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4155 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3635
+1 941-921-6794
17:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unless you are in downtown Sarasota or on Siesta or Longboat Key the dining scene is oft times in little strip malls that suggests anything but a wondrous meal. Marcello's is no different tucked into a corner next to a mattress store on the Tamiami trail. Inside this small but well managed high end restaurant is Marcello and his well... More 

Thank BroadwayBruce
Prairie Village, Kansas
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really like this restaurant. Food is good. It is even fun to sit at the small "bar" top and watch Marcelo cook. This restaurant is on our list whenever we're in Sarasota

1 Thank Rebecca S
Silver Spring, Maryland
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129 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In a nondescript strip shopping center outside Sarasota, next to a discount mattress store, is a real find of an Italian restaurant: Marcelo. Named for the great Italian actor Marcelo Mastroianni, this place delivers on all counts: food, service, and authenticity. Everything we had was world-class--and we are fussy Italians. The service was especially knowledgeable and helpful and the wine... More 

1 Thank Frank M
Halifax, Canada
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70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not hard to see the influence the fresh fish store across the street has on Marcello's daily menu. As the chef says whatever the fishers bring in that day he uses that for inspiration. Add that to the awesome pasta and veal dishes and there is some.thing for everyone. The wine list is very reasonable ...and the wine specials of... More 

Thank joe m
Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Marcello Ristorante is a nine indoor tables and a few outdoor tables restaurant. The attentive service provided by seasoned staff and its small size makes the place warm and cozy. Chef and the waiters make you feel very welcome, comfortable and homy. We had their signature Cesar salad prepared at the table. The lettuce was fresh and of good quality.... More 

Thank JackKrz
Toronto, Canada
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

First, make reservations. It is very small and packed. Staff were very friendly and explained all menu items. The menu is on the chalkboard and changes daily. Heavy on fish and seafood which I don't eat. I had lamb shank which was very good. The others did have fish and seafood and all enjoyed their meals. A very popular spot.

Thank Phyl123
New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I am not the type of individual that throws superlatives around lightly. I have eaten in all of the top restaurants in the US and Italy. When I tell you that Marcello makes the best Osso Bucco I have ever tasted, you can take that to the bank. This restaurant has it all - from a great wine list to... More 

Thank Joe97
Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The above says it all. No thank you. There were other tables available but with one squashed in next to 3 crying g toddlers they decided that would be the only one they would offer is . Although 4 other tables empty.

1 Thank sueklo
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Small restaurant, excellent waiter. The food was very good, wine, too. Waiter Bob knew just what I wanted. The veal was beyond anything I have ever eaten, even in Italy. Give the Lobster fra diavolo a pass and go with the veal. Intimate dining, leave the kids at home, please.

Thank CricketFlorida
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Six of our best friends had a superb dinner at Marcello's, in our humble view one of the very best Italian restaurants in Sarasota--and we absolutely adored our dinner as well as the professionalism their team exhibited. We ordered appetizers that our waiter recommended for our group & they were fantastic. Virtually every main course we ordered was extremely tasty... More 

1 Thank Rickrichardson2568

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4155 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3635
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-921-6794

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?