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Acqua Pazza

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Via Maragliano, 17, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
0185 1771376
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food was fabulous but...

We had a wonderful meal was unique and delicious. The only problem was that the English on the menu was incorrect for one of the dishes or the waiter attempted to give us a dish that wasn't what we ordered. It was finally straightened out and a replacement dishes provided. It was outstanding. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
David S
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful meal was unique and delicious. The only problem was that the English on the menu was incorrect for one of the dishes or the waiter attempted to give us a dish that wasn't what we ordered. It was finally straightened out and a replacement dishes provided. It was outstanding. We ordered a bottle of Chianti which... More 

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oxford
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48 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had only three hundred and 70 calories to play with so finding food we could really savour amongst a sea of pasta and olive oil was always going to be tricky. We avoided the front....rarely do you get truly delicious food next to a major church or facing the sea on the Med. Up a side street we found... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

A great restaurant with exceptionally good food. Food is traditional but prepared with a "twist". The quality is excellent and the desserts were just amazing. It was quiet and relaxing and so much better than other retaurants we tried during our stay in Santa Margherita Ligure.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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34 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Taking a peek into this restaurant one has the idea it will be very, very good. It, unfortunately, was not. The restaurant was recently completely updated with clean contemporary furniture and art. Looks very new and chic. Our problem was with the service which was exceedingly slow and food preparation for a fish and one pasta was too complicated with... More 

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Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The food is very good here at this tiny little place on a small side street. We arrived early and were the first patrons but were soon joined by two other couples. Nice personal service. Our hotel concierge recommended this place and we were not disappointed.,

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Hove Sussex
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a tiny indoor restaurant, just a few tables. We were the only people there for most of the time we were there, and there was no ambience at all. The owner walked up and down past us looking miserable all evening, very disconcerting. Food wise: lovely homemade breads, my husband 's courgette flower tart was lovely, quite different... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Looooooved the pasta. Delicious! Service was slow but that's Italy. Sit back and enjoy your wine while they make some of the best homemade pasta you'll ever eat. It's not cheap but it's worth it. I will definitely go back there.

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Perth, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our first night in Santa Margherita so we sought a restaurant recommendation from the concierge at our hotel... Acqua Pazza was described as local and special. We arrived at 8.30pm and were the only couple there (not for long) which was slightly uncomfortable however, we were greeted and seated by the owner who was pleasant and attentive. Language was a... More 

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Geneva
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Different cuisine, not your typical pasta vongole and scampi, but another side of Italy that I have never tasted! It was a lovely dinning experience, we ordered the tasters menu, and they changed my main to a different one I wanted. My daughter wanted grilled gambas ( which was not on the menu) and they were more than happy to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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22 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

A real little gem! Tiny little place that is clearly the domain of the chef/owner. He greeted us, took our orders, suggested the wine and delivered most of the food. The food was first rate and we were made to feel welcome amongst the mostly local clientele. Well worth the visit!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Maragliano, 17, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Phone Number: 0185 1771376

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 66 - 79
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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