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Mediterraneo Restaurant

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1970 Main St Fl 1, Sarasota, FL 34236 (N. Washington Blvd)
(941) 365-4122
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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: With its modern but classic Italian cuisine and emphasis on artisanal and...
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.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 106
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Vacation Dinner

As a former resident, we had a short visit to Sarasota and had dinner one night at Mediterraneo. I was pleased to find the dining experience was as good as ever. Our party, including a five-year-old, arrived during the pre-cinema rush, but were seated quickly. After ordering drinks and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
jfgaff
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

As a former resident, we had a short visit to Sarasota and had dinner one night at Mediterraneo. I was pleased to find the dining experience was as good as ever. Our party, including a five-year-old, arrived during the pre-cinema rush, but were seated quickly. After ordering drinks and appetizers, we lingered a bit and ordered dinner after the movie... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

super Tuscan Barolo wine, yummy swordfish topped with shrimp for my husband and linguini with seafood medley of lobster, claims, and veggies for me. The kale salad was relish too. No room for desserts but they sounded great.

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Marne-la-Vallee, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

One of my favorite italian restaurant in Sarasota! Real Italian food, which is not easy to find... Staff is very good. I've never been disappointed!

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Orinda, California
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Italian on Main.. Had seafood pasta special.. Basic and not overly sauced.. Found Mista and bruschetta to be a bit Americanized versions and the pasta a bit bland.. Seafood fresh. They have no salad dressing at all.. Just oil and vinegar, average cold bread basket. So overcrowded..waited 40 minutes and we had a reservation.. We're put at a way back... More 

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New Haven, CT
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Main Street lovely restaurant....even had gluten free pasta and wonderful mozzarella. Four of us enjoyed our meal and decaf cappuccino to finish a special meal. Help was attentive and k ew the menu well.

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Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Special meal with visitors; veal on shank bone absolutely wonderful; very good Pino Grigio; chicken marsala and duck in cherry sause were excellent. Duck was juicy and tasty. Had to lean into table to hear conversation for four of us. Place was completely full. Waiter was very responsive to each of our requests, including substituting chicken for veal marsala.

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Orlando, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Located in the stunning downtown area of Sarasota, the restaurant is a must visit as it will be a treat for you and whoever you opt to share your meal with. From their excellent appetizers and plentiful wine list to their delicious entrees and desserts, this Mediterranean themed locale is definitely 5 stars in my book! Our Italian wine was... More 

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Wimborne
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Situated on Main Street Sarasota this smart Italian really delivers the goods, from it's relaxed but vibrant décor to the smart efficient wait staff this place does not disappoint. The menu is varied and interesting with interesting flavors, try the Mozzarella avvolta in speck su letto di radicchio nel forno a legna appetizer, delicious and a great introduction to the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

staff was fantastic and very very helpful. food was plentiful and very tasty. we returned in 3 days it was so enjoyable.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We have dined here frequently and have never been disappointed. The Osso Bocho is great. The veal chop parmigiana is huge and delicious. Enough for two. If you want good Italian food this is the restaurant to visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1970 Main St Fl 1, Sarasota, FL 34236
    (N. Washington Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: (941) 365-4122

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?