Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

4.6
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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.
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LM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great it always is we eat there frequently very consistent

T
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is simply no words that can describe the excellence of this restaurant. It’s my perfect place for dining.

KM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, competent service, a bit close and crowded, good value

J
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Joyful experience with creative menu. Specials were particularly enticing.

EL
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came from Naples FL for Sarasota Opera. Whenever we do that we eat at great place. Excellent Italian cuisine. Reasonable prices

S
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of m more memorable dining experiences in the Tampa. The atmosphere was wonderful, the service prompt and the food outstanding!

T
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 8 and the service was excellent from cocktails thru dinner. Very attentive but not in your face. One of our go to restaurants in downtown Sarasota.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Although the food was good, the noise level is unbearable. You can not talk to a person across the table without screaming.

PN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Unbearably loud crowded and lowbrow

LO
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent as always. We had three of the specials at our table and they were all tasty and nicely prepared. ( fish, veal ravioli and seafood, including lobster over linguini). A bit noisy but still an excellent choice! Linda

TO
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had booked 2weeks in advance and requested to be seated in bar area. We even phoned a week before to verbally request to be seated in the bar area and it was confirmed.
When we arrived at our designated time we were told that our request would not be honored and that if we wanted to dine in this establishment we would have to sit in the dining room.
We reluctantly took the dining room. That being said, the service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Probably will not return.

F
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated with our family that we haven't seen in a while. Outstanding memory!

t
London
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Great service.

n
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, as always, but I have to say the wines by the glass are swill. Plus its one tingy pour! It forces you to buy a bottle even if you don't want to have more than a glass. They can do so much better here. Service this visit was spotty. Ordered and boom appetizers came never delivered any bruschetta or brad until we asked and there was an ooppss. Fish was a little overcooked but pasta, pizza, calamari and grilled octopus were good. Veggies cooked without being mushy. It was mobbed....

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fabulous, Osso bucco delish w/ bone marrow, sautéed calamari, service impeccable

e
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best Italian food in Sarasota and Steve and Amy are the very best wait staff. Great evening!! Ed

a
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having made reservations on Open Table, we were seated immediately in the back room of the restaurant. It was comfortable and quiet. The service and food were both outstanding. We had the mozzarella and speck appetizer, which was crisp and hot and super tasty. With four pieces, it was a generous dish to share. I had gone hoping for risotto, which I didn’t see on the menu. My lucky day, risotto was one of the specials! It was served with corn and tomatoes and peas and was a dish I would order again in a heartbeat. The others in our party had pasta with a red sauce featuring braised lamb, and a salmon dish. Everyone was more than happy with their meal. This was my first time and Mediterraneo and I look forward to returning.

EP
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Mediterraneo is always great. We took visitors before the theater Thursday and they raved about their meals.

OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Drinks were terrific as well.

NS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The pasta dishes were very good but the pizza and calzone were bland. Service was ok but I had to ask a number of times for hot pepper flakes and a refill on my drink.

HW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there and we weren't disappointed. Everyone was very happy with the food they ordered. Our reservation was for 8 and we were promptly seated. Service was very good, attentive but not overbearing. We stayed quite a while and were nearly the last to leave but staff was patient, never rushing us. All staff we encountered were very friendly including holding the doors open on our way out. Great food, great service, couldn't ask for more. Eccellente!

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. We will definitely be back!

AC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently good food. The octopus and linguine frutti di mare are always on point.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Great Restaurant with professional waiters and amazing food

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible! We had reservations for 4 people for 7:30pm; arrived at 7pm and there was a line out the door. No one could find the maitre d’. And when we finally located him he had no idea of what time we would be seated. We left and will not be going back. Very bad business practice to overbook. Found other place

KM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Favorite Sarasota dinner, everyone is always very accommodating

DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant has a good urban vibe for being so close to the beach. Food is really good, I heard the pizza is amazing so I will definitely come back and give it a try.

JB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service.

e
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food and service in Sarasota.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Will be back soon

MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food thanks

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Several recent times I have had delicious pasta dishes, but they never had enough sauce on them. This past time, the Caesar Salad was also on the dry side.

NC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here in the last 6 months. This place just keeps on getting better and better with every visit. I highly recommend everyone giving Mediterraneo a go. You wont be disappointed!

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place since many, many years. We were here first time in 1994! We still love it!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in all of Sarasota. The food is over the top and the service is second to none. Always look forward to a great meal!

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Consistently good restaurant.
Nice menu, no nonsense classic Italian fare and an interesting wine list with well priced choices.
We have visited Mediterraneo for the last 15 years and we have never been disappointed.

C
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The noise was horrible. We cannot think of visiting again. It made the thought of conversation impossible. We can't even remember if the food was acceptable. We were so unhappy.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was terrific. We had a cocktail at the bar before being seated. From the patrons to the staff, all was terrific. The food was amazing as was the wait staff. Friendly, attentive, very professional. Our second time here. The cuisine, service and friendliness very consistent. Outstanding dining experience. We’ll be back!!!

m
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant has been a staple in downtown Sarasota for some years. The food is of high quality and staff are professional. The food is delivered efficiently and fairly rapidly, maybe a tad too quick for a relaxed dinner. But it is high season....

CP
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently fantastic! We have been eating there for 10+ years and have never had a bad meal or bad service!