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Cafe Baci, Sarasota, FL
Cafe Baci, Sarasota, FL
Cafe Baci, Sarasota, FL
Cafe Baci, Sarasota, FL
Cafe Baci, Sarasota, FL

Cafe Baci

4.6
4.6
2947 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
At Café Baci, we strive to perfectly recreate the full Italian experience. From the moment you walk through our door, you sense the difference and you feel the culture. The atmosphere here is enchanting and peaceful, the Italian cuisine reminiscent of that created by some of the greatest Italian Chefs.

Relax and enjoy your stay with us. Savor the delicate flavors of history. Close your eyes, breathe deeply….you are in Italy, if but only for a moment.

Buon appetito!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 921-4848
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    Roberto Mei: (941) 921-4848

What 2,947 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

2,949 Reviews
  1. JoeC

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sorry to see them closing. An iconic place for so many years. Best of luck in retirement and to the staff hope all land on their feet at other local establishments.

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  2. Foodie

    Tampa

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will miss Cafe Baci very much.

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  3. Bobbie

    Tampa

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a treat to go to Cafe Baci. We will miss the restaurant when it closes.

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  4. KenS

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    service by Nick was outstanding. veal parm always a favorite. good luck in future

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  5. Nokogranny

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So very sorry this delightful restaurant is closing,!

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  6. Churrasco

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelent cuisine. Service a bit too busy. High prices should include Soup or Salad. Offer Desert card only if solicited. Do not push for unsolicited orders. Thank You.

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  7. BeverlyZ

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the place! So sorry to hear that they’re closing.

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  8. JandE

    Tampa

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been dining at Cafe Baci for 30 years and never had an unsatisfactory experience. Tonight was perfect as usual. I brought friends that never dined at Baci before and they were super pleased. My only regret is that my favorite restaurant is closing. 🥲

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  9. LanaO

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat whether for lunch or dinner. I really hate to see them closing permanently. Best wishes to the family in their retirement and also to all the workers and servers.❤️

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  10. Bill

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful…will miss it!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anniversary belated

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  12. SarasotaNotFastFoodie357

    Tampa

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Baci's food is always superb. We will miss dining there in the future as the owners are retiring next month. If you are lucky enough to get a reservation by Mother's Day 2022, you will not be disappointed!

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  13. SallyS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So disappointed to hear they’re closing their doors May 7!

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  14. TomC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Baci is the best! Six of us went and had a grand time! We will sorely miss our friends at Cafe Baci. They had a great run! Tom & Marge Callery

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  15. AliceD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitstaff person wonderful, she's from Guatemala but we didn't get hr name. We were celebrating a birthday and wanted to go for one of the last times before it closes. Such a loss the closing will be for Sarasota. The best Italian food in all of Sarasota.

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  16. DavidA

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    With Cafe closing perhaps this experience wasn’t up to the typical service we’ve had in the past- sad to say our last dining experience wasn’t the usual Cafe standards-

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  17. Lisah

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was outstanding. Food was ok, to salty and lack depth of flavor.

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  18. PamM

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was nice to see how busy the restaurant was- it seems everyone wants to enjoy a Cafe Baci meal and reminisce about all the good meals they have enjoyed there in the past. We had a wonderful final meal there, my husband loved his grouper francaise and tiramisu dessert, while I enjoyed the lasagne and a (too!) large slice of chocolate cake. We will miss this restaurant, but want to commend the owners and staff for a job well done, and for bringing good food and good times to so many, and for so many years. We wish you all the best in retirement!

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  19. FrequentDiners

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner as always at Cafe Baci. We will miss Roberto and everyone that works there. Best wishes to everyone.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Baci never disappoints. The staff is always lovely and entertaining. The food surpasses expectations and is the best Italian in Sarasota. My husband always gets the chicken parmesan and swears it is the best he has ever had. I like to mix things up and try new things. Which leads to the specials! These little creations are sweet surprises that should not be overlooked. You should be sure to save room for dessert but if not, end your meal with a delicious espresso, cognac, or limoncello.

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  21. HankV

    New York City

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal! Food and service was excellent.

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  22. KathleenL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant by far. Great food and great service always. Great job by all.

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  23. Mike

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. We just found out they are closing in May for a well deserved retirement. Cafe Baci will be missed.

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  24. GregoryZ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic server & the food was authentic & delicious. We stayed for two hours and had a wonderful experience

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  25. suea

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Fettucine Alfredo was soupy, Arugula salad was very good and tiramisu was excellent.

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  26. Rocky

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been coming here for thirty years. After we would deplane in Tampa and drive to Sarasota, Cafe Baci was our first stop before driving to our home on Palmer Ranch. We have dined here often because the food was so good. We were just there to celebrate my cousin's first time in Sarasota. I enjoyed a special dish of the day, Sea Bass as did my cousin's husband. My wife had a favorite of hers, a Veal Abundancia. And my cousin also had a special jumbo shrimp dish served over pasta. The meal was wonderful. Tod, our server, was gracious and efficient. The only downside was learning Cafe Baci was closing. There are so few great family restaurants here, and now we are losing one of the best. Arrivederci e grazie per i ricordi meravigliosi e i pasti fantastici. Ti auguro buona fortuna.

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  27. BarbaraU

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So sad to hear that this gem of a restaurant is closing in May. Our family has been enjoying meals here for 20 years. Will miss Cafe Baci. The food is always superb.

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  28. Jack

    Tampa

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with good service.

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  29. LisaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to celebrate our anniversary. Food and service were great. Brought home leftovers. Everything tasted fresh and made in house. Not inexpensive, but definitely great for a special occasion. Will go back.

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  30. Karen

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Baci never disappoints. Their Eggplant Parm is the best. Thick slices of sweet eggplant, so less breading. We also really enjoy the Veal dishes!

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  31. DoloresC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding and staff were very friendly. Very pleasant experience.

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  32. JSuger

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Meals were hit or miss. Party of 8. Seabass with shrimp was good, Ceasars salad was boring, lamb was seriously under cooked, and lasana was good. Service was so so. Overall is wasn't bad, but not good enough for us to rush back.

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  33. ThomasM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten here before and it’s always great food, service and reasonably priced.

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  34. JandE

    Tampa

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As Usual the meal was exquisite, the service by KC was superb. The four of us had a wonderful time. Café Baci is our favorite restaurant and we dine here often.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful. Our server was fantastic. The food was incredible. We would highly recommend.

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  36. dineoutfan

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was very relaxing and Anna was a terrific server.

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  37. MVee

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always service was exceptional (thank you, Anna) and the food was outstanding.

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  38. JohnMSydney

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A regular stop on our annual visit to Sarasota.As always food was excellent.Tried the shrimp scampi & linguine special,excellent choice.Till next year

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  39. vincentG

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WONDERFUL FOOD IN THE TRADITIONAL ITALIAN STYLE. GREAT SERVICE.

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  40. LimarisB

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming to Sarasota for 15+ yrs and dined at Cafe Baci last night for the first time. Ana our server was spectacular, excellent service and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back and will bring the rest of the family.

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Cafe Baci offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 921-4848.

Cafe Baci is rated 4.6 stars by 2947 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Cafe Baci

4001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
  • Area
    Sarasota
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options
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