Sardinia Sarasota

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502 Reviews
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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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OT
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spigola (Mediterranean sea bass) was delicious. Friendly service in a quiet, attractive environment a plus.

BF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice intimate and elegant settings, well prepared dishes. Excellent service.

Q
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Outstanding service. Lovely setting. Our favorite Sarasota restaurant

M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota! We love the food, service and ambiance. We have never been disappointed with our experience at Sardinia. Looking forward to our next visit!

JG
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real hidden treasure!
Only went on OPEN TABLE reviews.
I have ate in over 25 Italian restaurants in this town.
This by far the very best!!!!
Not overpriced at all.
If you like REAL Italian food this is the REAL DEAL.
Wine list and prices outstanding!!

Service was the very best !

DA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant in every way!!

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Arianna was so pleasant and helpful with explaining the menu and specials. She really completed a great meal. She helped us with a ravioli type entree that we split as an appetizer. From there I had a special, a baked seabass that was one of the best I’ve ever had. My wife’s chicken Milanese was special too. Highly this great restaurant. Prices were very reasonable also.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the wine and service
Will be back

M
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sardinia is the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Chef/owner Dino continues to enhance the dining experience in the restaurant and improve the kitchen he designed.

His home made pastas are a rare treat. The manner in which he prepares fish is extraordinary. On this past visit we enjoyed ahi grade tuna that was superb. Also the homemade tagliolini was excellent.

Sardinia also features homemade gelato. Fresh coconut was on the menu Saturday night.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing else like this in the area! By far, the best in Sarasota. If anyone doesn’t like this place, it is simply because they don’t get it.
This time I tried the “Paella di Fregola”, which is not made the traditional Spanish Paella way, hence the name...
This particular recipe consists of fresh hand made Fregola, seafood, and Chef Dino’s bottarga. The flavor is unique, so delicious and fresh. Outstanding!
Can’t wait to go back.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is awesome.
The chef is amazing.
I love coming here.
The appetizer with clams and mussels is worth the trip all by itself, but don’t miss the superb pork chop.

LS
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and efficient service, yet unobtrusive. Food is consistently fresh and well prepared. Bistro style restaurant close to Siesta Key and Landings Shopping Center.

LW
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seafood dish and ravioli special of day were both tasty! Minestrone soup is always so well prepared... just enough veggies and perfect broth for my taste. Great waitress and bus service....Very efficient! Hard to get in as it is small... but that adds to the charm. Make reservations.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia was awesome and the food was great. We chose a Sardinian wine that was superb...

SI
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had great expectations for Sardinia and it just didn't meet ours. Our appetizer the roasted mushrooms on the pecorino cheese crisp and the entree of veal raviolis were the best of all. The brick oven pork chop was tough and dry and other than the mushrooms and asparagus there was no sauce . The paella with mixed seafood was like mush. They use a type of couscous instead of rice. However the seafood in it was good. For the price, I'd go somewhere else next time.

g
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were told it was the best Italian in Sarasota. We were not impressed. Even thought the food was very good we have other favorites we enjoy better.

KM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and food. Great restaurant!!

H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Sarasota

LB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a gem! Always enjoyable!

JF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was, likewise, excellent as well. Noise level was high though.

OT
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with warm/friendly and efficient service. Julia makes dining experience as if you were with her in Sardinia, Italy. Thanks.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Sardinian food with exceptional service.

CM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice atmosphere, incredible wine selection and good food.

OT
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food consistently good, served by a friendly, professional server in a quiet, comfortable setting.

K
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The service was outstanding and the food was exceptional. Lasagna may have been an unadventurous choice but it was by far the best I've ever had.

LW
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My request for a window table was met and though we were early, we were seated. The price fix meal was very good, especially the ravioli. The sausage entree had a flavorful taste but it was a bit tough. I think the presentation could be improved and a vegetable replacing the potatoes. I would have added a thin layer of tomato sauce to the dish for dipping. My husband’s Fruita deMara was very good and had a nice presentation. He enjoyed it very much. The wait staff was excellent. And the bread variety was very good ( our first batch of cracker bread was burnt but was replaced when asked .... surprised it was presented that way!). We both enjoyed our meals and can’t expect things to always be perfect. But, we feel it is good to be honest so the chef knows what might be changed for a better experience.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We've enjoyed meals at Sardinia and are always pleased with the food, the service, the atmosphere. This visit was the same until there were two tables of adults who don't know how to use their "inside voice".

g
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very authentic to Sardinia and the waiters both had great recommendations in different directions which made it interesting. The food and wine choices were great! The restaurant is cute and clean - which is awesome. We enjoyed our dinner and will be back!

JG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, the food was excellent and interesting. The Orange ricotta ravioli had a really fresh flavor zip to it and the mushroom appetizer in a toasted Parmesan cup was worth going back for. We will for sure! The service was helpful friendly and efficient, not too pushy with just the right amount of interaction.

OT
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always good in a quiet setting.

M
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our dining experience was superb. The food is fresh and masterfully prepared. The wines from Sardinia are marvelous. The hospitality of chef Dino and the entire team is always warm and appreciative.

S
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sardinia is a lovely, small Italian restaurant. The food was wonderful. They had a fabulous Savor Sarasota menu that will run through summer. The service was excellent. I highly recommend Sardinia.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister just moved to Sarasota from San Francisco. I am always cautious to recommend a restaurant to her since she has had the best of the Bay Area.
She loved Sardinia...the fresh food...the impeccable service...and the calming ambience. We had a memorable and most pleasant dining experience. The finishing touch was when Dino, the chef and owner, came to our table to make sure we enjoyed our meal. Can’t get better than that!

h
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Varied menu so there are great choices for any taste.. veal chop was done to perfection . Would have liked a green veggies with the chop but there was plenty of potatoes.great octopus salad and boulaise

RH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing chef and staff
The food is outstanding and the finest presentation

MM
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable with a twist on Italian - nice breads and delicious linguine fruitta de mare.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My overall thought: Elevated Italian but, NOT stuffy or intimidating.

I heard and read so much about this place, I had to check it out.
As I walked up, I was greeted warmly. I immediately felt like I was someplace else, with a cool and unassuming vibe. The decor was authentic, refreshing, and impeccable. The light and the smells were seductive and inviting, so I take a seat at the bar, check out the menu, and can barely contain my excitement. I want one of each. The wine list is on pointe, as well.

Feeling adventurous, I asked the very gracious server to guide me.
I started with the Octopus. Fresh, delicate, and a welcoming delight- a perfect prelude to what is coming next. I promise you have never tried Octopus like this. You can tell Chef Dino Carta knows his stuff. The Octopus is tender, executed expertly, and topped with Bottarga- which is a delicacy the Chef is known for.

His freshly made pasta has quite the reputation but, tonight I wanted something else.
The Chilean Sea Bass caught my attention and it blew me away. Baked to perfection in an Italian brick oven, beautifully brown and crispy on the outside, while delicate and tender on the inside- it melts in my mouth.
The server suggested I pair it with the perfect Vermentino, and I am so happy I did. It truly was a perfect dinner and a very nice surprise. The food was extraordinary and perfect, the wine list interesting and extensive, and the service was exceptional. Loved everything about Sardinia!

P.S. Something that I have to mention about Chef Carta: He is known for selecting only the highest quality ingredients, and expertly preparing them to perfection. When you combine these two key factors, you don’t need to overwhelm food with heavy sauces. Thus, allowing food to blossom, it’s inherent flavors taking center stage.
It exceeded all my very high expectations. Bravo!

ED
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding especially the Octopus Carpaccio Salad. So tender ir melted in you mouth.
Four guests with excellent ratings, sure to return.
Thank you Chef!

D
Tampa
192 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great even on a Monday night. Savor Sarasota till September. Great deal. Must try.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best and most authentic Sardinian food you can get in Florida!