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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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 181
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent seafood in a nice setting

We met a friend here while visiting Sarasota. He had made reservation. Restaurant has nice ambiance and service was very attentive. The three dishes we had were grilled snapper, grilled salmon and corn flake crusted shrimp. All were served hot and attractively presented. They have full menu... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Lbs58
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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380 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We met a friend here while visiting Sarasota. He had made reservation. Restaurant has nice ambiance and service was very attentive. The three dishes we had were grilled snapper, grilled salmon and corn flake crusted shrimp. All were served hot and attractively presented. They have full menu including non seafood items. There is parking in lot just across street. We... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A friend who lives in Sarasota recommended this restaurant several years ago, and it's still our favorite. It's reasonably priced, beautiful, friendly and the food is delicious. We go there every time we're in town! Amazing happy hour & early bird dinner deals.

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Cross Junction, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Elegant, classic surroundings and a superb offering of nouveau American food. Service was excellent, portions reasonable and nicely presented. Parking somewhat difficult but also available at Morton's market parking lot across the street.

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Libby's is a fun neighborhood restaurant. We were able to eat outside and enjoy the Florida weather. Our food was terrific. We started with their famous deviled eggs and oysters, both presented well and very tasty. I had the crusted gulf shrimp. Once again great. Others at the table had the tacos and the pork chop and everyone enjoyed theirs.... More 

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After playing golf my wife and I were looking for a place to stop to have a good meal and a glass of wine. We found Libbys on trip advisor, it was on our way, so we decided to stop. We were in golf attire and at first we felt a little under dressed. The decor was upscale, the place... More 

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Reading, Massachusetts
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150 reviews 150 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Four of us went for lunch. The place was full and we were fortunate we did not have to wait for a table. The menu was varied and inviting. We each ordered something different and no one was disappointed. The service was efficient and professional. The prices were on the high side but we were all satisfied with the experience.

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Sarasota, FL
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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting restaurant. Unusual menu and well cooked and presented food. The facility is first class. The major issue with this restaurant is the Noise! Noise! Noise! Hard to have a conversation without shouting. It is for this reason that I cannot give this restaurant five stars. Service was good.

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montpelier, vt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I bypassed the restaurant I was really interested in to try this place. It was promising. They have a mamosas/Mary bar that you can almost make your own. It was tasty but I've had better that knock you on your butt. The deviled egg with aviary app was decent. I had the lamb burger medium and parmesan truffle fries. The... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Food is delicious and unique. The chef has some great pairings of ingredients as well as fun and different salads. The service was excellent, only downfall was the restaurant to dinnertime is so poorly lit we were unable to see our food. Reading the menu in the dimly lit room was also a challenge.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

libbys is our "go to" after the farmers market on saturdays we live on boca boca grande, an island a hour+ to the south location has great out door or open to the street seating creative menu options with an emphasis on luxurious, fun food all prepared very very well the staff is attentive, well trained & knollegable wine program... 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?