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At Ortygia Restaurant in our artsy 1920's vintage bungalow we offer a unique, culinary experience. Located just minutes from downtown Bradenton. We offer French/Sicilian cuisine in a small, intimate, indoor or outdoor setting. Where many venues offer an array of glitz and glitter, the attraction of Ortygia is its eclectic charm, unparalleled backdrop, the beauty of nature and an abiding sense of La Bella Vita! Add the ambiance of candles, torches, lights, music and laughter, Ortygia glows with its own brand of beauty that lures people back over and over again. Our distinctive and exceptional cuisine is just another reason so many individuals choose Ortygia to host their special events.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Live Music
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Reviewed December 1, 2020 via mobile

Was down in Bradenton visiting my daughter and her husband. This is a fun and fantastic small restaurant in the Arts district . Chef Gaetano brings his Sicilian heritage to life with great food and wine. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 23, 2020 via mobile

Chef Guy served us an awesome dinner - Timballo for my husband, and a vegetarian pasta for me with roasted red pepper and cream sauce. Best pasta dish I’ve had! We are looking forward to our next dinner there...

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 22, 2020 via mobile

We came to Bradenton late in the summer on an extended stay. As it was our anniversary, and we wanted good food to order for take out given the pandemic, I scoured reviews on Trip Advisor and settled upon Ortygia. Little did I know there...was no settling in my choice whatsoever! The food is simply wonderful! Over the course of four takeout orders, we have tried a great variety of menu items. The timballo, a house speciality, is similar to lasagna but lighter and very tasty. The fish of the week, usually served with mixed vegetables in season, is reliably delicious. But our favorites are the appetizers - not to be missed! The award-winning stuffed peppers offer a perfect marriage of flavors. If on the menu, the savory tarts and the stuffed artichoke bottoms are memorable creations. The chocolate pate for dessert, along with homemade gelato, are other house specialities and very good. I’ve not tied the pistachio cake but am hoping it will be on the to-go menu next time we order out. We’ve not dined inside the restaurant, but the waitress is very friendly and helpful. Upon arriving, a quick call brings her scurrying out with the order. A great find is the 20% off offer if two people order two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts. Run the calcs....it’s like getting the dessert for free! And did I mention those not-to-be-missed appetizers? There’s only one problem with Ortygia: Once tasting the food here, it’s hard to want to branch out and try any other local restaurant!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed June 13, 2020 via mobile

What a special place. In the heart of Bradenton’s Art District there is a little house with a special chef. Gaetano started this restaurant 13 years ago as the Chef, Owner and writer. He wanted to bring a little Sicilian flare with a New Jersey...touch to Florida’s West Coast. This quaint out of the way farm to table restaurant will surprise you with its homemade Sicilian cooking. Today with all the restaurant chains, it is nice to have gem like this in Bradenton. My wife and I have not been out to dinner in over 4 months. We wanted to find a restaurant that could offer a unique dinning experience with fresh to table entrees. Well, we found it. My only regret is that I found Ortygia thirteen years later. I have often said to many of my friends Bradenton lacks true fresh Chef dinning restaurants. Maybe I was just not looking hard enough. If you want a quiet, nice dining experience, this will be perfect for you and a special someone. Ask for Penne, she was warm hearted and took care of our every need. We called to make reservations and that seemed to be the best way to ensure you got a table. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed April 8, 2020 via mobile

Absolutely one of the most enjoyable dinners we have had. We were meeting some “framily” we had not seen in 24 years. I was looking for a special place where we could have a delicious dinner in an enjoyable atmosphere. I hit the jackpot with...Ortygia!!! The chef and servers are wonderful, they are warm, friendly and fun. We were there on a Saturday and there was entertainment which added to the jovial atmosphere. The food is authentic Italian and delicious. Four of us ordered pasta, 2 chicken dishes, and 1 appetizer sampler. There was not a morsel left. The wine list is impressive with choices by the glass for all tastes. I highly recommend Ortygia and can’t wait to dine there again.More

Date of visit: March 2020
ortygiabradenton, Owner at Ortygia, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2020

Thank you so much for that wonderful review. Hopefully we will see you again when we are able to open to the public again.

Reviewed March 10, 2020

We visited Ortygia for dinner, after which we visited the local art galleries on the first Friday of the month when the many local galleries are open 6-9 PM. We arrived at Ortygia without a reservation (at 545) and they told us we could have...a table in 5-10 minutes when people left - and that is what happened. After looking at the menu I chose two appetizers - the stuffed pepper, and the portobello mushroom stuffed with sausage. My wife had fish. The food was very good. The stuffed mushroom was excellent. The service was friendly and good. We left after a good meal to visit the local art galleries.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

Cozy little Italian restaurant in a converted house. Wines are good and varied with reasonable prices. Apitisers were delicious. The eggplant caponata and the stuffed mushroom was delicious. The monk fish special was outstanding. So was the pasta Siciliano and chicken with artichoke. Dessert of...bread pudding and chocolate mousse were excellent. Service was friendly and attentive. Owner is the chef and comes out to speak with guests. Fine choice and worthy of another visit.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Can't say enough wonderful things about the food, ambiance and staff. We went to Ortygia for a birthday celebration with a large group. The chef made accomodations to fit our group. Everyone loved their meals. We'll definitely be back.

Date of visit: December 2019
ortygiabradenton, Owner at Ortygia, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2020

Thank you very much. We do our best to make any modifications or accommodations whenever possible.We appreciate your comments. Hope to see you soon.

Reviewed December 13, 2019 via mobile

I was there the night you brought your elderly aunt. I didn't realize what a bad night you were having, but I saw your aunt asking to be wheeled around so she could enjoy the fun and music that was happening in the next room....I'm glad she enjoyed her evening.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 10, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed the sicilian food... the chef is great he eventually go to the tables and have some chat with the guests... will come back soon.

Date of visit: December 2019
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