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Libby's Cafe & Bar

1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
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Ranked #118 of 807 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance
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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77% Recommend
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Bradenton, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Beautiful old building with mixed modern art and lighting. Excellent food, service and staff - a well run establishment! I had the Pear Tortellini and it was wonderful! The salad was fresh, the menu has gluten free and healthy options. A neat part of Sarasota and shops to browse in afterwards. A very pleasant experience!!! :)

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Venice, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lovely restaurant, very good food nicely presented. Only downfall is the acoustics. Was crowded when I was there and was difficult to hear person across the table. Very. Use place.

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Sarasota, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I should have known,went recently for a dinner business meeting and it was then mediocre at best;but my wife wanted to have lunch outdoors and it seemed like a good idea to try it and seek redemption.The waiters T-shirt was dirty and had a hole on it.We ask about specials and was told only the menu was available;table next to... More

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Essex Jct. VT
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was our second visit to Libby's, the first for dinner. Our waiter never seemed to be present when we wanted him. We all enjoyed our meals and I would be happy to make a return visit.

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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Second review of this place in two months, and I must say it was much worse this time. We took some friends who were in town there for happy hour before going to dinner at another restaurant, and had some drinks and appetizers. It was so loud in the bar it was unbearable. Was in there a week ago and... More

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Orono, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We have been visiting Sarasota for many years, but never dined at this spot. What a treat. Attentive service, knowledgeable servers and first-rate food. For the area, not pricey and the menu is varied enough that we were easily able to find some delightful items. The crab cakes are outstanding and the Key Lime pie is the best I have... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This lively restaurant is busy for lunch and dinner. The food preparation is creative, prices are moderate and the service is always excellent. My husband particularly enjoys the iceberg lettuce wedge salad, served with both blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles, as well as tomatoes, chunks of thick bacon and a rolled up slice of ham. My favorite is... More

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Burlington, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Went here for dinner and had a great meal. The meatloaf is to die for. I had the short ribs and they were very good. Would definitely eat there again.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Searched for "bloody mary Sarasota" and found great food and a great fun way to kick of our Saturday. The five of us ate at the bar and we were treated to great service, very creative bloodies and some food much more interesting than your average brunch fare. For a place this appealing, there were still some deals to be... More

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South Burlington, Vermont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Have been to Libby's three times this winter and have a reservation for another visit. Great menu selection, knowledgable servers though sometimes slow, fair prices, and good atmosphere. When busy though, can be very noisy, so not a place for quiet conversation. That' she only reason I don't give a five rating.

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