Rudolph's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The_Modern Take on Food Rudolph ’s provides a dramatic, thought-provoking dining experience for creatives, entrepreneurs, and groups. Delectable wines from all over the country will be available to pair with your American Cuisine. Delicious cuisine and unparalleled views await in our 2,500-square-foot Private Dining Room that overlooks the tropical streets of downtown Sarasota.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

A no recommendation for dinner.

We had a previous experience of drinks and apps that was great.
But our second visit for a Sunday Dinner was an incredibly sad and frustrating experience.

Rudolph's
Responded on September 1, 2019

Hello CABNYC, My name is Robert and I am the Manager. I'm sorry to hear about your negative experience dining with us. I would like to learn more about your specific situation and make things right as all reviews both negative and positive help make us better. If you can contact me at Robert.Rosello@thesarasotamodern. I look forward to speaking to you and working towards earning back your business.

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DS
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I don’t think I have ever experienced a restaurant with such fantastic food but with such poor service. Wait staff was very polite but I’m referring to the time that it took for each course of food to come out. The restaurant was far from busy and other patrons were visibly complaining as well as to the length of time it took to get appetizers or main courses. Having said that the food was beautifully presented and tasted great

Rudolph's
Responded on September 1, 2019

Hello Drsteve, My name is Robert and I am the Manager. I'm sorry to hear about your negative experience dining with us, as we normally excel in timeliness of our service. I would like to thank you for the review, as all reviews both negative and positive help make us better. If you can contact me at Robert.Rosello@thesarasotamodern. I look forward to speaking to you and working towards earning back your business.

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AK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Artichoke shareable was the best thing we ate followed by our desert, the Chocolate tort with salted caramel ice cream. The rest of the food was lack luster and felt overpriced for what it was. This included the charred red shrimp in some sort of pea puree and the cauliflower. The place was empty on a Saturday night, hard to know what to make of that. Service was good.

B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately, this restaurant booked two of us for dinner at the same time it was having a special event. The noise level was deafening. The special events group took over the entire restaurant. We managed to find a quieter spot out on the patio. My companion ordered ceviche from the "Shareables" section of the menu, which came mushed together in a glass--hardly shareable. I ordered a beet and salmon salad, which was really an appetizer portion, not a salad, and therefore overpriced. There is also no parking except for valet. There is text messaging to order the car, by number, but it did not work for either of us. Too bad, but we won't be going back.

SL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Two hits and a miss -- For starters I had Grilled Octopus with blanched cherry tomatos, hummus, and harissa...it was one of the best presentations of Octopus I've ever had; moist, tender and perfectly balanced with the acid from teh tomato and the spice and texture from teh hummus and harissa; my wife had teh mushroom risotto with was similarly delicious, rich, flavorful ; however we were disappointed in the numeric crusted Tiel fish special; it was very balls. Tender, ffeh but rather tasteless.

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch at Rudolphs. We were never there before. The owner/manager come and talked with us and welcomed us. The food was delicious. The menu had a variety of choices. We appreciated the healthy choices and that the choices did not include sugary foods and desserts, (except for the cinnamon doughnut). We will be back again and again. This is one of our new favorite places.

K
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I am the only one of the four of us that looked what I ordered. The worst part is the parking issue. Four deep at the vast, and no public parking anywhere is going to be an issue.

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Sophisticated dining in the Rosemary district, Rudolph's is a great option when seeking dinner options.

NE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Because of nearby construction the noise level was unpleasant. We started to sit outside by the pool but quickly realized that was a mistake so we moved inside. Better but not great. Tomato salad with burrata was excellent and big enough to share or have as a meal. Flatbread was uninspired.

RD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nothing what I expected
Extremely casual. People walking around in bathing suits and workout gear

k
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was divine. The atmosphere and decor were lovely and out server was professional and attentive . We will be back.

C
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot with outstanding food during Savor Sarasota

JW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Menu is very creative but main dining room not open yet so we had to eat in the bar and was very noisy piped in music. Then nice live music started and took them 10 minutes to turn off the canned music. Bar is very bright and they need to dial down the lighting. The space is retro vibe but half the dining chairs were bad rooms to go furniture so perhaps still waiting for rest of furniture. Churrasco was very good with an interesting take on chimichurri but the wahoo special was dry and uninspiring. Very tiny and sad wine list. Will try it again in a few months to give management time to sort out and get staff trained. At the moment just another hotel restaurant but chefs creativity worth another try.

g
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For a hotel restaurant the food was excellent. Would definitely go again.

RV
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This highly contemporary restaurant & Hotel has great staff. Valet parking is free for those eating at Rudolf's. We visited on Mother's day & were pleasantly surprised how comfortable our dining experience would be. Large tables with overstuffed leather like chairs embraced us while we ate. Our server was knowledgeable & well acquainted with the menu. We had a good meal having reasonable prices. Overall a great experience.

RS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A breath of fresh air in the otherwise stagnant and uninspired local restaurant atmosphere. Rudolph’s is a sign of hope. The design and layout are open, airy, and contemporary without being contrived. The menu is creative and exciting without being overindulgent. The execution matched our anticipation. We will absolutely return... quite soon.

ST
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this hidden gem. The singer was fantastic and the food unique and delicious.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The skirt steak was amazing, the ambiance and decor we're very cute. Service was very attentive we were in and out in 1.5 hours and we even had to wait on someone, so it moved pretty fast. Everyone really seemed to like the spicy margarita type drink they offer. I would go back just for that steak though even if everything else was bad, it was SO GOOD.

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Met friends for lunch, hardly anyone in restaurant. Food was interesting and well presented, but very small portions even for lunch menu.
Dinner may be better but wouldn’t go back for lunch

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, . Nice service . Good meal.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Great service.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The space is beautiful, with both inside and covered outside seating (though I'm not sure if outside is always available). The food was delicious and the coffee was amazing. Will definitely be returning!

S
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience! Unique presentation of short ribs with polenta was amazing! Housemade balsamic ice cream was delicious! Friendly staff: overall the dining exceeded expectations! Eager to visit again soon!

Rudolph's
Responded on March 16, 2019

Sara, We are so happy to hear you had a delightful time with us. We look forward to serving youagain soon. Damien

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D
Tampa
188 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Needs a lot of work to make this happen. Really were not ready to open. Not viable at this point.

Rudolph's
Responded on March 15, 2019

Dineoften, If you could contact me directly so I can hear more of what you experienced I would greatly appreciate it. 941 - 500 - 5180 Damien

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb new restaurant with a creative and delicious menu, drinks, and wine. The appetizers were outstanding, as were the entrees. The Rudolph salad was amazing. Servings were generous, so we shared the "broken pie" dessert, which seemed unusually "light" (the meringue?) for such a rich dessert. The only drawback is the necessity to valet park the car; however, they are quick and make it easy.

Rudolph's
Responded on March 2, 2019

Deborah, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to serving you in the future. Damien

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G
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We really like the location, and the restaurant ambiance. We ate outside under the full awning which is next to the pool. We really like the food. Clearly the chef is outstanding and creative. The negatives are: the service was very slow and inattentive and the price was high (2 entrees, one soup, 3 drinks, and 1 coffee - $159.00 with tip). I suspect they can fix the service, but not the pricing.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 21, 2019

Gary, Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experience with us. I will speak to your server personally and will correct the issue you had. Damien

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N
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

That's one of the restaurants which usually I visit three times: first, last and never again. My worst experience of all restaurants in Sarasota and almost the worst in my life. Overpriced, really bad and extremely small portion food doesn't deserve even one star. Oversalted food, almost not eatable, made by a cook (I wouldn't call him/her a chef) who learned a long time ago that with a lot of salt you can hide all and any disgusting taste of lousy food. Well, sometimes it doesn't work, especially when you overdo it.
The ambient is another bad story. Chipo furniture, with tables and chairs from some really cheap second-hand store and walls covered with the "art" made by some 5-th grader.
I really don't know how did they come up with huge prices even higher than any other restaurant in Sarasota. As a hotel restaurant, it has higher prices than even restaurant at Ritz Carlton.
Personal in everyday casual clothing appears that was forced against their will to work there.
Drinks? Poor selection of overpriced cheap vines and beer $8.00 on tap or $8.00 a can (one which you get for 25 cents in store). They don't have bottled beer at all.
There is only one word to describe this place. It's a "robbery".
All together disaster and I am really sorry for any next guest to this restaurant. However, most of them will visit this place (as I mentioned at the top) three times, first, last and never again.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 20, 2019

Dear Mr. Sivcevic, I am so very sorry to hear we were not able to please you during your dining experience with us. I will address your sentiments with our Chef and the management team. Damien

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the hotel and had a dog with us so required outdoor seating, which was absolutely perfect. It happened to be Valentine's evening so it was crowded but the service was still flawless. Nice live entertainment also. The dog was quite comfortable in our corner table. We would certainly go back if we lived in town.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 20, 2019

LaurenE, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear you had a great time and that cute Labrador was able to join you too:) Damien

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PC
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

So new & still working out kinks. Will definitely return.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 20, 2019

PatsyC, We look forward to your return. Please ask for me directly when you want to return. Michael

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L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We stopped in pre-theatre. The restaurant was beautiful, but empty do we opted to sit in the bar. Our waiter was wonderful, and helped us navigate the menu. The prices for both appetizers and entries are high for Sarasota. We opted to do several appetizers in leu of entrees. The French fries were very tasty, crisp on the outside and the cilantro aioli was very tast We also had the salmon and beet salad and the pork belly. Both were fantastic. I think the best part of our meal was the deconstructed mixed berry pie. I would go back just for dessert.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 20, 2019

Linda, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Sharing numerous appetizers is the best way to enjoy the many unique flavors the chef has created. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Damien

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KH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

As you can see, we had a mixed reaction to our experience.
The food was excellent and each of the four of us had a different entree. However we waited an extraordinary long time for our meal... over an hour. This was inexplicable because we were the only people in the restaurant the entire time. The server seemed peeved when we inquired about the food... giving no explanation for the delay. Also, She was unfamiliar with the wine list
We know the restaurant hasn’t really opened yet. It is clear that they have a few things to
work on.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 9, 2019

Kate H, Sorry for your mixed experience. You are absolutely correct and we are working tirelessly to educate our team on a better service experience. I have spoken to your server personally as it was her first night on the floor and she appreciated your feedback too. We look forward to wowing you in the near future. Damien

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

Rudolph's is delightful! Your atmosphere and décor are spot on, inside and out! The menu is not overwhelming and delicious with something for everyone!

Rudolph's
Responded on February 5, 2019

MamaSun, (love the handle) Thank you for your lovely review! We look forward to seeing you soon. Damien

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cute place, the outdoor seating was beautiful and lighting was just right. I ordered a tequila with club and lime, I received a tequila with water. We had the gazpacho to start, tasted amazing and the lime sorbet with it was innovative and tasted divine!
For the main, I ordered the scallops with forbidden rice- it was just OK, the sauce was a mesquite type tomato base and I could have lived without that flavor with my 3 scallops. To be honest, I was still hungry and I’m not a fan of large portions, but this was a little too small. My husband ordered the duck, it was also just fair, the skin on the duck was chewy and not crisp.
A friend that was with us had ordered the wild boar, we all had a taste of that, and loved it! Should have gone with the boar!
We ordered dessert, since we were still wanting a little more food! Decided on the broken pie- delicious- beautiful presentation as well.
All in all, it was nice, but for the prices, I can think of a handful of other places I would have rather gone, knowing the meal would be outstanding.
Expensive, nice surroundings, decent food, but I won’t be back- the food wasn’t worth the cost.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your honest feedback and your sentiments will be shared with the culinary team. Damien

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OT
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing! Service was good but a little slow with so do t be in a hurry. The music was way too loud, especially for the size space. It was good but needed to be a little wuieter so people could have conversations. We sat outside so I can only imagine how the people inside around the bar felt.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 5, 2019

Thank you for the review. We will certainly address the sound level of the music. We do have live entertainment on Thursday through Saturday. Damien

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D
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Entree's were not much in volume but all very rich, tasty, and well balanced; decent selections. Dessert and appetizer selections are sparse and the very high prices of those hurt the dining experience. There were no decent price starters, so you're almost forced to skip them. Drinks were over priced as well. If your Selva or Bijou bill for two is $120, this will be $150. BTW, nice boutique hotel.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 5, 2019

David, Thanks for your feedback. When you return you will see how we adjust to diners sentiments. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Damien

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a big group of friends for New Year’s Eve and the food and drinks were some of the best I’ve ever had. The ambiance was so upscale and exciting, great energy!!! I can’t wait to go back!

FM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Place looks and feels like a cafeteria in a school. No charm whatsoever. Waiter did not know anything, kept telling us that he is new.
MUCH too expensive for mini portions and undercooked vegetables. No bread/butter was offered. Had to ask to fill up our water glass again and again. Menu is very limited and odd, trying too hard to be unique and trendy.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 2, 2019

FloraM, Thank you for your feedback. Honest feedback is important to us as we want everything to be perfect. I apologize for your experience but do hope you return and see that your comments only made us better. Damien

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BF
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Stopped for a quick drink in the bar area before going off to an event. Stayed longer than I expected to enjoy the great live music and delicious appetizers. I will definitely be back again for both.

Rudolph's
Responded on February 26, 2019

BelindaF, So happy you enjoyed your time with us! Come back and join us for dinner, you will love the food and service. Damien

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

Excellent experience. Wonderful evening. Planning a future return.

Rudolph's
Responded on January 28, 2019

JohnW, Thanks for the shout out. Giving you a virtual high five. Damien

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FG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All of my friends we're very pleased with the ambience, with the hospitality and the service and most of all the food. It was truly creative, amazing and delicious. So keep up the good work I'm sure it can only get better and better and better but it's already really good.

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