About Cafe Amici
Cafe Amici is a traditional Italian cuisine, we offer extensive menu, you will enjoy dish from Puglia, Veneto, Tuscany and the Mediterranean shores. There is an eight seat bar with 20 wines by the glass, 120 bottle of wines from all over the world, wine vintage from 1964 thru 2014.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
between Palm Av and Pineapple St on Main street
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We can arrange catering up to 100 people.
Free parking garage situated behind Cafe Amici, valet service available.
Private Party Facilities:
The private room can accommodate up to 50 people.
Private Party Contact:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly wine dinner.
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Cafe Amici Ratings and Reviews
This was our first visit to Cafe Amici, ...
This was our first visit to Cafe Amici, and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing, and the value was fantastic. We enjoyed this so much, we can not wait to visit again.
When striking up a conversation with new friends the very next morning, they asked for a restaurant recommendation, and we did not hesitate.. you have to go to Cafe Amici!
Was going to be in downtown Sarasota for ...
Was going to be in downtown Sarasota for the day and staying on for the 4th of July fireworks so decided to try Cafe Amici for an early (6:15pm) dinner. I had a $10 coupon from the local Entertainment book to use. Maria was our server and she was very gracious and welcoming. We ordered bruschetta to start, though we were provided with bread for dipping while we awaited the bruschetta. Turned out the bread was delicious but the bruschetta was only fair. The bruschetta was scorched but the tomatoes were good. My wife had a smothered chicken cutlet that was served without the advertised starch and vegetables, though she gave it a thumbs-up. I had osso bucco that was very flavorful but over-salted. After the coupon and before the tip, the bill came to $70, which was a reasonable value for dinner with one glass of wine. I won't be rushing back there, though.
Don't go to this or any other place on o ...
Don't go to this or any other place on or off Main Street during the powerboat races. Sidewalks impossible to navigate with this group of loudmouth half drunk spectators. Restaurant was very noisy, but on a normal night probably quiet enough. Food was good as was the service.
My wife and I have been dining here for ...
My wife and I have been dining here for several years. The food quality is outstanding with menu items like bracioli, homemade pasta in tomato sauce (gravy) that is reminiscent of family Sunday dinners. Portion was large enough that we had leftovers at home and another dinner.
Always recommend Cafe Amici to anyone looking for excellent Italian food.
We were seated right away but waited sev ...
We were seated right away but waited several minutes for a waiter. We did get water by service person.
Waitress was very pleasant but really rushed and in a hurry to move along. Also overheard another waiters specials which she didn't include in ours. We waited a very long time for meals and it was mediocre at best. Food was smothered in sauces especially my rollatini. Yes, it may have been slow cooked but to the point of no flavor. Gummy orchiaetta . Dry tasteless beef.
My partner had veal ossobuco. Nothing special.
Also want it noted that there was a party of 12+ across tiny room. Loud, obnoxious & vulgar. No one seemed to mind. It was very distracting & rude.
We will not be back
Cafe Amici....downtown SRQ gem
Cafe Amici has always been a downtown favorite! The ambiance draws you in, the service is impeccable and the genuine Italian cuisine will thrill your taste buds. We all devoured the appetizers which included mozzarella with balsamic and prosciutto. The classic Cesar Salad and Spinach with Gorgonzola were crisp and perfect compliments to our dinners. The main courses included, Fruit ti de mar brimming with fresh seafood, was the table favorite that evening. Being Gluten Free is often a problem when dining Italian, but not at Cafe Amici! The GF Fettucini Amici with chicken, sun dried tomato and amici sauce had me licking the plate! Lemon-cello, the best we've tasted since visiting Italy, was brought to the table with the description that the owner's mother makes it when she visits each year. You will never be disappointed in this wonderful, family owned and operated restaurant!
Good Food, Service Just OK
My husband ordered a bottle of wine & the waiter brought the correct brand but not the correct year. The waiter was puzzled when he was questioned about it. One of the owners came over and tried to convince us that it was the identical wine, just 3 years younger. We accepted the wine, but the way it was handled was unprofessional. The food was good. We will give it another try.
Sad to say
Food and staff were sadly lacking. Waiter and manager pick and choose to whom they allot as a special diner. My meal was salty and overdone with a poor pairing,,,short ribs best over a light pasta or polenta perhaps vs a heavy arborio rice. This restaurant has yet to provide a memorable dining experience...couldn't wait to leave.
Excellent night out with old friends
The owner's wife served our group of 7 with grace and charm. All food arrived in a timely fashion, was very well prepared, properly plated, and absolutely delicious. The osso bucco was succulent and flavorful, the fresh nicely seasoned and properly cooked, and the veal chop cooked to medium-rare perfection. We greatly enjoyed the suggested wines that came from the owner's home town in Italy. Because we ordered the specials (ossobucco and veal chops) along with 4 bottles of wine, the total bill came to a bit more than $100 per person including tax and tip. That seems a bit high for a $$ restaurant, more on the level of $$$, but again, we ordered on the high end. All in all, highly recommended.
Great for opera dining
Right around the corner from the Sarasota Opera House, Café Amici provides for a wonderful pre-performance dinner. The Italian cuisine had the usual dishes plus some innovative recipes. Very fresh ingredients led to a great experience.
We've dined here a few times before. Our food was, as ever, outstanding. We both had salads, and then pasta. My wife had the Sacchetti with pear and gorgonzola, and I had the ravioli with wild mushrooms, both quite wonderful. It's such a pleasant space, ( nice decor, cosy but not too tight, acoustics not too loud and good privacy) and regulars were greeted very warmly. That's not to say that occasionals are treated coolly: quite the contrary. We had smiles and speedy service, and when I asked for the discount for opera season ticket holders, even though I didn't actually have on me the little card to prove we were season-ticket holders, they gave us the discount anyway. A really good experience and we'll be back
Italian at its Best!!!
You can taste the love put into the food at Cafe Amici.. Had the Seabass special , which I practically order everywhere I go, nothing compared to their preparation .. My server was animated and confident of the dishes she serves, and for good reason. This place is exceptional!!!
Very very disappointing
Our server, Maria, was like a car salesman. She pushed us into the very over priced specials, without telling us the price. Anything we tried to order on the menu she said "you don't want that". I ordered the sea bass and it was the worst I ever tasted. My husband ordered osso buco. It was a little tough and not very tasty. The entire dining experience was the worst we've had in Florida. We would near go back.
Cafe Amici is a fantastic place to eat i ...
Cafe Amici is a fantastic place to eat in downtown Sarasota. The co-owners always go out of their way to ensure that you are having a wonderful experience. Our waiter, Andre, is exceptional. He knows the menu very well, makes suggestions but isn't too "pushy" and is attentive but doesn't hover. All of the staff that we have encountered at Cafe Amici are friendly and helpful. We wish that it were closer to where we live.
Overall, quite disappointing!
Upon arriving, host/owner had no record of this reservation and reluctantly gave us a poorly located table. We felt the mistake was theirs, but they made us feel guilty. My husband's entrée was not as advertised. The waiter and owner misled us twice on this after consulting with chef. Incorrect orders were twice brought to us. Waiter was efficient but curt and not personable. We felt insignificant as guests, especially as the restaurant became increasingly crowded. We were charged for a dessert never ordered also. Good thing we checked. This was resolved, but the owner could have been nicer, more gracious and accommodating with all that had gone wrong. We made a legitimate complaint in a calm and professional manner. In the finest restaurants, an owner would never allow a customer to leave his establishment dissatisfied. He/she would make an offer of good will/compensation to please us. An after dinner drink was not good, as we are not drinkers. Maybe he should go back to Hospitality School!
would not recommend
Although my wife's dish was adequate, the eggplant parmigiann I ordered was simp;y mediocre. It was bland, the eggplant overpowered the rest of the ingredients and was obviously rewarmed or was left over and had turned. Yes, i should have sent it back, but it never should have been served . Also, we did not find the restaurant particularly friendly... No greetings or " thank you for coming ". If one wants Italian food in Sarasota, in our opinion, there are much better options.
Traditional Italian fare and friendly service
We had dinner here before a performance. Service was friendly and prompt. Arugula salad had a tasty balsamic dressing, but the greens were a bit wilted. The salmon with artichokes and black olives over mashed potatoes was cooked just right and was an ample portion. My spouse's veal scallopini was quite nice also.
Not as good as previous
We eat here about once each month due to its delicious meals, excellent service, nice wine list, and warm atmosphere. This time, we were disappointed that they attempted to seat us adjacent to the kitchen door, when other tables for two were available. The chicken cutlet was dry and unappealing. Otherwise, our experience was good.
As the review title suggests, there is little here to get excited about. Recently, the duck confit was super-greasy and the sauce was overpowered with every spice and herb in the pantry, although in the past it had been quite good. The pesto could have been more generous. The music was dated, repetitious, and deathly boring. The service was very friendly. The parking on a busy night can be a nightmare. There is a dozen decent Italian restaurants in the area which are better.
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