Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1674 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good, service was horrible.

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RobertL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent , authentic, Italian menu. Well prepared and very favorable food . Great service . Overall very positive dining experience .

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vipDaveAgburyCT
New England
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe, clean, professional and amazing food! Excellent staff! We love the owners. We will be back soon!

TJ
vipTJ100
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant, such good service, knowledgeable and courteous waitstaff. All dishes were delicious.

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vipNinjaprincess
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought I went to Italy! Absolutely amazing in every way! My new favorite restaurant from NY to Sarasota

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AnneM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the pasta special with meat and there was less than a teaspoon of meat in it. Our friend ordered a shrimp dish served over favs beans and asked to substitute beans with pasta and were told no substitutions. The drinking water tasted like it came from a toilet. The best part of the night was our server who had a good sense of humor

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ATOM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was very good! The service was horrible! The waiter's attitude was horrendous! He carried out his duties being annoyed because he had to work. If you don't like doing your job then seek a different profession! Don't come to the table with an attitude, say you will bring bread an don't, bring dessert, yet never took coffee order? I would recommend take out from here rather than dining in. That waiter should be Fired!

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vipDawnG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

It was delicious too busy service lacking
Very loud kids with phones watching movies loud so they could hear over loud noise.

Hopefully better next time.

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vipMike
Indiana
101 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service.

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vipHanson
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Margherita pizza 15 minutes late after others got their main course. It was not really well enough done. Very soggy. Cheese too melted. Hard to handle. Basil just thrown on in the middle of the pizza. We know you can do better than this. We've been here before.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service and delicious food. Always consistent My favourite in Sarasota

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MichaelH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined outdoors on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately, it was quite wiindy and the numerous propane heaters could not provide sufficient warmth. However, the food and service were excellent as susual.

We always enjoy our meals at Mediterraneo.

Mike H

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vipBettyM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very noisy. My husband’s steak was very good and he enjoyed it very much. The breading on my veal was not crisp, but rather soggy. Taste was good, but the texture wasn’t good.

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DecaM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Very nice service, food was delicious but very very noisy

JA
vipJoeA
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Sarasota. However, this trip was disappointing because the food was not up to the previous standard.

I had the chicken parm and it was soggy and overcooked. Not good.

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vipAims
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Loved every minute of our dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was top notch-very accommodating, friendly, courteous,and helpful. Everyone loved their food. We all agreed we would definitely be back

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DavidB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Our waiter did not bring out my wifes dinner till about 30 minutes after mine and my mothers

Need more staff. Not interested in why you were overrun, its a cardinal rule to never serve the table without all dishes ready

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monsieurmec
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to this downtown restaurant for years, and have been thrilled to see that they added more outdoor seating and have remained reasonably busy through the pandemic. Food is terrific. The people are friendly. The outdoor seating is quite pleasant. It has a “city“ feel that you just can’t get from a strip mall.

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LindaW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant. Always great service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

It was outside and right in Main St so the noise level was high but food and setting delicious!

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vipRedcap
New England
113 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to eat outside in the courtyard. Excellent service. COVID proidicol admired to

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service very good. Food always a level above Italian “American” cuisine. Great specials. We had Outdoor seating on sidewalk area & it was a bit noisy & busy with foot traffic. There is a very nice patio area that we’d like to try next time.

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vipAnthonyA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a superbly run Italian restaurant that should score highly with foodie community. Top to bottom, it could succeed anywhere. Oh, and the food is simply outstanding.

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vipManalS
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was our waiter and although the restaurant was very busy and Adam was rushed to satisfy his tables - he remained extremely professional and on top of his service. The food as usual is delicious and well presented. The management is always welcoming. Thank you!!

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vipNoelH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and wine! Always great!

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vipRandi
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Staff seemed overwhelmed . Mosquitoes outside made dining uncomfortable. We are there very often but this wasn’t the best experience.

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JimF
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Our reservation for two was at 6:30 p.m. on arrival the entire place was full and there were people waiting outside to get in. There were also a lot of kids. We were actually seated between two tables of kids and felt like we had just entered romper room. This is unusual for mediterraneo, as we have eaten there dozens of times in the past. We decided to simply order salads and a pizza. My wife's pomodoro salad had unripe, crunchy tomatoes even though she had requested ripe tomatoes ahead of time. It is hard to get a good tomato in Florida. So that was returned and removed from our bill. The pizza we ordered was cold stale and had evidently been sitting at the serving table for some time. Our waiter did not acknowledge our dissatisfaction as he seemed to be preoccupied with something else. Lots of rubbernecking in this restaurant. There was definitely no longer any social distancing and even though the outdoor patio was packed, that is probably where we should have eaten. So a normally stellar restaurant definitely did not live up to its reputation and past. Sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night with friend! Food was delicious, service was fantastic and atmosphere was energetic without being overwhelming. Loved it!

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vipLBKer
Tampa
53 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great each time we dine. Strongly recommend whatever ravioli specials they have.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful people

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DuncanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Maybe it was what we ordered, but the Octopus and the Pork OssoBuco were both very disappointing. Even the potatoes with the Osso Buso were undercooked and had no flavor. We were very disappointed because the maitre d and the server were excellent. The ambiance was fine---just the poor tasting food!

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vipStephanieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian place! One of my favorites with lots of outdoor seating.

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RebeccaD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always! Took some out of town guests and they LOVED it!

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BetsyL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mediterraneo never disappoints. It is consistently excellent.

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RebeccaD
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this restaurant. Amazing Italian food and very authentic.
Great wait staff and great food and wine.
My all-time favorite restaurant in Sarasota.
My go-to restaurant.

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vipLeslieD
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta was absolutely incredible! It was fresh, al dente full of great veggies, just delicious! Great service!

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vipSeanW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good.

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vipchas
Charlotte
48 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening...wonderful waitress, delicious food with very generous portions, nice wine list...very enjoyable ambience. Great choice or dinner.

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Lulumucci
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano using the Order Online button. Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 365-4122.

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.8 stars by 1674 OpenTable diners.

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.mediterraneorest.com/store/gift-cards/..

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.