Cafe Amici

4.8
565 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cafe Amici is a traditional Italian cuisine in Sarasota Fl, since 1996 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 2018.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 565 people are saying
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ShariN
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good authentic Italian food in the heart of Sarasota's downtown. Everything was very tasty. We enjoyed the pasta dishes, salads, and the eggplant rollantine appetizer.

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vipMichaelH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic tasting Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is amazing! The grilled octopus is a must to try. We went from a party of 8 to 13 and the owner made sure everything was ready even at last minute notice.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have experienced the most delicious food. The service is impeccable, you always feel like family here.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Visiting Sarasota for the first time I’ve read some good reviews about this restaurant and I decide to try. We ordered spaghetti carbonara and the plate came full of oil was not creamy and the pasta had thick egg and cheese on it and slightly over cooked so we decided not to eat the meal and told the waitress.I brought the attention to the owner the owner never offered to take the charge off the bill or gave us any options. He told us I’ll pay your bill and leave my restaurant. He embarrassed my wife I. I left $20 on the table for the waitress and we walked out. The place was extremely loud you couldn’t have a conversation because the acoustics in the restaurant are very poor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always go above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect !! And you must look at their specials for the evening,,,some amazing food !!!

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vipLovepizza
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian restaurant, well done!!!

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vipPeter
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Great wine list. Indifferent service. Food was bad. You can find better places to spend your money.

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vipHankV
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Good food, good service, too loud and dark

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vipLinda
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s 50th birthday! The servers and staff treated us like family. My wife wanted authentic Italian and this was the best choice we could have made. Freshly made pastas, delicious sauces, the flavors made us close our eyes and chew while we enjoyed every bite. Great wine list. Delicious desserts. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food offered. Our waitress offered great suggestions. Reservations recommended but they really try to accommodate walk-ins when able. We felt like we were in Europe on vacation—5 Stars and a promise we will be back again!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A return to a restaurant that we used to go to frequently. We’ve not been back for several years since we moved and since Covid. It was great to be back good food good service good vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipJenH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food! Fantastic location downtown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Amazing always.

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JimL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was average. Nothing
special. I will not be going back..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mother’s Day and birthdays

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vipDominicC
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Extensive wine list and good food. Very noisy and slow service inside

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vipFudgiefoodie
Naples
36 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and excellent food! The octopus starter was amazing. The squid ink ravioli was our foursome’s favorite.

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vipEviltom
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Highly recommend!

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vipeater
Indiana
80 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I ordered the carbonara. It was a glob of eggy stuff sitting in a bed of oil. I should have sent it back the minute I saw it. But I hate to be difficult. It was awful. The waitress did take it off our bill. But the experience was most unfortunate.

The mozzarella appetizer was not good either.

Plus, the bread was dry.

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JRDDMD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent menu choices and we all had the best meal of our week’s stay at LBK.

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DavidL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Customers sitting at the bar were exceptionally noisy. It was mentioned to the waiter and nothing was done to advise the bar customers to tone it down. Hilarious outburst and loud conversation created noise pollution.

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vipJeffreyM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food and a great wine list. Quaint place with good service.

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vipChristieF
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely outdoor table for a casual dinner last Friday evening. After attending the Art Walk at Towles Court, we walked for awhile downtown, then headed to the restaurant for our reservation.

Food and service are always impeccable which is why we return often.

It was almost like sitting at an outdoor cafe in Sorrento!

Grazie Mille.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Much appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great, ate outdoors which is why it was noisy. Next to the street. Not a complaint. Just the way it is.

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vipjellenp
Pittsburgh
52 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a wonderful food experience! the food is delicious , the service is impeccable and the ambiance is vibrant

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vipMaddieN
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Amici is a nice neighborhood Italian Restaurant. The service was a bit slow. And, the server knew that it was a 5-year old's birthday, but did not wish her a nice day, or bring her anything. The food was fine. We sat outside, which was pleasant. All in all, a "fine" dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and outstanding food. Love the wine selections too!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am never disappointed with Cafe Amici. My favorite Italian restaurant in town!

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ADMil
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience2

I made a reservation and asked for outside seating and took note that they advertised that employees wore masks as a safety precaution. When we arrived there were several available tables for 2 outside but we were told that we would have to eat inside as those tables were reserved. We went inside since there were not many other people inside at this point. As the meal progressed we noticed that the manager wore no mask at all and the servers had their masks under their chins not covering their mouth or nose. The only person wearing a face covering was the women who cleared the dishes and poured water.
We ate quickly as we were not comfortable in this environment. Upon leaving we noticed that the same outdoor tables were still unoccupied. About an hour after our dinner I was contacted by Open Table asking if we showed up for our reservation. We gave our name and reservation time when we arrived for our dinner but for some reason they treated us like we had no reservation. I have to say the food was delicious but we definitely did not get the experience we were expecting. If you offer choices of seating during the pandemic and you advertise that you take safety precautions you should follow them. I would have to say i'm not sure that I would dine here again in light of this poor treatment we received.

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vipStephenS
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Amici has it all!!! Amazing family run Italian restaurant,,,great food !! Great people !! Fun place !!

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vipLenL
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's like a NY Italian - close together tables, loud but good food.

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WilliamO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First trip to Sarasota and we were told to try Amici for good italian food. It was awesome!

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BarbaraK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time at Cafe Amici and it did not disappoint . We arrived just as they opened as we had another event later that evening. Chose not to sit outside as we avoid during COVID , too many unmasked people on sidewalks. Service was very prompt throughout our meal. Mozzarella salad was so fresh with homemade mozzarella and light dressing as was Caesar salad. Entrees were on the small side but fine with us. Wonderful wine selection and we topped of our meal with dessert and cappuccino. Everything from menu to staff had a very authentic Italian vibe. We will definitely go back to try some of the many specials offered each night. Inside is small, but having had our two shots and being early, we felt safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. This is the best Italian food in the area.

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RKMN
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and made a reservation via open table which included a request for an outside table (if possible). Arrived and were greeted immediately and directed to an outside table which was perfect.
Our waiter was extremely pleasant and has a great ability to memorize things as he knew all the specials off the top of his head (and there were many), and also did not write down and of our dinner orders and got everything right.
Food, drink and ambiance were great. Will definitely go back again.

FAQs

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

Cafe Amici is rated 4.8 stars by 565 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.