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“Extremely Delighted” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mediterraneo Restaurant

Mediterraneo Restaurant
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Ranked #79 of 1,026 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Lyon, France
1 review
“Extremely Delighted”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Very friendly and cozy environment with qualified personnel ready to spoilt every need. Typical italian cuisine will allow you to flashback memories of the 'Bel Paese'. Italian is widely spoken in the restaurant giving you the chance to learn some italian gesture and way of say.

Mediterraneo is must either during vacation or business meetings.
A restaurant were you will find quality, dedication and entertainment.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“An awesome italian restaurant that did just about everything RIGHT.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

An awesome italian restaurant that did just about everything RIGHT.

Reservations: Made a few hours before dinner and when we arrived to a crowded restaurant we were sat immediately.

Service: One main waiter was perfect as were his team of helpers who made sure we had filled water and bread baskets

Food: 5 of us dined and all 5 of us were happy with the tasty and good looking dishes. The pasta was fresh and the flavors were outstanding

Overall: Loved it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rts1234rts
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Lakewood Ranch, FL
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Mediterraneo -- The real thing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

So said our daughter-in-law, an executive chef visiting from the north. No checkered tableloths, dripping wax candles or red velvet chairs. Just wonderful fresh food prepared simply and authentically with impecable service.

We began with complimentary rounds of bruscetta topped with fresh diced tomatoes and herbs. Then came homemade bread with an aromatic dip of oil and herbs. Among we four we enjoyed hearty spinach salads, salmon grilled to perfection, and a chicken parmesana prepared as it should be -- no overly breaded nonsense, lightly seasoned and tender.

My husband and I ordered the pasta with lamb ragout, a great beehive of homemade al dente pasta generously infused with tender, tasty lamb. We had room left only for coffee, so well fed and content were we. In fact this is a place where, over the years, we have never made it to dessert.

Mediterraneo has been around for awhile, never disappoints, and will continue to be a staple of Sarasotans who know their stuff. p.s. They serve a thin crust pizza -- excellent as an appetizer --that is to die for.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sheilah H
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North Bethesda, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Very Nice Dining Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

After reading some of the reviews, we were a bit hesitant...but we had a terrific dinner. The food was very good (we both had pasta dishes) and the service was great. The place itself is fairly large and a bit chaotic but the decor is subdued and quite nice...a touch of Tuscan.

We went the day before Valentines Day in hopes of missing the tourists, the crowds, the lousy food and bad service...and we did. This is a fairly large restaurant so there are lots of people moving around but once we got seated, everything went fine. The waiters were all quite cordial. One waiter who wasn't responsible even pitched in to help when our real waiter got tied up. Nice teamwork!

I would highly recommend this place...good food and good service...and a very nice dining experience. Thanks.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jhoward16
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Toronto
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74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and pretty good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had reserved a table for 6:30 on a Saturday evening. Got there a little late but it was not an issue. A throng of people milled around the entrance. Controlled chaos with the maitre d handling it all quite well. Reminiscent of a busy restaurant in Florence. We were seated in about 5 minutes.

Another reviewer said this place was pretty good for Florida, kind of a back handed compliment. In fact he was right. In terms of food this is not on the same level as a Mario Batali spot like Esca but nonetheless it is pretty good.

The ambience is great, although it is noisy. The server was attentive without being intrusive. Although we both enjoyed our meals it would be a stretch to say this is just like Italy. I started with an appetizer of shrimp with white beans and sausage, my wife had the spinach salad with pears and walnuts. Both were excellent. For the main course I had the veal Marsala and my wife had the pasta with seafood. The veal was sliced thinly and was very tender. However, the sauce was far too sweet, adjusted I think for north american tastes. The pasta is the better choice, rich and loaded with seafood.

The food was good enough that we will be back. I intend to try the pizza as it seemed to be quite a popular choice that night.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mrtasty
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