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“New Owner, Bad Results”
Review of Cafe Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano
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Ranked #53 of 1,065 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Canal
Description: Cafe Gabbiano is the best Italian fine dining experience on Siesta Key! We invite you to enjoy our carefully prepared authentic Italian cuisine and a world class selection of wine.
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Last year we raved about the quality of food at this restaurant. We couldn't wait to try it again when we arrived here in Florida for the winter. In New Hampshire, there is an old saying.... "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". Sadly, the new owners seemed to have never heard that expression. The bread is now for toothless people, instead of the wonderful crusty, chewy kind they once served. The oil used for dipping is now a cheaper, tasteless concoction. The calamari our guests ordered for an appetizer arrived cooked to a crisp, dark brown in color and chewy, instead of light gold and succulent. Although we complained, no adjustment was offered or made to the check. I ordered linguini with frutti di mare, and for $25.00, got 2 shrimp, 2 clams, and a handful of gritty mussels. The ladies entrees arrived, but without the side of pasta mentioned on the menu. Again, no adjustment. The wine I ordered from the list did not come, as "they just ran out, but, the house wine is just as good". It was not, and we paid the same price for an inferior vintage. Three of the four of us for dinner were born in Italy, and know and appreciate good Italian food. This has become more like an Olive Garden venue.

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Thank douggherlone
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

The room was very warm and inviting with bottles of wine on the wall. The service was very attentive. The food was very well prepared with excellent presentation. Would gladly return.

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Thank HarryR37
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Gabbiano's was the best restaurant we sampled in four nights on Siesta Key. The starters were much more diverse and imaginative than most Italian restaurants. The main course prices were reasonable for the high quality of the entree's. The wine list was extensive with a wide range of prices. Service was friendly and prompt. The restaurant has its own parking which is bonus since parking in the village is at a premium.

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Thank Buckthorn5345
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I love this place! I ate here with a good friend who was visiting Siesta Key. We loved everything about it! Our servier was terrific; prompt, friendly and helpful. The food was impeccable; I had the tortellini and she had the lobster ravioli and we both were thrilled. The setting, a garden room with intimate lighting and decor, was wonderful. Our server suggested a wine which we both thought was delicious! The staff were all very friendly and helpful. I don't have one negative thing to say and will definitely be back!

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Thank Westiefriend17
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went there for dinner a few weekends ago and this is a very charming place visually, bar area is smallish. Unfortunately, the food just doesn't live up to what it was before they changed ownership. Wine is overpriced. The food was very "blah", not a lot of flavor, the veal piccata had a sauce that can only be described as glutinous. The salad could have been out of a bag. The service was so-so, they were friendly enough. When we asked for our check it took forever, and there weren't all that many people in the restaurant. Hmmmm... Cafe Gabbiano just isn't what it once was! Sad!

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