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About 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.

1970 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

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


Dinner:

Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
N. Washington Blvd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 365-4122

Website:
http://www.mediterraneorest.com/

Parking Details:
Private garage parking behind restaurant

Private Party Facilities:
"Rossa" Room is available for private events. Contact us for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Daniel Baroni: (941) 365-4122

Additional:
Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Good for a Date (24)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (18)
Good for Groups (13)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Romantic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fun (8)
People Watching (6)
Cozy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

The server was exceptionally attentive. The food was uniformly very good. The reservation was on time, even after we had to change the time to a later one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Mediterraneo is one of our go to places. It is consistently terrific. We can count on delicious food and friendly, attentive service. We probably eat there once a week; sometimes more. It's just that good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We usually have very good food, but this time the food was just okay. It was a Saturday night so the restaurant was very busy, crowded and loud. (During the week and at lunch it is not as hectic). The Caesar salad needed more dressing and no one was around to provide fresh pepper. The pasta in the evening pasta special with mussels and prawns was way beyond al dente. We were a group of seven, and half of the group liked their meals. This restaurant is very convenient to the cinema and they offer pizza for a casual meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Loud and seated next to their expediting area. People bumped in to us and we heard silverware and plates crashing the whole night. Extremely disappointing experience. Did not expect that.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The management of this restaurant is beyond amazing !!! We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened and NEVER had a bad experience. The owners are hands on and care about CUSTOMER SERVICE . We frequent this restaurant at least several times a month . Congratulations to an amazing team ! The food is consistently excellent . Best Italiano restaurant in Sarasota and comparable with the best in NYC .

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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great family dinner after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Our waitress was fantastic and the food delicious. I enjoyed the veal Marsala, which is among the best I’ve had. The profiteroles and double chocolate mousse also very notable and yummy.

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food5
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of our favourite places but hard to enjoy during the tourist season as they are overcrowded, slow, ok service and food quality declines. If visiting in the winter go relaxed and make the best of it. The rest of the year it’s great.
Fantastic pizza.
Go off hours to enjoy food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

One of two excellent meals we had recently in Sarasota. Food,wine, service and the vibe were all excellent. Will definitely return next time in SRQ.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always great service, consistently prepared meals and very welcoming.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant and everything was fabulous. Greated friendly, flexible with seating location, amazing waitress, the food was out of this world, fairly priced. Will be back again and again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Great food, fun ambience, wonderful service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A very popular restaurant in a wonderful location. Cuisine is Northern Italian. Friendly wait staff and convenient parking.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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food5
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love Mediterraneo! Understated casual elegance, great food, friendly efficient service! We keep coming back again and again for authentic Italian.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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food4
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Nice Italian restaurant. Very fresh food with great service. Had dinner before the show @ McCudry's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Meal was okay.. I thought a little costly .. would like to see more healthy meals..

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always consistent.... good restaurant

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Finally a restaurant where the food is good and you don't have to shout to the people with whom you are eating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent service and amazing food. First time in Sarasota.....cant wait to get back down there and eat here again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Constantly good food, always greeted warmly when entering.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for my daughters birthday and we loved everything.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Overall ok. Service was just ok and so was the food. It started out quiet but by the time we left it was so loud. Just ok experience.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food.
Large wine list, but on the pricy end. Several inexpensive options, though.
Excellent service.

Online menu is a bit out of date.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always great. Friendly staff. Nice portione.
Take the family!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food and service was wonderful. We were celebrating a birthday and they were very accommodating for a special cake we bought.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Go to for whenever in town - always better when not busy

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Perfect resturant for great food
Centrally located
Great Italian food

Tags: Casual
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful food. Too busy/noisy on Saturday night but other nights were fine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great salads, great pasta, great pizza! The wait staff is very attentive to your needs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and service

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyed the food and ambiance. It was a bit noisy and crowded but we would go back with a smaller party. It was difficult to hear everyone across a large table and I felt like we were squished into a corner since there were so many of us. It's a fairly small restaurant so I'd plan to go back with no more than one other couple . Definitely want to go back for a more intimate evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It feels like visiting Italy and getting away from all the daily stress.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food amd service were both excellent. The noise level was quite high to the point conversation was difficult. Excellent authentic Italian food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Reliably good food; Great host; Well made cocktails; nice ambiance.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love this restaurant, service and food always outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food, great pizza and eggplant dish, large selection of Italian food

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was fantastic! Service was great as well. Our waiter was very attentive. Room was a bit noisy because of a few happy patrons at the bar, but the food and excellent service made up for it. A definite must try.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always a staple in our dining. Never had a bad meal. Everyone we have ever taken there, love it. Pasta dishes are great, specials never disappoint, service is always terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First, this restaurant is open Sunday and Monday. It is nice to have an attractive place with delicious food available when quite a few places are closed. The wait staff is well trained—they know about the food and how to serve it. It appears that this place has quite a following as the owner seems to know many of the diners.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Spicy, Comfort Food
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vip
·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have eaten at Mediterraneo many times before but my last visit was not enjoyable at all. First of all, the noise level was abominable. It was difficult to hear the person seated beside you. I became aware that some diners seemed to have special privileges. For instance, the table next to mine was served melon and prosciutto which was not offered on the menu or as a special.

Our water and wine glasses were never refilled. As I was refilling them I accidentally hit my wine glass and wine spilled into my entre and onto my lap. Thank goodness I had my napkin on my lap. My entre was flooded with wine and there was no response by staff and we were completing ignored. When we asked one of the staff for a clean wine glass he answered that we needed our waiter who was no where in sight. My entre was non edible.

The table next to mine certainly got a lot of attention.

Tags: Authentic
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food4
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful experience from the time we walked in. The atmosphere, food, and wine were all very good. We only had one problem and that was as soon as our waiter got a table of 10, he forgot we were there. I understand the tip for 10 is going to be bigger than for 4, but you never know. Anyway, great resturant and we will be back again!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual
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