About Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano
With its modern but classic Italian cuisine and emphasis on artisanal and contemporary Northern Italian style, Mediterraneo is often credited with being the first restaurant to bring authentic contemporary Italian cuisine to Sarasota when it first opened in 1996. Still under the same ownership, Mediterraneo has consistently been rated one of the top restaurants in Zagat. The restaurant has received numerous accolades including the acclaimed Insegna Del Ristorante Italiano awarded by The Minister of Agriculture & Commerce in Rome. With its highest honor, inducting the restaurant into its Accademia Italiana della Cucina "Fine Dining Hall of Fame." Mediterraneo has been rated as Best of the Best in Sarasota Magazine since the first year of opening.
So whether you're celebrating a special occasion or grabbing a quick bite to eat, at Mediterraneo you are always assured the best quality food accompanied by excellent service. All of it thoroughly Italian.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
N. Washington Blvd
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
"Rossa" Room is available for private events. Contact us for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Daniel Baroni: 9413654122
Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
Caprese w imported Italian salami, Caesa ...
Caprese w imported Italian salami, Caesar salad, lamb Ossobuco w risotto, Black Angus beef with Gorgonzola sauce, fine Chianti, and now Affogato , and Lemoncello. Doesn't get any better than this, like being in Florencia, Venezia or Roma. Comfortable contemporary decor, extensive wine list, we ordered our favorite Chianti reasonably priced . Service was exceptional , wait staff worked together. All food selections were beautifully plated. This was an exceptional dining experience . Definitely on our list of favorites.
A wonderful Italian restaurant with vari ...
A wonderful Italian restaurant with various regions of Italy covered in the menu....we love the calamari, it is not fried but sautéed and served in a tomato garlic and basil sauce....very light and the reason we go there. Only disappointment this time...no calamari. Black linguine and shrimp made up for it and if you are a creme brûlée fan...best in town
Our server Amy, was fantastic. Very pro ...
Our server Amy, was fantastic. Very professional and personable. Every aspect of our dining experience was pleasurable, enjoyable and memorable. The octopus appetizer, which was recommended was delicious. The Branzino with spinach and beans, excellent. The veal chop was cooked perfectly. The wine complimented our meal and my date. Topped the meal off with a nice version of Tiramisu and an espresso. Great service and food. Thank you Amy for making our celebration one to remember.
The servers were awesome, very kind and ...
The servers were awesome, very kind and knowledgable. The food was fantastic! I had a $16 pizza that was wood~fired, with ham and artichokes, very tasty. The other three had pasta with mussels and lobster, they raved about it and almost wanted to lick their plates!
Nice place where they sweep your crumbs off the white tablecloths.
Our reservation was at 6 and we were glad because when we left shortly after 7, it was getting crowded and VERY NOISY! We will be back, thank you!
Mediterraneo is the go-to for Italian di ...
Mediterraneo is the go-to for Italian dining. Menu fair is consistent and always has a nice presentation. Their dinner specials are inventive and always delicious. Their wood burning oven pizza is the best in town. Wine list is extensive with some excellent vintages. Always a fun place to gather and an excellent restaurant !
I ordered the seafood spaghetti special. ...
I ordered the seafood spaghetti special. Definitely worth the price of admission. Nothing is ever average. The food reminds me of the great Italian cuisine you would find in the big cities, but better. Their quality is amazing. Not to mention you get seated and served very quickly.
We celebrated our 20th anniversary with ...
We celebrated our 20th anniversary with dinner at Mediterraneo. Our hotel concierge had recommended the restaurant but did not assist with reservations; rather, we made the reservation ourselves through open table. I mention this because that reservation was the only place where I mentioned that the meal was in celebration of our 20th anniversary. I simply asked for a nice table in that regard. To my very pleasant surprise the host and wait staff made a big (but appropriate) deal about our milestone. The service was excellent and the food superb. There was a great deal of TLC throughout our meal and the desert involved the best chocolate mousse either of us ever had tasted. Mediterraneo is in a convenient location, with both street and garage parking, so it was easy for folks like us (from out of town) to get to and from. We definitely would recommend Mediterraneo as they went out of their way to make customers feel like customers.
We love Mediterraneo. I especially love ...
We love Mediterraneo. I especially love the hand made 4 cheese pizza. Now I have my girlfriend hooked on it. My husband always orders some type of veal. The pasta is great, homemade so in my opinion there is no way you can go wrong. If you have trouble with the wine list Ernesto will lead you to a wonderful bottle based on your "description" of what you like. We usually go more off season. During season be prepared for a wait or to even be turned away.
We have been to Medditerraneo for numero ...
We have been to Medditerraneo for numerous dinners. We left disappointed in the food quality, (for the price) pushy, rushed service, and very noisy atmosphere. This was the first choice to take friends when visiting. It not top on our list at this point.
We have been looking for a Italian rest ...
We have been looking for a Italian restaurant that compared to metro NYC standards. Well
Mediterraneo surpasses what we were looking for. We started with the Amy's our server recommendations for appetizers eggplant tower and smoked mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto on baked radicchio . Both were the best dishes we have never eaten anywhere in the world.
Amy is a real asset to the establishment she makes everyone feel like a regular . She knows the menu and what dishes enhance your dining experience .We both had pasta as a main course excellent as well. It was our anniversary the dinner was capped off the a chocolate Napoleon complements of Mediterrano ! we were so full it was boxed to go home .
We have added Mediterraneo to the top of the list when we crave Italian fare .
This place continues to be one of our fa ...
This place continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. It's a little loud but quite lively seems to be the place to be. It is always good and service is always great thanks again for another great meal and good evening
This was our first time at Mediterraneo ...
This was our first time at Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano. It was a wonderful experience. Being from The Netherlands and having dining experiences in Italy many times, we were so happy that the food, the wine, the ambiance and the service was as good and even better. The Manager was very welcoming and offered us a typical Italian Limoncello after our dinner. It was awesome. We are definitely going back in August and will recommend this to our friends.
This place was known in the past as a mu ...
This place was known in the past as a must see when visiting Sarasota, often frequented by celebrities. Today, that may happen during special events such as the Sarasota Movie Festival, but even without those of fame and fortune this establishment is worth going to the east end of downtown Sarasota for. Also, none of the usual parking issues with the large parking garage right across Main Street.
Mother's Day dinner for 2
Excellent meal. My only complaint is my calamari appetizer was served too hot. She had a spinach salad that was delicious. She also had sautéed Branzino. Excellent!! I had pasta c roasted vegetables. Also great. We had a flourless chocolate cake that was incredible. Also the coffee was great. Server was fantastic!!! Can't recall her name. Can't wait to go back.
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