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Mediterraneo Restaurant
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Ranked #89 of 1,046 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
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.
Sarasota, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“don't go”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Bad service, beyond boring food. I don't believe it is that difficult to have solid Italian food. This place does it's business because of location, not quality of food.

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Melrose Park, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good Food and terrible service”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is the 2nd time trying it, the first time seven years ago. Once again the food was good, pricey with moderate portions. The service was awful. We made a reservation for 6 people of which 2 were celebrating birthdays. We were dressed very nicely and they sat us in the front more casual part of the restaurant. The back has tables with clothes on them. I did not think too much of that at first as they were busy. The waiter took our order fairly quick and our food came in a resonable time. However, then we waited a good 15-20 minutes before he came back to remove our dinner plates. We had to remind him we had two birthdays. He rushed back with two desserts and never asked if anyone wanted a dessert or coffee. We tried to call him back over to order for the others and could not find him. We finally asked someone else for the cappacino's and dessert and then our waiter came back the tossed the menu's back on the table. I would not care if we were at a mom and pop restaurant. When you charge top dollar for your food you should have top dollar servcie. When I approached one of the owners or mgrs. he got very arrogant with me and started yelling back to me, I should have complained about the table from the beginning. He was right about that, however, I thought they were just that busy and this was all that was available. When I went in the back to the restroom, they were busy, but we could have been accomodated. I think he catered just to his regulars and thought he could slough us off to any table. He did not care to discuss the issue either.

  • Visited March 2013
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Buon Appetito!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Mediterraneo's extensive offerings cover both northern and southern italian cuisine. The most difficult aspect of this large, modern style Italian restaurant is deciding what to select. The two of us ended up ordering three appetizers (sauteed calamari, bresaola with arugula and shaved parmesan, and eggplant with goat cheese) and two entrees (cappellini primavera and bucatini with braised lamb). We enjoyed every morsel. The wine list, not surprisingly, is heavily weighted to wines from Italy, with offerings from nearly every region, many at very reasonable prices. Service was very good. This restaurant compares favorably with many we have dined at in NYC and Boston. We shall return.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Veritiero
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boston
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent Preparation and Presentation”
Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

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!

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Another excellent visit!”
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
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Thank Ed D
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