The food was okay, the ambiance was okay, but the waiter, Sammy, was outstanding. Probably won't go back, though.
Outstanding poke appetizer
Haven’t been to this restaurant for awhile. We always loved the food but service was spotty. On this occasion when we arrived our table was not ready so we took a seat at tha bar. Wine list by the glass is adequate but no bartender. After about 10 minutes the hostess came over and poured us a glass of wine. Thoughts of time gone by flashed in our heads. Same old service? After another 10 minutes we were seated. Restaurant was busy so no server for about 10 minutes but we had our glasses of wine. Waiter came over and from then on service was great. Timing of food was good and the food was excellent. Mussels for appetizer, veg, salmon for entree were all flavorful and perfectly cooked. Maybe the old ways are the old ways. We will be back to see.
Chef Ash Tucker never fails to astonish. As an app, my husband had the tuna poke which was a delightful blend of flavors. Nearly licked the plate. I had a duck confit flatbread that was out of this world flavorful. I did leave some to take home because I feared I would not have room for the entree. We both had to have the Australian rack of lamb. Nice, thick chops with a wonderful coarse mustard seed coating. Perfectly cooked. There was no way we couldn't pick them up and chew them to the bone. Yum, yum. The server, Jeffrey, is a treasure. Always pleasant and efficient, working to make your dining experience a real joy.
Food, when finally served was very good but service was terrible. Reservation was for 6:45 but not seated till 7:00. Waiter was pleasant but not experienced and appeared hesitant. Dinner took forever and kitchen seemed overwhelmed. No hostess. Manager badly dressed and frantically trying to help serve.
Skirt steak was tough and lacked flavor. Very disappointing. Coffee was weak.
Soup was very good.
Expensive for what we got. Veggie side dish portion, very small.
We ordered two of the specials: Korean pork belly and rainbow trout. The pork belly was so tough as to be inedible; the trout was very bland. This restaurant makes big claims for the inventiveness and excellence of the food. It was a total disappointment. In addition, the service was slipshod--no napkins until we asked for them, no bread ever served, second glass of a DIFFERENT wine poured directly into the used glass.
Wonderful atmosphere and lively without being loud. Great service, the food was divine - 1 diver scallops and 3 duck breast. Good wine list. I would go again in a heartbeat.
My companion and I both enjoyed our pre-Opera dinner at Mozaic. We ordered the Confit of Duck with Gnocchi, which was very good. Neither one of us had room for an appetizer or dessert.
Service was warm and friendly and quite excellent. I did note that we both enjoyed our sweet roll and butter, but would have wished that another had been offered when the first one was eaten... doubt I could have eaten two, but restaurants should replenish water and offer more bread, particularly when there was no bread basket.
Nice restaurant, good food and great staff
This was our first time to this restaurant. We have passed it several times. The location is great, food was outstanding and service was good. We did have to look for our server a few times but overall it was good. When asked about the menu, we noticed that the server did the "upsell" and only went to the most expensive items.
The person presenting the food didn't seem like he worked at the restaurant. That was a little strange as he did not have on an apron or "uniform" of the servers. He was in "street clothes".
Anyhow, good experience. We will go back, soon.
We really enjoy Mosaic on most every visit; however, this last time found us frustrated with the Hostess and not patient enough to wait over 15 minutes for 4 scoops of ice cream.
Cold food very slow service. Had ask for knive pepper bread. Would not go back
Very nice small restaurant using fresh ingredients. Very hospitable. Great poke appetizer.
The posted walnuts were not included in the arugula salad—“must have forgotten them” was explanation and not rectified. The complimentary truffles that others received with their check were not given to us.
Excellent presentation. Food was well prepared. There are not large portions but enough to satisfy.
I like Mozaic a lot. I brought a pal in who’s visiting from NY, and he was impressed. The service was off, which is unusual, but we had a server unknown to me, and she might have been new.
We return to Mozaic every winter- never disappointed. Menu and presentation first rate. See you next year
We came on a bad night, and the staff did nothing to make it better. We arrived at 7 on Wednesday night, ordered, and waited for our appetizers. About 45 minutes later, we flagged down our waiter and told him that if we didn't have anything to eat in five minutes, we were leaving. He brought us our appetizers a few minutes later, apologizing and telling us that the kitchen was short-staffed that night, and he had to help prepare out appetizers in order to bring them out at all. We ate them, and waited again. About fifteen minutes later the waiter came back and told us that one of the items we had ordered was unavailable. Since the evening had already been ruined, we left.
Had the hostess told us when we arrived that the kitchen was short-staffed and there would be an hour and a half wait for our meals, we would have left with no hard feelings. Instead, they put us through an ordeal that spoiled our evening, knowing full well that they could not provide adequate service. To what end? So that we could have a terrible time and never come back?
A good restaurant should be welcoming and make its customers feel cared for. When reading the positive reviews for this restaurant, keep in mind that while you may be very satisfied if you arrive on a night when everything is going well, that Mozaic is so poorly managed that if everything isn't going well, your evening is as likely to be ruined as ours was.
Best just to say there are lots of better choices to make in Sarasota.
I’ve eaten at Mozaic twice within the last month. The food is delicious and offers many options from light bites to more substantial selections. There is something to suit every taste.
It’s located near the Sarasota Opera House and Florida Studio Theatre and is convenient if you’re attending one of them. However, on my last visit we had informed our server that we were gping to the opera. At the end of the meal, we ordered dessert a half hour before we needed to leave. We asked a couple of times and were told it would be right out, but we ended up having to eat it in a few quick bites while paying the bill with the other hand. We should have been told there wasn’t enough time for dessert.
Still, I will go back, just be more mindful of the time myself.
Jeff the manager is an awesome host and a natural at suggesting the appropriate wine
Our waiter was disorganized but I appreciated his comments-worker pitching and seeing our needs and met them
Never go on a Saturday night...noisy, service rushed, prices high. We went earlier on a Tuesday night and it was so much better. Better food and wonderful service. Loved it the first night on a week night...avoid Saturday nights.
A truly memorable experience. Quiet, tables well-spaced restaurant. Food was perfectly prepared. Service was low key and efficient. Wish it were located near our home. We'd be there frequently.
After 1 hour and 20 minutes we had to leave. They gave us the appetizer but our entree never showed up. Then I get one of these “3 more minutes” from the server, I think it must have been her first day. Owner asked what the problem was, clueless, the upstairs table did not receive food or water, it is a dead zone. Don’t go up the stairs!!!
Went to Classico down the street for a totally different type of meal. It was good and came in a timely manner.
To many choices to ever go back to Mozaic. To bad, probably not around for long.
Lovely presentation, excellent meal. Wait staff friendly and attentive
In past years I’ve considered Mozaic’s the most exciting cuisine in Sarasota. This time the butternut squash soup and the flourless chocolate cake were fantastic, but the cioppino, while fine, was unexciting and in fact a bit dull.
A real gem in downtown Sarasota. Not only is the food interesting, carefully prepared and delicious, but it is plated and served with artistry. The service was excellent - attentive but not in-your-face, and very accommodating of dietary requirements. Just a really nice evening out - now on our faves list.
We enjoyed a meal here with friends. The menu has some unique items and all of our meals were excellent. The service was good but not exceptional.
My wife and I dined here for Valantines Day. The food and service was great.
Valentines dinner. Waitress was very nice, we were surprised that they did not have a full bar. That got things off to a bad start since I’m not a wine drinker. Waitress said they also had beer. She did know much about what types they had. I settled on a bottled beer I never heard of It was better than all the IPA offerings they had.
The food came really quick after a long wait for my beer and wife’s sparkling wine. Food was good. Surf and turf presentation was nice, but skimpy. My Duck pasta was tasty and filling. Overall, food and wine offerings were overpriced and were not comparable to similar priced restaurants in the area with the Five Star ratings
We had a food critic next table over who was overly forward about menu recs for us and another table, but she recommended great items. The service and food and everything was outstanding, Mozaic will be on our short list for next time
The food was great as always. service was excellent
Excellent food and service grouper was outstanding
Great food, Attentive Service. Highly recommended. Make a reservation for pre-theater or pre-opera dinners.
This is my favorite restaurant in Sarasota. Everyone is always friendly. The service was wonderful - thanks Jeff!!! The food is always great. Have the crab cakes...the tomato bacon jam that comes with them is so good. And the mussels...wow. And these are the small plates!
Excellent food wirh good variety of complentary tastes and flavors on the plate. Often, an entree is pretty bare, but here the chef has curated the entree with appropriate and tasty sides. Even better than the last chef here who we thought was the best in town. We were wow'd.
Excellent creative cuisine and friendly service. Food impressive restaurant not so much.
Always good and always with an interesting menu. Wine by the glass was a very small pour and literally could have been finished in one gulp. Food is excellent and the presentation is very artful. Server Rivka was a pleasant part of the meal