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Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mediterraneorest.com
  • 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
  • "We have eaten at Mediterraneo's a number of times, the service is great, staff welcoming, and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "You just cannot go wrong. Authentic Italian cuisine."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "VERY NOISY !!!! Hard to have a conversation. Food was good, but main courses and specials were pricy considering the ambiance. Service was very good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent as always, the service was very good the noise level was extremely loud which made conversation very difficult"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent as usual. Keep it up. Sarasota would not be the same without you."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Service, food, wine, outdoor setting! We love this restaurant! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a cute enough restaurant, however my husband and I found the food to be fair and the service less than desirable."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Good find, Food very good price reasonable,quite setting."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Excellent Quality of food and service in a trendy hotspot makes for an outstanding experience time after time. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We always enjoy great food and service. One of our favorite places to dine when visitors are in town!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Mediterraneo is a favorite spot that we return to again and again.... the food is always delicious (we had four different main courses at our table - lamb, veal, chicken and lasagna), it's a lively place without being too loud and the service is wonderful. Never disappoints! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "A fantastic restaurant. Food, friendliness, service and atmosphere is terrific. Great place for family and friends."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This Restaurant through the years had developed into one of the finest establishments in Sarasota...Love this place!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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