groupon. To top everything off, after we left, I got an email that they cancelled my Open Table reservation. Dishonest to Open Table...flat out lying to Open Table. They treated us as 2nd class citizens, we were not a regular and therefore not important to them. I guess we will never become regulars! Check out their reviews on Yelp...you will see we were not the 1st have this happen...it is a pattern. Warning you could be next!

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PS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The dinner was awesome. My husband had the octopus appetizer and the veal chop. He said it was the best he ever had!

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L
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Preparation, execution and presentation nailed it, 5 star restaurant with an amazing host and chef!!

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OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food !!!

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w
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food with great service. A little loud at times but all in all a very good experience.

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DJ
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly helpful staff with excellent specials choices.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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r
Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

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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L
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, good food, amazing wine list.

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B
Tampa
52 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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F
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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r
Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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p
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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c
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maximo gave us the VIP treatment, food excellent!

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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F
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent prep for traditional and unique Italian tastes.

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L
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CD
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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L
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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E
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great experience!

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F
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Average food and service but noisy

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