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.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
N. Washington Blvd
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private garage parking behind restaurant
Private Party Facilities:
"Rossa" Room is available for private events. Contact us for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Daniel Baroni: (941) 365-4122
Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent but our table loc ...
The food was excellent but our table location couldn't be worse. One table for 2 just opposite the noisy bar. The noise level got louder as our dinner was served. The mat're d stood inches away and was very animated. I felt we were given such a unpleasant table because we were two women. The food was great but we couldn't talk to each other unless we shouted. I would definitely return many times if I could be guaranteed a quieter table. It was especially disappointing because it was my friend's birthday and I had hoped for a special evening.
We experienced the best service from any ...
We experienced the best service from any restaurant staff in years! Working as a team, they were knowledgeable, professional, and efficient, while still being personable. Every item ordered was delicious. The staff answered all questions about the menu and met any special needs without question. We enjoyed socializing with our friends over an excellent meal, interacting with pleasant staff who were attentive yet not obtrusive.
Walked into the door at the time of rese ...
Walked into the door at the time of reservation. Was not greeted or acknowledged - practically knocked over by noisy patrons. The place looked chaotic and unusually busy. They may serve great food but we never tasted it. We left and walked down the street for a pleasant dinner at a competitor.
Food was really good. However, the "spec ...
Food was really good. However, the "special" pasta did not have all the ingredients described. Our waiter ( and the one at the table next to us) said the dish had scallops, when they meant shallots. Also, they said the dish had arugula, but it didn't. When we pointed it out to waiter, he was super awkward. Didn't apologize. He didn't know what to say. After that, he barely came back to the table and the service went downhill. That was the opposite of what should have happened. Very weird!.
Mediterraneo was once our favorite Saras ...
Mediterraneo was once our favorite Sarasota restaurant. No more!! We were disappointed for the second time in a row. I had the black linguini with shrimp, which was still excellent, but
my wife's seafood was disappointing,and my two sons' ravioli was outright disgusting. They
were assured that the sauce would be a "light ragu with a little bit of cream to give it body".
It not only contained four different cheeses, but it was laced with a white creamy sauce that
made it inedible. If anyone had ever come by to inquire, we would have returned the 2 dishes.
The service was mediocre - when we finished our appetizers, the empty plates sat in front of us for 15 minutes before they were removed, along with our silverware. When the entrees arrived, they came without hardware, so we had to sit and stare at them for a few minutes, until we got a busboy's attention.
Mediterraneo has been renovated very nicely, BUT they obviously added tables to
generate more $$. This resulted in the tables being almost on top of each other, making conversation difficult, and creating an obstacle course for the waiters and for anyone who got up to use the restroom. Sad !!!!
Great food, great atmosphere ! Everyone ...
Great food, great atmosphere ! Everyone enjoyed their meal. Several tried the seafood special and raved about it; prawns and pasta...who could complain about that ? One tried the margharita pizza and loved it. I tried the lasagna, a make-or-break entrée for me, and it was meaty with tender pasta and a delicious flavor. Perfectly cooked ! The Mediterraneo is a fun place for a small group to meet and converse because, unlike many restaurants today, the carpet/textural walls and ceilings absorbed much of the ambient noise and let the five of us enjoy our conversations ! It combines elegance and quality dining with a casual (read: Florida) flair. I think our waiter was a bit new, but he was friendly and helpful; not sure of how to answer several of our questions about the specials, but we all made light of it. The greeter was charming, and the wait staff were friendly and wished us " bon appetite", even the gentleman serving the water. Of course, walking around the neighborhood on a warm December evening when the rest of the country is snow-bound, letting the Sarasota breezes blow through your hair, is quite a treat. When we returned to our car, we all agreed that it was a great choice and in the past, as well as that night, did not disappoint.
Our friends visiting from U.K. Wanted To ...
Our friends visiting from U.K. Wanted To eat good food, nice ambiance, elegant and not too noisy. My husband, myself and other friends had several good experiences at Méditerraneo. It was our choice, they loved it as much as we did.
The wait staff are very attentive, but n ...
The wait staff are very attentive, but not obtrusive. I ordered the Caprese salad, which was very good. They could add more basil on the salad. I know they would have provided it if I had asked for it. The Black Linguine with shrimp was excellent. Cooked aldente. The Reisling was perfect for the meal. Thanks.
Absolutely loved this restaurant. A frie ...
Absolutely loved this restaurant. A friend recommended it for our family to go to. We were absolutely blown away by the staff's attention to detail and outstanding service, not to mention the incredible food. Thanks for making our holiday get together so special!
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