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Libby's Cafe & Bar

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1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 (Hillview Ave.)
Within 1 block
+1 941-487-7300
Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe + Bar has won over the...
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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Casual Elegant

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
table during March Madness Final Four

made reservations were seated right away-inside wasn't busy-someone reviewed that it was hard to hear across table on their visit-we had no problem-service was excellent-food was good-could get very pricey if you ordered sides or salads. crab cakes were good- drink selection also excellent

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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narvon, pa
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narvon, pa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

made reservations were seated right away-inside wasn't busy-someone reviewed that it was hard to hear across table on their visit-we had no problem-service was excellent-food was good-could get very pricey if you ordered sides or salads. crab cakes were good- drink selection also excellent

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I have been to Libby's several times and except for the high level of noise (making conversations difficult), I have usually enjoyed my experience there. The food is usually fresh and delicious. But Easter Brunch was an exception. Our reservations were honored in a timely manner and it went downhill from there. It was a buffet and the traffic pattern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Libby's was a tremendous place to attend a rehearsal dinner. Great menu options and very helpful staff. I had the steak for my main course and the strawberry shortcake for dessert. Simply amazing. Everyone loved their dishes - would definitely recommend for dinner or a special event.

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Sarasota, Florida, USA
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14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Reservations are almost a must as the place was jumping. But first, the Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar. Six vodkas to choose from - plus a whole array of veggies, fruit, bacon and olives to throw in your glass. On to the brunch specialities - we had one Libbypalooza plated beautifully with white cheddar scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes with maple... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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78 reviews 78 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Libbys does a great job delivering quality food and quality service on a consistent basis. We have been to Libbys on 2 or 3 other occasions and they never fail to impress. Crab cakes were tender, moist and flavorful, clam chowder was very good as was the steak. Our server Heather was very comfortable table side explaining the menu and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Sat outside at noon. Started with a bottle of Sencere white wine and the calamari/shrimp app. Both deelish. Leah the server was great. The grouper lunch entree w garlic kale and mashed potatoes was amazing. Finished with the barista coffee martini and the strawberry shortcake. Again both amazing. Well done Libby's.

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florida
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50 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Even with the entire front of the store open to the sidewalk tables, it was impossible to carry on a conversation. With better acoustics Libby's would rate a solid 5. Food and wine are excellent. Event though this is the highest part of season they have a 3 course Prix Fix menu before 5:30. What really sets Libby's apart is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

On many of our annual visits to Siesta Key we have had the pleasure to dine at this restaurant. Well situated, excellent staff, great value dining in an attractive environment. For a couple of hours each evening there is an excellent value senior citizens menu. Limited but well selected food,excellently presented and includes a glass of wine. A real must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Our friend ordered 2 main items from the menu....I had the Caesar salad and soup. My husband is a vegan and ordered the fig dish which he wasn't thrilled with. The drinks were superb!! Great atmosphere..outside eating and great people watching! Will return.

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Sarasota, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This wonderful restaurant/bar boasts a great menu for brunch lunch and dinner. My favorite is the bloody mary on Sunday brunch is wonderful. Located out of the way quaint shopping area Libby's is worth a trip. Unusual menu items and specials are all part of mix. Come sit outdoors on a nice winter day and enjoy people watching. You will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
    (Hillview Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Within 1 block
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-487-7300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?