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Il Gambero

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Via Gramsci 2, 16035 Rapallo, Italy
018565668
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The restaurant has an excellent cuisine with local specialities. Our...
The restaurant has an excellent cuisine with local specialities. Our Guests are particulary appreciative of our good selection of wines and our meticulous service. During summertime service in the terrace with nice sea-view.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful dinner experience in Rapallo

This evening we went for the second time to Il Gambero. It's a shame there was only one more customer this evening as this is definetly one of the best restaurant visits we had in Rapallo. The Lobster ravioli is just devine, and the fresh fish of the day is prepared very well in local style with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Tjolmen
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Brussels, Belgium
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This evening we went for the second time to Il Gambero. It's a shame there was only one more customer this evening as this is definetly one of the best restaurant visits we had in Rapallo. The Lobster ravioli is just devine, and the fresh fish of the day is prepared very well in local style with potatoes, black olives... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Chose al la carte menu. Ravioli was lovely and green peppercorn steak very good. Restaurant does do a specialty meat degustation, but too heavy for myself or friend to try.

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Oakville, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Delicious food in a private dining room, and although we were the only people there, the staff and kitchen were great. A bit sad that the rest of the large building that formed the original sea-front facing hotel in the piazza was closed and boarded up. That said, the restaurant and the hotel it is part of was very enjoyable... More 

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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379 reviews 379 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Nice interior, and with view towards the harbor. Good and friendly service. Tasty food I followed the recommendation of the receptionist of Hotel Astoria and went next door for my dinner as I was in Rapallo before the season had started. The restaurant looked nice both from inside and outside and as expected I was the only one there except... More 

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Rapallo, Italy
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90 reviews 90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Really expensive, even if it's in front of sea!!! Not so good at all! I'm afraid, I got any really important persons with me!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I've been eating in Claudio's restaurant for years. He's one of the old school, coming from several generations of hoteliers and restauranteurs. In all the time I've been coming, I've never had anything badly prepared, poorly presented, or improperly served. In the summer months, it is pleasant to sit outside on the terrace. It offers a real, Italian street-front restaurant... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Jetset pretending, location is not outstanding, food is mediocre. It has an indoor room and some terrace tables. Did not meet our expectation at all.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Read some good reviews here and decided to give the restaurant a try. Hotel also recommended it. Big mistake! Food was poor (compared to what we'd been having in the area!). Quality of food was poor - had fish cooked in a bag, which was very, very dry! Didn't stay for dessert or coffee. Better options elsewhere.

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gialo88, Proprietario at Il Gambero, responded to this review

I am amazed that the Clients have made two bad reviews (Foodnwinentravel - Rackiec) on our restaurant. I remember them very well because they were served by me and we have also spoken of Australia, their country of origin, and Basel, where they live now. What is most striking is the fact that you complimented with me for the quality... More 

Basel, Switzerland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

we read the reviews and decided to treat ourselves. BIG MISTAKE. The food was at best average compared to La Laura in San Fruttoso and Gianni Franzi in Vernazza which we highly recommend and at its low point was boil in the bag to the point of hard fish - actually it was like something my maiden aunt in Australia... More 

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gialo88, Proprietario at Il Gambero, responded to this review

I am amazed that the Clients have made two bad reviews (Foodnwinentravel - Rackiec) on our restaurant. I remember them very well because they were served by me and we have also spoken of Australia, their country of origin, and Basel, where they live now. What is most striking is the fact that you complimented with me for the quality... More 

Paris
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Il Gambero is definitely not your average Italian restaurant. It offers an original menu which does not disappoint with decent service. However, it fails to give you an unforgettable meal. The experience is also spoilt by ridiculous portions (4 big raviolis as a primo) and prices that you will nevetheless remember (100€ for two, with one glass of wine each).... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Gramsci 2, 16035 Rapallo, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Rapallo
  • Phone Number: 018565668

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The restaurant has an excellent cuisine with local specialities. Our Guests are particulary appreciative of our good selection of wines and our meticulous service. During summertime service in the terrace with nice sea-view.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?