BRIO Tuscan Grille - Sarasota - University Town Center

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$30 and under
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Italian
BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive for a menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, and seafood; similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy of "to eat well, is to live well" is why they only use the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of a Tuscan country villa to the American city. To learn more, go to www.BrioItalian.com.
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R
Naples
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Brio a number of times and always enjoy it, starting from the wait staff and the bread, and going right through the entire meal. There were four of us, and everyone was quite content. We will return.

AM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed Brio Tuscan Grille it was perfect for a date night the outside atmosphere is out of this world with the fire pits very cute positive happy atmosphere

MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service. Food also very flavorful. Only issue was the asparagus over top of the entree was cold bu t the salmon was excellent. Had a question about gift cards and our waitress got the MOD to come to our table to answer. Very helpful. They also have a great happy hour!

S
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It’s been a few months since we were last at BRIO as we are from UK and are only here 6 months of year. We loved the BRIO but this time something has changed! The food was not up to par, soup was nice but main courses were not hot especially the sides.
Our waitress Lisa needs some serious training!!! We had to ask for bread, I got a glass of ice instead of water and no straw and she mixed up our second wine and gave us the wrong size glass.
She continually apologised but the Restaurant was not that busy around 7pm do don’t know what happened.
A very disappointing evening in what is usually a great place to dine 😱

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around! Had a great server and delicious food.

N
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and tasty. Best wedge salad in town! Mushroom soup was yummy!

J
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good service and good food we will go today for dinner

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I’m in the area for an event at the Mall or in the area I eat here. The food is excellent.

JC
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It is very noisy inside the restaurant and the tables were very close. We had trouble hearing each other from one side of the table to the other. The cabernet was far too warm and was sent back only to receive it again, cooler, with a small piece of ice still in it. Finally it got replaced from a cooler bottle. One entree on the bill was charged at a higher rate than what was ordered and had to be corrected. For the price of the meal, these things should not happen.

SW
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best night out ever!!! Thank you Brio for a terrific evening. Our server Grace was outstanding!!! Memorable night at a beautiful venue!!!

SC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Brio Tuscan Grille many times. The food and service is always good.

CJ
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Jessica was excellent for a very busy evening. I just wish that happy I was offered at the tables as the wind is a little pricey. Our food was delicious!

J
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Brio! The employees are always very accommodating & friendly. The food is great and the atmosphere is very nice.

MC
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went with friends who we meet on a regular basis for lunch, trying different places each time. Out of the four of us 3 of us were very disapointed in the quality of the food. My wife had the vegetarian omelette that was very bland, I had the capri shrimp that was very lackluster - barley any seasoning at all. My friends wife has a pasta dish, that she had t ask the waitress for more sauce as it came with hardly any. My friends dish was okay, much better than ours.

We will not be back, as we have many other much better alternatives in the area to go to.

M
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been several monts since we have been able to dine at Brio's and it was a real pleasure. Unfortunately there is no location near where we live in NC

g
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very nice atmosphere and prices seem fair but the food is just not good. Every thing we ate tasted like it had been previously frozen. Chicken was dry, steak was very dry, the fried calamari was just plain awful, weird little strips and no tentacles. Staff was pleasant but not a place I will return to.

K
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone’s food was wonderful and our server was fantastic! Terrific lunch get-together due to Brio!

S
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Don't know name of our server but she was amazing. Very friendly and artentive

IL
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They courteously accommodate persons with allergies. Friendly service, good food!

I
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Horrible service at the bar. I mean horrible. Walked out after 1 drink and appetizer to go next door to Capital Grille where they understand what service. Too bad because we really use to like Brio a lot

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice place and have some really good dishes. Very happy with the pasta. Service was very good, from reception to the wait staff.

However, the chicken marsala was not what i am use to, basically grilled chicken with brown sauce thrown on top with mushrooms and could use a bit of improvement both visually and with taste. Mentioned to waiter as well.

Would definitely return, just wont order the chicken marsala.

j
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Terrible food and noise level

G
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had the chicken Milanese and the lasagna and both were very good. Service was a bit slow, not sure why as they were not that crowded. Took 15+ minutes for our drinks to arrive at our table. Overall the food was good and we will go back.

L
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch!

NW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent restaurant, food, and service! Highly recommended! Got a cute little birthday sweet for free and one for the future :) Very lovely experience and amazing food.

JS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I’ve been many times, this was not very good, no veal on menu, service as just ok, forgot stuff, portion was so small , wow ! Carpaccio was very good anyway ! I had pasta and didn’t get much, carrabbas gives 3 times as much, parking is bad ! My red wine as chilled , what the heck! It was only 31 $ a bottle but never red chilled, she did not care a bit, said they all are unless a costly bottle ! Sorry but the truth hurts as I doubt I will return ! Jim

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carolina was so nice especially with my small childfen

AR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal! Zoe, our waitress, was lovely and provided excellent service. The food and atmosphere were delightful!

L
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were great and Tyler the assistant manager made the evening even better by helping us with our rewards so we ended up with a fantastic experience and 10% off!! Bravo is one of my favs!

LW
Tampa
58 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Dinner at BRIO... our server Leah was friendly, courteous and very professional.

DJ
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We all enjoyed our meals and enjoyed excellent service.

J
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The original restaurant of Brios was excellent food and excellent service. Since taken over by another company it is less than wonderful. The food was very mediocre. Similar to what one could produce in a very basic kitchen.
. Nothing special nothing wonderful. The service was great our server was wonderful

AW
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The service and food was really good. I love the ambiance! That’s the best thing. The cocktail, however, was not good. It was watered down and basically tasted like water. They must have made it weak and shook it too much so the ice turned to water in the drink. I will not be rushing to go back unfortunately.

FD
Naples
71 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Brio’s is a fine casual restaurant. It is much better than fast food but won’t be mistaken for fine dining like, say Capital Grille. Prices are reasonable and you get what you pay for. The menu is diverse but you won’t find anything unexpected.

JM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our Server, Kay, provided excellent service and all the meals we had were tasty and served hot. We like the seating atmosphere inside and outside the restaurant.

L
Tampa
115 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent visit, once again, to Brio. Promptly seated, and Kay, our server greeted us very quickly. Kay provided great service during the meal, and was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We had two appetizers that we shared at the table, that were terrific. We had the lobster ravioli and one of the flatbread pizzas and they were cooked perfectly. Our entrees were all so good!! We will be back!!

JL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was superb! Love Brio's, what more can I say.

RE
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals, fair pricing, happy hour drinks are wonderful, love eating outdoors but wish they would use those tables that seem to be empty for a reason. For the price of paying for two more servers out there, they would do so much sales out there at those 12 empty tables that are not allowed to be used.

d
Tampa
196 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food and cocktails oustanding, particularly the stuffed chicken parmesan.

AF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Under special occasion I out down "birthday" when I* made the reservation; apparently that totally went by the wayside.

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