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“New Year's Eve at Mediterraneo”

Mediterraneo Restaurant
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Ranked #84 of 1,055 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Friends and I spent New Year's eve at Mediterraneo Restaurant. Management & staff were very friendly and the food was outstanding. Originally we were seated in a high traffic area which was the only table available. Shortly thereafter a table away from the traffic became available and Management asked if we'd mind moving us to the other table. We appreciated Management's thoughtfulness. Just before Midnight the restaurant gave out hats, noise makers and champagne. I would definitely eat here again and highly recommend others to dine here.

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Thank Joel B
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We've eaten here several times. The food is quite good, considering the competition and the area. Last time I had a dish of bucatini pasta with an excellent lamb ragu. So, we visit the place with no fears of getting so-so food. That said, the service, particularly the front-of-house reception, can border on the chaotic. It's anything but warmly welcoming. Perhaps if you are a regular you get great service, but we aren't that regular. The whole human side of the experience was perfunctory and bordered on incompetent. But, the lamb ragu was good. So, you have to balance things. The bar seating area is attractive, but the main dining room is rather ordinary, and the "back room" where the host tried to convince us to exile ourselves - "perhaps you would like a quiet area?" - is about as interesting as a bus depot. But, the lamb ragu and the pasta were quite good. So, go, but stand your ground if the "quiet room" is offered. I imagine you'll find the food good.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

No reservation but they sqeezed us in anyway at an outside table. Service was extraordinary from the moment we were seated until we polished off the last scoop is creme brûlée. Thanks Mauricio. Food too was excellent. So glad we stumbled in. We'll return (with a rez this time)

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Thank Jack S
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We have been eating here for over 10 years now, standards are high and remain so. Service is faultless and the front of house is managed to perfection. Long may this restaurant continue to prosper, one of Sarasota's finest.

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Thank LeeN593
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

The food is excellent. Served well and the prices are skinny comepared to NYC give it a try! :) Delicious and fresh.

Thank Ron S
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