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Il Gambero

Via Gramsci 2, 16035 Rapallo, Italy
018565668
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Ranked #15 of 147 restaurants in Rapallo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Oakville, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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254 reviews 254 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

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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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We have traveled to Italy on numerous occasions and have had plenty of amazing meals, but allowing the owner of Hotel Riviera to choose our meal provided us with our best meal yet. Every single item was so fresh and cooked perfectly. We even went to the store they recommended to buy one of the condiments they served with prosciutto.... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We did the tasting of typical Ligurian cuisine, together with typical Ligurian wines. The owner, Claudio, was very attentive and friendly, explaining every detail. My wife ate the best gnocchi of her life.

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