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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Libby's is one of my favorite Sarasota restaurants and I eat here often so I wanted to introduce my new friend to the restaurant. We went for the prix fixe menu and in general were quite pleased with the food. The negatives were the Brussels sprout base on the crispy goat cheese (very strange... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Libby's is one of my favorite Sarasota restaurants and I eat here often so I wanted to introduce my new friend to the restaurant. We went for the prix fixe menu and in general were quite pleased with the food. The negatives were the Brussels sprout base on the crispy goat cheese (very strange flavor) and the fact that they... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Five of us gathered at Libby's for wine, appetizers and good laughs. We all agreed the truffle fries and calamari were the most tasty. Cheeseburger flatbread, pumpkinseed flatbread and lettuce wraps not as good. Service was prompt and efficient. Happy hour pricing on wine was a good value. We will return. Judging from the crowd in the bar, Libby's Happy... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

we have been to this restaurant a number of times before but think it over before going back. the selection of food was very limited and not what we remember from the past. the service was great and very friendly. the food tended to be quite spicy.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We have been to Libby's several times, but not in about a year. Made reservations a few days prior and specifically asked if the happy hour food prices could be honored in the dining room (we were celebrating a special occasion and didn't want to sit at the bar). Was told on the phone, that we could get food AND... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband & I stopped in here for a couple after dinner drinks. I had the Barista & he had the Bluegrass & Blackberries. Both drinks were amazing! They apparently have a happy hour from 4-7pm daily, I think we will have to try it out!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My husband and I were really excited to visit Libby's for their Happy Hour because people kept telling us how great it was. Unfortunately, all of that hype left us very disappointed. Libby's is average in terms of just about everything. The menu was limited - flatbreads, a plain burger, one salad, hummus, etc. We ordered 2 flatbreads and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Savor Sarasota brought us in but the food and service will keep us coming back. Paul was very attentive and informative. Prixe menu was a steal. $16.00 3 courses before 5:30. Korean ribs and tomato soup were outstanding. Meatloaf a treat. Plenty of food. Looking forward to returning!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

To narrow down my review: location/ restaurant very nice but food was boring, service sucked. Disappointed, expected more for the money we spent. Will not return. Our waiter barely spoke two words to us each time he came to our table and was more interested in the Bolts game than waiting on us. The starter muffins before the app and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We have eaten at Libbys several time mostly at lunch and a few times at dinner. The menu items are unique and alway excellent as well as the service. Try the banana cream pie for desert, it's Great!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We chose this restaurant due to the positive reviews and appealing menu. We left with a horrible aftertaste in our mouths as well as being completely disrespected by a idiot of a manager. We are a family of 6 (all adults) on vacation in Sarasota from the UK. - Everything went downhill from here - We ordered a variety of... More 

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Additional Information about Libby's Cafe & Bar

Address: 1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone Number: +1 941-487-7300
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Contemporary

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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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