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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JB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

BK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Highly recommend!

I
New York Area
6 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

OT
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.

MI
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal!

G
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cuisine well prepared not your typical Italian food.

z
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.

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

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

DS
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!

MC
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.

JS
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.

SV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
New England
58 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

DC
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.

PB
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.

D
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DM
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

FF
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!

H
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. My favorite restaurant in Sarasota

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Too noisy for this group. A few of the group enjoyed their meals but a couple did not. Meals had no garnish and some looked unappealing. Tables too close together in the dining room.

P
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were delighted with everything at Sardinia and will go back often. The noise level is somewhat high but our table was in the corner so that helped.

DU
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant & the food is excellent. The authentic bread isn’t available anywhere else. Lasagna was the table favorite but the veal tortellini was delicious as well.

DD
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

We tried this restaurant based on a glowing, though several year old, review in a local magazine. The ambiance and service were both fine. The food was pedestrian at best. Certainly it was not worth $79 (before tip) for two small pasta dishes, one shared salad, and two glasses of a decent wine. Had the bill been $35-45, we'd have been disappointed, but not as steamed. The spinach, goat cheese, walnut, carmelized onion salad was undressed, unspiced, and just bland. The capellini with fava beans were both so overcooked as to be literally mush. The linguini ai frutti di mare was a nice al dente, but the red sauce was as if from a jar at Publix. There were 3 tiny clams, 3 small mussels, 3 tiny tasteless - likely frozen - shrimp, and a whole lot of tasteless, tough cubes of octopus. If you are looking for Italian food that is better than a TV-dinner, go elsewhere. If you want to feel ripped off, come here.

BN
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, 5 star.
Noise level is really too high.
Prices are just on the edge of “a bit too much”.
AND, it is one of our favorites!

TW
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fodd was great inspite of what eddie said. He couldnt be more wronger

GW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is real Italian cooking! The food was excellent, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come here we discover some thing else to be obsessed with.
The Lasagna is now my new addiction. It is the best I have ever had, & I devoured it with extreme pleasure.
My date was ranting & raving about the Prime Strip Loin Tagliata- so juicy & flavorful, that paired with Arugula & Parmesan, is nothing short of perfection.
Our server was a wonderful, extremely knowledgeable & expertly guided us through their extensive wine list.
The Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino was a stand out.
We finished this night with the Chocolate Mousse & the Caramel Panna Cotta. Wow!

LS
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We didn’t feel rushed, and the chef even cane out to say hello. A friend from Italy recommended Sardinia as one of his favorite restaurants. We were quite pleased!! The seafood linguini was especially good, as well as chocolate mousse for dessert.

DS
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Use asparagus chunks not shavings in your pasta dish. Don’t dice your red snapper.

ML
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service intimate environment
Creative food beautifully presented

Q
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Sardinia is exceptional and a very nice treat. Great, interesting food, wonderful service. Highly recommend this restaurant!

BC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic cuisine. Excellent wait staff and spectacular food.

CL
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sardinia is one of the top restaurants in Sarasota. The service is excellent, friendly and efficient. The food is top quality and presented beautifully. We had the pecorino and prosciutto, and the baked tomato as appetizers, Both were excellent. The Sardinian wine we chose couldn't have been better. Entrees, the Halibut special and the Fettuccini with Wild Mushrooms, both prepared simply and to perfection. I will keep this on the frequent return visit list.

MC
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Unbelievable food. Best of Sarasota.

PM
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota! The food and service never disappoint!

m
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sardinia is always a pleasure. Very good food and great service. We are very picky when it comes to Italian food, the result of Italian mother’s whose cooking is better than most restaurants, so liking this restaurant is truly a good review.

B
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always spot on. You can tell that everything is fresh and homemade. Very authentic.

F
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, very romantic place.
Food was above average, not great.
Appetizers were fair, ordered mozzarella and olives, cheese was cold and hard, should have been a higher caliber and much softer delicate cheese. Mushroom app was meh, good but nothing close to memorable. Bread was incredible, I would suggest they create flatbread out of their receipt, would be huge.
Pasta was very good with seafood, Paella was strange and different. Still tasty but wouldn’t order again. Gnocchi was really good, not great. Wife’s salmon was amazing, veggies completely uncooked.
That’s the summary, worthy of a try but only a solid B- for me. Sarasota has too much to offer for this to make my repeat list. Waiter was fantastic, actually one of the best that we have had anywhere. Suggested an amazing wine.

JG
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Flavors are thoughtful and authentic. Everything we had was delicious. Most of us had seafood and it tasted very fresh. My only complaint was the noise level. Hard for a table of 5 to heat each other.