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Libby's Cafe & Bar

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American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1917 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3617 (Hillview Ave.)
+1 941-487-7300
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a very nice lunch at the outdoor tables of Libby's. Menu is very unique with quite a variety of offbeat options - such as a burger with brisket in the mix. Server was friendly but could have been MUCH more attentive.

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Thank EmptyNesters007-38
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughts on our menu. Although we like to stay current with the times we carefully try to balance that with good old fashioned comfort food. We do have high expectations of our service staff and we're sorry we fell short there. Please come by and see me so I may have the opportunity to make it... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ordered the kayto? salad, was absolutely spectacular! So many flavors blended so well together. Also ordered the hamburger with Parmesan fries.... will definitely not order that again, others will probably enjoy, we didn't... All around was a great lunch, the service was tops! Will definitely return.

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Thank Cindi G
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Our Katsu Salad has a wonderful flavor profile and has been a hit since adding it to the menu. We're glad you enjoyed it! We are sorry though that the burger wasn't what you expected. I'd like to hear your opinion on it so the next time you are in please ask for me. Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

University Park, Florida
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85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined outside, excellent service, wonderful Sauvignon blanc and well prepared anti muffalotta and grouper sandwich.

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Thank sib715
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you! With over 100 different wine options here there are quite a few nice whites and reds to compliment our food. Of course it doesn't hurt to be dining in this weather outside in February! We hope to see you again soon, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Charleston
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for lunch on the recommendation of a local before heading to the airport. The setting was very nice; we enjoyed the outdoor tables. Our server was delightful and very professional. The wine was great. Our appetizer of buffalo cauliflower was very tasty. Then things took a turn for the worst. I excitedly ordered the Faroe island salmon, as it... More 

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Thank Vanneyoung
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

We agree, it should have been great. Our Faroe Island Salmon is typically one of our most complimented dishes so I will review this with our chef. I can only hope to try and assure you that it is indeed as advertised, fresh from the Faroe Islands. The Gulf Grouper BLT is a newer menu item for us so again,... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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573 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking for a nice place, inside or out, with good service and an eclectic menu; Libby's is the place. It's not a steak house although you can get one, but fresh fish is in abundance. There is a variety of different dishes with a gourmet twist and you cannot skip the little cheese rolls. Always a good meal.

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Thank JordanS8
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

I think the cheese biscuits are as important to the meal as the actual item! Thanks so much for the kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding staff and amazing food. Could not say enough about Libby's. We had our wedding reception here but it was last minute planning the day before the wedding and they were the kindest most accommodating group of people I've ever worked with. I had the grouper BLT as my choice with a salad and French fries it was delicious. Libby's... More 

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KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Our catering and sales manager Kim works hard to make sure you don't have to! We're glad we could be there for you on your special day and hope to see you and your family again soon. Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the restaurant for the second time in three weeks to be sure that our first experience was not unusual. We enjoyed our food and the overall experience so much that perhaps it was not the norm - but it is. Our second visit on February 17 was truly remarkable. We sat outside on a pleasant day. We had... More 

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Thank Jerry S
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you Jerry. I don't think you can beat sitting outside this time of year. Especially if the food and beverage are as good as the weather! Hope to see you again soon, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cannot say enough great things about this place! We've never had a bad meal here but my favorites are the calamari and the lamb. We usually sit at the bar, Travis and Michael are always fun and they make a killer martini!

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KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Travis and Michael are key members to our bar team and happy they took great care of you. Our double dragon calamari and shrimp is definitely a great way to start the night off and the lamb is hard to beat as well. Next time I invite you to try our homemade Dutch Apple Baby. It's a classic baked-to-order caramel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

14 of us dined at Libby's last night in a pre-arranged private room. One of the men asked a server if they were serving meatloaf tonight. The server said, "Meatloaf is our signature dish. We have it every night." I didn't know that. It is not on the menu. It is Kobe meatloaf served with potato purée and broccolini. Paired... More 

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KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

The Kobe meatloaf with it's special blend of seasoning, topped with a sunnyside egg and black ale onion ring has a bit of a Libby's underground following and glad you got a chance to enjoy it! We do offer it as a daily special so don't hesitate to ask for it again the next time you come in. Hope to... More 

Osprey, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch was excellent and the server was attentive. I'd call it sort of a "yuppy" Restaurant. Menu items were not at all bland but very inventive. Nice beer selection. A little pricey.

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Thank mike201wbw
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review! I did want to let you know that from 4-6pm we have 17 menu items at 25% off for our Sunset Dining program as well as our Happy Hour from 4-7pm. Both are seven days a week! Hope to see you soon, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
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 - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1917 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3617
    (Hillview Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Within 1 block
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-487-7300
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?