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Libby's Cafe & Bar

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American, Contemporary
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1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 (Hillview Ave.)
Within 1 block
+1 941-487-7300
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene
Description: Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe + Bar has won over the...
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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    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 30
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  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and server but other problems.

Libby's is a favorite place and we wanted to try the new lunch menu. To get to that right away: terrific! Wide variety of menu items, sizes, and prices, with nothing mundane. Even one's favorite comfort food item had an extra touch making it even better. Wait staff were again terrific, attentive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
MadagascarJoan
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Libby's is a favorite place and we wanted to try the new lunch menu. To get to that right away: terrific! Wide variety of menu items, sizes, and prices, with nothing mundane. Even one's favorite comfort food item had an extra touch making it even better. Wait staff were again terrific, attentive with no hovering. But I had reserved a... More 

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Thank MadagascarJoan
Wakefield, Rhode Island
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fellow dinner suggested we try Libby's because it looked like a nice restaurant, and it was close to an event we would be attending. We were glad we gave it a try. We arrived at 5:00, and we were surprised to find they offered an early bird menu...$16 for a glass of wine, choice of salad or soup, a... More 

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Thank patc909
Sarasota, Florida
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had not been to Libby's in a long while so when friends asked us to go for dinner we did. After a few minutes we remembered why we had not been back....the noise level was so loud we all had to shout at each other to be heard. We were so anxious to get out of there after dinner we... More 

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Thank Bette611
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A busy Saturday night in tourist season. We did not expect much,but were delightfully surprised. Pleasant hostess,great waiter,prompt service. Excellent meal. All four of us were very happy with our choices. Restaurant was a bit noisy,but it was a happy and hearty sound of people enjoying themselves. Bread was delicious, with a creamy butter and special cherry side that the... More 

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Thank barbara r
Sarasota, Florida
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice place to go for nice dining with good atmopshere. El Fresco available. Happy hour is among the top 10 in Sarasota

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Thank PKD924
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so disappointed. $30 for 4 average size scallops and $30 for three tiny paper thin lamb chops left us feeling ripped off. The salad ($8 extra) was the best part of the meal. We had heard good things about Libby's but it sure did not live up to expectations. Lots of better restaurants in the Sarasota area.

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Thank Janice M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been there several times for brunch and dinner. Interesting menus with some creative choices. My wife and I went once with four other couples. We each ordered a couple of items and passed them around. Delicious eating and a lot of fun. Nice sidewalk dining available. Parking is a little difficult, but there is a big lot across the... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Albany, New York
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243 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had tickets to the orchestra so we dined at an early hour. The fixed price menu was a p,easy to surprise. From 3:30-5:30, the $16 meal included a salad or soup, main dish, a glass of wine, and dessert. The meatloaf was served with potatoes and veggies. Although the potatoes were barely warm, the meatloaf was outstanding. The salmon... More 

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Thank Sheila L
Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Libby's multiples times over the last five years and for Brunch, Dinner, Catered Events, Happy Hour, and Special Meals. Their food is creative and great. Their staff is well trained. However their website is not accurate. I most recently was there for Brunch before the holidays and had spent a lot of time on their menu... More 

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Thank Jennie C
Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is terrible. The attempt at fusion utterly fails. So, I always make certain I've had something to eat before I meet friends for a glass or wine or a martini.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1917 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
    (Hillview Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Within 1 block
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-487-7300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
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 - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?