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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 61
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 9
    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
Perfect from beginning to end

Modern Italian with an authentic taste. the owners took care of us and we trusted them in picking our entrees. They did such a wonderful job and gave us superb service. Our water glasses were never close to half empty, the restrooms were spotless, and our server was excellent. this has been one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
robinrosee
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Modern Italian with an authentic taste. the owners took care of us and we trusted them in picking our entrees. They did such a wonderful job and gave us superb service. Our water glasses were never close to half empty, the restrooms were spotless, and our server was excellent. this has been one of the best experiences I have had... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Italian restaurant it is and our food was good . We didn't feel welcomed by the person at the front door. He pointed us to the bar before asking us if we had made reservations. We had reservations in dinning room for a table. He pointed us to a 2nd person to show us to our table. Which was around... More 

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

While visiting a friend in Sarasota we asked him to take us to a reliable Italian restaurant. He took us to Mediterraneo, downtown and his favorite. Our server Amy was wonderful, funny and accommodating. For my appetizer I tried the focaccia Pomodori and it was yummy although a huge portion which I shared. The others had salads with oil and... More 

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

At the eastern edge of Main, near rte 301, this lively restaurant has great, authentic Italian food. Arriving without reservations at 7:15, our group of 4 was seated immediately (it's past season). The menu is a wonderful travelogue of Italy, from the Linguini Nero with Shrimp in a Tomato Sauce ( the best I've had since Venice), to the Lasagna... More 

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My wife and I travelled to Florida last month and spent a few days in Sarasota. Over the years we have developed a love of Italian food and wine. We had enjoyed a visit to Mediterraneo 5years ago and decided to return for a repeat experience. As we entered we were hit by the noise and vibrant atmosphere in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Everything was spot on! Prosciutto appetizer was amazing. Gnocchi was best I've ever had and the pizza my daughter has was delicious. Black linguini was my husband's favorite. We will without a doubt definitely return next time we are in town. Can't wait

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

my wife and I ate at this restaurant twice during our month long stay in Sarasota. The menu is diverse and there is something for everyone Being a first generation italian and an excellent cook myself I very seldom dine for italian food out. Most items on the menu are tried and true classic italian dishes which I can make... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Great long time local place that just renovated last year. Excellent location in downtown Sarasota, perfect for a movie dinner date as it's right across the street from Hollywood 20. If you get the veal prepared to bring some home with you as the portion is beyond generous.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We were in town for the Half Marathon and needed to carb up! The concierge suggested that we try Mediterraneo for dinner. What a great recommendation. We arrived on the early side (around 6pm) and the place was absolutely packed and was still buzzing when we left a couple of hours later. Since this is several blocks off the water,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

For those of us who are fulltime Sarasota residents, a movie at the (poorly maintained) Hollwood 20 theater (site of the Sarasota Film Festival) and dinner across the street at Mediterraneo is a common routine. For many years this restaurant has maintained it's high quality and service. Great northern Italian food. No pasta drenched in marinara sauce here. Sit in... More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions

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?