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Ama la Vita Ristorante, Sarasota, FL

Ama la Vita Ristorante

4.7
4.7
578 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Ama La Vita means "Love Life" At Ama La Vita we believe that the greatest memories we give each other are often sharing meals and creating traditions. Tricia, owner of Ama La Vita would like to invite you to their dining room in true Italian fashion. Come and enjoy a table of good food and wine creating memories, laughing, and loving life with family and friends.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 9:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 960-1551
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party facilities
    Ama La Vita Ristorante is available for your special dining experience. Please contact Tricia or Danny for more details.
  • Neighbourhood
    Sarasota
  • Cross Street
    Located on Main Street between Lemon Ave and Orange Ave.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 578 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Service

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Value

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for fine wines

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Good for special occasions

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Italian

578 Reviews
  1. RichP

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere was outstanding. Staff made you feel like family.

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  2. HenryA

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is wonderful small Italian restaurant. It is among the very best in Sarasota.

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  3. CarmenB

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Trish was wonderful, server was a lovely gentleman, and the food delicious 😋.

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  4. SusanS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing . I had the Flounder francese on spinach was so delicious . My husband had the spaghetti puttanesca and the homemade pasta was unbelievable . Try the coconut cake ! ❤️

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Was expecting a better experience based on the reviews and ended up being fair at best.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Flounder Francaise was outstanding-fresh, flavorful and perfectly cooked! The beggars purse pasta was perfectly cooked and the Eggplant Parmesan bites were surprisingly light and delicate. The chocolate caramel mousse dessert was also a good blend of not too sweet and salty. The restaurant is small, modern, has a lovely ambiance and is very personably run by Trish.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Owner Tricia is friendly and engaging to customers

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  8. DanF

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again …fantastic dinner & great service! Owner & staff always friendly!

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  9. PollyD

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Me pareció un lugar agradable la comida muy buena es recomendable gracias

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is fantastic. Tricia is doing a fabulous job and the food is outstanding. The service is good too. I would strongly suggest it for a wonderful meal.

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  11. lpcremer

    Indiana

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a huge WOW! Excellent food and wine. We enjoyed meeting and talking with the owner. Will definitely return!

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  12. AnthonyS

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent from food to service. Tricia always warm and welcoming and we will always return a number of times.

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  13. WendyT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant, excellent food and wine selection. Waitstaff very accommodating and polite. The owner comes to your table to ask how everything was. Definitely return.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service. Cozy, family atmosphere. Creative Italian food. We will go again!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening! Delicious food! All you would want in a dining experience.

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  16. NicoleK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a last minute reservation on a rainy Saturday night. So happy we did. The food was fantastic. Our bottle of wine (Nebbiolo) was a great value and a very nice wine list (no Josh here, sorry). The owner/host was very friendly and attentive and our server was knowledgeable and attentive in just the right amount. We had the artichoke appetizer, burrata, flounder franchise and penne bolognese. It was all excellent. We’ll definitely come back next time we’re in town.

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  17. Reservationreally

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding, we’ll definitely be back!

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  18. Golfgirl

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent restaurant on Main in Sarasota. Welcomed warmly by the owner, Trisha. Waitstaff was friendly, informative and we were never rushed. Appetizer of eggplant Parmesan was delicious. Other app of artichoke oreganata was light and lemony. Our mains were just as delicious- flounder francese and flounder oreganata served over yummy sautéed spinach. Just the right sizes- room for a brownie with vanilla gelato. A warm, happy place to enjoy dinner with friends or a quiet dinner for two. Will be back- soon!

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  19. Dolly3

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meals as always. My house salad as usual was fresh, pretty to look at and a great way way to start dinner. My go-to, the spicy shrimp over squid ink linguine was perfectly cooked and just the right portion size. My partner enjoyed his Amatriciana a frequent menu choice of his. We ALWAYS order a slice of Trish's cocoanut cake to split but last night we decided to try the chocolate cake....another sweet ending to an evening at Ama La Vita! Oh....and the coffee is great1

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  20. JaneK

    Central Coast

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Loved that almost every wine was available by the glass. Elegant restaurant. Very nice staff

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  21. DebbieM

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and Tricia was warm and very accommodating. Service was very leisurely which was fine for us but if we had a time limit, it would have been a little slow. We’ll go back!

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  22. Emmett

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. Never disappoints.

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  23. SteveS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The owners and their staff are only exceeded by the wonderful menu and dishes that they serve.

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  24. BillR

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine's Day dinner at Ama la Vita was outstanding as always. The food, service and ambience were excellent. Thanks, Trisha!

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  25. DavidM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very simple, both Food and Service were fabulous!

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  26. PeterC

    Naples

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great experience. Food was delicious and the service outstanding.

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  27. Mikey

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic Service was great and the owner walks around, making sure that you’re satisfied ,an absolutely wonderful experience.

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  28. LisaK

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent!! Our favorite place to bring company!!

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  29. Freden

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated a birthday at Ama la Vita and had a lovely evening. The staff were professional and personable and the food was wonderful.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Jay, was super attentive the whole meal. Great wine and food. Very nice experience

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  31. CathyB

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Ama La Vita for over three years and will continue to do so!!!! Love the restaurant, the owner& the staff.

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  32. FrankB

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening. It’s so nice to have a restaurant with terrific food, staff, and also a quiet adult atmosphere.

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  33. stevenm

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice restaurant. Very helpful and friendly staff. However, My wife and I had chicken dishes. Both dishes were over cooked and tough. So tough that the knives used would not cut the chicken easily. Also, I was told they were out of non-alcoholic beer. Being diabetic, I cannot drink wine or alcohol. Water was the only alternative. Disappointed.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought our friends there out of a recommendation from our some and daughter in law. The food was excellent and so was the staff and wine!!! We thoroughly enjoyed it!!! We met the owner which is also very nice!!

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  35. TomW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The owner greeted us at the table which was a nice touch..

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  36. LisaL

    Atlantic City

    167 reviews

    4.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is always consistent with food and service, it’s one of our go too’s and we really like it. Definitely have to try if you haven’t.

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  37. Jim1

    New York City

    95 reviews

    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again , we had a very satisfying dining experience at AMA. Service and food were excellent.

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  38. RobG

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a little hidden gem on main st in Sarasota. Not the cheapest but nice food and good service.

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  39. JULIER

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing!! Service is excellent too. We will definitely come back. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!!

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  40. luveatingout

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    local gem! Great, cozy atomosphere. Highly recommend!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Ama la Vita Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 578 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Ama la Vita Ristorante

1551 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Located on Main Street between Lemon Ave and Orange Ave.
  • Neighbourhood
    Sarasota
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 9:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (941) 960-1551
  • Private party facilities
    Ama La Vita Ristorante is available for your special dining experience. Please contact Tricia or Danny for more details.
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