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“Excellent Preparation and Presentation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mediterraneo Restaurant

Mediterraneo Restaurant
1970 Main St Fl 1, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-4122
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Ranked #55 of 829 restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N. Washington Blvd
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.
boston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Excellent Preparation and Presentation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Mid-week 6pm-no problem getting a table. By the time we left there was a line out the door. Service was very good--water glasses always filled. Eggplant tower and stuffed pepper were both delicious. Pasta with lamb and pasta special with filet mignon and mushrooms were both hits. Wine by the glass menu could have been more interesting but was adequate. No time for dessert heading out to theater.
Next time in Sarasota we'll be back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Another excellent visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We ate there last weekend, the food and the service is five star! The Owners are in view at all times and greet you with a firm handshake and they recognize you from past visits. This is one of my favorites if you want classic Italian done extremely well, you feel like you’re in Italy by the vibe and furnishings in this excellent world class restaurant. Mangia!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not one disappointment.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had dinner there based on the reviews on Trip Advisor solely. The dinner was fabulous as was the service. Our orders were delivered without wait, our waiter was very friendly, yet in a professional manner. We ordered the tomato/mozzarella appetizer and subbed in buffalo mozzarella. For our entrees, we had ravioli that was a featured special with crumbled italian sausage. For dessert, we had the creme brulee. We highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Buono mangiare!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Another of Sarasota's great Italian restaurants. We were greeted by an Italian maitre d', who promptly led us to the table we had reserved. The reservation came in handy, because the room was packed with nicely dressed people.

We've been twice, and on both occasions the food was excellent, both for carnivores and vegetarians. The lamb, pork, pastas, and pizza are far above the average. Our waitstaff on both occasions listened carefully to our requests ("light on the sauce, please"), and the dishes came out just right. The lasagne especially was creamy and lighter than the norm.

The wine list was good. Our waitress on our second visit, Amy, was an excellent server.

Good food, good wine, excellent service, and reasonable prices. Not to mention that the location downtown is across the street from the movie theater. What more could you ask for?

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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albany ny
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Taste of Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Dinner from start to end was terrific!Called on a Saturday night and they fit us in a very busy resturant .Food was prepared beautifully and the muscles in white wine were perfect.The entries were fantastic .Overall A+

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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