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Libby's Cafe & Bar

1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
+1 941-487-7300
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Ranked #102 of 821 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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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
353 reviews 353 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I grew up in New England and have had crab cakes many times, but I've never had crab cakes as good as they were at Libby's, the best ever. We are going back tonight, so I can have the crab cakes again before we head back home to Wisconsin.

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Sarasota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Libby's well earns it's reputation as the best happy hour spot in town. The waitstaff is excellent, and the menu is varied enough to please all tastes. The fish tacos and hummus are my favorites. I wish the latter was served with veggies, but I always order a side of pita bread and am happy. If someone in your party... More

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Top Contributor
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45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If your looking for the number one place in SRQ fort lunch or dinner go here! The wait staff has been there for years no turnover they are friendly and attentive Plus the food is incredible Drinks are the tops!

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