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Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

4.6
810 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

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


Dinner:

Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(941) 365-4122
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
"Rossa" Room is available for private events. Contact us for more information.
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Private party contact
Daniel Baroni: (941) 365-4122
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Washington Blvd
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Parking details
Private garage parking behind restaurant
Additional
Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room
What 810 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent but the service so rushed. There was not s second to relax over our drinks. The salad came immediately as did the second course. I fret like they could not get us out fast enough.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food and service are always excellent!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This very loud, chaotic restaurant served up great Italian food. The server had a lot of people to attend to, but managed well. We enjoyed the lasagna with bechemel, penne with chicken, peas, and mushrooms, and chicken parm. Full bar and pricey wine list.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Ernesto (our waiter) was just outstanding. Made the evening great.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was good but the service was slow. Its a noisy place.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Busy bustling authentic Italian restaurant. Abundant portions of good southern Italian cooking. Noisy but fun atmosphere unless you go to the back room

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The best Italian food in Sarasota. Steve and Amy are tremendous wait staff.

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We arrived at the time of our reservation with a nice bottle of red wine from our cellar. The waiter greeted us and the left to retrieve two wine glasses. Had he mentioned the $35.00 corkage charge, I probably would have taken a closer look at the wine list. No mention of a corkage charge more than double the amount usually charged is not acceptable. I usually tip the waiter on the food AND corkage charge, not this time.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Loved everything! Will be back when back in Sarasota. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Awesome! Everything out of the pizza oven especially great. Good wine choices.. overall one of our faves in Sarasota

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Love this restaurant - Wish they had a bigger bar. That's the only negative. Food and service is fabulous

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Amazing food. Attentive service and very nice. An incredible value for the price.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing experience! We visit this place every time we go to Sarasota :)

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Went with family and friends. Overall , nice selection and decent value . Good but not great

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was very good. Everything came hot and served at the same time

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were there for a friend's 50th birthday dinner and the food and service was fantastic! We would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Wonderful experience. Food excellent as usual. Calamari appetizer was delicious. Enjoyed the meal and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota! We have been coming here since 1999! The food is always good and we love the service. Never a dissapoinment!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had out if town guest and had theatre tickets and wanted to treat them to a special dinner-Mediterraneo was a GREAT choice!! It is aleays one of our favorites!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Just Fantastic. Great real Italian food, great service, friendly hosts. The Cotolleta was sensational as well as the pasta. In fact, it was so good we returned the following day.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I love Mediterraneo. The real star here are the Italian dishes - great pasta, pizza. But this visit I have the special - a rainbow trout. Prepared with capers, tomatoes, a sauteed spinach and cannelini beans, it was delicious. I'd come here a lot more often, but going to the same restaurant all the time is like breaking a commandment as far as my husband is concerned.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a delicious dinner here with another couple. It has a nice vibe and good menu selections. Mostly Italian. It was easy to talk to each other. I would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Enjoyed Great food as we always expect from Mediterraneo

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

On vacation in Sarasota and our second time dining there in a week. Wonderful food, service and authentic Italian. Will definitely return when we come back to Sarasota next March.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice setting, good food, great service, enjoyable ambiance. Had the special fettucine with lobster and rock shrimp, slightly spicy sauce, very tasty. Others had carbonara and thought sauce too thick -- I didn't. Appetizer of pancetta wrapped mozzarella was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Mediterraneo can always be counted upon for a great meal. It is consistently good from the wines offered, the bread, the salads and the entrees. On this particular night, we wanted a quiet meal. A great red wine, salad and pasta -- with great service. The restaurant was packed with patrons (it always is which tells you something) but the service was efficient and friendly. We were never rushed.

Mediteranneo is one of the gems in Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We love Mediterraneo! The food is, without fail, extremely consistent and always delicious! The staff are welcoming and attentive. Highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Wonderful food as always. All 4 of us had different entrees & they were all excellent. One person required gluten free pasta & she said it was the best she has had. One of my favorite Sarasota restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We have been dining at Mediterraneo for 20 years and keep going back! Delicious meals, prompt service and friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A great dining experience! Nick was our server and we will definitely be coming back and requesting to serve us again.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Main problem for me is they serve potatoes on many of their entrees. If you want pasta instead, there is an $8 surcharge.

Although it is an excellent restaurant, I would limit my visiting to only once a year, maybe.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at Mediterraneo from beginning to end. The appetizers were wonderful and the entrées where also wonderful. Our waiter was excellent, he was attentive and helpful and took very good care of us all night long. All in all a memorable experience abd will definitely come back many times.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

This is a great restaurant! Great food and service, and definitely a place I will come back to in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The entire experience was graceful, professional and delicious. Nice wine list, very good and attentive service, and some of the most on point, technique driven, fresh ingredient food we have experienced in Sarasota, or anywhere else.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Wonderful ambiance with welcoming owners and staff. Our Big Tuscan wine (a new experience for us recommended by our waiter) was fabulous and was perfect with our wood fire baked mozzarella appetizer he also led us to choose. My wife had lamb mushroom pasta and it was delicious. I often have seafood pasta and this did not disappoint! A fun relaxing evening with great food.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was good, couldn’t hear the person across the table from me or the waiter but it was a night out!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Have been here several times. Made a reservation on Monday night party of 6 and was surprised that we were seated in the bar area. Not that we said anything about the seating but was not happy. Don’t think I will use open table again because would like to express where I would like to sit

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Phenomenal pasta dishes! Great service. I have family in central Italy and I would have no hesitation in bringing them there.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always a wonderful dining experience. Friendly attentive staff and delicious authentic Italian food. One of our top go-to places in Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My husband and I went for dinner before a show at Van Wezel. We arrived at 5:45 and had our choice of tables, but it quickly filled up after that. The service was friendly and excellent. The
Wine selection was very good. The veal Marsala was the best we had ever had - delicious and so tender! The spinach salad with pear was big enough to share and very tasty. We have tasted tiramisu all over the world, and their’s tied with our favorite ever. We highly recommend.

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