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Caragiulos Italian American Restaurant

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Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Pizza
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69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-951-0866
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients...
At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients, Caragiulos has served easy- going, inventive Italian-American comfort food since 1989. The bread is baked on the premises each morning. The mozzarella is made fresh. The biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo herself. Eating here is more like a gathering in the home of a good friend... Comfortable... & Memorable.
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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently good

Consistently good Italian food. Very fresh ingredients. Been eating there for many years and keep going back. Nice interior, separate bar area and covered courtyard. Marco is an excellent server - always ask for his table.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
lizzietwo
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Sarasota, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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172 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Osprey, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Four of us dined here last night after the theatre. Each of our entrees (two pizza mias, ravioli, and chicken picatta) was prepared and presented perfectly. Our server, Rachid, was great (as he has been for many, many years). This is our favorite downtown Sarasota restaurant not only because of the food and service, but also because it is an... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I frequently eat at Caraguilos. My favorites are the pizza and or the pasta dishes. All of the staff are helpful but Rashid is an outstanding waiter.

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

once a week I visit for some great red sauce Italian foodit is set the standard for years in Sarasota for Italian food and I enjoy eating out on their patio f course I always said so Marco will be my waiter you always make sure the kitchen does a great dish for table

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Longboat Key, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

One of the best Italian-American restaurants in Sarasota where I frequently have lunch. Rasheed is one of my favorite servers. Great salads, a variety of delicious pizzas, excellent pasta dishes and to top it off tiramisu. They have a lovely patio area for outdoor dining. Highly recommend.

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Caragiulos, Owner at Caragiulos Italian American Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi LBKlady, Wow! We are so honored that you find us "one of the best" in Sarasota. Our staff and family works hard to make sure that every guest (long-time loyalist or first-timer) has an exceptional experience with us, so we are glad that you took the time to tell others about our restaurant. It means a lot and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and Marco has always been our favorite waitor. Excellent service and great personality.

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Summit, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Caragiulos used to be my "Go to" restaurant when I couldn't decide where else to go. I've going there for about four years. It was always a good reliable Italian restaurant where you knew the waiters by name. I particularly liked their Orecchiette which was cooked to perfection but is no longer on their menu. The waiters are still there... More 

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Caragiulos, Manager at Caragiulos Italian American Restaurant, responded to this review

HI Magpie172, Thanks for taking time to review of our restaurant. We appreciate your feedback. Sorry that the veal special was not up to standard that night. I wished that you would have mentioned to my brother John (Mgr) about your veal when you talked with him that night, as he would have reconciled things immediately. It is true that... More 

Sarasota, FL
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We moved to Sarasota in 2005, when we first dined at Caragiulo's. We loved the tasty food and friendly service, and the, then, wonderful guitar music (provided by John Lawler) on Sunday nights. Over the years we became regular customers, visiting almost weekly and savoring the veal & chicken parm, lasagna, and incredibly good pizzas (prepared by Fernando). A constant... More 

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Excellent restaurant. Guile (that's Juile spelt a little different) was great. Described various dishes while I was making up my mind. Had pasta cinque which was a light cream sauce done to perfection. My wife's chicken parm was moist and plentiful. There oil and vinagar mix for the bread was best I have ever had. Just great food for an... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Consistently good Italian food. Very fresh ingredients. Been eating there for many years and keep going back. Nice interior, separate bar area and covered courtyard. Marco is an excellent server - always ask for his table.

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Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Had an early dinner on a weekday with husband and friends. Service was excellent. Three of us had personal pizzas and all liked theirs very much. I had a roasted beet salad with mine. This was actually the best part of the meal. I highly recommend it. The atmosphere is casual with a downtown vibe.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-951-0866

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients, Caragiulos has served easy- going, inventive Italian-American comfort food since 1989. The bread is baked on the premises each morning. The mozzarella is made fresh. The biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo herself. Eating here is more like a gathering in the home of a good friend... Comfortable... & Memorable.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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