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“Best lunch in Liguria” 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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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
New York City, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Best lunch in Liguria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

I had seen a review in a French food magazine and was surprised it was nearly empty on a Friday afternoon (Friday is market day in Ventimiglia and entirely skippable). The food was outstanding--tiny Venetian shrimp, fried and eaten whole as an amuse bouche, grilled prawns and a wonderful lobster main. We were too stuffed for dessert, but it looked good. Service was a bit standoffish at first, but once we showed we appreciated the food, it warmed up considerably. Probably the best meal I had in 3 months on the French and Italian Riviera, including a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Visited April 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Istanbul, Turkey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Delightful lunch and beautiful restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

7 of us had a lunch after the farmers market two streets away. The chef came out to explain the menu. Although the waiter got our order partially wrong, the food that arrived was incredible. The highlight was the pasta with monk fish and artichoke. But everything is great. The setting is nice and peaceful. I would definitely return.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Second time at Il Giardino.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We visited Il Giardino in when it first opened and visited again in July, 2012. Excellent Italian seafood menu. The owner runs the restaurant and her father is the chef. Don't let the location throw you; the food and service is superb. If you are staying in France or Monaco and want a taste of Italy go to Il Giardino for lunch, then hop over to Sanremo for late afternoon shopping and some gelato. Bon appetit.

  • Visited July 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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Chamonix, France
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
74 helpful votes 74 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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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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