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“This is the "full Italian experience"”
Review of Cafe Baci

Cafe Baci
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Ranked #27 of 1,179 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
Description: 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!
Reviewed 17 July 2018

From the minute you walk into Cafe Baci and the server places a plate of warm, freshly baked Italian bread on your table, you know you are in for something special. At Cafe Baci, they call it "the full Italian experience." Located at 4001 South Tamiami Trail, south of Bee Ridge Road, Cafe Baci has been satisfying customers for more than 20 years. We started with minestrone, Caesar salad and a uniquely delicious version of bruschetta on toasted Ciabatta bread topped with chopped fresh tomatoes, goat cheese, basil and onions. We passed up the tempting veal dishes, parmigiana and scaloppini, in favor of two seafood dishes, red snapper and grilled salmon. In fact, I chose the salmon over the pistachio crusted sea bass. At Cafe Baci, it's always difficult to choose one dish from another. The sides, sauteed mushrooms and spinach, were good, too. For dessert, the homemade tiramisu was highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. It was good as advertised. Have you ever had a bad meal at Cafe Baci? Not likely. It's always a "full Italian experience."

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Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

As a first time visitor to Cafe Baci we weren't sure what to expect, but we were delighted. Although the decor seemed somewhat old school the food and staff were top notch. The staff couldn't have been more helpful or friendly; they were very attentive without being intrusive. The menu was pretty typical of most Italian restaurants, but the food excelled. Everything came out hot, nicely presented and tasted delicious. The portions were large- too big for my husband and me- but would be great reheated the next day (unfortunately we were visiting with no kitchen available). I had the chicken parm and I was happy to find that the breading was crispy and not at all soggy. The creme brule was very good. Prices were very reasonable. We will definitely revisit on our next trip.

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Reviewed 12 July 2018

There are dozens of good Italian restaurants in Sarasota, and Cafe Baci is right there with the best,. You honestly can't go wrong dining there. Great favorable food, excellent menu, excellent service, pleasant atmosphere - what can be wrong? Cafe Baci has been in business many years for a reason - its always excellent. Highly recommend.

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Thank ibpress
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

Leo, the manager, and our waitress (whose name I wish I could recall) went out of their way to make our evening very enjoyable. Their service was excellent as was their food, notably the clams posolipo for an appetizer, grouper special and red snapper baci, topping the meal off with excellent tiramisu and creme brulee. An evening you will enjoy!

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Thank pauldaddabbo
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We found this place just looking for Italian near our house, and recall always seeing the sign, but never really knew how truly wonderful it is- it blew our socks off!!

They have a great wine list and the food was fantastic, you must try the Baci Sacchets!! And the service made the entire experience over the top, perfect. Our waiter was Nicholas; he was SO knowledgeable, made great suggestions (we took everyone) and was very engaging! The manager, Leo came to welcome us and even helped create a special espresso Martini just for us- which was so delicious!

This is our new favorite spot, and every time we are in town, you can count on us to be there!

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Thank Cbreit06
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