Libby's - Sarasota

4.5
2448 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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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

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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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DanK
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great night and food was great as always.
Only issue was that there were some cockroaches running around near the table we were at for outside dining. The waiter allowed us to move a few tables away, which was nice, but still concerning. We understand they are common here in FL, but still not a pleasant thing to see while you’re trying to enjoy a meal.

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GGMa
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had brunch with Bloody Mary’s. Food was served quickly and was fresh and hot. Waitress was friendly and efficient. My favorite place to eat because they serve good food reasonably priced.

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vipPaulaB
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It was Mother's Day and they appeared to be over-booked. The staff and manager were very good, which was the only pleasant component of the experience. The food was mildly warm and unimpressive and it was very, very loud. Not a good Mother's Day experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and experience

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Leah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The host/hostess were VERY disorganized and blamed us for their not knowing how to utilize their system regarding OpenTable reservations. It was so bad that it almost resulted in us leaving the restaurant. This is the primary reason I rated "service" as a 3. Also, many employees were wearing masks incorrectly (ie: under their nose and/or under their chin).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food. Will definitely return!

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ShelleyI
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for Mothers day brunch, very uninspired brunch.
I would recommend Libbys lunch but there are much better brunches to go to in Sarasota!

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vipChuckJ
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! Amazing food!

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AlisonR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been here a few years ago and it is still as good as I remember. We had a great meal. The truffle fries are delicious. Three of us shared the Strawberry Shortcake dessert and we all loved it. Good food and really wonderful service. As they got busy I saw management step in to keep things flowing which I always appreciate and consider a good sign of quality management.

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CarolH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came on Saturday evening with reservations and we were seated promptly. We had drinks that were tasty but seemed like a small pour. Enjoyed our pretzel and beer cheese appetizer . Food ranged from pretty good- (steak and wedge salad) to good (chicken pasta ) to very good (fresh catch and crab cakes).
Service was great- over- all a very nice dinner and evening with friends.

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TheresaD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby’s was the perfect place to be if you wanted to feel upscale but casual. Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance. Will definitely return when I visit Sarasota.

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vipFreyfam
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! I try something new on the menu each time and am always pleased!

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Greg
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. We will be back.

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vipbrucez
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Dirty drink came in dirty glass. Took silverware then served main course hot but time we got silverware it was cold. Very poor and will not come back after many years of eating at restaurant never again

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KimberlyB
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Took an hour to get food. Watched 3 tables that arrived after us get served before us. When the food finally arrived it was cold.

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AnnO
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place! All staff/waiter were very friendly and patient. Ambiance was beautiful & service was good!

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vipHowlynwind
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice shady outdoor table with good food and servicr

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vipLesli
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service by Michael - as usual for Libbys. It’s a go to spot for us for sure.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review and for your 5 Stars! We look forward to serving you again!

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LeslieS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nathaniel was an excellent server and we both ordered the 3 item lunch specials with the Chicken BLT sandwich, which was delicious. We will definitely be back again.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much LeslieS for taking the time to give us a review and for your 5 Stars! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vip72of500
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service in a great location. Black and Blue Burger, Salads and Pulled Pork sandwich were all good. Can't wait to go back.

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SRQKraftiGal
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby's is a great local restaurant with outstanding food, a great wait staff, and lots of outside seating. We had a party of four and we all had a terrific experience. My husband and I follow a plant-based lifestyle and really appreciate the vegan options on the menu. We highly recommend Libby's.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much SRQKraftiGal for taking the time to give us a review! We love to hear this kind of feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipLori
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific casual restaurant with great service and consistent food!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Anthony, was fantastic! We ate outdoors and felt very safe in spite of COVID concerns. It was a beautiful evening. The food was delicious, service was wonderful and we actually made reservations to take relatives to Libby’s tonight!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review! We love this kind of feedback. We look forward to serving you and your guest again this evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased all the way around! We will definitely return and bring friends

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Attentive service. We will definitely be back!

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Travelbug43
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my first time here. The food and service was fantastic. There was a smoke issue, though. I’m not sure if they kept burning something or if the fans were broken but it was burning our eyes.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on May 2, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent every time!

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stash
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

GOOD FOOD,GOOD VALUE,EXCELLENT SERVICE EVEN THOUGH QUITE BUSY BUT THE NOISE LEVEL WAS HORRENDOUS.

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PatriciaL
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoy eating at Libby’s weekly!!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on April 29, 2021

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

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LauraG
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Get together with wonderful friends that I haven’t seen in over a year. The restaurant was way too crowded in my opinion so thank God we sat outside. The wait staff was good but seemed extremely overwhelmed with the number of people there. The bananas Foster French toast was delicious and decadent. They forgot to bring the side of fruit with it and seemed extremely confused when we asked for it three times. The $5 Bloody Mary hit the spot.

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KENNETHB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This last month we've probably been to Libby's 7 times. Such a fun place! It never disappoints

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on April 29, 2021

So happy to hear feedback like this! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Sunshine
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late evening meal.
Good food/experience
Nobody wearing masks except for us and wait staff.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on April 29, 2021

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

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vipvava
Cleveland
58 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Wow, our second visit to this restaurant was so disappointing. I alerted the waiter to my garlic allergy first thing. Most places have no issue with it, because they just make something on the menu and skip the garlic. He came back and said there was absolutely nothing they could do except for a plain piece of fish. I was fine with that. I asked for lemon and some drawn butter, just so I could flavor it. I got a lump of cold butter and when I asked again they just looked at me and said sorry. The wedge salad was horrible. The lettuce was brown in places, and it was a half a head of iceberg, two tomatoes and three slices of bacon not even crumbled. I have had better wedge salads in a diner. Nick our server, was very nice, I will say that. This place is taking too many reservations and can't handle the crowd. Seem to be disorganized and I saw two sets of angry diners because the private room one reserved, was double booked and another reservation was not honored. It's too bad. Great spot, but there are some many great places in Sarasota, I think this one has fallen to the bottom of the list.

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vipJasonS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

On a Saturday night, our third visit to the restaurant in a month (the food and ambience is that good!), we had 730 reservations but weren't seated till 8:00. Our food didn't arrive till 8:45, and our waitress was not particularly attentive to us or our growing displeasure. We had our entrees and at approximately 9:30 we left without dessert. We did complain to the manager who was receptive and did give up discount coupons for our next visit. He said that the kitchen was backed up and that many diners were lingering.

The food was good, as always, leading my wife, who had spent the 90 minutes saying she wouldn't come back, to changing her mind, saying then only that she'd make an earlier reservation!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thank you JasonS for taking the time to give us review and for your patience that evening. We are trying to navigate these busy times as best as we can. Thank you again for your patronage. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Nanarosie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Crowded and loud despite the distancing between tables. The food was very good and our server was attentive and pleasant. It was a busy evening at Libby’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Libby’s! Good food, good service, great ambiance!

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vipHowieSS
New England
51 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was very pleasant, the food selections very good, and service was excellent

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on April 29, 2021

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

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Carolyn
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch, atmosphere and great server named Ellie.

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2323food
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mike is a very good server however the hostess is inexperienced and shouldn’t be the face of the front of the house. When I arrived for a reservation for an outdoor table there were 10 empty. She sat me at a table and returned 15 minutes later to inform me she needed the table for another reservation in 50 minutes. Pretty unacceptable for a hostess especially when outdoor space was sparsely occupied. I voluntarily moved to a table inside much to my disappointment because with Covid I am very hesitant to eat indoors but didn’t want to be asked to leave a table in 50 minutes. The food was good and Mike made the experience pleasant but I suggest the owners hire a professional hostess to great and seat guests especially when they have made reservations.

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 2448 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.