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“Nice Surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Baci

Cafe Baci
4001 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3647
941-921-4848
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Ranked #25 of 807 restaurants in Sarasota
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!
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Baci. Very busy, family run establishment. Nice atmosphere - good vibe, happy diners. Staff was very attentive. Impressed with the complimentary small antipasto plate served with house made bread and bread sticks. Nice touch. Food was tasty. Pleasant evening out.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cortlandt Manor, New York, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“High Prices, inferior qualtiy”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We dined there last night 3-17-13. We had wine and a negroni for cocktails which were fine. We shared the pasta with carbonara and shrimp. Carbonara in the Roman style does not have cream or peas. This dish had both and was bland. The small shrimp wer undercooked. The waiter asked for us to add chese, which is an Italian culinary faux pas. I had the arugala salad with pears and walnuts. The walnuts were smoked and the pears were bitter and not ripe and did not blend well. Too much venegar as well. We both had the grouper with shrimp. When the dishes came I could smell fish in the air which leads me to suspect the grouper, indigenous to Florida was not fesh. Dessert was vanilla ice cream and creme brulle, both were fine. The wait staff asked repeatedly about how dinner was, I did not have the heart to tell them what I really thought. The cost with tip was around 145. Not even close to being worth the price.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Munhall
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place to go in Sarasota”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you're looking for an all around extremely good restaurant, this is it. The food is always great, the atmosphere is good and the people are very friendly. I have been here a number of times and always had a great experience

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Fabulous food, good atmosphere, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Cafe Baci is a wonderful place to get great food in a quiet, friendly atmosphere, with excellent service.

We frequently go to Cafe Baci because we can count on a great experience. We love the food: Their pasta and seafood is the BEST anywhere and my husband won't even bother ordering eggplant parmesan anywhere else because it's so outstanding at Cafe Baci. The bread and dipping sauce is fabulous. The seafood is fresh and delicious. We've loved everything we've ever ordered here. Chef Roberto Mei is a genius!

The atmosphere is just right: active enough to be fun, but quiet enough that you can enjoy dinner conversation with your friends.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cranston, Rhode Island
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Word of Mouth- DELICIOUS!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

During a layover in route to Siesta Key, FL my husband and I met a lovely woman from Sarasota and passed the time discussing local restaurants. She highly recommended Cafe Baci and are we glad she did. It has become our favorite place to dine.
The ambience is perfect with old world decore and just enough lighting. The food rivals our own Rhode Island best Italian dishes and homemade pastas. Of my favorites at Cafe Baci is the Eggplant Parmigiana-thinly sliced rounds of lightly breaded eggplant towered high and layered with parmigiana and mozzerella then topped with a delicious red sauce. My husband claims the Chicken Parmigian and Pasta Fagioli are the best he's ever had. He often has seafood dishes such as Shrimp Fra Diavolo or the Frutti DiMare.
The portions are plentiful and I've never had a problem with simple substitutions. The staff is pleasant and proficient. We have proudly brought many of our RI visiting friends there and been happily accomodated and they have been very impressed with the food and reasonable prices.
Owner Roberto Mei and his son Michael have always been cheerfully present with warm greetings and work to make sure all customers enjoy the best of Cafe Baci. We will continue to spread the delicious word "you've got to go to Cafe Baci."

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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