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Trattoria Il Mare

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Centro Catania
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Via San Michele 7, Catania, Sicily, Italy
095317024
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 152
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  • 106
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great seafood restaurant

You wouldn't really go to this good family run restaurant by chance, as it is bit hidden in a quiet street just a block away from the major Via Etna. I followed the TripAdvisor reviews and was glad to have done so. If you are hungry, not picky, if you like eating seafood and try new types of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Loann P
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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311 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Paris, France
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

You wouldn't really go to this good family run restaurant by chance, as it is bit hidden in a quiet street just a block away from the major Via Etna. I followed the TripAdvisor reviews and was glad to have done so. If you are hungry, not picky, if you like eating seafood and try new types of fishes, I... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Our hostel recommended the restaurant as the best place to eat fish in Catania and they were right. The food was delicious and cheap. The stuff was friendly.

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Calgary, Canada
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176 reviews 176 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The service and value were excellent! My seafood linguine was only 9 euros and packed with clams, mussels, calamari and shrimps. The wine was only 1.50 euros for 0.25 L which amounts to 3 small glasses of wine (normally 3 euros each in most places). The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was I found my pasta... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Nice food, inexpensive that gave every appearance of being home cooked and prepared. Nice and fresh, very tasty. Not busy, but it was a quiet Thursday night in town and nowhere else was either. Friendly waiter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Both food and service was exceptional. We highly recommend this restaurant. Our server, Fabio, was so attentive and his father, Gaetano, who is owner and chef made us a most fabulous meal. It is not to be missed if you are in Catania. We will definitely return.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Hidden in a little back street in Catania, Sicily, lies the family run fish restaurant Trattoria Il Mare. As it was recommended by a friend I went there in search of authentic sicilian cuisine, and was more than pleasantly surprised. This is a place that makes you feel welcome with its warm and attentive service. The food is what it... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My favourite meal I've had in Sicily (I've been living at a cookery school for 3 months). We were the first ones in and the last ones out. The atmosphere and décor was average, but the quality and simplicity of the food was exquisite. It was also a pleasure to be served by a young man who seemed so committed,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The restaurant is a little off the beaten track but well worth finding. The atmosphere is homey and the food delicious!

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South Carolina
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35 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The tasting menu was fantastic. As were the a la carte items. The restaurant itself is unassuming, but the food is worth it.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Trattoria Il Mare is located in a parallel street to via Etnea, the main high street in Catane. It’s a small hidden gem! A family-run business with an unbeatable seafood menu – great antipasti, delicious first course (pasta alle alici that evening) and main dish filleted in front of us. Everything served with love and passion, including freshly prepared cannoli.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via San Michele 7, Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Catania  >  Catania>  > Centro Catania
  • Neighborhood: Centro Catania
  • Phone Number: 095317024

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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