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Via XXV Aprile 163, 16039 Sestri Levante, Italy
0185 480203
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Ranked #24 of 131 restaurants in Sestri Levante
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $27 - $67
Cuisines: Sushi, Italian, Chowder
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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77% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Milan, Lombardia, Italy
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

After years in Sestri Levante Polpo Mario is always a certainty. The good is delicious, the food mix is interesting, but not so complex that at the end you do not know what you are eating. The chef has been the same for years and he gave his imprinting to the cooking. Obviously, if you do not like fish this... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Restaurant kindly prepared local anchovy dish (bagnun) for me, and some grilled vegetables for my wife, neither of which were on menu. Out-of-season flexibilty perhaps, but no less appreciated. Everything very tasty and the pumpkin bread was so good that my wife said she would choose it for her last rites - and we got to take some away with... More

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Best, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Had a wonderful evening at Polpo Mario. The interior of the restaurant is a picture but the dishes are superb too. Although it was very busy the staff made time to explain and suggest what to eat. So we 'stumbled in' some delicious surprises we never had before. For sure one of the best places we eat in Italy!

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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went four times during an eight day stay. Maybe we are a bit lazy, but the food was simply very nice. In particular, if they have the cuttlefish carpaccio for starters, go for it! Also the pasta and the main courses we had were very good.

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Milan, Italy
3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Went to this restaurant and found the menu with very poor options. Waiters were kind but had no clue what the restaurant had to offer, if you asked: do you have shrimps? They said one minute, disappeared for five minutes and then came back saying no. Do you have melon? I need to ask, they replied. We lastly ordered some... More

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CantinadelPolpo, Proprietario at POLPO MARIO, responded to this review

Hello, First sorry for my bad English knowledge, I hope to explain correctly our point of view: We bag your perdon for the delay in serving you our mixed grilled, but we'd like to inform that we have a fixed menù with 8 proposal for each courses (total of 24 dishes) plus a daily menu composed of other 9 proposals...... More

Oslo, Norway
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

After returning to Sestri for several summers, we finally tried Polpo Mario. The service was good and the server was able to speak English, which was quite helpful. The trofie al pesto was delicious, but the spaghetti brezza (with clams and mussels) was lacking. Lots of empty shells and the dish was too oily. My husband had tuna with porcini... More

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
596 reviews 596 reviews
445 restaurant reviews
968 helpful votes 968 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a restaurant I really wanted to try, as the chef wrote a book titled "I lived on love and octopus" which includes something like 130 recipes for cooking octopus. NB: those are typical old style recipes, not the creative spread of the chef. The base cooking style is indeed typical ligurian, which has its moments - I am... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The reputation of the restaurant brings in lots of diners, but we found the limited menu, small portions, fried food served cold and greasy were poor and the place was not up to the standard of several other less well-known seafood restaurants in the town. The food was just not very tasty. The waiter had great trouble taking a simple... More

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Lorgues, france
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This was like stepping back in time, but in a good way. Excellent service and food and a very good wine list.

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Monkey Island
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We spotted this restaurant whilst strolling around and thought it looked worth a visit. Every table was full early evening and the food being served looked and smelt fantastic. We booked a table in advance and so were disappointed to find on arrival that it was inside, not outside as we had requested. However, the staff responded well to this... More

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