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Cafe Baci

4001 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3647
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Ranked #17 of 824 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
Description: At Café Baci, we strive to perfectly recreate the full Italian experience. From the moment you walk through our door, you sense the difference and you feel the culture. The atmosphere here is enchanting and peaceful, the Italian cuisine reminiscent of that created by some of the greatest Italian Chefs. Relax and enjoy your stay with us. Savor the delicate flavors of history. Close your eyes, breathe deeply….you are in Italy, if but only for a moment. Buon appetito!
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87% Recommend
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English first
Venice, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

An elegant experience with great food at a modest price. We arrive around 4 pm and had the early-bird special menu. Chicken marsala was great and our friends raved about the meatball soup. You won't go wrong at Cafe Baci, the service and atmosphere were great. You also won't have to worry about a noisy dining experience!

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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and 2 teenaged sons enjoyed a fantastic evening at Cafe Baci tonight. We go to Sarasota every other year and have often debated where to enjoy our final meal for our visit. We've been hesitant to go to Baci since my husband used to eat at the sister restaurant in NY city a couple times a month. He... More

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Miami, Florida
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232 reviews 232 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Based on TA, we came here. The menu is ala carte. We ordered salads which were tasty and fresh. The seafood pastas were loaded with seafood! The seafood was fresh and properly prepared. The sauces were delicious. Service was very attentive. A basket of bread and breadsticks is initially presented. The tab for three of us was $80. A little... More

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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My girlfriend and I reserved a table ahead of time, so we were promptly seated by the host. Almost immediately after sitting down, we were treated with an antipasti plate. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. We both ordered one of the specials of the day - a pasta dish with shrimp and scallops. It was fantastic! And in... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Service was good, but the atmosphere in restaurant was not that nice. It was dark, and had an "old" smell... Food was ok, but portions way too big (but that is just how it is in the US..).

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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 15, 2014

For years, we have been driving down Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) in Sarasota from Southgate to Gulfgate and looking at the Cafe Baci sign without giving it much notice or respect. But this year, I decided to do something different. We would go to a lot of restaurants, never the same one twice, so my wife could take a vacation... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have to admit that I had low expectations going in. The outside sign is a bit much and screams predictable italian food. We went with another couple. I am happy to report that in spite of looks the food and service were quite good. Yes , an older crowd but very pleasant and everything we eat we enjoyed. Good... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our first time there we had a party of 9 with 3 birthdays we had a great waitress Theresa who was very accommodating the restaurant provided a antipasto for our table on the house very unexpected but delicious. Every one enjoyed their dinners and the desserts were exquisite! !! The best creme Brule ever! Homemade Tiramisu complimentary to the b... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you are reading this in Italy and you plan a trip to Sarasota, Florida, we have good news for you. Roberto Mei is a fifth generation Roman restaurateur. The food is so good you probably will not want to go back home. Then you can eat at Cafe Baci everyday. John & Monica

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Unbelievable how good this place was. Best lasagna I've had. Wife isn't a big fan of Italian and she loved it. Ask for Suzanne, extremely friendly ppl🍴🍷🍻

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