Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mediterraneorest.com/
  • Phone: 9413654122
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

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


    Dinner:

    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 9413654122

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (15)good for groups (13)hot spot (12)notable wine list (11)romantic (10)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always Great Dining
    Chico1303
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We love going to Mediterraneo because everything about it is great.. Food is delicious, atmosphere inviting, employees super attentive, and we will go back often. THANKS MEDITERRANEO... Wish you had a location down by me in Venice FL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a table for 10 during a busy time for the restaurant and were impressed at how they kept everyone's orders straight, brought them all at the same time and managed to give us 5 separate checks for each couple. It was a "happening" environment which was a little noisy as it was hard for us to talk across the table but everyone really enjoyed their food and the presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Sarasota's most consistent
    brian6uVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have been going to Mediterraneo for more than 12 years, and it is classically southern Italian in its menu, and incredibly good and consistent year after year. A great, delicious go-to dining experience that our family looks forward to time and again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the BEST!
    Bella
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We love, love, love everything about this restaurant. Food is delicious and consistently so, service is impeccable and prices are about the same as other fine restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterraneo Never Disappoints!
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We met friends for a pre-movie pizza and thoroughly enjoyed our orders! Our server was excellent! Being seated in the bar was lovely by the window, however it was so noisy, tile floors and metal bar chairs scraping, nothing in the decor to absorb the sounds, made it difficult to hear!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was excellent and service was very good. We were given a round table for a party of 8 which was great for conversation. However, it is so noisy that one has to shout to be heard among your party. I would return to the restaurant because I like the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always classy!
    DonnaG63
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always a classy atmosphere but not stuffy, great food and service!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    Bella
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner with attentive but not disruptive service. I had the homemade sausage ravioli and a salad. The ravioli was very delicate and, honestly, the best I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden prices
    Foodie54VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First the good. We live in longboat key and eat here every once in a while. The food is above average and there is a good variety. The bad, the male host is usually abrupt and less then polished. There are various rooms with different design to eat in but you are never asked in which room you would like to eat. Specials are numerous and are always presented without price. Surprise you find out the price on the bill at the end of your meal. Of course prices are also left off the open table menu. This routine is a getting old and for the same prices you could eat at the ritz carlton with service of a ritz and guess what --- prices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CONSISTENT
    ALFREDVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Have been dining at Mediterraneo for many years. The food is always well prepared and served hot, the servers pleasant and knowledgable, and the reception is always delightful. HIGHLY recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot, quality food, well served!
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    They never fail to be exceptional! Customer service is excellent and the food is served steaming hot. Noise level is intense when they are full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Simply put, we think that this is the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Food, service, friendliness, host, etc. all terrific. Look forward to returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Excellent experience. John, our waiter, was outstanding with our special request to hold one of our dinners until a late arrival. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have eaten at Mediterraneo's a number of times, the service is great, staff welcoming, and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent. One of my favorites.
    ALFREDVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always a pleasure. Food is well prepared, served hot and wonderful servers. Top of my list in Sarasota. Can't wait to go back. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this Italian restaurant!
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food and service from Amy was super! Disappointed that with our party of 10 diners, the owner/manager brought after-dinner limoncello to every other table around us except ours! Also, our large round table was squeezed right in the middle of all the smaller intimate tables for four! The noise level was as distracting for us as I'm sure it was for the others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Concisely reliable.
    HawkVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    You just cannot go wrong. Authentic Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy. Not fine dining.
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    VERY NOISY !!!! Hard to have a conversation. Food was good, but main courses and specials were pricy considering the ambiance. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We really liked it. Good value. Nice Caesar salad, good pizzas, best we have had in Sarasota, and we had the pasta con pollo which was good. Only issue was with the selection of pastas which might not appeal widely including us so our joint choice, we shared everything, was limited. But everything was good. We would go again and recommend it to others.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thursday Dinner
    MarvinVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was excellent as always, the service was very good the noise level was extremely loud which made conversation very difficult
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HawkVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent as usual. Keep it up. Sarasota would not be the same without you.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diviner and a movie
    DiridaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very good Italian restaurant on Main St in Sarasota. We had wine, a pleasant appetizer and pasta for dinner. The food was fresh and nicely prepared. The menu offers a varied selection of salads, meat, fish and pasta. We were offered a variety of dinner specials as well. The service was excellent with several different people checking to make sure everything was satisfactory. We were going to a film, but didn't feel rushed and had time for a cappuccino to cap off a very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely not vegan friendly!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We ate at Mediterraneo this week and won't go back. I have a restricted diet (Vegan, limited oil) and the waiter essentially said they could only do a salad--that the chef couldn't make anything specially for me, such as pasta with vegetables without a lot of oil. The owner came over later to ask how things were and said of course they could accommodate me..but we were done by then. My two companions said their food was "ok". I have eaten in restaurants all over Sarasota ( and many other countries) and never had a waiter react that way. ..like he couldn't be bothered. Unfortunate experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vero Italiano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    There are many restaurants in the Sarasota area that serve Italian style food. Unfortunately, most are simply pizzerias that serve a handful of red sauce dishes. Mediterraneo is, fortunately, not one of those. The food is true Italian and they are capable of making dishes which are not on the menu if you ask for a reasonable variation of a menu item.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great Italian food, from pizza cooked in a wood fired oven, to pasta, veal, steak, fresh seafood. Great food always served steaming hot. Personal service by well trained servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not going back
    charmed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I went to this restaurant because of their menu on line. I was disappointed to find that their menu wasn't as advertised. I asked them about it & said that they couldn't make it. Disappointed that being an Italian restaurant that they served potatoes as a side & would not substitute pasta instead of potatoes /veg. They also don't have a kids menu. They said that they could do half portion of the pasta or split a regular dish. We got full size pasta dish to split & there wasn't very much to split. Food was good, but wasn't happy with the limited choices. Lets just say I won't be going back especially when they can accommodate kids & substitute pasta as a side instead of potatoes/veg.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarasota's Italian Superstar!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Many trips to Sarasota and the islands for vacation, and lots of dining out over the years, but a real gem is now in my travelogue...and it's called Mediterraneo! Great ambience, outstanding food, great service and lots of buzz in the room. It'll be a regular stop from now on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 188 reviews are from the Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • Excellent quality and presentation.
    DSKramerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were taken care of very kindly by our waiter. The food was clearly fresh, high quality, and creatively prepared. There were six in our party, and we ordered six different entrees. Each one was unique and special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lesluv12
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Service excellent, attentive waiter. House wine (cabernet) only ok. My pasta Alfredo is better at home made from a jar (surprising for an italian place). Salmon only so-so. We elected not to eat dessert. We sat in front (glass to see the street) but it was so loud we had to shout to hear each other. NOT for a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in the US!
    Dantefr
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The absolute best Italian food outside of Italy! I would make the trip to Sarasota specifically to go to Mediteraneo. The service is impeccable, the dishes 100% authentic, the ingredients local, and the prices unbelievable. I've been coming here since 2001, and the food and service are always consistently amazing. Everyone living or visiting Sarasota must make it a point to eat here. You will NOT be disappointed - have yet to order something I didn't like, but the veal chop Milanese is my personal favorite...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service, delicious food!
    mickonrunVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food options were very good in range of price and flavors. The calamari was delicious and the Piccata di Salmone con capperi e limone (Sauteed Salmon scaloppine with lemon and capers sauce served with spinach) was cooked perfect and I could order this dish at every visit. Parking is the only challenge as they do not offer valet or have their own lot. Street parking is also not plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    Jacynthp
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    A favorite in Sarasota.quality always excellent. Italian cuisine, with emphasis on cuisine. Service always the best. Great new decor. And, by the way, unquestionably the best pizza in town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always dependable.
    Terrala
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Having eaten several times at Mediterraneo, we continue to enjoy dining there. Also, the bar is great made more so by Eddie the bartender. Appetizers and pizzas are also tasty.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediterraneo is always a delight!
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Service, food, wine, outdoor setting! We love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    foodjoy
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My husband and I went to Mediterraneo to celebrate our anniversary. This is the second year we have gone there to celebrate. I love the food. It is a bit pricey, but the service and ambiance is great. My only complaint is that I wish they had a better variety of appetizers and more Italian wines by the glass. But the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Italy, Big Noise
    Steady
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and service at a reasonable price but the noise level was unacceptable. We had to almost shout across our table of six to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I wanted to like it but
    MCMMVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This is a cute enough restaurant, however my husband and I found the food to be fair and the service less than desirable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find
    grfoodipick
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Good find, Food very good price reasonable,quite setting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best restaurant in Sarasota
    GCastilow
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent Quality of food and service in a trendy hotspot makes for an outstanding experience time after time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We always enjoy great food and service. One of our favorite places to dine when visitors are in town!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.