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Cafe Baci

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4001 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3647 (Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail)
+1 941-921-4848
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At Café Baci, we strive to perfectly recreate the full Italian experience...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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From the moment we walked in, this was a special meal. We were met by Lorraine, a fantastic host, and she explained all the specials and explained how several of the dishes were prepared. We were immediately given an antipasto and a bread basket while we waited for our appetizers....really really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
msmith
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Tampa, Fl
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Tampa, Fl
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142 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

From the moment we walked in, this was a special meal. We were met by Lorraine, a fantastic host, and she explained all the specials and explained how several of the dishes were prepared. We were immediately given an antipasto and a bread basket while we waited for our appetizers....really really good. We ordered a variety and my friend and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The service is excellent, the staff are attentive, warm and polite. The appetizer that I had is one of those foods that you keep reminiscing about, long after you have eaten it. We had the Baci Sachets, oh my they are "little pillows" filled with four cheeses and black truffle, and the sauce is a sun dried tomato cream sauce... More 

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Sarasota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Reservations were made and Baci's was full, yet we were seated right on time. The restaurant is the highest quality Italian food yet quite a wonderful atmosphere. We asked for Suzanne to be our server. She is the best and from our hometown area. She also takes care of Anniversary Parties upstairs which we did a year ago. This is... More 

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Rowlett, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I live in Texas but my elderly mother lives in Sarasota, and when I come to visit her (twice monthly) we always try to dine here at least once. Our last visit here (8/2015) was typical of all of our visits. Service is pleasant, cordial, and efficient. We make our reservations through Opentable, which allows us to enter in a... More 

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Boca Raton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

An interesting combination of authentic, high quality Italian food in a friendly, unstuffy atmosphere. The Eggplant Parm and Veal Marsala were both excellent, and the tiramisu was probably the best we've ever had. A very nice, well priced wine list too. Clientele was a bit on the older side, so we felt like the youngest in the room:)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We went the Cafe Baci to have a change of pace from seafood on our vacation and it was excellent! It is quiet and somewhat formal but the service was very good and attentive to us even with the restaurant being busy, and the gnocchi was out of this world. From reading other reviews and what I experienced there seams... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed an anniversary dinner at Baci, our first time there. It's not really a cafe so don't be fooled by the name. Their menu has a variety of dishes to appeal to the meat and seafood lovers. My husband enjoyed the delicious pork chop (which I tasted) and I had sea bass which was perfectly cooked. Because we booked online... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This Italian restaurant has been in Sarasota for many decades. The portions are large, the service and ambiance are good, and the prices are moderate to high. My wife's Ceasar Salad was bland, but my Gorganzola Salad was very good. We both enjoyed the Veal Parm, very much. In season, reservations are suggested.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Cafe Baci has consistently good fresh food and a diverse menu. The veal, seafood, pasta, salads, and antipasti are authentic and tasty. Just what you would expect from owner Roberto Mei who maintains his Italian family roots and has run this Sarasota institution for decades. He has a dedicated local following, especially friends who appreciate excellent food and drink. You... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Two couples were looking to go for a very late lunch. The first place we selected was closed so we decided to try Cafe Baci; however, because Cafe Baci stops serving lunch after 2:30, we spent a few hours shopping and exploring the area and returned around 4:30 by which time they were serving supper. Since it was before 5pm... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4001 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3647
    (Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-921-4848

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?