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Libby's Cafe & Bar

1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
+1 941-487-7300
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Ranked #102 of 828 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $30
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Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hillview Ave.
Transit: Within 1 block
Description: Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe + Bar has won over the hearts and palates of Sarasota diners and visitors since opening in October 2008. Its Modern American cuisine includes creative Asian and Italian influences with small and large plate options. Whether it’s enjoying a Happy Hour special, lunch, Sunday Brunch, dinner or a special occasion event in the private dining room, value, quality and service consistency is paramount for this family owned café that thrives on genuine hospitality.
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English first
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Libby's brings in a great crowd for happy hour. The drinks and food are always pretty good. I would recommend going here.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I recently went to Libby's for dinner and we were really surprised. We did not expect such a diverse menu. Our waiter--Joe--was outstanding providing excellent choices for appetizers, dinner, and dessert. I had the meatloaf which was topped by a fried egg----and if Joe had not explained what it was I would have never guessed. What a... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We ate ate Libby's twice this week because it had been recommended. The first time, the service was horrible…we could barely get the waiter's attention, it took forever to get a glass of wine. We left after two average appetizers. The second time, it was a different waiter and the service was pleasant and the food was good. The menu... More

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was at Libby’s for lunch with the girls and looked at the pan-seared local grouper for $20. It came with mashed potato, garlic kale and a lemon butter sauce. I did not want the garlic kale and the waitress suggested the local grouper from the “simply grilled” section of the menu which came with thin beans for $25. I... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Driving along Osprey Avenue returning from an excursion from Siesta Key back to Longboat Key, we noticed a lovely looking restaurant called Libby's. Reviews were good on several sites - and they were all right! Place is casual chic, friendly welcoming staff. Variety of clientele (groups of families, friends, couples) that night for supper but we found a quiet table... More

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Ann Arbor Mi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Had lunch here recently and it was truly outstanding. Service was very professional. Nicely decorated dining area with comfortable seating. Everything we tasted was delicious. It's been an interesting neighborhood with some Snobby ladies who lunch types ,but don't let that deter you from an outstanding experience at Libbys

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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I come to Libby's everytime I go to Sarasota, and although the present menu is not as good as my last trip, I still find it as the best. I have tried other well rated at Trip advisor but none can be compared to Libby's

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were in the mood for something a little nicer than tiki hut food, but not something fancy, and we happened upon Libby's. It was very highly ranked here at Trip Advisor, Yelp and Open Table, and was only a 15 minute drive from our condo at Siesta Key. And it was just what we needed. The decor is modern... More

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Sarasota, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Took friends from Columbus, OH to Libby's for the first time. Ate inside at a booth. Atmosphere was lively but not overly noisy. Our wait person was excellent. The bar was a little slow but the drinks were delicious. Had couple of them. Food came out in perfect time. First Corn crab chowder and salads - the Chopped, Caprese Stacker... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I went to Libby's for the first time for the early bird special. Make reservations, dine before 5:15, and you get starter, entree, dessert and a glass of wine or beer for just $15! I didn't expect anything special, but Wow! The tomato soup was incredible. Also had a greens salad with walnuts and goat cheese, and my entree of... More

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