Ortygia

4.8
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$30 and under
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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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ER
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

s
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

E
Tampa
3 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.

AS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TS
Chicago
30 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.

W
New York Area
35 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!

DV
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.

m
Tampa
4 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.

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

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

MP
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
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.

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken parmigiana ever! Very lovely service.

KH
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!

IG
Tampa
6 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.

CE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chef G can cook! The menu is not extensive, but everything he makes is delicious and truly authentic Sicilian cooking! It’s wonderful to have a good Italian restaurant to go to! It’s like sitting at Grandmas table. Our server Penny made the night with her wonderful personality. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time. We loved the portions , it allowed us to have a three course meal and enjoy all. The chef was tentative and the meals were wonderful. We are looking forward to many returns.

RA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back! Love everything about this restaurant! One small thing disappointed me, the menu on Open table is seasonal, it starts in October. I looked it over and had awesome ideas I was going to have for dinner but when we got there they didn't have that menu available.

KL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been twice now for special birthday dinners and both times were delicious and with a wonderful atmosphere. I enjoyed the getting to talk with the chef and the heritage of the Sicilian Restaurant shines through with pride. I must say both parties I brought enjoyed the restaurant as much as I, we will return again and again.

b
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Proprietar and staff are always courteous, professional and very helpful in food selection

JW
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine here. Staff are very friendly, the food is fresh and delicious and the cozy setting is really charming.

P
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I decided to try out a new place, and remembered meeting the chef 12 years ago. The food was excellent and carried a sense of the Sicilian tradition from his family culture. The blending of flavors was well thought out in each recipe and his home made Tiramisu was the best I have had. Wine was a nice pairing with our meal. We loved the Mozarella with truffle infusion for an appetizer. It is nice to not have to go to a chain restaurant, when there is authentic Italian nearby. Bravo to Guy Cannata. The service was excellent also. We will be coming back

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our local favorite!

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D
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful experience! Food was amazingly delicious! Chef/owners were delightful! Can’t wait to return.

FD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

8-10 The food was not hot. And it was hard to hear the person next to me.

B
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Very authentic Italian. Cozy setting. Even got to meet the owner, Gaetano. What a pleasure.
Will be back for sure.

C
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, my son (9 yoa) likes nothing but he liked this, thought lamb shank was amazing

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance and good italian comfort food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!
Amazing food and the chef and staff are incredibly friendly.

C
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Everything was exceptional! The stuffed pepper appetizer is my favorite

RG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and environment and friendly service

LL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Could not have been better

b
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the intimate, cozy dining experience with very efficient and friendly staff. Swordfish dinner was great! We'll certainly continue to visit Ortygia's!

JH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had the red onion soup to start. She had the day's special Pork Chop with pureed cauliflower. I had the Farsumagru, described on the menu as "Sirloin stuffed with a menagerie of ingredients including provolone, prosciutto, Italian sweet sausage, hard cooked eggs, asparagus and pancetta. Slowly braised in red wine and tomato reduction." To be clear, the sirloin is chopped. But all 3 dishes were well presented and delicious. Service was top notch.
We arrived at 5 pm on a Saturday and were finished by 6, when the live music was about to begin. We were seated in the front room next to where the musician was to play, and I know we would have found it impossible to have a conversation no matter how fine the music may have been. We'll come again for sure, but will ask to be seated away from the music if it's going on. The front room is very "live" acoustically.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boutique restaurant in Village of the Arts. Owner/chef makes the rounds in a small house converted to a restaurant. Great food with a fun cozy family feeling.

JB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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?

OT
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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