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2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
+1 941-923-7002
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go to restaurant especially when we have guests or friends who never experienced Richard’s culinary masterpieces The menu is very simple with about 4-5 standards and this is complimented with 4-5 specials of the day. You cannot go wrong with either choices....More

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten at Puccini's many, many times. First, it is important to outline the concept of this restaurant. This place is unique among other restaurants, and those differences are likely the cause of some of the lesser reviews on here. I'll outline a few...More

Thank Josh W
Reviewed August 9, 2018

I read reviews and it's sad people feel the need to express thoughts onto others that have more to do with personal expectations than an understanding of what is. Puccini's is UNIQUE and a place that is built around one man's talents and ideas. He...More

Thank lalie619
Reviewed July 22, 2018

As a matter of full disclosure, my wife and I avoided Puccini's for years because we thought it was too weird. Would you go to a restaurant that is located in a strip mall called Merchant's Point Plaza near a Dollar store, has no sign...More

3  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed July 15, 2018

We were a group of four and we sat at table # 4 next to the Chef.. It was amazing to watch Richard work. He is a fabulous Chef. Being the summer we had the opportunity to chat with him. Really nice guy. The food...More

Thank 721richard
Reviewed July 4, 2018

They make it difficult to get into their restaurant. I called to make a reservation and had to leave a message. Nobody called me back. I left another message the following day and did get a call. I booked a table to celebrate my wife's...More

1  Thank G7490ONmichaele
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Thank you Rich and your staff. Absolutely delicious and chefs table is always delightful. Made our reservations a month In advance for four. See you soon. Always recommend your restaurant to our foodie friends.

Thank Karen J
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Good food prepared in front of customers. It could be a fun time however the chef doesn't appear to like to speak with the customers and seems to ignore people who try to talk with them. The food is fresh and well prepared but nothing...More

Thank Debbie F
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

The chef is focused on cooking for everyone in the restaurant by himself if you didn't notice. He has everyone's order memorized in his head and finds it difficult to break his concentration with small chit chat. When he is not busy Chef Richard enjoys...More

Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

Puccini’s never disappoints! We bring all our friends here. Just celebrated our 37th Anniversary there. It’s a unique intimate setting with two seatings a night so be prepared to patiently wait your turn outside as your table is being prepared. Unfortunately one disruptive group thought...More

Thank curran513
Melanie D, Front Office Manager at Puccini's, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2018

Thank you!

Reviewed June 2, 2018

We've been regulars at Puccini's for years, but likely won't be back. We never make special requests and are super flexible about the wait, usually offering to wait out the chaos and take undesirable tables so first-time customers can have a better experience. Three times...More

2  Thank HColes11
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Thank you for being such loyal customers all these years and bringing in new friends. There's no such thing going as an overflow room.

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June 24, 2017|
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Response from partyplanner1972 | Reviewed this property |
It may be too late for me to answer your question as I am just seeing it. But I am not certain what you are asking
Paul D
March 1, 2017|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
Cash or Check
Ed B
December 8, 2016|
Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
We don't have pastas has entrees. We have some pasta as an appetizer occasionally-we are mainly a protein house. Thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$40 - $50
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-923-7002
  • E-mail
Puccini's is an intimate and magical dining experience. Request a chef table and sit and watch Chef Richard perform and prepare your meal right in his kitchen. Puccini's is a BYOB restaurant with no corkage fee. Cash or check only please. Reservations only.
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