Sardinia Sarasota

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$30 and under
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Italian
Chef Carta brings the authentic simple elegance of the Sardinian dining tradition to your table. Sardinian cuisine is known for the purity of food and flavors. To insure the authenticity of the dining experience Chef has imported an authentic hood wood-burning oven for the kitchen. The menu is focused on farm fresh and locally grown food. Chargrilled meats and local fish will be cooked in the oven as it is in Sardinia. Taste the Sardinia bread, know as Pane carasau, baked fresh daily which welcomes you at your table. The pasta dough is also made fresh daily. Revel in the authentic Sardinian paella made with fregola and enjoy the unique flavor of bottarga. To maximize the pleasure of sharing good food with good friends, Sardinia has 45 seats- 24 in the main dining room, a chefs table for 10 and 13 seats in the bar area. Good food-good conversation-good friends. A true Sardinia experience you will not forget.
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vipErnieS
Naples
493 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sardinia has lots of good reviews but the reviews hardly do justice for this fine dining experience. This was our first visit with friends and we were beyond impressed with the quality of the food and an interesting menu. Of course the menu has lots of Sardinian choices mixed with Southern Italian influence. Definitely much more use of pecorino romano cheese as opposed to Parmesan cheese. The Cioppino appetizer or first course stands out in my mind for taste and flavor and it is a hearty serving to start a meal. The sauce was so delicious, I drank it up with my spoon. We devoured the Sardinian carasau bread on the table and that with some Montepulciano,, Pecorino chucks and olives could make a meal. Anyway, what a meal and we will come back to such a sweet, wonderful restaurant.

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Kiva
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an excellent meal at Sardinia. From appetizer to entree to dessert, all were fantastic. Plus a long list of Sardinian wines which I had never tried before made it even better. Service was perfect. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Sarasota. Love the food and the service.

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CCPPKK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been back in several years. Quit surprised when we arrived. Complete makeover,
the setting is beautiful. Not typical Italian food. So many unique dishes on the menu.
Juliana our waitress provided excellent service. Dino, the owner/chef came out to ask about our meal. We took an impromptu tour of the kitchen, immaculate.
We will be back, many times and bring friends.

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vipjoannes
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous restaurant with spectacular food. You must try their Sardinia pasta. Thanks heavens we had the private dining room tonight. There was a table of diners with little children who were out of control all night. Not the restaurants fault Not the level of restaurant that people should bring kids too. Especially non behaved ones

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viplanfora
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Our server was knowledgeable with just the right amount of attention. Every bite of our dinner was delicious. Love that this is different from the usual Italian restaurants in town. Look forward to returning soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Sardinia was restaurant (chef) made and was delicious. Our service was superior! We really appreciated the ambiance and low noise level. We hadn’t been able to get together for a few months, due to Covid, and it was wonderful to have an awesome meal and be able to talk to each other. We will be back.

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vipMichaelB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience.

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vipMiaE
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration 🎉 An absolutely lovely choice. Dinner was fantastic! Service was great! Loved finding this lil hidden gem in Sarasota.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance. The dinner was just excellent. A true gem for us in Sarasota.

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ElisaP
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most authentic Italian restaurants I’ve had the luck to find. As an Italian myself, I’m always looking for the real stuff!
The food is fresh and tasty, abundant and flavorful.
Highly recommended - even for takeout (tried both).

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vipFrankM
San Francisco
144 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork chop with mushrooms/asparagas was delicious, as was salmon. Good food with great service in a safe, quiet dining room greatly surpasses staying at home.

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vipmshend
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On arrival, our party of six was escorted to a private room that happened to be available that evening. It made the evening extra nice. The food is always high quality, professional servers and quiet atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent. One of my favorites

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FranciscoC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a very nice choice, the food is excellent and the menu offers variety.
Good choices of fish, pasta and meats.
Always a good place to go because it is constantly good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place. We will return. Branzino fish was fab.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! I’m very picky and the quality and service was wonderful! I look forward to going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bradenton general surgeon promoting and living a plant based diet recommended this restaurant as offering tasty, healthy choices while eating out. Adding a protein is also a healthy option.

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vipBobbie
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This is a small restaurant with many tables placed together. Hence, it is very noisy and difficult to converse with anyone at the table.

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vipronnil
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was very good. That's why I didn't give it 1 star. The staff on the other hand was a problem.

We had a 6:30 reservation. Was seated immediately and soon the server took our drink order. Soon after he came over and we have him our entree selections. Food came out promptly. We had almost finished when the server asked if we wanted dessert. Ordered gelato. Wasn't done eating when we were given the check and told that there were people waiting for our table. It was now 8:30. We had been there 90 minutes. Another person, who may have been the manager, came back immediately with our completed transaction and again asked us to leave as people were waiting. We were in and out in 90 minutes and we're insulted. Won't be going back.

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vipJldo
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

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JimmyB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, high quality food and menu, plus excellent service

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ClaudiaD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our seat was close to the front door and the bar where people checked in - not ideal but only available. The food and service were excellent.

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is by far one of the best if not the best Italian restaurant that we have ever eaten at!!!

Highly recommend!

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vipIslander
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, Authentic Sardinian and Italian food, presented by professional
personable and friendly wait staff.European dining elegance, perfect timing between courses. Excellent wine list, especially the Sardinian red, Cannonau. The veal ravioli or angliotti are a rare treat. Ask for Ari to be your waitress. If we lived nearby, we would be
weekly regulars. Buon Appetito, Dr AL Shrive

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My globe trotting parents don’t always like to eat out, because they brag food is almost always better at home. My dad is from Rome, and an Italian Food snob. My mother has honed her culinary skills to an impressive level.
Knowing that, I brought them to Sardinia last night, confident they would love everything about it.
Yes, Sardinia won them over!
Dad couldn’t stop smiling, raising his eyebrows and eating every last little bite, he even asked for more Carasau freshly made bread. My mom was thrilled too. Less cooking at home for her, more enjoying wonderful food here. We had the Octopus carpaccio with arugula and bottarga, the Wild mushrooms in a crispy parmesan basket, the Pecorino and orange zest Culurgiones in tomato sauce, the Sushi grade Tuna, and the Chilean Sea Bass. Also dessert. Our server Ariana was a delight, magically anticipating our needs.
My parents were so impressed they made reservations to bring friends visiting from Europe, the next day.

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vipMarkI
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal!

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Gabby
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cuisine well prepared not your typical Italian food.

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zzred01
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sound in the large dining area was quiet for the size of the room. Our party of 4 could communicate easily and the room was fully booked.

Great wine list. No cocktails, just wine and beer.

Waitress recommended several choices to those who asked and explained why.

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vipIslander
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If we resided in much closer proximity then we would be weekly regulars!!

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DeniseS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was Valentines Day so they were very busy. Even though they were busy the service was fabulous. Our server, Ariadna, was fabulous. Husband had the veal ravioli which was excellent. I had the lasagna. The best I’ve ever had. I have now had all the pastas on the menu. They are homemade and so good. Love this place!

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MarilynC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I have dined at Sardinia several times. The veal chop is divine. Fish is lovely and the wine and desserts excellent. I would not order pasta again. Service and ambiance great.

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vipJoanS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific restaurant and wonderful chef. Service is extraordinary and food is served hot and well presented. Have been coming to Sardinia for several years and am never disappointed.

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SrVPres
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a special occasion or just a romantic dinner Sardinia is an excellent choice.

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vipDoreen
New England
62 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Had the best veal chop ever!!! Also the vegetable soup, garden salad huge, and the Sardinia gnocchi with sea bass to die for.
Can’t forget desert ricotta tart

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DavidC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great experience service and food. We enjoyed our time there. Will be back.

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PeterB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was not my first visit so I was extremely disappointed. The food was average the service was painful and it wasn’t even busy.
I will not return.

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vipDiners
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful from start to finish! Can’t wait to go back.

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DebM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit - the food and service were excellent. Look forward to another visit soon

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FlaFoodie
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent first time experience -- attentive service, ample menu, friendly staff, nice atmosphere. We tried Caesar salad, the salmon entree and the gnocchi and sausage dish, plus gelato for dessert; all were delicious. We will be back!

FAQs

Sardinia Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 702-8582.

Sardinia Sarasota is rated 4.7 stars by 571 OpenTable diners.

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