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“Fantastic celebration meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fantino

Fantino
Retorno del Rey #36, Zona Hotelera | The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun 77500, Mexico
+52 998 881 0808 x5803
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Ranked #6 of 564 Restaurants in Cancun
Price range: $500 - $500
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Retorno del Rey
Transit: 5 minutes away
Description: Frantino offers Mediterianean fine dining cuisine in a classical European ambiance with live piano music.
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Fantastic celebration meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

My girlfriend and I decided to book a table here for her birthday, we booked whilst still at home in the UK before we arrived in cancun for a 2 week holiday. Upon arrival at the Ritz Carlton Hotel we were seated in the main bar area for a pre drink. When our table was ready we were escorted to the resturant, we were simply blown away by the sheer elegance of the room with chandlers, pianist who played threw out the evening and not forgetting our table that was decorated with rose petals as a nice gesture to my girlfriends birthday. The service was second to none in every way. Now to the food! From start to finish the level of cooking was to the highest order, wonderful home backed breads, pan fried veal foie gras, delicious Parmesan soup with ravioli, two wonderful Amuse- bouche,filet mignon cooked to perfection, all washed down with wonderful wine. Anyone who says that food like this is just a picture on a plate and is not filling must dine at resturants that just cook usual food and serve small portions because even though the food served here is slight it is so so rich that when eaten properly and taken time to enjoy every mouthful you will certainly feel full as we were as we could not manage a desert! Saying that the pianist who I mentioned at the beginning suddenly played Happy Birthday and with that the waiter brought out a special desert for my girlfriends birthday on a plate with a lovely greeting and a single candle and everyone including the other diners clapped, a very nice little touch and end to the evening which was a lovely 3 hours of pure elegance and sheer indulgents. Very Very memorable.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Great celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Amazing service, great food, very nice life music, expensive but it is a restaurant you have to try at Cancun

Visited May 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Another great meal and evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Fantino is 5 star rated and I do not disagree! It was a lovely evening. And it is an evening - we don't drink so time over cocktails was not included in our experience, but dinner took 2 1/2 hours. This is not a negative for us. The food was excellent; they happily split an entree for my wife and I - that left room for dessert! The dessert was very good, but did not match the souffle that we had a couple of nights earlier at the other 5 star restaurant (the grill). Service is extraordinary! Expensive. If you like great service, fine food, and are willing to spend the time and money, Fantino is highly recommended. Our adult children (2) were with us.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Don't forget the private dining room...amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Had dinner for 17 in the private dining room for my wife's birthday. Samantha, who is amazing, pulled off a five course tasting menu with wine on a Saturday night during Spring break week without a hitch. Even found 17 staff and domes to do a simultaneous main course reveal. I don't put much stake in such things, but when pulled off for 17, it was kind of impressive. The room was beautifully decorated for her birthday (nice touch), the food and wine were fantastic, a forgotten cheese allergy was instantly handled, as we're replacements for a couple of fish courses, and the special request birthday cake was exactly as requested, with plates with nice chocolate designs for everyone. Every detail was handled perfectly, and there were a lot of details. Thank you Samantha and all your staff.

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louisville kentucky
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Like dinner at Downton Abbey in Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I can't say enough about this restaurant, food and service. Expensive but not pricey. The food was superb and the service extraordinary.
If you are in Cancun and celebrating a special occasion this is the place!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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