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Ristorante il Golfo

#591 of 9,162 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Ludovisi / Via Veneto
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Via Raffaele Cadorna 24/26, 00187 Rome, Italy
3806529439
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Gianluca Godente is a roman chef with a passion for mediterranean...
Gianluca Godente is a roman chef with a passion for mediterranean cuisine. The offerings of his restaurant "the Gulf" (english) consist almost entirely of fresh seafood, and are accompanied by a fine selection of wines and a professional, attentive service.
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  • 127
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great way to celebrate New Year's Eve

My wife and (2) young adult daughters, were in Rome for the first time recently and booked our reservation at Restaurant il Golfo on New Year's Eve day. Not knowing what to expect, we arrived hoping we made a good choice. We were not let down. The array of fresh seafood courses that were part of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
jdh4CA
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My wife and (2) young adult daughters, were in Rome for the first time recently and booked our reservation at Restaurant il Golfo on New Year's Eve day. Not knowing what to expect, we arrived hoping we made a good choice. We were not let down. The array of fresh seafood courses that were part of the prefix meal were... More 

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Rome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

If you are bored of life and excellent fresh seafood - do not go! However if fabulous fresh fish and seafood are what you are looking for - this is the place! Wonderful food, listen to the chef - he`'ll let you know catch of the day and offer a selection of both raw and cooked delights that will stun... More 

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Mannheim, Germany
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34 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We went on our first evening in Rome based on the good reviews here. After receiving a free glass of aperitif it took us a while to convince the waiter that two appetizers may be enough for two people, which I guess is when the restaurant lost interest in us. Both the raw and the cooked seafood sampler were good... More 

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Lafayette, California
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32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We ate here 21/8/2014. The sea bream was delicious. Wife's pasta also. Prices for best fish were quite reasonable. We return to Rome in October and definitely plan a return to Il Golfo.

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Nashville, TN.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I loved the way this place was decorated...I know that sounds funny but I loved the ambience. The food was good but what I discovered is that the chefs in most Italian restaurants try to steer you in a certain direction whether you want that particular dish or not (I think they push what is the most fresh or what... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Food was only OK after a long wait - 50 minutes for a meager sea bass for 25 €... Too expensive and too long a wait to be only OK. And the still water was clearly tap in a used bottle. Go elsewhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Very good friendly crew. They were helpful to my husband and I. Clearly we were tourists (from Canada) but they showed us "how Italians eat out." Made it very enjoyable! Very personable and the owner(?) tried to get to know us better. Excellent service and the food was excellent as well!!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Particularly enjoyed seafood appetisers.Well worth a visit. Staff very friendly.Didn't open until 8pm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

We found this wonderful restaurant by searching restaurants on Trip Advisor local to our hotel and we are so pleased we came here. The decor is simple but beautiful and the owner was such a pleasure to meet. He was clearly very passionate and this showed in the menu and quality of the food. We ordered a mix of starters,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Nice quiet and charming place with excellent sea food. The dishes are served nicely and explained with passion by the friendly waiter. The selection of wine was excellent especially the white wines. In short one of the better places in Rome.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Raffaele Cadorna 24/26, 00187 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Ludovisi / Via Veneto
  • Neighborhood: Ludovisi / Via Veneto
  • Phone Number: 3806529439

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 60
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Description

Gianluca Godente is a roman chef with a passion for mediterranean cuisine. The offerings of his restaurant "the Gulf" (english) consist almost entirely of fresh seafood, and are accompanied by a fine selection of wines and a professional, attentive service.

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Staying in Ludovisi / Via Veneto

Neighborhood Profile
Ludovisi / Via Veneto
Thanks to Fellini and La Dolce Vita, the Ludovisi and Via Veneto neighborhood earned its reputation as a posh area where gorgeous Marcellos wooed actresses and models while bored housewives hung out in streetside cafes. The cafes are still there, and so are the cocktails, but the neighborhood is now home to five-star businesses including hotels, banks, law firms, and embassies. The area is also right next to Villa Borghese, a beautiful park for sporting and cultural adventures. If you're looking for tranquility by night, this may be the place: Ludovisi and Veneto tend to shut down after 8pm.