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Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
11:30 PM
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Cafe Amici

4.2
273 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Notable Wine List
  • Authentic
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.
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Gift Card
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 273 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food great experience!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Average food and service but noisy

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service is always very good and the food is authentic italian comfort food.

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Entree’s were poor quality. The short ribs were extremely fatty. Service was rushed and hospitality was phony.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

100% Authentic Italian food, fantastic place !!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Overall good, but some caveats: who I believe was the owner a little bit “un-welcoming” when arriving not recognizing my reservation!!! Hat to show him it at my phone, he said “well, you just made it” so had to show him the confirmation email from Open table received a couple of hours back!! Then we were ok! Second, wanted to order the Spaghetti Neri with baby octopus, and they came and said we don’t have any more the squid ink, so cannot give it to you! Offered spaghetti with baby octopus, which was ok, but just not what they offer in the menu, basically the pata, with the octopus with some sort of tomatoes sauce. Our server a nice lady, a little bit in a rush mode all the time, so my kids order was brought wrong, they had to take it back to bring the right food. However, overall ok, the pasta nicely cooked al-dente and a good selection of wines. It is a nice place in downtown Sarasota Main Street where plenty of nice restaurants can be found,

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We absolutely loved this restaurant. We were only in Sarasota for four nights and ate here twice for dinner. The owners were extremely friendly and the food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Absolutely loved it!! Would definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Outstanding appetizer...baked prosuitto and mozzarella.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was pretty sub par. Waitstaff was very friendly and was best part of meal. Overall, would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very authentic little Italian place like you would find in NYC. Maria is fantastic as a server and will be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Incredible meal. Will absolutely go back upon return to Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent meal once again

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Visited before the Sarasota Opera.

Great attentive service from the time we walked in the door! Recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Excellent food. Service staff great. Enjoyable experience

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were looking for an authentic Italian dining experience downtown Sarasota and found Amici mediocre at best for the food.

The staff (family) was very friendly though.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always a good meal at good price with friendly and attentive staff

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We went to Cafe Amici for pre theater dinner. We found the portions to be small, and the quality of the food lacking. The salmon with artichokes and capers was quite bland. There were two slivers of artichoke, and small chunks of salmon. Not what I anticipated at all.
My husband had the pasta Bolognese. The sauce was watery and flavorless.
Both the club soda, and coke were “flat”.
We had an issue we tried to address with the manager. He was unsmiling, unfriendly, and rude. The waiter on the other hand seemed embarrassed and was very nice.
Because of its proximity to the Opera and theater, we were hoping to enjoy our meal and return frequently. Unfortunately that will not be the case, and I would not recommend this restaurant when there are so many other fine restaurants on the block.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The service and food preparation was outstanding. Nice wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This is our FAVORITE places to eat down town...great Italian food! the linguine and clams are the best...Maria our waitress always gives great service...we come here almost once a week...love it!

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We did not think the food was good. I had chicken Milanese. It was nothing more than fried chicken with arugula and Parmesan cheese. It was very dry. The cost was $19.00 and if you want spaghetti it another $5.00. No salad. My husbands veal was better but with so many nice Italian restaurants to chose from I wouldn’t go back.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I have been coming here for years. It keeps getting better. Friendly service! Authentic Italian food! Good selection of Italian wine. Ask for a table with Maria.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

A great place for a good meal before the opera or theater. Not too rich, not too spicy, just well seasoned, well cooked Italian food. I wish this were my neighborhood trattoria.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

greeted and seated immediately. my appetizer of mozzarella and greens consisted of irregular sliced cheese and hard tomatoes. My entree was eggplant parm and was a pile of mush. Not edible. They did NOT want to hear it was not good. My husband was okay with pasta. Had to ask for check then had to chase down person, who had it in her pocket , in order to leave. No would not be back

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent food and reasonably priced. Friendly, if sometimes casual, staff.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great meal after a last minute reservation change. I was going to change up my pasta which would have been an upcharge and the waiter actually talked me out of it and was right. A lot of respect for that!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Outstanding prepared entree'

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Excellent Italian FOOD. Grilled squid yummy and the Amarone delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Restaurant had no record of our reservation, but managed to accommodate us. Waitress was efficient, but rather brash.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food. Busy so service was a little slow. I would recommend this restaurant . It is in a great location in North downtown Sarasota.

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Worst service, food was ok. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Food was outstanding and service excellent.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Have not been for at least 2 years, not sure why we hadn't been back... I was glad to go back and really wanted to like this place. Great location, the website makes it look wonderful, the host was excellent, service quite good... But, while not a bad meal, a couple of folks at our table liked their entree good enough. Still we all agreed the Calamari was very chewy and the Bolognese while tasty was really more of a red meat sauce. I guess overall it was just okay.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Amazing authentic Italian cuisine...never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The branzino was excellent, cooked to perfection. Unfortunately, the green salad was ridiculously overpriced, $8 for a few pieces of lettuce and half a tomato. Cafe Amici needs to lower the price or beef up the salad.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We have lived in Sarasota for 15 years and have always wanted to dine at Cafe Amici. Finally we did. Lovely restaurant, not pretentious, excellent food and quality service. I wee bit pricey... but this is Sarasota. I would -- and plan too-- go again.

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