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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, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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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
Great seafood and friendly environment

We had dinner in Tratoria Il mare ( admittedly a very early dinner at 1930 for Sicilian standards) so we were on our own in the restaurant. The waiter was very friendly and explained all dishes to us. We had clams, fried calamari and octopus salad. All the entres were delicious, bursting with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
rmorandinideoliveira
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit not the first time that family business. The father is the cook, mother is manager and the son makes the service. I eat more than i was hungry, because after get in conversation with the staff about food and taste they offer me some meal what did not is on the card ! So i left the trattoria happy... More 

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Zürich, Schweiz
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

A really typical Sicilian trattoria where the father cooks and the son helps cooking and serves the dishes. It takes a little longer to get the food, but when it is there, it is an explosion of different flavours. We ordered the menu for 20.-- which includes 5 courses, but we needed to give up after 3, because there was... More 

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Thank Fabienne N
Catania, Italy
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My daughter and I visited this restaurant based upon google traveller reviews. However, the pasta with pesto was inedible - in fact was disgusting - and the sea bass awful - the salad a wilting mess of iceberg lettuce and canned sweetcorn. To be honest if it wasn't for the lovely scilian wine and the nice waitress.... I have had... More 

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Milan, Italy
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80 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

A nice restaurant in the heart of Catania, close-by 'Piazza Stesicoro'. Good fresh seafood is served here, however there is too much oil in their presentation. Therefore good but average dinner in town; in my opinion dishes are over-seasoned. Average menu-selection offering local cuisine. Not my favorite ambient, friendly staff. As usual this is my subjective opinion only. PS Their... More 

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Thank Manchontravel
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Had a fantastic lunch here. Chose restaurant after reading other good reviews and we weren't disappointed. Definitely worth a visit. The fish was superb and very fresh. The house white was good and all at a very reasonable price.

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1 Thank vicmic2015
Geneva, Switzerland
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner in Tratoria Il mare ( admittedly a very early dinner at 1930 for Sicilian standards) so we were on our own in the restaurant. The waiter was very friendly and explained all dishes to us. We had clams, fried calamari and octopus salad. All the entres were delicious, bursting with flavour of fresh ingredients. The pasta afterwards,... More 

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2 Thank rmorandinideoliveira
Paris, France
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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1 Thank Jonny93
Calgary, Canada
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197 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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2 Thank My2BareFeet
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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