Libby's - Sarasota

4.5
2595 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Libby's was established in 2008, named after the Seidensticker family matriarch-Libby. Libby's Restaurant has a storied history in Sarasota-Libby's Cafe & Bar was a neighborhood gathering space for a decade, with something for everyone-early bird specials, popular ladies nights, private event space and dining rooms and events for all! Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie is the re-branded concept of the iconic Sarasota restaurant darling. Open in Sarasota since May of 2019, the redesigned space is open, modern & minimalist. Delicious menu items, sophisticated wine and daily specials are still at the core of all that we do!

Experiences

  • Wine Wednesday Menu

    $0.01 per person

    Oct 7, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022

    Every Wednesday from open to close we offer 50% off select bottles of wine, in all areas of our restaurants. We are open 11am-9pm every Wednesday.

Offers

  • All Day Happy Hour

    Oct 6, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022

    Mon 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM, Tue - Thu 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM

    All Day Happy Hour every Monday + Tuesday 11am-9pm Drink specials Food bites available in the bar area only

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
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2595 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipAllenW
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit for 18 months. Menu more familiar, found several things to like. The swordfish special was delicious. My wife like the sliders--blue cheese and steak gets her every time.

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Rosearello
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good and service was good as well.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 3 days ago

Rosearello, Thank you for the great review look forward to serving you again soon. Libbys

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susieq
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It's a fun place, friendly service, but VERY NOISEY. For older people,
it is especially difficult to carry on a conversation. Perhaps some
mufflers installed in the ceiling would help.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 3 days ago

SusieQ, Thank you for the feedback on your visit we are looking into something to control the noise level in the restaurant.

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vipLovegoodfood
Tampa
158 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby’s nails the steak frite perfectly - every time. The mussels are delicious but I wish they could back off the salt a little in the awesome creamy broth in the bowl. We are grateful for our neighborhood bistro!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 4 days ago

Lovegoodfood Thank you for the great review! We are pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. We are glad to be your neighborhood bistro!!! Libby's

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vipDeborahW
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Please confirm that I have received the 100 points for my visit.

Thank you.

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LuanaS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Very friendly staff. I highly recommend it.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 4 days ago

Luana, Thank you for the 5 star review and the kind feedback! Libbys

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vipJoeZ
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Great choices for brunch!

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Tina
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here . Needed something close to downtown SRQ, Florida Studio Theater ( 8 mins)The ambience of this restaurant is absolutely beautiful and inviting. Very classy.

The drinks were good. Missed happy hour by a few minutes to at least one cheap drink and small bites.

Got the black n blue sliders, truffle fries and orange chicken with jasmine rice and a side order of parmesan fries.( i have to say the parmesan and seasoning was not coated on fries, all on the bottom of container ) that waa a bit disappointing.

Our server was really not around much except to clear our plates. Didnt ask how our meal was or if we wanted more drinks , but I guess its better than someone every 5 minutes interrupting our conversation. He was very polite though.

Definitely would go back here. Food was really good. Probably sit outside next time , the noise by the kitchen and door was a bit much where we were seated.

The bathroom was not very clean, would be my only real conplaint

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MidgeF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on October 11, 2021

Happy Birthday

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tandan
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Decent lunch and good ambiance, but a little disappointing. Entree salads were fresh and nicely presented, but mostly greens. Had to pick around to find the supposedly featured ingredients. Sidewalk chairs are too low for the table heights, so not very comfortable. Also, big kudos for offering a vegan burger option, but why only as a giant double cheeseburger? I'd have ordered it as a single, but our server (who was nice and did a good job), said it's only available as a double burger. Weird.

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vipKate
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was terrific, the menu servings perfect and great service

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you so much Kate, exactly what we strive for - can't wait to see you again. Libby's

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Searover8
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Early dining (5.15pm) was a good move. By 7pm many groups arrived, was impressed with how the wait staff kept up the great service. When seated the patrons were well spaced both inside and outside.

The food was terrific. Special Soup to start was Real French Onion (excellent). Had a Salmon and Shrimp combination as the main dish with Excellent sauces. Wide menu choices from sandwiches to full course meals.

Had not been to Libby’s for a while and was impressed with the modern clean well decorated restaurant. Free parking across the street in Morton’s parking lot.

It will become high on our Open Table list!

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VinnieA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courtney Courtney server was fabulous. And even the managers stepped in to make sure all our needs were attended too. Promptly. Great.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on October 2, 2021

Vinnie Just wanted to say thank you for the great review and kind words about Courtney! We look forward to serving you again soon. Libby's

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Butt
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time to Libbys. Was much better than expected and far exceeded our expectaions. Diverse menu and selections for all. Server was great. Parking at site is not conducive to the restaurant size. Minimal on street parking, and lot in rear is sparse but supports employee parking also. Locals probably know better parking areas close by, but out of town visitors may have a parking issue.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for the review. Parking is an opportunity here with the shopping area. There is a big parking lot behind our building that can be used by all but you are right the out of town guests would not know this parking lot. Thank you again for the review and glad the service and food exceeded your expectations. Libby's

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vipFrancine
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance !

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 26, 2021

Thank you for the great review

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Sara
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 21, 2021

Sara, Thank you for the great 5 star review we are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Libby's Crew

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always yummy!!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 21, 2021

Anonymous, We are pleased your visit with us was a 5 star visit! Libby's

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NadiaR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great local find! We love their Happy Hours and Brunches.

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JoanB
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for lunch, dinner or happy hour

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vipJv813
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Bad service

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Robfl
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I've been to Libby's before and we decided to go there on a Saturday night. It is a good value for the quality of food and service provided. The main courses are presently with care and the quality of the ingredients is first rate. My only complaint is that there are no booths, tables set against a wall does not necessarily provide much privacy, although they do have a room for parties, it is separated from the main dining room by glass.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 14, 2021

Rob, Thank you for the 5 star review we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We are at a disability with the private seating but would be more then happy to move your party to anywhere we have available to accommodate your dining experience. thank you again for the 5 star review! Libby's

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vipRebeccaK
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! We ordered the crab cake as an appetizer and I had the dynamite shrimp plus jalapeño Mac and cheese as an entree. SO good! We will definitely be back.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 12, 2021

Rebecca K. Thank you so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and looking forward to seeing you again.

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TellThemMikeyBoySentYou
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit my mom in Sarasota, she wants to go to Libby’s. Why not? The food and service are consistently excellent.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 12, 2021

Thank you for bringing you mom to enjoy her time with you and Libby's. We love connections like this at Libby's

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience was exceptional. Always going beyond to accommodate. Luis, our server, was incredibly attentive and when there was a small hiccup with an item at our table, he handled it quickly and politely.
The bone-in bourbon pork chop was amazing

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thank you so glad your visit was 5 star rated!! Come visit again soon Libby's

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So, so good. We were in for vacation and I see why it was rated so highly. Great service-and incredible brunch items….recommend the bananas Foster French toast and the brunch burger.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and so glad you enjoyed your foster french toast and Brunch Burger!! Libbys

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wandaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Secon time their. Ordered ribs delicious and ordered chicken Malanase. Very good

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 4, 2021

Wanda, thank you for the great review we are pleased you enjoyed you meals with us! Libby's

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NancyS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Libbys last night and sat outside. I asked for a different table (didn't want to sit too close to anyone else during Covid, and they were happy to accomodate us. Our waitress couldn't have been more helpful and was on top of refilling drinks, bringing food and clearing our table. The food was really good. I had the chicken milanese and my husband hot the cajun pasta. The coffee was the only disappointment. It wasn't very hot and was bitter.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 4, 2021

Nancy, thank you for taking the time out and giving us a 5 star rating!! If the coffee or anything is not to your liking please let us know we will make a fresh pot for you!! thank you again for the review! Libby's

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MelissaS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service, high quality cocktails and menu choices. Food was tasty and perfectly executed.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 4, 2021

Melissa, We are pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and the 5 star review. We strive for 5's!

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Pilgrim
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Always dependable for a good meal. This was our third visit to Libby's since moving to Sarasota a month ago. Wife believes it will be one of her regular 'go to' places. Me, not as much as I prefer places that provide a bit more of an 'experience' when dining. If you are familiar with the Great American Restaurant regional chain in the mid-Atlantic, you will probably be comfortable with Libby's although the concepts are different.

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CathyH
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great outside venue with good food and good service.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on September 3, 2021

Cathy, Thank you for the great venue review we look forward to your next visit!! Libby's

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KerryM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Honestly, I really do love Libbys. However we went for Sunday brunch and we were on the early side so it wasn’t too crowded. We asked to be placed at a certain table and the staff move the table and chairs to another place-sat us down at another location other than what we had asked for then they moved us to another table then they moved the original table back THEN they switched the tables around AGAIN. The Mimosas were mainly orange juice. Barely a sparkle at all. Our food was not hot when it was delivered to us and I desperately needed some additional bananas Foster French toast sauce. I was literally eating plain French toast with about four sliced bananas thrown on top of it. So, all in all not a great experience. Usually we have a better one I must say. Disappointed in our “brunch” at every level.

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RonN
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter and friends had dinner for her 15th birthday and everyone was great!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you for sharing your daughters birthday with us. We look forward to more celebrations with your family.

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Cutchogue190
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Mia, was wonderful. She was very attentive and friendly. We had a very good meal. We love Libby’s.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on August 31, 2021

thank you very much for the great review!! Mia does a great job for us and glad she made your dining experience great. Libby's loves you too!

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vipbread4me
Tampa
57 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

good but a little disappointed from the last time I was there. Very little coleslaw on my crab cake sandwich. But it was very filling and tasty. Our friends did not get their dinner for a long time after we got ours. I guess it’s COVID times

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HollyD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great. If there was anything I could change was the noise level. The restaurants could use some sound attenuation..

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for the review we are workin on the noise level with some soon to come noise reducing filters. Look forward to seeing you again soon Holly. Libby's

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vipbarbaraj
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Look at my other restaurant reviews, as they are always awesome! This bad review is due to restaurant was dirty, hostess sat us in direct sun, even though there were tables in shade, flies were horrendous, food was average and they double charged my credit card. After leaving numerous messages and an email, it still isn’t corrected. This one is never go to again! Management is the worse and you can’t blame lack of staff on the double charge on my credit card.

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vipTeresaN
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Mediterranean Chicken and try
Furled fries are worth the calories.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on August 22, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, we look forward to seeing you again!

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vipalhoogwerf
Naples
81 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the ribs! Nat is an excellent waiter. The drinks are nice too.

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TerrierLover
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for weekend lunch and brunch. Dinner is wonderful, too. Lovely food, great service and friendly atmosphere. One of my favorite restaurants!

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LibbyB
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dinning here but matter what the day or occasion.

FAQs

Libby's - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 487-7300.

Libby's - Sarasota is rated 4.5 stars by 2595 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.