Ortygia

4.5
368 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

At Ortygia Restaurant in our artsy 1920's vintage bungalow we offer a unique, culinary experience. Located just minutes from downtown Bradenton, we offer French/Sicilian cuisine in a small eclectic, intimate, indoor or outdoor setting. Where many venues offer an array of glitz and glitter, the attraction of Ortygia is its eclectic charm, unparalleled backdrop, the beauty of nature and an abiding sense of La Bella Vita! Add the ambiance of candles, torches, lights, music and laughter, Ortygia glows with its own brand of beauty that lures people back over and over again. Our distinctive and exceptional cuisine is just another reason so many individuals choose Ortygia to host their special events. Trip Advisor reviewers have voted Ortygia as one of the top 10 restaurants in Bradenton for over 6 years! Ortygia has also been rated one of the top 10 most romantic places to dine in the Sarasota area for the past 5 years.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Thu–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 741-8646
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Owner and Chef Gaetano Cannata
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Private party facilities
Ortygia 101 -- Create a memorable event with loved ones. Chef Gaetano's personal cooking class! No ordinary "how-to" ... Daring flavor combinations, culinary skills you didn't know you had and maybe some of Ortygia's secret recipes!

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an extraordinary evening at the Chefs Table. Prepare to be amazed!
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Private party contact
Chef Gaetano Cannata: (941) 741-8646
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Catering
Parties at Ortygia -- Private room available for groups. Garden area is perfect for showers, birthdays, anniversary parties, weddings or any get together! Work with Chef Gaetano and our event planner to create a memorable menu for catered lunches, dinners and all your upcoming events!

Ortygia To Go -- Wow your friends with platters from Ortygia. Appetizers, desserts and more available for takeout. Offsite catering available as well.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2019 154th Street East
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Parking details
Onsite parking and street parking available.
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Entertainment
Check out our website for all our special events. We have live entertainment on Saturday Nights.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 368 People Are Saying
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JB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family friendly and the food was beyond delicious. We will be back.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was terrific. Really great service. My layered pasta was fantastic. Nice wine selections. Owner greeted and was fun to talk with. Highly recommend

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TH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was "throw back Thursday", and we were disappointed that at 6:30 they were already out of meatballs and spaghetti. Also, this not only occurs in Ortygia, but in almost every restaurant we've been to lately. At one time, it had been customary for all at the table to have finished their meals before plates are taken away. One in our party was still eating when the server asked if we wanted desserts. When it was pointed out that someone was still eating, she asked the others if we wanted our plates removed. I said no as not only do I think it is mannerly to wait until everyone is finished, but I believe it makes the person eating feel rushed. Are staff now trained to remove plates immediately, even if others are eating?

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OT
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were there at 7:30 and they were out of everything we wanted.

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PD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been wanted to try Ortygia for a while, and we were so glad we chose it for our daughter's graduation dinner. Chef Guy not only cooked for us, he serenaded us and made us feel like a part of his family. I would give you a few highlights of the dinner, but it was all incredible! What an exceptional dinner and evening! We will certainly be back. Be sure to make a reservation, and find Ortygia in the Bradenton arts district!

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DH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner/chef is very friendly and wants all his customers to enjoy his restaurant. Our food was outstanding! Perfect portions! Definitely will return!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

When we arrived we were greeted by several people including the chef, we still had to wait 10 minutes to be seated as they had a large party sitting outside and only had 2 people serving the entire restaurant. They had run out of most of the food. We decided to stay because this place was highly recommed and it was already quite late to find another location. The noise coming from the kitchen was loud and disturbing, banging dishes and crashing pots was all you hear. Later one a gentlemen came and apolized for the noise, apparently he had been upset about something he was questioned on and banging the dishes was his outlet. We ordered wine and the bottle sat across the table for at least 15 minutes, we had to tell the server to bring us the wine. Overall the food was ok, very average , def but not worth all the wait and bad service.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy, and will frequent Ortygia as often as I can! The food is fabulous, the staff is accommodating and greet everyone with good old fashioned Sicilian warmth. The atmosphere is as if you are in a relatives home, very relaxed atmosphere, you are not rushed in and out as do most restaurants. The staff are so genuine that they come and talk to get to know their patrons better. The Chef takes the time to greet everyone also, and even plays a mean harmonica. My only complaint is that my belly is so full when I leave, I need to learn to pace myself with all that good food! Great place, highly recommended! 😀👍❣️Linda Pappalardo

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KW
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. It’s menu is distinct and delicious. Egg plant parm is on point and Guy knows how to cook fish perfectly. The desserts are unique too. We love this place!

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JW
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This bungalow-style restaurant is a real gem! Fresh delicious food, delectable desserts, warm and friendly service and cozy ambiance. Great for a date night or dinner before a nice night out. We love it here!

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RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, locally sourced, menu. Friendly, attentive, and professional service. Very interesting, delicious, and unique dishes. For example, garlic/vanilla/honey gelato.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the music is a perfect accompaniment to the meal. The chef and staff could not have been more hospitable.

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JM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The setting is not one you expect to find in a restaurant. It is a little house with dining areas in a couple of rooms. We were there on a Saturday- a very busy night. So, combined with the entertainment in such a small space , it was quite noisy. A highlight for the evening was the entertainment- a guitarist who played the Blues. A treat was the chef/owner performed along with him.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed Ortygia so much we came back again the next evening. Chef Gaetano's unique take on Sicilian cuisine, the accommodating and friendly wait staff, and the charming ambiance will make this my go to restaurant when visiting Bradenton.

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PA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem of a place. Fantastic service, the chef even came to have a brief chat. All food freshly prepared on the premises. Tasted wonderful . Not a huge choice but diverse enough to suite everyone. We had a great birthday meal there for 4 of us. Will definitely be going back again!

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IG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and staff.

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HP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere, the staff is smashing and the owner is very personable.

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Naples
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner with friends that are heading north for the summer. Everyone enjoyed there dinner very much....chicken with artichokes and a delicious beef dish.

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RP
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch experience with personal wine and food recommendations from Chef Gaetano Cannata. We’ll be back—and bringing friends with us!

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L
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem...in an absolute neighborhood so quaint. The people the service the food so incredible. The chef came out to our table making sure everything was fun. Bread came in a pouch and you get dipping oil. Great experience They have a very nice patio as well. Run don’t walk

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you like feeling you are dining in someone’s home, this is the place. The food is outstanding, cooked to perfection and of course fresh. We highly recommend this restaurant. Even though we just went, we are returning again!!!

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M
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Never been before. Really enjoyed it all. Food was excellent. Who knew you could LOVE chicken Parmesan so much and reasonably priced. I don’t often do desserts but Bread pudding was to die for.....

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did everything to accommodate our request. Really enjoyed dinner with friends. Noise minimal allowing for conversation Chef/owner and staff superb !

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C
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Amazing service!

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JW
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here and we just love this place. The food is fresh and delicious, the service is attentive and friendly and the atmosphere is upbeat and festive.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ortygia is an annual stop when we travel to nearby Sarasota. This year I ordered the Roasted Garlic Bisque. It was served warm in a Martini glass with crushed almonds on top. OMG. It was superb. Next I devoured their tarta di carciofi. A pie size wedge of a creamy artichoke delight. Delish. For dessert I shared their absolutely delicious zabaglione with Jim, divinely created and prepared by Master Chef and Owner Gaetano Cannatta. Wonderful evening. As always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place. Great food!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time and the staff was great, the food was very good. Chef came out to greet us and was extremely appreciative and kind.

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BW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The chef/owner is delightful and the food was a 10!

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Y
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely and delicious home style Italian food. Great value.

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place and great food. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends!

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CR
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cute little restaurant in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton is located in a small house, with additional seating outdoors. We were seated inside, because it had rained earlier in the day. It is like being served dinner at home! I love that. Very relaxing. It probably would have been even nicer outside in the yard. My husband had the chicken parmesan, which was one of the specials that Throwback Thursday night, and I had the Farsumagru, which is like braciola. Both were excellent. We had the cinnamon roll bread pudding for dessert. OMG! That was fabulous! Service was great, and we got to meet the chef owner, Gaetano.
We really enjoyed this place, and will definitely go back next year when we are in Bradenton again. Hopefully we will be able to sit outside next time.
It is a very relaxed calm atmosphere, and a wonderful change from everything out by the water!

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Dining here is a treat. The menu is nothing like any "Italian" restaurant such as we are used to. Always fresh chef created dishes --and interesting specials every time we visit.

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MR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food! Guy is superb!

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w
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a outstanding surprise. Cant recommend enough

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D
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very limited menu and diner quality service. No reason to go back.

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PD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Guy is fabulous in the kitchen and on the Harmonica!

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TH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time at Ortygia and we loved the food and atmosphere. One complaint: we were a party of 4. One person finished eating ahead of the others, all of whom still had half a plate of food left (as did the person was finished eating), when the server asked if he wanted a box. This has become the trend these days. Gone are the days when the plates are not cleared until everyone is finished. It puts pressure on the other diners to hurry with their meal, and I hate it!

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to go to Ortygia. The chef is great, always visits the table to chat, and the staff are both efficient and friendly. Although they do not change the menu during "season", they always add a couple of specials each night. This last time, I ordered the special, which was salmon with a chocolate balsamic glaze. It was wonderful. Chef always has dark chocolate paté on the menu, but it is prepared just a bit differently each time. Highly recommended. The fennel baked in chardonnay sauce is an amazing and very unique appetizer. There is always music on Saturday nights, and Chef Gaetano joins in on blues harmonica and sings. You really can't go wrong at Ortygia. It's both fun and delicious.

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Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, friendly, Guy does a great job with everything, unique.

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