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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 - 11:00 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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  • 122
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Great wood fired pizza

We went here because we wanted a wood fired oven pizza and were not disappointed they were good. The taste of all we had was exceptional. The place is stylish and the service top notch. We could not fault it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Clipps11
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Filey, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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215 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

the tables are very close togetherand the waiters rush by you and bump your table and I find it the attitude is not that you are the customer but you're lucky to come to the restaurant and the funny part is it's only average but the prices are above the quality probably will not go back there again as I've... More 

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Filey, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We went here because we wanted a wood fired oven pizza and were not disappointed they were good. The taste of all we had was exceptional. The place is stylish and the service top notch. We could not fault it.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Beautiful restaurant, we were directed to our table and were met promptly with our Server. There was a nice selection of specials, appetizer as well as entree. We were given a plate of bruschetta which was very good!The minestrone soup was a disappointment. It was a clear broth with a few veggies in it, no beans, pasta, nor seasonings. Quite... More 

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MN
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I really love going here after a movie (across the street) for a couple of glasses of wine and a pizza. The staff is very friendly. I recommend this place

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Glen Cove, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The staff is professional and friendly. Everyone knows the menus and the wine list. The food is beautifully prepared and elegantly served. Mediterraneo stacks up against the finest Italian restaurants in NYC, Chicago or San Francisco. Wonderful place.

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Sarasota, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

The Lasagne alla Bolognese is the best I have ever had. The. Best. It's not the thick lasagna noodle, heavy tomato and clumpy cheese concoction so characteristic of the American version. This is a delicate, homemade lasagna noodle with a meat ragu and delicious béchamel sauce. Absolutely, totally extraordinary. Mediterraneo has a cosmopolitan feel. Had a lovely evening sitting outdoors... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

Our visit to Mediterraneo was an example of what I love about Sarasota, the people and the experience. This was a spur-of-the-moment stop for a pizza, and it turned out to be one of the better experiences we've had. We were met at the door as if they knew us our whole lives, and everyone was exceptionally accommodating. We sat... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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182 reviews 182 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is another example of TA's ranking system failing miserably, imho. Not only is a #60 Sarasota ranking a travesty; this restaurant should be ranked in the top echelon anywhere. I would have passed it up but for a strong recommendation from the concierge at the Ritz-Carlton, and would have missed a great meal. Three generations age 10-68 all very... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My fiancé and I have been coming to Mediterraneo for years. We are both Italian and have been to Italy many times and find ourselves at home at Mediterraneo. The service is always excellent and the food is out of this world. The combination mixed with the atmosphere is what keeps us coming back month after month. As Sarasota locals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 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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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 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

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