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“Like at home” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Giardino delle Esperidi

Il Giardino delle Esperidi
Via G.Mameli, 1, Bardolino, Italy
045/6210477
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Ranked #12 of 113 restaurants in Bardolino
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Moscow, Russia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Like at home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This restaurant is worth to visit if you are real foodie. Very taste and delicios food with exellent choice of wine. Cosy atmosphere and good service. Need to ne booked in advance as it's small.

  • Visited January 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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

A little more personal than anywhere else - food delicious and a little different, - more character, not cheapest but excellent value

Visited September 2012
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north west england
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80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
“Excellent - deserves its Michelin Guide inclusion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The only restaurant in Bardolino listed by the Michelin Guide. And, to my mind, rightly included. The cooking here is just a cut above everywhere else where we ate. There are few concessions to the many tourists from northern Europe, beyond translating the short menu into German and English. And, in that short menu, you’ll see nothing of the bog standard tourist dishes that you can find, repetitively, in almost every other restaurant in town. There are several options for an antipasti of cheese, ham or salami, but we passed on these, going straight for the primi piatti. Perhaps just as well, as there was a freebie of salami and a slice of fig. A lovely little introduction to what was going to be a lovely meal. The bread basket on the table was also particularly good – normal grissini, a black version and a couple of breads.

Small gnocchi came with vegetables – chard and courgette – and were dressed with a butter and sage sauce. A real homey sort of dish that I might have a try at cooking. The other starter was a bit more cheffy. Four large ravioli stuffed with ricotta and herbs and dressed simply with a splash of olive oil, a scattering of pine nuts and a little salad. Both of these were generous portions.

For mains, I had fish from the lake. An unknown white-ish fish, delicately flavoured. It came on skewers, lightly breaded and perfectly grilled. A small salad garnish was all that was needed to accompany it. The other dish – cubes of grilled pork, perhaps a little pink for some people’s tastes but absolutely fine to eat. They sat on a potato cake, which was surrounded by a light jus, enhanced with capers.

Desserts were absolutely bang-on. A crisp pastry case, enclosing cooked rice and topped with peaches. Interesting textures and really tasty. A small ball of ice cream was a good flavour contrast. On the other plate, a light sponge topped with soft pears. Here, ice cream was flavoured with Gorgonzola. This was a superb dessert and a perfect take on the Gorgonzola/pear combo which pretty much always works.

And, with that, we left to brave the torrential rain which we thought we’d left behind in the UK.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Deinze, East-Flanders, Belgium
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Our favourite in Bardolino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This restaurant is very different than most in Bardolino. Do not expect a vast pizza and pasta list. This is for food lovers.

Visited August 2012
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Dublin
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Risk of Hit and Miss but worth a gamble. Its different.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

They try to be different. Strange dishes. Aiming for an Italian Haute Cuisine of sorts. But that's where it ends. We didn't get great dishes to our liking but could see where they are trying to go. Nice atmosphere admittedly. Take a chance. You might like it and not too expensive for what they are offering.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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