Cafe Amici

4.7
539 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 539 people are saying
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vipJeffreyM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 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
49 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 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
1 review
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
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
39 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
23 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
1 review
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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vipBarbaraK
New York Area
10 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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RKMN
New England
6 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite places!

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vipjoeswick
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Amici, hosted by Massimo - get stop for well-prepared Italian dishes in Sarasota. - Popular walking lower Main Street. Meet your local friends. Crowds in the evening. Special tonite was the Veal Chop. Enjoyable eating at the Bar/

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vipRobinS
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful experience at Cafe Amici. The service was perfect - attentive, thoughtful and responsive. The food was fantastic, both delicious and beautifully presented. The meal moved at the perfect pace. Such a treat from start to finish. We will be back with friends for sure.

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vipNiko
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time dining here, and we loved it

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vipLynnie
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner! Everything was delicious as usual. Unfortunately the menu was limited and I had my heart set on beef rollatini but had the beef tortellini with vodka sauce instead. It was fantastic.

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blazersaints90
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Amici never disappoints! The ambiance, food and service was excellent. The wine was great too. This is a great place for any special occasion you have planned. You will leave with a smile on your face.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Excellent food / wine

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LeslieS
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious at Cafe Amici. One of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota!

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Maggieh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 10. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great! Would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in downtown Sarasota!! Can't say enough about the menu, service, and ambiance !! Amazing ,,always !!

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KurtB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was absolutely excellent the cost was a little high but worth every penny. Definitely will be there again. Kurt B.

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vipjulester
Naples
95 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We were extremely uncomfortable with the amount of people that were dining inside and at the bar. Lots of people standing at the bar and obviously no masks on. We only ate indoors because it was cold outside and assumed the restaurant was adhering to COVID restrictions but this was not the case. We love this restaurant but will not eat inside again. Food is always delicious and our server was very attentive.

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vipDavidF
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful food and service. Katrina took care of us and we had the best Spaghetti Carbonara on the planet!!

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vipcmfoodie
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

We were disappointed to see very little social distancing in place. The small bar area was packed and not all service personnel were wearing masks.
Noise level was such that it was difficult to converse at our table. Probably won’t be back for quite a while despite the good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Sitting outside with cars and motorcycles racing by were the only two things that brought our experience down. But overall, grateful we were able to eat there at all!!

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SRQJSBS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wasn’t sure what to expect but our first experience was awesome. Service was very good and food was absolutely delicious. The owner came to our table to check on us and later surprised us with two cups of lemoncello.

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vipjellenp
Pittsburgh
50 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Food is amazing every time we come for a visit! Steve is our most favorite waiter! The ambiance is great . Wine list is fabulous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening! Food and service are always excellent.

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vipKathy
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. It has a neighborhood feel while providing excellent Italian food. Steve and Kelly both provide wonderful and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made to feel so special on our 23rd Anniversary!
Andres is our favorite server. He is very attentive and always professional. He’s there before you know you even need him , but doesn’t hover.
The food never disappoints! Anything and everything on the menu is hand crafted and made to order.
Marsha and Achille are great owners and always give their guests a personal experience that feels like you are dining with family.
I highly recommend eating at Cafe Amici

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Foodlover
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Attention to detail.

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christinaj
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service. We live in Atlanta, but have been 4x’s in the last two months With all of the choices, we keep going back. Great drinks as well. They always find a way to “Yes”!! GO!! You won’t be disappointed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu, food and service. Quaint place.

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BillW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Owner Maximo comes to the table to welcome you and talk. Highly recommend.

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JaimeC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was awesome. Tatiana did a fabulous job! She is extremely courteous and professional.

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vipKathy
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Authentic Italian. 3rd visit. Always wonderful. Small and cozy. The food is always delicious. I sat at the bar this time and Kelly, the bartender was terrific.

FAQs

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

Cafe Amici is rated 4.7 stars by 539 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.