Libby's - Sarasota

4.6
2245 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!
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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

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 11:45PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 11:45PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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vipManalS
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 2 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We celebrated a birthday at Libby’s and it was all around a good choice.

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CarolM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My request in the comments for an outside table did not come through on the restaurant end which caused an issue when we arrived. The hostess was not customer focused in dealing with it. The food and our great waitress saved the day. The hostess perhaps needs training or needs to move to a non customer facing role.

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PegL
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fish and Chips are the best in town and only $10 on Tuesday.

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vipjustjane
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We go here often and I always make a reservation, since we insist on sitting outside at one of the sidewalk tables, due to covid. Unfortunately, when we arrived the manager had given our table to someone else. He had moved us to an area that is basically inside with one open wall. I never sit in there. We stood with our out of town guests and waited nearly a half-hour for a table on the sidewalk to open. Sadly, it's not the first time this has happened. It made it difficult since one of our guests had a hard time standing so long. And frankly, it makes me wonder why I bother to reserve a table.

Our waitress and the hostess were wonderful, and apologetic about the situation. Once seated all else went well.

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vipFoxtrot
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Love to go to Libby’s but their food and service are not consistent. Had a very bad experience a few nights ago. Will be talking to the manager about it in the near future. The ambiance is always exceptional. Still recommend. We are not giving up on this restaurant and we want it to be successful.

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vipHungry
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful relaxing lunch. We enjoyed sandwiches and sides. The soup of the day - a crab bisque - was absolutely delicious. Most important our server - Elle - was outstanding.

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vipMar64
New England
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Piping hot, wonderful seasoning on pork chop. Scrumptious side of carrots and smooth potato mash. Would definitely order this entree again. Very accommodating young lady at the front, kind and courteous. Thanks Kathleen! And kudos to Brian, the manager, for a very smoothly run operation. Highly recommend!

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Cindy
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went here for lunch with my mom and daughter. It’s hard to talk because it’s very loud. The new look here is fresh and beautiful. Food was very good. We enjoyed it but not a good place to talk.

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fran
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REALLY A GREAT MEETING PLACE FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, ONE OF OUR FAVORITES

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waitress was excellent also!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

Libby's is pleased to hear that you enjoyed everything and had such a great experience with us!

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MarcA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate there last year right after they reopened. Service was poor. Our requests were ignored and the price for the food provided was a little high. Also the food was no up to our expectations.

We decided to try it again this year. Much different. Service was good. Food was good. Price was fair. Just a little noisy because we sat outside along a busy street.

MUCH IMPROVED!

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RedWineLover
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Libby's. The happy hour drink menu is great, unfortunately the happy hour food menu is only available if you sit at the bar. The appetizers were all very good, especially the meatballs and the Brussel sprouts. Also had the hamburger, which was excellent. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty to like - Good food, nice size portions, reasonable prices, attentive service, comfortable atmosphere (although a bit loud). Will dine at Libby’s again.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again soon!

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Pame
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining outdoors only during the pandemic and are so happy to have this restaurant in our neighborhood.

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DebK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had a reservation and had been assured that we would get a specific table. When we arrived, a very rude hostess told us that she was saving that table for someone else and wasn’t responsible for what the hostess on duty earlier had promised me. She seated us at another table where a piercing light shined directly into our eyes. When we asked if it could be turned down she rudely said ‘maybe’ and left us. Of course, it was not adjusted. We finally had to move ourselves to another table with annoying, but not impossible lighting. What a terrible way to start an evening.

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vipStoneMtnCouple
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Excellent value for the money.

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vipLoves2eatout
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Disappointing! Many of the things we ordered, our waiter came back to tell is were not available... this is 4:30 pm on Sunday valentines day. Still wonder why so much was not available ? Wait staff did great job in managing the multiple tables - all over the reading- that they had! Gabriella was amazing. Thank you.

I wasnt so impressed with the food sadly. I wanted to be bc the ambiance is stellar. Wings just ok, salmon just ok, rotisserie chicken so over spiced... the sangria was a bit odd (red wine or???

May try the lunch sometime but not eager to do so unfortunately bc the ambiance has so much to offer!

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BarryL
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Some things need to be described by the server so that you can make a pallet appropriate choice. Was surprised they were out of the Yukon potatoes at 2 in the afternoon. Since I ordered a side salad the server said she would substitute it for the potatoes which was fine. She never asked my wife about the potatoes were not available or ask her for a substitute until we asked a little later. The bill included the side salad and when pointed out the server graciously took it off the bill. Almost have it together there but have a little ways to go. We might try again.

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LINDAW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gréat food and atmosphere. Wait staff were great. You won't be disappointed

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thanks Linda for your Great 5 STAR review!

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PaulM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again.....Libby's is one of our fave places. OUTSTANDING meal! We both had one of the special Valentine's main courses....the Shrimp Scampi....it was delicious! Wish it was a "regular" menu item! Would love to see it on the menu all the time! Amazing dish.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you Paul for you kind review. It is always a pleasure to have you in. See you again soon.

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Loubelle
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Normally, I would recommend Libby's, however, yesterday was not typical of past lunches or dinners there. We did not like where we were seated (noise). Also, my husband was given his salad and then it was taken away ???? I enjoyed my lunch, however, we felt quite cramped where we were seated. Needless to say, since it was Valentine's Day, there was quite a crowd, both inside and outside. It was not the pleasant Libby's that I remember from the past.

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RobA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day brunch was a huge success! Great food and great service!

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vipFreyfam
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Eve 2/13. Our server was fantastic. She said it was her first week, which I can hardly believe given she was so attentive and knowledgeable. Food was amazing...had the bourbon salmon and the fish special. Libby’s even made the carrots taste crazy good. Don’t change a thing, Libby’s -we love it here!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you Frayfam for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and atmosphere are fantastic. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentines day

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Meatballs and the Chicken Croquet appetizers. Everything here is delicious

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vipHeidiW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always wonderful food and ambiance. Service was a little off with our server.

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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LibbyB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night here at Libby’s. I hadn’t tried their steak yet, so I did last night. I was not disappointed at all. Cooked to perfection. The sides were amazing. Fast and accurate. Can’t wait to go back. We tried a few appetizers last night as well and all we can say is Yumm. One of the best beer cheese and pretzels we’ve had.

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vipNessa
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Libby's sent me an e-mail saying that they had a Valentine's Day Menu from Thursday thru Saturday, so we made an outdoor reservation for Thursday. Very pleasant outdoors; only annoyance was a table with two extremely noisy little kids, obviously not Libby's fault.
We go to Libby's frequently and have found that their soups are always exceptional. My husband had a bowl of pumpkin crab soup and loved it. We each had a Valentine special platter consisting of a filet with lip-licking sauce, several grilled shrimp with their own wonderful seasoning, Libby's fabulous mashed potatoes, a large serving of amazing blue cheese dip, and toasted bread for dipping. We relished every single bite. For dessert we shared a strawberry shortcake. Yum". I told the server that it was the best dinner I've had in a long time.

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vipTraveler
Philadelphia
162 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outside table wasn’t ready but soon available. Lunch was great, as was the service. Very crowded as Covid continues to be in place.

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JosephS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Heather is very good she helped us with food selections and seems very familiar with the restaurant’s workings
We have always had great meals at Libby’s

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vipLjanem
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent. Good Covid precautions.

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vipCrystalL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courtney was our server and she was AMAZING!!!!

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matt
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very noisy. Grouper fish special tasted fishy and overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service!

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vipLJon
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice meal. Wish they’d bring back a fuller menu.

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vipJonB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food rating of 3 stars is actually a blend of one entree rated 4 stars and the other rated 2 stars. This means the quality of what you get is inconsistent. If something is not able to be prepared to the same level as other items, the restaurant should remove it from the menu.

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ASchamberger
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything on their menu. Libby's never disappoints in quality and flavor within each of the various dishes.

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LibbyB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best place I’ve eaten at in a long time. Food and drinks we’re amazing. Our waiter was so kind and attentive. Food was delicious.

FAQs

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

Libby's - Sarasota is rated 4.6 stars by 2245 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.