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Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mediterraneorest.com
  • Email: mediterraneo@comcast.net
  • Phone: (941) 365-4122
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


    Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area
  • Private Party Facilities: "Rossa" Room is available for private events. Contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel Baroni (941) 365-4122

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Washington Blvd
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano
With its modern but classic Italian cuisine and emphasis on artisanal and contemporary Northern Italian style, Mediterraneo is often credited with being the first restaurant to bring authentic contemporary Italian cuisine to Sarasota when it first opened in 1996. Still under the same ownership, Mediterraneo has consistently been rated one of the top restaurants in Zagat. The restaurant has received numerous accolades including the acclaimed Insegna Del Ristorante Italiano awarded by The Minister of Agriculture & Commerce in Rome. With its highest honor, inducting the restaurant into its Accademia Italiana della Cucina "Fine Dining Hall of Fame." Mediterraneo has been rated as Best of the Best in Sarasota Magazine since the first year of opening.

So whether you're celebrating a special occasion or grabbing a quick bite to eat, at Mediterraneo you are always assured the best quality food accompanied by excellent service. All of it thoroughly Italian.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was great! Enjoyed eating outside. Very noisy inside. Was disappointed nothing was done to address the noise problem when they closed for remodeling."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My daughter, husband and I stopped for dinner and we were pleasantly surprised with the tasteful decor and delicious cuisine and excellent service!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Restaurant food is good...trouble is noise level....awful...tables too close.. They try to jam too many people into restaurant.... Impossible to have conversation (especially with larger group)"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Dined here after a late SFF movie, outdoor seating is lovely! Ordered wine and shared a few dishes...salad and pizza! Service was super! We have dined here before and will return!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great dish, much better than the veal. Very moist and tasty, and thea table favorite"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "There are many very good Italian restaurants in Sarasota. In our opinion, Mediterraneo stands out and is the best. We ordered caprise and pizza instead our our usual entrees and were not disappointed. Food is fresh, very tasty and service was excellent. Hosts are very congenial. We look forward to returning"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Our dinner was top of the line as usual. In addition, we happened to get the same waiter as the last time we reserved through Open Table. He was a treat once again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A few years ago my husband read an article where a famous band member ( he cant recall right now but thinks it was AC/DC) raved about the pizza at Mediterraneo. We expected just a pizza shop !....but instead we were surprised to find a very nice restaurant....nicely decorated and pleasant restaurant. I would like to go back and try one of their dinners because they looked very good at the tables around us. As far as the pizza it was very good."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Always consistently great food and love the new decor! True Italian cousine!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Have tried many items on the menu and have never been let down. Great food every time!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great food, especially the Lamp Osso Bucco . But very noisy at full capacity"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have dined at Medeterraneo many times but they have recently remodeled it and I don't think it is an improvement. Although it looks great, modern and slick, the noise level is unbearable. We could barely hear the other people at our table of 3. It was actually uncomfortably loud. The food is good and the service prompt, but I don't think I will go back because I can't stand the noise."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "An older establishment serving good food at moderate prices. A nice dining experience."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had dinner midweek, around 8 pm. Diverse and cosmopolitan crowd. We were welcomed by the owner/maitre'd (?), who checked on us during dinner. Very good salads and excellent pizza from the wood burning oven. Amazing chocolate dessert. Lovely "extras" -- tasty bruschetta and biscotti at the end of the meal. Our server was knowledgeable, but appeared to be spread a little too thin. Everything was fresh. Would definitely recommend and go back."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "they have totally updated this place and it looks amazing, the food is awesome as always, its a very place; reservations are a must."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "One of best meals we have had since coming to Sarasota ( chicken, veal, pizza). The food was well prepared and very tasty. Complimentary bruschetta was also excellent. Restaurant was very crowded but service was good and efficient. We would definitely return"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "fabulous as usual...great energy, service and the food is always fresh, interesting and yummy...."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food here is good, even very good. OK, it's standard Italian fare, but well-prepared and presented. The problem here isn't the food or the cooks, nor is it the wait staff. It's the management and owner(s), and their greed. It's management who decided to cram in so many tables that waiters can barely work their way around to deliver food, and that results in headache-producing noise levels. It's management who decided to try to serve (and collect $$ from) so many customers that the kitchen can't keep up. And it's management (maître d') who merely shrugs when we complain that we were leaving after waiting nearly an hour for our entrée. It'll be a long time before I go back here, certainly not on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had Italian friends visiting and wanted to take them to a place reminiscent of their heritage. And, they were NOT disappointed. We wanted to sit outdoors in the courtyard but the weather did not cooperate. The service was outstanding and the food DELICIOUS. I had the black grouper special and my friends had the pasta special (which is all home made) and the meat ravioli. We shared the sauteed calamari.....don't miss it, absolutely fantastic with a light brown sauce which we soaked up with the warm brick oven bread. We would have liked the waiter to give the prices for the specials. Excellent wine list by the glass and bottle. it was very noisy and difficult to hear one another after 7:30 p.m. Go early to avoid the noise."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have been to Italy many times and the Mediterraneo is a true Italian dining experience right in Sarasota."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Delicious! Excellent wine selection. Carpaccio options galore! Entrees excellent, rigatoni and linguini special. Noisy but in a fun environment."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very good food and great atmosphere.....had a wonderful time....we are from Canada and have purchased a home in University Park"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Mediterraneo, newly renovated, is an upscale, elegant superb Italian restaurant where great Italian fare is presented with efficient, attentiveness. They present a very comprehensive Italian menu…with all the usual wide choices of home-made pasta and pizza but also delicious presentations of fish and meat dishes. The salmon with lemon piccata sauce was outstanding. It is the best restaurant on Main Street!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We've been to Mediterraneo several times, and it's always been good, but this visit was better than ever. We had the veal marsala and the chicken scallopine with eggplant, and everything was really delicious. We were there at a very busy time when the restaurant was nearly full, but the service was timely."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Waiter not as knowledgable as other waiters at other visits to restaurant. Ordered Prosecco and was served Champagne. When asked about it,was not interested in resolving problem."
    Dined on 4/11/2013
  • "A restaurant of this type should pride themselves on serving very fresh, well prepared, vegetables, meats, and fish. Beginning with the salad where the tomatoes were dry and clearly not top quality, the Greca salad was underdressed and the lettuce was not bright, green, and without brown oxidation spots. I can accept mediocre service, but, If an authentic Italian meal is what you are craving, this is not the location. The food is good, but not outstanding; if you are accustomed to well prepared italian cuisine there are other fine options in Sarasota."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We visit this restaurant about once a month or so and have never been disappointed. Everything is always delicous. Service is top-notch. Definitely will keep it on our "regular" list."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "After spending two months in Italy this summer, I didn't expect to love Mediterraneo, but their food is the equal of the best we had. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We have been to Mediterraneo several times. This is the first time after their renovation and we found it to be beautiful. Was worth the wait of several months for it to reopen. The food is consistently delicious! Their servers are top notch as well. We always take our guests there for dinner - at least once. Thank you once again - great place - if you've not been there yet - what are you waiting for!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This second visit the food was OK. The waiter was rushing us and was curt and uptight. The water boy, a short guy, was not friendly, and the service person was uptight and not friendly It made for a poor experience. The wait guys need an attitude adjustment. We thought we found a regular dining spot but we will not be back for until we hear the management has taken some steps for customer friendly training with the waiters with attitude."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Always greeted by friendly staff. Food is consistently good! Pricy for what it is"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times over the last few years. The service was never their strong point, but this time, the food was also not up to par. My husband had lasagna and said it was very good, but my steak was tough, almost inedible. Our waiter had too many tables to cover, but did his best. Not sure if we will give this one a try again. The nicest part of the evening was the meeting the people at the next table!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I had to ask for a water refill 3 times and finally drank my husband's water. I wanted to order a glass of wine and he never came back. When he told us about the specials, we could hardly hear him and when we asked further questions, he ran them by pretty quick. Not sure if they were looking for a quick turn on the tables, our rez was for 6:30 on a SUNDAY so one wouldn't think so. Salads were great, main courses were good but service was pretty poor. We were seated in a back room by the kitchen door and were told that is usually where they put families with small children...geeezzz"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Big letdown was the noise level. It is obvious they have tried really hard to manage the acoustics, but it's still really noisy. Food was Just OK, not great. But overall value was fine"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food never disappoints !! There were 4 of us and appitizers Right down to the desert was fantastic !!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We visit Sarasota/Longboat Key every year. We never miss having a dinner here, and have never been disappointed. From the pasta to the fresh fish, they know how to do it right. Take time and explore the Main Street area in Sarasota. Good restaurants and shops."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Three of us decided to try MRI after walking by many times. It was very busy but the reservation was honored within ten minutes. One of the hosts was a tad annoying flirting with our female friend on one to many occasions. We had apps, salads, entrée, and dessert. Everything was very good. No complaints except the waiter had some attitude. He could have been more friendly but than again it was his tip he affected."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Even on a very busy Saturday night, Mediterraneo staff was outstanding in serving and caring for an overflowing crowd. Great food and very kind and professional service made our evening a special treat."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great food, fun atmosphere, friendly and knowledgabl staff! Delicious! Prices very reasonable ,"
    Dined on 2/8/2014