Ortygia

4.5
429 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.
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vipSarasotaLiz
New England
41 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true gem of a restaurant. The food is amazing. Locally sourced fresh ingredients prepared by a master chef. The wine list is excellent and very reasonably priced. I have eaten here many times over the years and never been disappointed. My personal favorite is the fennel appetizer braised in chardonnay cream sauce. My friend had the lentil salad which she loved. Most recent visit we both had veal parm which was perfectly prepared. The setting is a charming old Florida style mansion, with ample parking in front and on the side street. If you have not yet eaten at Ortygia you cannot call yourself a true foodie.

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vipalucash
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner!

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JeanneS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Orytigia three times in a month. It is a well kept secret in the Art district of Bradenton. I found it by searching fine restaurants near me. We moved to Palmetto from Bay Hill in Orlando. We were very used to having quality restaurants to chose from. We have plenty of sea food near us but we were wanting Italian. The restaurant is in a small house in the art district of Bradenton so the ambiance is epic! The food is Sicilian not American Italian. However, the owner did say that on Thursdays chicken parmigiana is one of the offerings. The drink card had a variety of styles as well as prices. Orytigia has become one of our favorite places. We hope everyone else enjoys it as much as we do!

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Balibay
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Ortygia about half a dozen times over the past few years. I have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. It is small and space is a bit cramped, but that adds to the environment. Excellent food and service, and usually live music on the weekends. I will be back soon!

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vipDisappointed
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal accompanied by a table visit from the Chef. Small, intimate setting.

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Foodieinbradenton
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and a great experience. Highly recommend.

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viphealthyfoodforall
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience at Ortygia! Delicious, fresh food prepared in authentic Sicilian style. Engaging and very knowledgeable staff. Adorable setting. Love this place!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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LiliS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing and service fantastic. The owner was very friendly and genuinely made everyone feel at home. I live about an hour away but will be sure to return, it was that good!

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luckytoe2
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Wasn’t impressed. I’m a local and I’ve read all the reviews for this restaurant thought I’d finally give it a try. For $16.50 I ordered the eggplant Parmesan, not worth the money. The pasta wasn’t fresh, boxed pasta you can buy in the grocery store BOGO. The eggplant wasn’t what I expected in the least bit, not breaded not fried, I’m guessing grilled. The pate was bland no flavor.

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vipBillP
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an unexpected fabulous experience. The place is unique. We plan a return visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delightful small restaurant with a gregarious host and inventive delicious Sicilian cuisine.

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HonoraD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unique dining experience. Husband chef, wife manager. If you are looking for fast service in a traditional setting, don't go here. If you are looking for something different and wonderful food in a homey, intimate atmosphere, this is it! Just go, eat, experience.

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vipDianeS
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Bradenton. Authentic Sicilian food and a fantastic wine list. It was especially nice to have a glass pour for all wines. Will definitely be back again.

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vipBobFV
Tampa
115 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Intimate setting, personal attention from Chef Gaetano, great salmon special. We always live to eat here - never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were a table of three. We waited over 20 minutes for our waitress to bring bread from when she stated she would bring it . There must of been large party in the back room getting all the service. Sadly none of the dinners compared to the quality of the appetizers . By reading previous reviews I thought the chef was not only overseeing the floor but interacting with the customers . That was not the case he spoke to other groups not ours . There was a huge lag between ordering and getting food with no explanation. After we were finished we sat again until we asked for the check .
I am not sure we will recommend or come again

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vipDinewithFriends
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were coming into town late for our first visit to the area. Checking Open Table, we found Ortygia not far from our destination- and what a find it was. Even though we arrived close to closing time, we were warmly welcomed and not rushed at all. Our dinners were fresh, delicious, and authentic. We highly recommend this neighborhood family establishment.

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vipjesse
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We has the last special of white beans and mussels.....excellent. We also had a breaded chicken cutlet in a light white wine and butter sauce with artichokes spinach and roasted potatoes.(small side of ziti in a light red sauce). Also well prepared and tasty. It was Saturday night,full house. We had a table for 2 in the back room. The noise level was a little high. I would suggest,if you can,ask for table in front of house. Value was outstanding . Neighborhood is old with a bunch of small houses,as this is definitely a residential area. If you can,don't miss this little gem. You'll love the menu and the food is worth it

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vipSandyB
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience!!

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DanB
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice quaint restaurant. The food was good but a little pricey for what you get, and no dinner salad.
Over all this was a nice find.

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FamilyFunNight
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time for dinner here. Chef met us at door. Great interesting dishes. Great wine offerings. Service super. Great experience.

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Nutmeg
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Somehow, it was not as good as the last time we ate here. The waitress brought salad with dressing, though we asked for dressing on the side. The pasta dish as a main course could have been made more interesting, and the other two dishes had the same pasta as the main course dish - they couldn't do something to make the pasta more varied? I would still recommend it, but not so whole heartedly as previously.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food in the most adorable setting. Exceptional service and we loved meeting the owner / chef! A definite return visit is on our calendar.

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vipmartinh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't let the appearance of the neighborhood or the location of this restaurant deter you. It was a magical evening. The food was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a nice experience

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vipElcaR
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cozy place, very friendly staff, chef came to out table a few times.
Will definitely go back

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stash
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

very friendly restaurant. owner chef spent time explaining dishes & wine. food well prepared & service excellent.

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Elizabeth
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ortygia is in a converted old Florida bungalow style home. We visited on a first Friday, during an Art Walk event. It was a good thing we made a reservation because we would not have been able to just walk in. We have dined here before and the quality and survey is consistently good. The organic house salad was a nice addition to our pasta entrees. The wine list is thoughtfully compiled, and the music (singer/guitar) was a nice touch.

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AlanS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the most exquisite plates! Chef Gaetano is wonderfully personable and incredibly talented.

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Foodieinbradenton
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great menu, friendly staff. Highly recommend this quaint little place.

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vipTerriS
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, we each ordered one of the specials: lamb shank and corvina. Both were wonderful. The staff is always friendly and efficient. We have been eating here for years, it’s always a pleasure.

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Westside
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! From the moment you open the door you know it’s going to be special.
Warm professional service, incredible owner/chef, and just darn good food. Loved it so much, we ate there a second time on a 4 night trip . Don’t miss it!

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DeliaV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ortygia is an intimate setting with wonderful Sicilian specialties prepared by the resident chef. The Monkfish special was superb, as was the eggplant appetizer, and the personal interation with chef/owner Guy is always wonderful. If you have not visited Ortygia, make a reservation and treat yourself to a special evening.

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mamie
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, the food is excellent,all home made,the menu is a little smaller than it was but it has specials which are interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guy and his staff are THE BEST!! Wonderful food at reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipMelissaPowell
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always on point. The staff is friendly and welcoming!

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Lily
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE Ortygia! Hands down this is our favorite restaurant. Chef Gaetano knows his way around the kitchen and cooks up some delicious food every time! This evening we had the fennel as an appetizer. If you've never tried it, you are really missing out! My husband and friend has the swordfish (fish of the day) and I have the pollo carciofi (I hope I'm spelling that right!). All were perfect! The new addition to the menu... gelato! It's SO GOOD! Of course the chocolate mouse pate is a treat as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken parmigiana ever! Very lovely service.

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KathyH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in an old house in the Village of the Arts. Very eclectic with pictures of the owner and family that were painted and framed. A warm atmosphere that was especially nice with a singer that played guitar and violin. She had a beautiful voice. The waitress was super friendly and helpful. The bread in a bag was the best bread I’ve ever had. Crispy on the outside and garlicky and chewy on the inside with an olive oil and herb dip. I ordered the cheese and greens torta rustica and it was delicious. The crust melted in my mouth. My husband had the pasta siciliano and he said it was excellent and he ate every bite. We saved room for desert. We had a peach with vanilla ice cream and toasted hazelnuts! It was so good! The peach was marinated and so different from anything else I ever had! We will definitely be back! The owner came out to see if we liked our meal and he also played the harmonica! Loved the whole atmosphere!

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vipIvyG
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ortygia is a spot that I can always know that I will get a good meal, great service and meet new and interesting guests.

FAQs

Ortygia does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Ortygia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 741-8646.

Ortygia is rated 4.5 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.