Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

4.7
1513 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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Mark
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We look forward to visiting Mediterraneo every time we are headed to Sarasota. Fantastic food, great service and reasonably priced. The Linguine Nere (black linguine with shrimp) is one of my favorite dishes I've had anywhere in the country. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian restaurant in the Sarasota area. The food is authentic and the ambience is very enjoyable for downtown Sarasota. we’ve been coming here for years!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, social distancing fabulous and always friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Thank you!

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vipAilsaD
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the mozzarella wrapped in speck with radicchio, piping hot from the wood fired oven- delicious! I had the bucatini with the lamb and mushroom ragu which was fabulous.

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VictoriaA
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was eating I Italy. The food was amazing from start to finish. Will be my go to when craving Italian food.

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vipLucyPie
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, good service, very nice outdoor patio. You are seated close to Main Street so sometimes street noise can be loud but it’s not continuous. Super nice evening for my birthday.

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vipBobh
Tampa
55 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant serves some of the best Italian food I have ever had. The Service is very good and, in my estimation, it's a must when I'm in Sarasota.

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4HappyDiners
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. No complaints.

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ginaa
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newer waiter - great personality - forgot a couple of specials but he bounced back! Attentive, food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was an amazing server! The food is always on point, and I have never had a bad meal here!

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LydiaA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service by Amy was the best! Amy greeted us in a happy and respectful way making us feel at ease from the moment we sat at the table. Food was the best we have had since we came to Sarasota from NY. Will definitely go back.

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BonnieD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was top notched... could recite the lengthy and detailed specials menu without looking at her notes. She was busy but always came back to the table to be sure we were happy. The food was outstanding, there were large portions, and the wine list was extensive. We will definitely visit again!

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vipKimD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way; one of the best in Sarasota to be sure.

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WoodyW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated my husband’s 50th. Delicious food, wine, champagne. Service was excellent. My hubby was made to feel like a celebrity! An excellent experience!

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vipKwdiner
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another good meal outside in the street area in front
Adam is a terrific server! Stellar meatballs in a truly tasty marinara sauce, tender octopus. The kitchen knows what they are doing.

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PeterT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mediterraneo is always one of the best options for dining in Sarasota. They have gourmet food, selection of fine wines. The staff is very courteous. I recommend Mediterraneo for a nice dining experience to all my friends!

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vipLBKer
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osso buco was amazing. The ravioli specials are always great.

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vipJimH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service

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vipBarbaraM
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always. The best Italian in Sarasota!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a beautiful night. Wait staff was fabulous, as was the food .... appetizers to dessert. Huge portions! We had pizza as an appetizer - 4 people/1 pizza so good (apparently that’s not uncommon there), salads (2 people per caeser) - love that they only use the hearts of the romaine. We each ordered our own meal (should have shared main courses too because we filled up on the delicious bread and prior courses). Lasagna, Seafood linguini, black pasta, and chicken in a white sauce (none of these are the real names - just descriptions of our order) all so fresh and full of flavor. Even leftovers reheated the next day were great!

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Cappy
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dining outside with friends. Went to Mediterraneo because our go to Italian restaurant couldn't accommodate our reservations. All thoroughly enjoyed their meals and will definitely return!!!

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StephanieE
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was very attentive, and knowledgeable. The food was very good; especially the breads and dipping sauce/spread.

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GeorgeS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.
Staff could not possibly be more accommodating.

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GregF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten all over the world and this was truly one of the finest experiences I have ever had. From the moment you walk in until you leave, it is a memorable time. The food was authentic and fabulous, but even better was the service. The attention to detail was like no other I've had below. Special shutout to Daniel and the gentleman overseeing the dining room it self. Well done and I can't wait to get back! Thank you

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Kate
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a gem of a restaurant. Very good food, priced reasonably and personable staff

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FrankB
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant

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vipMarkL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is one of the best in Sarasota and our favorite

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vipKwdiner
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Visiting Sarasota and had walked by this place during the day, checked out the menu and also saw they offered spaced out tables in the street. We’ll only dine outdoors during Covid. Had an excellent meal: grilled octopus very tender with an unusual emulsified pea accompaniment, delicious veal Marsala and a special grilled veal chop. Adam was a competent and enjoyable server who wisely convinced us to order the chocolate dessert.

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vipChuck
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! We'll be back again!

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vipJohnN
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Love the restaurant

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theresaz
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Outside area on sidewalk. Ok but not attractive. Wait staff was attentive. Although peeved when a dish came out that did not meet expectations and was sent back. Pizza for high scores, Lamb shank on risotto perfection. Lasagna overcooked. Mushy. Carpaccio tasteless. Would give it another go and order different dishes.

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PeterT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meditiraneo is my favorite restaurant in Sarasota. Always good food, selected wines, and the waiters are very polite and friendly. I do not wonder why this place is always full. This is because everybody appreciates it and loves it.

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vipGannonC
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mediterraneo never ceases in excellent meals and service. Had been my favorite restaurant for almost 20 years

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Lefty
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I think there is either new ownership in last few years or different chief as food quality is not at same level. Wait staff is always good and goes out of way to provide service.

I had pasta and their homemade meat balls. Spaghetti looks like it was reheated and sauce was limited and not the way it has been served before.. Meatballs tasted like they were taken out of freezer and reheated in micro with sort of a spongy texture. Eatable but not near the quality you would expect from a highly rated restaurant.

My wife had Spaghetti Carbonara which was prepared nicely and pasta was cooked perfectly. However pancetta was 90% fat with little or no meat. Again a previously great dish that was no where like it used to be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

BM
vipBarbaraM
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Food, service, is the best in town. Love it that all the servers remember you.

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TonyC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal , great service. Have been dining there for many years

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vipFeliceS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We hesitate to dine out now, but Mediterraneo did a good job with social distancing and all servers were wearing masks. Service was great (love Amy!) and the food very tasty.

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vipGulfside
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Eating here is always a great value with quality ingredients and solid preparation. The service is a real plus!

FAQs

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 1513 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.