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L'insolita Zuppa

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Via Romana, 7, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
+39 0185 289594
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7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Thu - Tue 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 185
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem in Santa Margherita

Our hotel owner recommended L'insolita Zuppa Ristorante as a favorite of hers. My husband/I are vegetarian, so were happy to see a few vegetarian items on the menu. We arrived just as they were opening so received great service/ assistance in deciphering the Italian menu from both the waitress and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Judith B
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Mountain View, California
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Mountain View, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Our hotel owner recommended L'insolita Zuppa Ristorante as a favorite of hers. My husband/I are vegetarian, so were happy to see a few vegetarian items on the menu. We arrived just as they were opening so received great service/ assistance in deciphering the Italian menu from both the waitress and the chef. Everything we ordered was wonderful and we loved... More 

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Thank Judith B
Gig Harbor, Washington
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This was one of our favorite meals! The 2 owners gave us a lot of personal attention, including recommendations on wine and dinner. They had a video screen set up, so we could see them preparing everything in the kitchen, which was a lot of fun.

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Kentfield
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

I stumbled across this restaurant my first evening in Santa Margherita. Quality ingredients and preparation. Courteous and friendly staff.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

I don't understand all the hype and the reviews about this place. The primi platti we had were pasta dishes and I have to say they were fantastic. But for the secondi platti I ordered was sole, a tiny piece came in an aluminium foil baked in the oven, sunk in lots of water (from the vegetable underneath the fish).... More 

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London UK
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

OMG pretty much one of the best meals I've ever had. What a find. The staff are excellent and service was faultless. The chef/owner was charming and the restaurant well laid out and unobtrusive. The menu was completely original without being pretentious. So nice to see different dishes on the menu as opposed to the same regional dishes offered in... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

a small little restaurant with amazing food. the interior is pretty much felt like being invited to a friend's home for dinner ;) had a good time :) still missing the antipasti - marinated fish with citrus :) refreshing!!

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Firstly, this restaurant is very friendly and relaxing, makes you feel as if you were invited by your friend's house. Secondly, their food is excellent with a bit of twist by the chef (hence don't expect typical tourist dishes such as Trofie al pesto or mixed fried seafood).I had local red prawns which reminded me of gambas from Palamos, Catalan,... More 

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Thank Spiranian
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We went here based on a strong recommendation that we had received from an American lady at a different restaurant the night before. We sat outside in the small garden at the back under an olive tree. The setting was very pleasant if not above average. The staff, especially our waitress, and the owner subsequently, were excellent. They recommended our... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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154 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

we had a very decent dinner in this place , cosy & friendly,,,,,gamberi al vapore as entry is a must....thereafter u can trust the chef (lady Margherita) who will recomend the main course tailored for ur means.....prices are verz correct for the quality u get......location is NOT the best as u would expect for a place of this standard....inside though... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

L'insolita Zuppa. three blocks from our hotel. What a difference from the night before. At Michele's, where we had dried fis and indifferent service.Same total cost but a world of difference. Mezzeluna to die for. Taglialini in cuttlefish ink. Delicious. We then had both sea bass secondi's. The one in corn flakes with a lemo sauce was, according to Sarah,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Romana, 7, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Phone Number: +39 0185 289594

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28 - 51
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?