Sardinia Sarasota

4.6
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520 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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DS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

ML
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Pittsburgh
17 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.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Sardinia and all we can say is wow! Fantastic food and great service. We look forward to more meals at Sardinia whenever we’re in the area.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Slow service, mediocre bread basket, average main courses.
No reason to go back there

GG
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious fettuccine with wild mushrooms!!

Y
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service as usual

J
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite Italian restaurant in Sarasota........And the only restaurant that I order dessert!
EXCELLENT service and food.

JG
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!!!

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food.

OT
San Francisco
139 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
12 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
23 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
6 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
6 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
82 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
44 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
6 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
139 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
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Sardinian food with exceptional service.