Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

4.6
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1303 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We are serving a special Valentine's Ala Carte Menu only (Our Pizza Oven will not be available.)

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1303 People Are Saying
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J
Tampa
75 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mediterraneo. Authentic Italian.

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PT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here with outstanding service, and reasonable too

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our Grandson is at IMG and loves Mediterraneo....been there many times.

JS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience I have ever had. Waited almost two hours for the food. They never made my husband dinner. Food was horrible! Service was horrible. I will never return.

OT
Naples
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, OUTSTANDING!! The veal milanaise was cooked to perfection.
Every aspect of our dinner was beyond compare.
Cannot wait to return soon.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Waited 45 minutes for table even though I had a reservation. Very crowded and noisy yet food was truly delicious .

BM
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was very good, but . . . waited for over half an hour past reservation time to be seated. Noise level made it impossible to have anything approaching a conversation. Service inattentive. Waited over an hour and a half after ordering entrees until they were delivered. Very good food . . . but unlikely to subject myself to the other disappointments in the future.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good! We love it! Especially birthdays cake very beautiful! Thanks

JC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and wine. Place is a bit noisy, but we were seated in the back room, which was a little quieter.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Well prepared and presented. Excellent service. Will be back.

CD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was attentive and had a sense of humor. The restaurant was crowded yet service remained great.

We had the rigatoni with broccolini and sausage. It was incredible. To the point that we wanted to order another dish of the same.

Can’t say enough good things about Mediterraneo. We would go back again and again.

OT
Naples
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular diners here. Lively and fun. Consistently outstanding Italian food. Authentic. Best Italian in Sarasota.

GM
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I haven't been back since last season, but it did not disappoint. We went on a lovely night so we ate outside - highly recommend that since sometimes the inside can be noisy. But the people are so nice, and the food is delicious - so all worth it.

SP
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mediterraneo is, and has always been, my favorite restaurant in Sarasota... for 25 years! The food is ALWAYS perfection, the service, without a doubt outstanding. The vibe is warm and inviting and "the place to run into old friends". Drinks are well poured, nice wine list, don't hesitate to experience the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota!

AA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best overall Italian experience, in Sarasota!

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!

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P
Washington DC
232 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit to Sarasota but our first time to Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano--how disappointing! We loved this place and are certain to come back on our next visit to Sarasota. White tablecloths, cozy, romantic ambiance. Service was attentive and personable. After martinis we each had their amazing Caesar salad. (The secret here is an abundance of Parmesan; what a flavor punch.) We then shared a half bottle of Barolo with excellent linguine/mixed seafood entrees. The pasta was fresh and perfectly cooked. All food here was delicious. We highly recommend Mediterraneo.

E
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonder meal couldn’t be better

l
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best meal. Consistent excellence in food and service!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there for 20+ years and it’s such a good feeling to know that it never disappoints!

I
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect! The Italian owners bring the Italian table to Sarasota. Awesome and authentic.

JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great food, perfect service.

BK
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good pannini nice side salads for lunch

Service was fast attentive and pleasant

Extra twenty minute walk from our downtown condo versus our recent restaurant mix but we’ll make the effort for dinner soon!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and delicious food

R
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Arrived on a Saturday night. Restaurant was very busy. Have been there many times and enjoy the cuisine. On this night, however, the noise level was extremely high and, as a party of 6 seated at a round table, we could not converse with anyone other than those sitting next to a guest.

Will try again, maybe on a day which is not so busy.

d
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, and wonderful service!

V
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Service was proficient but not friendly. Food very average. There are much better Italian restaurants in Sarasota.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding each and every time we come here.
One of our favorites!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Food. A bit too loud.

g
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent, the server was good although he failed to read us the specials. We were in the back corner so it was quiet but felt like we were in a back room. The menus were a turn-off. Not the selections but the printing of the menu. A small tri-fold laminated menu, something a chain would use.

e
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !! Steve and Amy are the very best!

PA
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mediterraneo has been one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota for many years. The food is consistently very good and wines are priced fairly.

P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night of food and fun

d
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Yet another outstanding dining experience!

CA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. Our family’s favourite

h
Milwaukee
95 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delicious meal. The restaurant was very busy and service was a bit slow. The only negative comment is that the pecorino and fig spread appetizer is virtually impossible to eat and it was a throw away IMO. Otherwise, we enjoyed everything from branzino to lamb to duck, all excellent.

w
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Never disappoints

LT
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fabulous experience. I had lamb chops and they were cooked to perfection. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Great service. Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota!