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Libby's Cafe & Bar

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American, Bar, Contemporary
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1917 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3617 (Hillview Ave.)
+1 941-487-7300
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Traverse City, Michigan
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I recently took my parents to Libby's for a celebratory dinner while visiting in Florida. I had previously been there and it lived up to its reputation! They have a pleasant wine list and an excellent bar for mixed drinks. I ordered a Caesar salad and then had the Kobe meatloaf which was outstanding! For dessert, we had the Dutch... More 

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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whether you eat out on the sidewalk cafe or inside (on those hot days) you won't regret dining at Libby's. We've been eating there every time we visit Sarasota for over 3 years and haven't had a bad meal yet. Their salmon salad is a favorite - but everything we've ordered has been great.

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Michigan
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an outdoor table on a beautiful warm evening. Our waiter was fun and attentive. The little basket of biscuits served before the meal was delicious. I was disappointed though with the waygu beef meatloaf sandwich I split with my Mom. Neither of us really liked it--the meatloaf was a bit mushy and indistinct. I'd go back but order... More 

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Yorktown Heights
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed dining outside and service was good but was disappointed in the food. Sounded wonderful on the menu but only average in its preparation. Varied and interesting menu but fell short of fine dining. Maybe it was an off night?

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

We always appreciate feedback, positive or negative. If you don't mind I would love to hear from you more about your experience. Please email me, kevin@tableseide.com. We would love the opportunity to make it right! Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

South Bend, Indiana
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have had both lunch and dinner at Libby's and have always been pleased with our dining experience. We knew we would arrive in Sarasota at the peak dinner hour so rather than fight the crowds downtown or in Siesta Key village, we made a reservation at Libby's. We were seated promptly in a full dining room by a pleasant... More 

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

Thank you Madeline! We strive each day to make it better than the day before and am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience here. PS the Dutch Baby is my favorite! Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Pa.
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

spent a friends 65th birthday there.Food is excellent service is excellent and the live music was amazing! Thank you Libby's!

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

So glad you enjoyed yourselves and thanks so much for thinking of us for your celebration! Hope to see you again soon Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

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

After not visiting Libby's for more than a year or 2, I was pleasantly reminded of what a gem this spot is. Good brunch is a dime a dozen, but the service at Libby's allows it to rise to the top. From the host, to the manager, Molly, who chatted with us and ensured we were taken care of, to... More 

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

We're thrilled you decided to come back and have brunch with us. After 9 years in this location we seen a few places come and go but great food and service has always been our recipe for success! I hope you keep us in mind again soon! Regards, Kevin Hagerty More 

Sarasota, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Libby's for Christmas Eve and had a lovely time! The biggest hits at our table were the mac & cheese and the biscuits, but it was all delicious. I had the pear tortellini special and it was very flavorful. My sister had the meatloaf and loved it. The portions are big and the menu is pretty extensive.... More 

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

Thanks Megan we're glad you enjoyed it! You are absolutely correct in that Christmas Eve is definitely one of our busiest days of the year. That being said, I'm sorry it was noticeable. Our goal is to give great service no matter the occasion and hope you come back again soon to see that. Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Parrish, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an excellent dinner there tonight. I ordered the grouper topped with crab meat and lobster mashed potatoes. My wife had trout. Both were cooked perfectly and portions were generous. Real lumps of lobster in the meshed potatoes. Our server, Adam was great too.

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Thank rmt400
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Fresh caught gulf grouper and trout flown in daily from Idaho makes all the difference! Thanks so much for letting us know you enjoyed it. Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here for first time and split entrees on trout and filet. Great trout and tenderest filet I have ever had. A little expensive but worth it!!

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

Our hand cut tenderloin sure makes for a great filet! Thanks so much for letting us know you enjoyed your time. Regards, 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
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?