134 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI | Directions 0290341.823178 -71.422321
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Friday From 01:30 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 03:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Federal Hill
Mediterraneo has to be my favorite restaurant on the hill it gives you that feeling of high end Italian place. I went there once for a family dinner I almost didn’t go but I am glad I did because it was the best experience of my life. The food was great, the service amazing. The place is also very nice, clean, and elegant. I always go back if its my birthday, or a family even a small family event.
Free appetizers after work! – I love going to Mediterraneo on Friday because I work a half day and "The Bar" does free appetizers from 3-5 with the purchase of a cocktail. After a very long week nothing is better than a cocktail and the word free! Sensational!
great food, not so great service – Went there for lunch with a co-worker and I must say, the food was outstanding! They have a great lunch special- 3 courses for $15, which is hard to beat especially for the quality of food.
However, our waiter was so inattentive and acted as if he had somewhere more important to be the whole time. Not to mention-- he looked as if he came straight out of the cast of Jersey Shore. I'm pretty sure he checked ut his reflection at least 5 times as we were sitting there having our meal.
If the restaurant would invest a little more time in picking out their staff- I would have no complaints!
NO - would not recommend – I thought it might be a nice lunch in Providence. It was awful. The hostess put me on hold forever for the reservation. The wait staff was horrible. The food was so- so. And they over-charged us on the bill - 4 items. That is just tacky! We called mgt. to let them know - I am a business owner and would want to know. They were very rude. Won't waste my time in such a place again.
Excellent food, but everything else is sub-par. – I was monumentally disappointed in Mediterraneo. Entering, I was pleased with Mediterraneo. It's a very pretty restaurant with all the architecture and design I'd expect from a 4-Diamond eatery. We had called ahead for our table and were greeted by a maitre d' who was brusque at best. We were shooed upstairs where we waited around for 5 minutes. The upstairs was cold. I found it acceptable, but my partner was shivering. We were sat and given water. It took them over ten minutes to bring us our bread which was so tough that my partner had to stop halfway through her second piece because her jaw hurt. We were about to order our appetizers when we were informed we must order all at once. I'm unsure of as to why. Another ten minutes pass before our server returns. It's now almost 30 minutes in and we have only bread. Finally, the server returns to take our orders. Our appetizer comes out, mozzarella en carozza. For $9 we got a single piece of glorified fried mozzarella. I've had its equal at places not much better than Olive Garden. Our entrees arrive. My partner's Filetto di Maialo pork loin is truly excellent. At $25, it's a bargain. My ravioli all' aragosta is technically perfect, but is nothing special for $25. Our desserts arrive. My molten lava cake is bad. It's dry, luke-warm, with what could be gelato or ice cream on top. Either way, it's bad gelato/ice cream. The house-made whipped cream is good. My partners gnutella mousse is very good, though. Rich and flavorful, it's a success. But mine was over $10 for bad cake. All the while, an army of seemingly confused servants wander about ignoring us. I was never given water without directly asking. The tables had butchers' paper on them. The windows were dirty. The service was so bad it was stunning. AAA's Four-Diamond means a place of dining nirvana, not this train wreck. If AAA were to review Mediterraneo that night, their award would be stripped away, no questions asked. I expected a lot, and got very little.
Sub Par Experience – We went to Mediterraneo expecting a very nice view, good service and awesome food. The food was delicious but everything else was below average. The waiter was very unattentive and did not even bother to refill our water glasses. The room was noisy and a bit crowded. And the view! There was no view, the restaurant is at street level and the only view is of a Atwells Avenue, not exactly romantic. Overall we were very dissapointed with this place.
The other reviews are misleading! – We particularly went to this restaurant because of its reviews. To sum it up Mediterraneo is a far cry from what was expected. The wait staff seemed to have an attitude problem. When we asked the hostess if the upstairs was open, a waiter passing by snapped, "Upstairs is closed!" We had to ask for our waters to be refilled and did not get any offers for limoncillos -- did we eat at the right place??? And can someone tell me how this place won best view?
The food was decent but not a redeeming factor. Needless to say we won't be giving Mediterraneo a second chance
Wow! – Mediterraneo is a jewel! The open doors lent a breezy respite for myself and my food saavy mother (a chef) and father. The portions were giant. I noticed a couple sharing a dish- which seemed to be perfectly acceptable, the waiter even served them at the table from the plated dish
I ordered what my family calls "the acid test"- tuna, rare. It was excellent and very fresh.
What really set this place apart were the small things, - the flawless service (never having to ask for more water, etc), waiters fold your napkins if you leave the table, the complimentary limoncello at the end of the meal- that really seal the deal. The waitstaff was young but friendly and extremely professional.
If you are looking for a wonderful dinner in Prov- go to Med..away from the touristy crowd down the street, the meal and service are worth EVERY penny!
kermielou – This place is great. The food is excellent. Very romantic and quiet setting. Great service. The complimentary limoncellos are also very good.
Chic decor and delicious Italian cuisine attract the fanciest diners to this trendy Federal Hill restaurant. – The Scene
Hollywood honeys and local celebrities often dine in this trendy setting. During the summer months, the front and side glass walls fold out leaving lots of room for al fresco dining at the tables that line the sidewalks. Granite and cherrywood bars and an exclusive upscale nightclub draw the crowd indoors.
A mouth-watering antipasti bar brims with fresh vegetables, cheese and seafood. Or begin a meal with the Antipasto della Casa, featuring grilled, marinated and stuffed vegetables. Try the simple but delicious Rigatoni al Basilico e Pomodoro from the pasta selections. Entrees like Costata di Maiale Riepina, a double-cut pork chop stuffed with spinach, mozzarella and prosciutto, comes with vegetables, Italian mashed potatoes and greens tossed with balsalmic vinaigrette. Plan to take leftovers home so you can save some room for the made-to-order desserts.
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