Libby's - Sarasota

4.5
2592 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!

Offers

  • Weekday Happy Hour

    Aug 12 - Sep 30, 2021

    Tue - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Happy Hour during the week! Monday + Tuesday all day Wednesday-Friday 2pm-6pm Enjoy great drink specials + $6 bites! Bites are 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 2592 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipJv813
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Bad service

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Robfl
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 4 days ago

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
22 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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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
7 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
4 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
4 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
55 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
28 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
80 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, service from Nathaniel was excellent and the food was delicious.

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Tallboy48
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently great food and service.

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Foodforfun
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Really bad service, long waits, server was clueless and she was training a new server!!! Made no sense! Food was good though!

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vip2bigeaters
Tampa
388 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at Libby’s, enjoying a relaxing atmosphere and great, friendly service.

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JohnW
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed. Waited 15 minutes for a waiter and only was approached by one when I asked for one. The waiter was not very courteous or apologetic for our wait. The food was overcooked and not worth the value.

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vipalhoogwerf
Naples
80 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the food. We had brisket burger, Parmesan fries and orange chicken. Nat was an excellent waiter. Price was reasonable. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipGLS1967
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had the filet egg rolls (very good), caprese salad (as expected), brisket burger (yummy, however my daughter didn't like the char-grilled flavor), filet (also had some char-grilled flavor), and the pork chop which was out of this world and the reason we will go back. Our server was MIA most of the time. When we placed our order, we asked for regular mayo for our burgers instead of the herb mayo. They were served to us with the herb mayo and we had to wait 10 minutes for regular mayo. Burgers were cold by then. My water glass sat empty for several minutes. We plan to give Libby's another try and hope for better service.

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Andi
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Returned to order the same yummy burger from a previous visit. First attempt was medium rare for well done. Second attempt was very well done & dry, then had to wait for the condiments while that burger got cold. Food was subpar & service on both visits was very slow. I prefer to support local,, but much better options are available elsewhere. Won't return to Libby's any time soon.

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vipJeffC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, menu varied, service was attentive, very reasonable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Waiter was terrible. He had no personality and never checked up on us. Food was really good

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Bingo1
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Visiting my best friend and she and I had a night out together without husbands. I haven’t been to Libby’s since precovid and I remember a fancier, more elegant restaurant. Now seems much more casual, family friendly style. Noisier, lots of children on a Friday night. Slightly disappointing.
Food and service were good.

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KAthleenP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It would have been delightful, except the noise level was horrible for any conversation. Sitting across from a friend, I had to ask her to repeat time, and again. I leaned over the table to try to hear. We won’t be back for that very reason. Too hot to sit outside.

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vipMichaelK
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group of five went for dinner on Wednesday half price wine night. The short wine list at half price bottles had something for everyone. The Doctor Pepper Ribs were fabulous and the fries and coleslaw were both great. The ribeye was the perfect steak. Loved the Brussel sprouts appetizer and the strawberry shortcake and key lime pie desserts.

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Laurie
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby's has a great lunch menu! We sat outside on the patio, under a fan, protected from the sun.......it was not uncomfortable. What should I expect for Aug. in FL! Our waitress was attentive but not overbearing. Food was really good. I will keep going back.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you so much Laurie for taking the time to review us! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipWeLuvFood
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This may be the worst restaurant in Sarasota. It took 15 - 20 min for a server to approach the table and another 10 after that to get our drinks. There were only 3 other tables occupied at the time. The food was horrible! Frozen not fresh! It has been in a steady decline for about 15 years and has finally reached the bottom.

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MicheleB
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tuna tartare was the absolute best!

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vipbbk30
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Our first time back since the remodel and we were not pleased at all.
It was the first time for our friends and not was not a good impression for the either.
The air condoning ducting has the AC blowing directly at the tables so we were very uncomfortable but it appears that is the problem with all the tables so moving would have not done much good.
The service was very, very slow. It took over 10 minutes to get a server to our table upon arriving. When we reordered a second round of drinks our server never cleared our empty glasses leaving us with a very crowed table.
We had to ask twice about extra napkins to wipe up the moisture on the table from our napkin less water glasses. We had to ask twice about the veggie of the day and we had to, literally, chase down our waitress to get our check divided as she never asked if it was all one check or not. Then we had to chase her down again to pay the corrected bill.
The food was ok to good but with the extremely slow and inattentive service it will be some time, if ever, before we go back.

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 2592 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.