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“best meal i had this year” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Giardino del Gusto

Il Giardino del Gusto
Piazza XX Settembre 6C, Ventimiglia, Italy
+39 0184 189 2988
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Ranked #5 of 100 restaurants in Ventimiglia
Price range: $41 - $95
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Chamonix, France
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“best meal i had this year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Not knowing this restaurant, I arrived with high hopes because of the TA reviews. But if I hadn't had the inside knowledge, I wouldn't have bothered. It's in a small square, surrounded by ambulances from the medical centre and opposite the courthouse.

There was no external menu and only one other group in the restaurant when we arrived. But the front of house guy quickly explained that tonight there wasn't a menu, just what they brought us. Slightly sceptical, and expecting to be fleeced, we went for it.

What followed was an outrageous display of culinary professionalism which deserves a Michelin accolade.

Tuna carpaccio with thinly sliced, chili'd scallop was followed by a sensational pasta display - mine had two langoustine sentries guarding it. This quickly led into the piece de resistance; three big cod cooked in the oven with sensational tasting courgettes, peppers and tomatoes.

The tiramisu dessert was the best 4€ I've ever spent.

In short, go. Trust their recommendations, be open minded and enjoy yourself. Bill was 70€ pp including lots of water, wine, coffee and four courses. And yes, they left the limoncello and grappa bottles on the table for us to polish off afterwards.

Hope this review has helped you make your choice for a Ventimiglia restaurant...if so, give me a helpful vote please :)

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Albany, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

I chose this restaurant because of its Trip Advisor's reviews and was not disappointed. It is charmingly decorated, and the food was excellent. The server spoke excellent English.

Since it was a warm day, we thought it would be better to sit outside, but the inside of the restaurant was cool and comfortable, with eye-catching displays on the walls.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Absolutely the best food and atmosphere in ventimiglia!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Monte Carlo
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Grazie Maria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

I live in Monaco, so I am accustomed to good food and good presentation. Maria and her staff add a warm, friendly and helpful environment. What I call a feel good place. The course choices will be clearly described to you and any questions you have happily answered. What follows is a beautifully paced meal service with just the right amount of attention. The mussel and clam dish I started with was as fine as i have had anywhere on the Cote d Azure. The Tuna, crusted three ways was fresh, flavorful and cooked just to done. The deserts were heavenly. I will certainly place Il Giardino del Gusto on my "frequent" list. It is quite simply, a nice experience in every way.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A must to for dinner while you are in Ventigmilia area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

You can for dinner in two, with family or friends. Have there been several times and always excellent service, delicious food and tasty wine. In summer month it is worth having reservation. Took there already various friends and family and everyobe enjoyed the atmosphere and food. It is maybe mor difficilut to find and not the best when sitting outside, but everything else is just great.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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