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“A ruined evening that might have been redeemed with an apology” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Don Camillo

Don Camillo
Schlossstrasse 7/8 (Charlottenburg), 14059 Berlin, Germany (Charlottenburg)
0049303223572
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Ranked #95 of 6,236 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Charlottenburg
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A ruined evening that might have been redeemed with an apology”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

If you are not hungry, at all, go to this restaurant.

Ways to judge a restaurant: food, atmosphere, service, price, appearance of the place. This one does ok on one single one of those criteria, so ultimately, it’s not worth it.
We arrived at just after 7.30pm, having booked earlier in the day. First impressions were good, very comfortable armchair-type seats, nice soft lighting. Then you look a bit more carefully at the paintings on the wall, and some of them are just terrible – that doesn’t really matter normally, but in two and a half hours of waiting to order, waiting to eat, then waiting to order, waiting to eat, waiting for the bill, waiting for coats, the very bad painting of a photo of Sophia Loren takes on a nightmare quality, and you wonder whether the waiters, bustling around with their trolleys with whole fish and raw steak and their sample starters to present in lieu of menus, beating eggs over a flame to make Zabaione at another table… are not waiters, they’re the wardens of Tantalus.
So, we sat down, were asked if we wanted a drink, without seeing any kind of drinks menu, so we ordered water. After around 20 minutes, the Italian owner/waiter came to show us what all of the starters looked like, sample plates of food with clingfilm over them, and then got his pad out for us to choose. Nowhere did he mention how much any of these cost, so although we had glanced at the menu on the street outside, to be on the safe side we ordered two for the four of us to share. Not such a long wait for them to arrive, maybe 10-15 minutes. Irritation with the lack of drinks list, but we ordered some house wine, having managed to force an admission of the price. The starters were very good, shiitake mushrooms with seaweed, radicchio with shaved truffle. So far, ok. Then we waited, and watched, and waited, and after 20 minutes the waiter came back with the samples of pasta, we already knew what we wanted anyway. Then we waited another 30 minutes for it to arrive; that was what pretty much ruined the outing, it’s impossible not to get irritated even if it just a family dinner on a Thursday night. My carbonara was the saltiest thing I have eaten for years, although the sauce was made correctly (no cream!), and a very large portion. Dad’s and sister’s strozzapreti with sausage and cream were actually amazing, delicately flavoured, perfectly cooked. If that had arrived about 30 minutes earlier, minus the wait, and minus the slight worry about what the real cost of anything was, then maybe I would even have been persuaded to have some meat/fish, or even just a dessert and coffee. But by the time we had eaten our food, rather fast because it was 9.20 by this time, no one could face the idea of getting his attention, having the demonstration of every dessert, ordering, waiting, looking at the twisted face of Sophia Loren while she holds her breasts, because she’s so hungry, of course…
… So we asked for the bill, which at least came within a normal time, and was perfectly correct and not exorbitant. It seemed such a shame, we would have ordered more, it would have been nice to relax in the knowledge that we were going to get some food. I would have liked a little salad, I would have liked a dessert, a coffee, and above all I would have liked a single word of an apology for leaving a restaurant having eaten two courses in two and a half hours. My father lives very near this restaurant, and I have wanted to try it for years. Well, now I know.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“What a surprise, simply amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Amazing hospitality, cosy interior, but most importantly increadibly tasty food! All the dishes we ordered were to perfection. To date this is the best pasta I had in my life and I have eaten pasta A LOT all over the world! The presentation of the food on carts might be a bit odd, but the waiters are very friendly, helpful and seemed to have a real passion for what they were doing. This restaurant will be my first visit next time I go to Berlin!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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haifa
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“the best italian restaurant in berlin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

what a great hospitality in this restaurant, we really enjoyed it, and the food was so great. all the dishes we ordered were great, from the starters, mains and deserts.
we really love Italian food, and this restaurant was the best Italian food experience in berlin.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Don Camillo. The service was excellent; the food devine. Our waiters were extremely knowledgable taking us through the menu displayed on the trolley before returning to place the finishing touches on our meals in front of us with a wonderful mix of theatre. We thoroughly enjoyed each course. Our meat melted in our mouths, the vegetables were cooked to perfection, and our desserts were lovely too. We didn't want our meal to end! I had mentioned in passing we were celebrating my husband's birthday and they graciously sang happy birthday as they brought out a slice of dessert lit with a candle. We will be highly recommending Don Camillo to our friends, family, and colleagues who are travelling to Berlin in the future.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Athens, Greece
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“Italian Parking lot”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It is a mystery to me how this Italian restaurant is ranked so high. In this place they use serving carts with wheels to present the food. These carts are driven in narrow paths between the tables and they park them for a long time beside the tables. The waiters have difficult time to serve the tables and they constantly move, which after some time becomes annoying. They do not give you a menu list but they present the starters and they tell you the different pasta they can make. This is an old house, the atmosphere is not good and the food remains on the serving carts for long time (even the fish) which is not good hygiene at all.
Now about the food. The antipasti where good but because they give you a suggestion for the combination you can make, the actual starter is not included in the menu and this is a good chance for them to overcharge. We had pasta as main course which was disappointing. Not authentic Italian and neither well prepared. Even at home we can do a lot better.
Finally the price is very high for what they offer.
Conclusion: this is a kind of tourist place where they do not care about good food or customer satisfaction, instead they aim at your wallet. Must be avoided and I wish more people can give more accurate feedback because this high ranking is an insult to good restaurants which try for the best.

  • Visited September 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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