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Libby's Cafe & Bar

1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
+1 941-487-7300
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Ranked #103 of 824 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
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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78% Recommend
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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The $15 early bird is usually excellent -- a selection of three courses, plus a glass of wine or beer. However... last year they moved the early bird hours to much earlier, so unless you want to eat dinner at standard Florida seniors' time, you probably won't get there for it. We missed it last time we went, and were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The food, service and atmosphere are terrific! If your local or visiting it's a must place to make as a regular favorite!

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Chicago, Illinois
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380 reviews 380 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Libby's Cafe and Bar, located on Osprey Avenue in trendy Southside Village across the street from Morton's Gourmet Market, is a great place to enjoy a lunch break from shopping or business. Friendly serves, large tables, comfortable environment, a $15 Early Bird Special that offers a glass of wine and a choice of three courses. If it's not too hot,... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was there for lunch! Very noisy! My lunch of grilled chicken and salad was awful! Chicken so dry it wax impossible to swallow!. Would not go again for lunch., can't speak to their dinners.

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Sarasota, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We dined at Libby's with a large group taking advantage of the Early Bird special. For $15 you get a glass of wine, and can choose dishes for three courses. The servers handled the large tables well and the choices included a lot of variety. The food itself was very good. This is a large restaurant that knows its business.

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65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Had a business lunch the other day sitting outside with the most beautiful day in Sarasota. The menu in innovative and upscale. The wait staff could not be more pleasant This truly is my favorite dinning choice in Sarasota

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Tampa, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We made reservations for lunch for my mother's 80th Birthday, a small group of family and had a great time. Not rushed at all, and the service was fabulous. It's not a fast food place, but a really nice dining experience, so I am sure it's even better at dinner, if that's possible. The waitress was very good, helpful, and... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Had brunch there on Sunday. Nice room, good service, good food. I bet the place rocks on a Friday or Saturday night.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We had dinner in Libby's on Father's Day. The menu was limited, compared to some restaurants but the food was very good. Service was good, with glasses of iced water being served almost immediately. The desserts were enormous - I suggest sharing them.

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