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The Italian Grill

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8620 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34238-3049
+1 941-966-6565
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16:00 - 21:00
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Theresa is back and Remek is a great server. The food is on the way back but no thanks up to the old times yet. We will try again next trip.

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Thank Creighton W
Sarasota, Florida
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The Italian Grill is the closest Italian restaurant to our home. We tried it (and have returned several times) when we first moved to Sarasota two years ago. The food is good southern Italian. Their pizzas are very nice. The bread basket should come with a warning of how good it is and how much of it you will want... More 

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Thank Denise C
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Denise! I've been working on updating, changing and improving things. Service is one of the biggest things. I never want any customer not being attended to or forgotten about. Please let me know if this happens next time you come in. Season or not, no excuse. Thank you More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The food was good, not spectacular! The staff were very friendly and the price was appropriate! The ambiance was very Italian! However we discussed with manager why they didn't have baked ziti? The answer was not good! All Italian restaurants have baked ziti!

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Thank floridafoodguru
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and input. We look forward to seeing you again More 

Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Ordered a pizza to go got there they acted like they didn't know what I can I was talking about. The guy at the bar I was in a daze. A young lady at the reception was mocking him. Finally I called the number back that I ordered the pizza on and it rang right next to the guy at... More 

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Thank Christopher M
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

I apologize for your bad experience yesterday. That behavior is unprofessional and will not be tolerated. I will be addressing the staff about this today. I was not aware that any of this happened at the time, I appreciate your feedback. Next time you stop in please ask for me and your pizza will be on the house. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

New owners, cooks, menu. I am writing this to alert customers this is NOT the same restaurant that I raved about previously. Four of us wanted to give them a fair try. Although the ingredients were fresh on their pizza, it lacked seasoning and flavor, the crust was flat and bland. The parmigiana dish was bland as well. I am... More 

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Thank Caiatikid
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your last experience. I wish that I would have known you were unhappy while you were visiting us, I would have done my best to remedy any of your complaints. I strive to make our food perfect for everyone. As far as ownership, it is still the same and there is... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We have been going to this restaurant for a very long time and have always loved it. Lovely relaxing atmosphere and great service. It was obvious this visit that something was different. Asked the waitress ... She said it hadn't changed owners. People at other tables agreed it was not the same restaurant. Menu changed and limited. Ordered chicken Marsala... More 

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1 Thank Patricia S
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you were unhappy with your experience and not in favor of the changes. As in any other kind of business changes need to be made (especially after 20 years). Food trends change, cost change and customers also change. In order to compete in today's industry these changes were necessary. As far as substitutions, our menu is cost... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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383 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice meal and very good service. Overall the meal was served perfectly. The service was very good. It was busy,, but they ensured you had service. Overall a very good experience.

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Thank Paul B
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We go out of our way to make our guest happy and love it when we hear we've accomplished that goal. Please come in and see us again soon More 

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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I moved to Osprey in July from Long Island. My parents just followed us as well and moved down a few days ago. We are all 100% Italian so we wanted to check this place out we kept passing on 41... We were not disappointed at all. The calamari was delicious as was the tomato and mozzarella... More 

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Thank Joanna0728
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed everything. We go out of our way to make everything as authentic and delicious as possible. Next time you stop in please say hello. Again, thank you so much. We look forward to your next visit More 

Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

My husband and I use to eat here about once a week. Great casual atmosphere and wonderful food. Service was always good. Ramey was the best. Due to health issues, we went to ordering a pizza to go once a week instead. We believed it to be the best pizza in town, especially on Friday night. Something has changed, maybe... More 

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1 Thank mjsb2016
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that you are unhappy with our pizza. There have been a few changes made to the menu and restaurant but none of these changes were made to the pizza. Jerry is still making the pizza (has been here 10 years), sauce is still the same, pepperoni is still the same, dough is still the original recipe... More 

Ocala, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

If you go to this restaurant, be prepared to be disappointed. Almost a year to the date, we had two terrific dinners, excellent wine and superb service. Revisiting a year later, we looked forward to another fine dining experience. It was not to be; Sent full bottle of wine back that smelled like dirty rags. Then, I ordered a glass... More 

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1 Thank sdrama57
Dave T, General Manager at The Italian Grill, responded to this review

I would like to apologize for your less than satisfactory experience at your most recent visit. During the time of your last visit, we were having a transition in management. I was never informed of your unhappy experience. I am quite shocked myself that you were unhappy with both the Chianti and the Francese as those both are very popular... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
16:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
16:00 - 21:00
Friday
16:00 - 21:00
Saturday
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8620 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34238-3049
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-966-6565
Description
A Casual Italian American Restaurant that offers wood fire oven pizzas and a full bar. Food made fresh daily with local ingredients when available, family friendly environment.

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