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Libby's Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, 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 - 10:00 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Sugary sweet scallops along with awesome appetizers makes Libby's a great neighborhood gem. We sat outside and the neighborhood is charming. Get the buffalo spiced cauliflower and the deviled eggs. A great local restaurant.

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Thank Thomas G
Highlands, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like the setting at Libby's. It's great for a single because they have a very long bar seating area and nice outdoor tables. I had fish tacos for lunch and was a little disappointed. I love fish tacos and the presenttion was just not waht I hoped for. Last night I had the seared scalops at the bar and... More 

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Thank swiftie8123
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback but would love to hear more about the tacos! If you get the chance to come back please ask for me so I can get more information for our chef. Travis is a great member of the team and glad he was able to take care of you. Thanks again, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Englewood, Florida
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all this place was fantastic you can sit outside, you can sit in the main area and then off to the side there's like this really cool sort of South Beach inspired Lounge area that you can have the dinner menu and there were musicians playing . It had red curtains and red lights and it was really... More 

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Thank Goldylox3
KevinH1917, General Manager at Libby's Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

We're thrilled you found our L Bar at Libby's! The L Bar is located on the side of our full service restaurant Libby's and is definitely a lot of fun. Starting in January we'll have a full slate of entertainment on a weekly basis so be sure to check back with us about the schedule. The chef was also very... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for drinks and nibbles about 5.30 and found a table in the designated bar are. In fact we tried several tables in an attempt to escape the hootin and hollering and loud to the point of shouting conversations. The service was friendly and efficient and the snacks although a little overpriced were good. There is parking on street and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback. Having such a good happy hour with reduced prices on both food and beverage can definitely attract a lively crowd from 4 to 7pm, seven days a week. I'm not sure if you had the chance to see our new happy hour featuring 4 different slider options (2 for $5) or the $6... More 

Venice, Florida
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a friend's 87 birthday and 10 of us sat at a round table. Service was good, food was tasty just a little slow with drinks. It was a nice evening in Sarasota so the doors were open for a real cafe atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant.

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

Thank you so much for thinking of us for the celebration! I will share this review with the bar team and make sure we do a better job of getting the drinks out in a more timely manner. Thanks for the feedback as always! Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Toronto, Canada
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we like this restaurant and wish that we could rate Libby's higher, we just can't. We come here every year because we like eating in this sidewalk cafe setting. This year I had the Clam Chowder which was very good. However, the seafood tacos were not what I was hoping for nor was the Kobe Meatloaf that my wife... More 

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

We appreciate your feedback but would love to hear more about your tacos and meatloaf. If you do have the chance to visit us again please ask for me so that I may look further into this. Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As an avid brunch goer I rate Libby's as one of, if not THE best in the Sarasota area. I dined on 11/6 with my family and a few friends.. While we were waiting our server Joe stopped in just to touch base with us on the progress of the table preparation. Very thoughtful and courteous. Libby's offers a beautifully... More 

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

That's so nice to hear! We have received some good feedback from our guests about all of our new menus and will continue to work hard to make sure we keep the momentum going. I have shared your review with both our Chef and Joe, your server. They were both thrilled that your experience was top notch. Hope to see... More 

Muskogee, Oklahoma
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100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After a morning at busy Armand Circle, we were ready for a little less busy and a little more civilized dining. Libby's did not disappoint. Tucked away on Osprey, this neighborhood bistro is a local favorite. With a French cafe feel, the outside/ inside seating offers great people watching as Sarasota's finest go about their daily lives. The service is... More 

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

We can't thank you enough for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Our new brunch, lunch and dinner menus have been very well received and I'm excited to hear that our service staff is continuing to live up to our expectations! Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Toronto Ontario
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107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

We did Sunday brunch here recently and it was great. I love their Bloody Mary bar - can't go wrong picking your vodka, type of mix (spicy is awesome) and then being able to add a ton of things to it. The little cubes of bacon are amazing. Service is always excellent and enough menu choices to please everyone. We... More 

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Thank cynjoy
Management response:

Our new Sunday brunch format seems to be a hit and can't thank you enough for letting us know we're on the right track! Hope to see you again soon. Regards, Kevin Hagerty General Manager More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Fresh food, nice ambience and good wine list. Wish this restaurant was located closer to where we live! If we had one extra night, we would have returned to this restaurant for another meal.

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Thank Lovetoeatfresh
Management response:

We appreicate your feedback as we value the opnions of guests. Keep us in mind if you're ever back in Sarasota! 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, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television
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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