Cafe Amici

4.3
332 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.
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Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food .

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

reliably yummy Italian food and great service. Always feel at home. Delicious bolognese and Osso Bucco.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a repeat visit. Food was great tasting as usual. Prepared perfect . Amici was not very busy so food came quickly. Service was ok.

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Naples
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Eggplant parmesan without cheese?

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KT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined her on New Year’s Eve, although they were extremely busy we had a fantastic time. Food and service were top notch!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Staff makes you feel very comfortable.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We went to cafe amici for the first time my wife’s birthday. Two people waited on our table. The first, a man, took orders for drinks and appetizers. The second, a woman, took main course orders. I think her name was Marie. Our grandson ordered eggplant Rollantini, offered as an appetizer, as his main course. When the food came out Marie brought him an order of eggplant parmigiana. When he said it wasn’t what he ordered she became argumentative, insisting the two dishes were the same. Our grandson said he wanted what he had ordered. She continued to argue telling him to just eat the parmigiana. She said the kitchen sent out the parmigiana because they’d run out of rollantini, Finally my son told her to take the food away. She rolled her eyes made a nasty face but took the dish away. If they had actually run out of rollantini they should have come out and asked him what else he would like. Instead she was hostile and rude. Was it because he was s kid and she thought she could bully him? At that point the other waiter came to check on the table, apologized, and brought out his dish as ordered showing us that Marie had lied. She then came back and again told our grandson that the two dishes were the same. She argued further, rolled her eyes again and finally left. Our grandson was left eating after the rest of us we’re done. After we got home we looked up the restaurant on line to see if others had bad experiences. We saw that people of color said they were not treated nicely. Our family has mixed races and I now wonder if that contributed to our appalling service. There are so many good restaurants to choose from in Sarasota that I would never recommend this one.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of our 'go to' places in Sarasota. This time we bought out of town guests with us. We all enjoyed a great meal and nice wine. Maria, as she always does, treated us like family.

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EO
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason our waiter, veal, lasagna, Prosecco, and Limincello were so very good! Highly recommend this restaurant!! Wonderful choice for our 29th Anniversary❣️

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GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We ordered eggplant parmigiana.
It was touch and chewy. We commented to the
waiter. The owner/chef came out and said It was a few days old. He took it back and made fresh.
The problem is what he made was not eggplant parmigiana.
It was a bowl of linguine with a few pieces of cooked plain eggplant thrown in.
No breading or coating and absolutely no cheese.
This was the worst Italian meal I have ever eaten.

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BL
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went on Christmas eve and the restaurant was very crowded. Our server, Maria was excellent. We were four adults and a four month old baby.Food and drinks were grand. Service was stellar. I will return next time we are in Sarasota.

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Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Amici never disappoints! Bruschetta so tasty and fresh, Bronzino wss good, nothing special, all pastas are fantastic.

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KM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, excellent food and service. Our only concern was that the price was considerably higher than normal for food and drinks, and seemed significantly higher than a last visit.

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JO
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. Enjoyed the food, the place was quiet and the service (Maria) was very good.

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RE
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly and had a wonderful dinner complimented by a terrific red blend wine. Our server Maria was terrific. She gave us great advice about both the wine selection and dinner entree's. Maria was very personable and knowledgeable. We'll definitely ask for her next time.

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OT
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better and better each time I go back !!!Very nice family business..excellent food and service !!!

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S
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average. Bolognese was salty and over cooked pasta. My friend liked her pasta marinara,but was overpriced, probably because wasn't on menu. Tiramisu was good and large portion. Service was ok, whole experience was ok.

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j
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cafe Amici’s Saturday night December 1st to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. Everything was excellent. The Beef Carpaccio appetizer was paper thin, sprinkled with lemon, olive oil and shaved Parmesan just how we like it.

My wife ordered the veal scallopini and I the Osso Bucco. Both dishes were perfectly cooked and presented. Overall a great experience!

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L
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely waitperson who recommended a very fairly priced wine for dinner. We went out and bought some more the next day. The Ossining Bucco was outstanding!

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Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining here. Food is delicious , service spectacular and Massimo ( the owner) always make you feel like part of the family. After dinner we usually stay for a drink at the bar as friends are always stopping in to say hello so it’s festive.

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JG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner and everybody working there was very nice and very accommodating. The food was absolutely fabulous! If you Absolutely love Italian food I want a fabulous dining experience, Cafe Amici is place for you! Don’t Miss A chance dine at café Amici!!!!

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J
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great friendly people!
The limited time Truffle additions to the menu make an exceptional dining experience.

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SW
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome server and awesome food.

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VS
Louisville
5 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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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
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 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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Tampa
19 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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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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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
11 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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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
18 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
39 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly helpful staff with excellent specials choices.

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