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“Party of 8 Left Fat & Happy”
Review of Salute

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Ranked #127 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Higgins Lake, Michigan
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Party of 8 Left Fat & Happy”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We had reservations on a Friday night (during the Sarasota Film Festival) and got right in, right on time. Our waiter, Alex, was very attentive and well-rehearsed on the menu items. When listing the specials, like other reviews I've read, the price is never quoted, and of course, you don't ask because you don't want others in your party to think you are cheap. Not everyone walks in the door with a blank check for dinner - they should be aware of that. Even the super rich want to know the price of things!

Having said that, the wine my husband and I enjoyed was very good, I savored every sip! The food was great, we both had the 3 courses for $20. I had caprese, pepperdelle, and cannoli. The homemade noodles were delicious and the mushrooms were very good, but there was enough for a family of four. Had we not been going to the theater afterward, I would have taken a to-go box home. So most of it was left uneaten. My husband (cannot eat wheat gluten) had caprese, salmon & sorbet. His salmon, (because there is gluten in the orange sauce they serve with it-they served it plain) was dry and overcooked. It would have been nice if the chef thought to offer a simple alternative sauce, but left it dry and unappetizing looking. The others at our table seemed very pleased with their meals.

We were seated in a section to the right and around the corner from the door. The temperature in that room very soon became very hot, the ceiling fans were not on, don't know about the AC. I went to the restroom and the difference in the temperature change was like walking into a freezer. We did ask Alex to turn on the AC in our room and if they did, it wasn't noticed. We were still all warm by the end of our meal.

Because there are so many other restaurants in the Sarasota area, we will not be back to Salute this year. We'll probably try it again to see if they improve a bit.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Happy hour on drinks and 3course meal”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner last night at Salute. It was our
first time. We had good Chianti (order at the bar to get the Happy Hour price)
and the 3course dinner for $ 19.95 if ordered before 6pm. The bar tender
and our waitress were very friendly and it was her advise to order at the bar but still have dinner outside. Why bar prices are different than outside table prices is unknown to us and frankly don't make sense. Neverless, we would return.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank bettina69
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Sarasota, Florida
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97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Italian good. Very pleased! ”
Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

Ate here last weekend for my moms birthday. The seating outside was very nice and the didn't cram the 4 of us into a tiny table. We made a reservation and they were right on time. I had the grouper which was excellent. The portion size is huge so come hungry!

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usa
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95 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Food could be better”
Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

It was very pleasant to sit outside in the evening, which made the food flaws more tolerable. The few dishes we ordered were from below average to average. Didn't feel like trying more. The menu is not cheap. No problems with service.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“no lemon on Lemon St.”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

We were 4 couples and a little dog, and everyone went home happy! Nice indoor bar and wine cooler, with plenty of room indoors and out.

The service was very good, and the food was better. Prices were good too, and the wine selection and pricing were excellent.

  • Visited March 2014
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