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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

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
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Business Meals (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Casual (9)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Birthday night out with the guys before comedy club
Location perfect food good service good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The focaccia was an in expected treat. Lamb pasta was exceptional. Two new favorites! Wonderful wines offered by the glass, too. Consistently exceptional especially for the price point.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always look forward to dinner here and am never disappointed!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Perfect dining experience! Marvelous food and drinks

Tags: Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent choice for upper Main St, Sarasota dining!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always the best.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and great service. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It’s consistently excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful food and service. It is always a please to eat here

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always enjoy coming here. Consistent food, and a great wine list!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Mediterraneo is one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota. It never disappoints and I go there for lunches, dinners and corporate dinner events. The lovely female Maitre D Anna is the best I have ever come across! 5 stars!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Mediterraneo is consistently excellent. Great atmosphere, service and authentic Italian food.
It's not the place for a quiet evening out - it's too popular for that! It buzzes with lively conversations taking place over delicious food and good wine.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This wonderful restaurant participated in Dining for a Difference and helped raise money for local nonprofits. Everyone I invited said they would be returning, they loved it so much. Great people, amazing food & kind hearts!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always a favorite for us. We are never disappointed with quality or consistency of food. Great atmosphere and servers always attentive. The lamb shanks, veal Milanese and daily fresh made ravioli are standouts.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We had one of the best pizza ever. I think it was better than the pizza that we had in Italy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Had a great lunch there staff us awesome, atmosphere is great beautiful place lunch or dinner pizza was amazing

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Consistently, great Italian.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Have been here many times food and service never disappoint.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Overall experience was good but was rushed by the waiter to turn the table. Came by three times to see if we were ready to order in the first 15 minutes of being seated. Felt pressured the entire meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Out favorite Sarasota restaurant. Fresh, fresh food make from scratch

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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