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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.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
N. Washington Blvd
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Our first visit will not be the last. Amy, our waiter was fantastic, imparting her knowledge of each item guiding us through the items, all which sounded delicious. We ended up with carpaccio appetizer, followed by Veal chop with a side of penne and desert. My wife shared the carpaccio and desert and had veal piccatta.
We will be back very soon.
We were a party of 7, and really no one enjoyed their food. Risotto special with shrimp contained small amount of shrimp. Rice was uncooked. Waiter did not understand English, or if he did it was not apparent. Prices for entrees were expensive, add to that $6 for a side of pasta. No thanks.
Mediterraneo is one of my favorite go-to Italian restaurants. It's hip and cool ... great ambiance. I have been there numerous times and the cuisine is always consistent. Order your favorite dish on Monday, Thursday or Saturday and it will always taste and be prepared the same. No mushy pasta and over cooked veggies here! Their fish dishes ... bronzino and trout are beyond description ... not your typical pasta/red sauce Italian restaurant.
My date and I decided to eat at Mediterraneo Restaurant in downtown Sarasota two nights ago, and we were delighted with our choice. The staff and owners are friendly and make their guests feel at home. The wine list is quite good and the food is excellent. I had Spaghetti alla Grecio, and my date had Linguine al frutti di mare. We were both very pleased with our dishes. I'm happy to recommend the restaurant.
Lovely date-night post-movie haunt. Delectable salads and amazing pizza. Prosciutto artichoke combo is sublime. Love that, even in the bar dining, a couple of pieces of their bruschetta is complimentary. Transporting taste to start meal. Fabulous by-the-glass wine list.
We have lived in Umbria, Italy, but have been absent some time since then. First, looking at the menu, I felt immediately moved back in time to then. The food was exceptional. The service was invigorating. Our waiter seemed to know exactly when to show it. If you can't go home again, go to Mediteranneo.
Mediterraneo NEVER disappoints. The bartender makes a perfect Sidecar, the food is always perfection, they have a great wine list - even nice selections by the glass, the service friendly and beyond professional. There is always a see and be seen vibe. The nice thing about summer is you can almost always walk-in and get a table...My favorite Italian restaurant in Sarasota!
We dined at Mediterraneo for the first time and it certainly wont be our last. We kept saying that 'we need to try this place' for several years and we finally did. We had a lovely experience and meal. Contemporary chic décor and solid food preparation coupled with fine service guaranteed that we would return. Well made cocktails, a fine wine list, plus a list of grappas put the final touch on a wonderful dining experience.
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