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
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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:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly wine dinner.
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Cafe Amici Ratings and Reviews
Middle of the road quality Italian food
Middle of the road quality Italian food
It was our second visit and we enjoyed ...
It was our second visit and we enjoyed it very much. We took friends who put the restaurant on the favorites list.
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.
Fantastic Italian restaurant, authentic ...
Fantastic Italian restaurant, authentic Italian food and well selected wine list.
Best culinary experience in Sarasota, a ...
Best culinary experience in Sarasota, after so many years in business they still delivery amazing food, great job guys!!!
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
We have lived in the area for a number of years and never visited Cafe Amici before What a wonderful place with great food and service. We'll definitely return and bring friends and family to this restaurant.
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.
What a great culinary experience, the br ...
What a great culinary experience, the branzino and the veal chop ....simply amazing, good attentive service; can't wait to go back !!!
An absolutely fabulous restaurant with a ...
An absolutely fabulous restaurant with a great menu and impeccable service.
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
Always a great meal!
Always a great meal!
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!!!
Enjoyed the magic show prior to dinning.
The food was good in a comfortable setting. The restaurant was somewhat loud but that's a sign of attracting a crowd. Our particular waiter was not what I would call outstanding.
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.
Excellent! A hit! A palpable hit! Caf ...
Excellent! A hit! A palpable hit! Cafe Amici scores again and certainly will not disappoint the most discriminating of tastes.
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.
So understaffed that servers had no chance of getting folks seated and served. Went to the bar - no service there, either. Lots of complaining from other diners. Lasagna was served dry around the edges. Won't go back.
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.
Dinner was outstanding.
Great place for a romantic dinner. Waiter was excellent. Would go back. Food was fresh and very tasty.
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.
Food was very good! Authentic Italian wh ...
Food was very good! Authentic Italian which you would expect to have if you were in Italia
We went after the theater and had very good meal ....osso buco, bronzini, pasta. All were very tasty as was the burrata salad. Service was excellent. Waitress was very informative and efficient. Would definitely recommend
We had a great evening. The food was terrific both in flavour and presentation. The staff was professional and helpful with wine selection. We will definitely be back.
Excellent food. Mid-priced for the value ...
Excellent food. Mid-priced for the value.
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.
This was our first time eating here. The ...
This was our first time eating here. The food was fabulous. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Italian food!
Special treat on Main Street Sarasota
Many choices for dining in Downtown Sarasota, Cafe Amici remains high on the list for any day in the week, Massimo - a real import from Puglia, manages the room. Mom oversees all the high quality food preparations. Veal Chop, although fully priced, was the best chop I have had in many months. Pastas and sauces are great. And mom makes her own Limoncello, which was used in the lobster stuffed ravioli special today. Free parking in the city garage out the back door.
One of the best restaurant in town!!!!
Authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of downtown, amazing food and service and great wine list!!!'
We were a party of eight. We all ordered an entrée. We were asked what salad would we like and given a choice of four. We all chose a salad thinking it was included with the entrée. The server should have said "would you like to order a salad" each salad was approximately eight dollars there by increasing our total bill by $64
Restaurant lacks ambiance and has a very limited menu.
New Years Eve
Our party went to this restaurant for a nice Italian dinner. Unfortunately, it was on New Years Eve. The place was mobbed, the service was marginal, the menu was an "upgrade" to the regular menu and thus had virtually no "favorites". Also, they had very loud music with drum solos that were annoying. We were thankful when we left.
Old guy cut the cheese next to us, and w ...
Old guy cut the cheese next to us, and we're not talking Parmesan.
An Italian classic in the heart of Sarasota
My wife and I have been coming her since the late 1990's, shortly after we moved here. It is the essence of a small family owned restaurant. The regular menu remains essentially unchanged with a number of family receipes, but additional specials insure nice surprises. The wine list contains both moderate and expensive Italian wines with some grat bargains as well. This is the kind of restaurant that most of us who live in a specific location hope never change or disappear.
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