Libby's - Sarasota

4.5
2545 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
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  • 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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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodie
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby’s has great food and so fresh!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner!

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Floridian
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Deceptive. Went for the happy hour specials with 6 people. They were out of 2 of the 6 happy hour appetizers. Asked which happy hour beers were on tap and ordered one, however when we got bill we were charged full price and waiter stated that it wasn’t one of the happy hour beers. We had specifically asked which ones were included. Service was very slow.

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Kristy
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good for a cocktail and a salad/ burger/ sandwich

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing value for money.
Really tasty food and good service!

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

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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vipGayleY
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food; waitresses all helped each other. However, not their fault, but not enough help for the evening. Outside - too many flies,

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review! We take alot of pride in our team work! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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KathyO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We love Libby’s ! The food is a great value , is always delicious and we have always had good service .

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4HappyDiners
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow considering the restaurant did not seem unduly crowded. Our server apologized a lot (there was also a problem with our check which was her fault), so she gave us $30 of coupons to thank us for our patience. Sadly, the coupons expired in April. We have been to Libby's many times, and this was the first time that we experienced such bad service.

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AnthonyA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Noise level way to high. Service poor. Could not hear my wife the noise level was that high. Spent lots of tine at previous Libby's in 1990s and early 2000 always enjoyed food, wine. Now no comparison with before.

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KenM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nathaniel did a great job as our server and the key lime pie is the best!

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Trixie11050
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for Father's Day lunch and tried LIbby's. We had not been there since the renovation and new menu. The service was excellent. We enjoyed our lunch and felt that the prices were in line with the quality. We will definitely go back.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

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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Emma
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby’s is always amazing, the quality between the food & service is impeccable. :) Thank you guys

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

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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TomG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was good but slow, likely due to short staffing that all restaurants are experiencing as COVID-19 recedes. Other than that, Libby's has become one of our "go to" places. Food was excellent and its a convenient location with ample seating both indoors and along the sidewalk.

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DonnaE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first visit to Libby’s - it’s a favorite. The service (Lulu) was attentive and very positive. The food was fabulous! Blue crab Eggs Benedict was amazing. This is our “go-to” place because it is consistently excellent!

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CallieH
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Walked in with our reservation. Server accommodated my mother who only wanted one mimosa and not the bottomless, my French toast was delish, the hubs enjoyed his burger. Our only annoyance was a large loud party just a few tables over. Made it a tad more difficult to hear. Would have enjoyed a little more conversation.

Just a heads up that it’s a small restaurant and difficult to put larger louder groups away.

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wandaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere. Great location. Will definitely be visiting again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From one “Southside” restaurant to another you are amazing!

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Ttrucker
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

First time back since redone. Service much better. Food terrific. Heather was exceptional. Too loud, but guess that is the way it is.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 5 days ago

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

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BillV
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Libby’s were outstanding. Quiet inside table that made conversation easy. Overall, just the restaurant experience one hopes for.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 5 days ago

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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Chris
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service. live music.
very clean. friendly staff

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. I will share these notes with my team. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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MelanieJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a nice experience. Sat outside under cover. I’m glad we got a seat outside, because it was very loud inside and a little claustrophobic.

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vipFoodies1
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libby‘s has a great selection on the menu, food was very good and our waitress was tops

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Nickolas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal and so was the food! It was a wonderful experience!

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vipElizabeth
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The desserts~flourless chocolate cake and strawberry shortcake~were outstanding. The best restaurant desserts I’ve ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a very warm day. The misters & fans created a nice outdoor experience.
The service was great, very accommodating.
Variety of apps & entrees. We all enjoyed our meals.

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viprobind
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Libby’s was such a pleasant surprise! I have been coming to the Sarasota area for 40 years and people had told me about Libby’s for awhile but then it fell off my radar. My husband and I finally went and we are so glad we did! Heather, our server, was incredibly well versed in wine (a favorite topic and pastime of mine) and also helped us choose a wonderful meal. Thank you Heather! We will be back. I highly recommend!

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RuthH
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Savor Sarasota event. Food portions were very large - a good thing!! Our server Heather was exceptional. She had great suggestions & was very attentive to our service. So glad we went.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was great in the beginning. Someone delivered one persons plate and we waited 7 minutes for the other 2. As it turned out they had delivered the wrong plate in the beginning. So my daughters food was cold by the time i we started eating. The host came over and Said she would have a manager come and that never happened.

Our actual server was lovely.

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DandEandM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Exceptional server

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JayK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server Sean excellent Great spirit! Food excellent. Unfortunately there was noisy family. Not sure who was louder, the mother or the 2 children. Kids screaming and mother encouraging.

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vipsashafoodie
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Libby’s was wonderful! The food and service a 10!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to have a nice Sunday Brunch. Libby's did not disappoint. Always enjoy going there.

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vippaulm
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent as was service.
Chairs were hard and had no backs. Noise level was very high.
Go for the food but watch where they try to seat you!

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vipDonS
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience3

We have eaten at Libby's several times but lost night was not a good experience. The restaurant was overwhelmed and it took 90 minutes to get our salad. Once the food arrived it was delicious but overall the meal took 2.5 hours. We ordered from the Savor Sarasota menu and they ran out of dessert. The manager was very nice and made adjustments to the bill. The server was very attentive but I think the kitchen was under staffed.

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vipHollyM
Milwaukee
38 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our first visit to Libby's and it was fine. The place was busy and we were celebrating a birthday but the approach in the restaurant felt as if we were in the way. Food was fine to good depending on the dish. I think I would give Libby's another try, but just casually.

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vipcarlaT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, vibe was great and our server, Ellie, was wonderful. My new “go to” place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Love the location .

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HollyJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an excellent experience at Libby’s, food was delicious it took a little bit longer to come out, but they were very busy. Always very accommodating and the staff is very friendly and professional.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on June 6, 2021

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

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Jezebel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress gave us a fantastic recommendation on the fish market special and we ended up ordering the same dish but we each selected a different style of cooking so it allowed us to taste each type. The Corvina fish was excellent!!! Would order that again in blackened style.

Libby's - Sarasota
Responded on June 6, 2021

Thank you Jezebel so much for taking the time to give us a review! We love feedback like this. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipTellThemMikeyBoySentYou
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we come to Sarasota to visit Mom, we always go to Libby's. The sidewalk view is great for people-watching, and the food and service are always top-notch.

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 2545 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.