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“Superlative meal!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante La Brace

Ristorante La Brace
Via 25 Novembre, 10, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
+39.0921.423570
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Ranked #1 of 95 Restaurants in Cefalu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Superlative meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Truly enjoyed both the food and service at this restaurant. Not quite sure how the mother and son manage to do it all, but they do, and they do it well. The food was superb and the son who was waiting the tables was a joy - suggested that we taste the house wine before ordering. House white was fine; the red not so much. He recommended a bottle of Nero D' Avola and allowed us to taste and decide - he made an excellent suggestion and the cost was so reasonable. Mama's meatballs were one of the specialties that evening and they were the best - how could something so simple be so sublime? The artichoke salad was unlike anything I have ever tasted and I still dream of this dish. He explained how this dish was executed - now if I can just find some fresh artichokes worthy of recreating this dish in the U.S. Reservations one day in advance are a must.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely gorgeous food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Went to La Brace twice during October for dinner and the food is exquisite. It's run by just a mother and son and she does all the cooking and he's front of house! She's an excellent cook and after our first visit booked to go straight back the following evening. It's extremely good value for money and couldn't recommend it highly enough. We'll be back next year for sure for the meatballs and fillet steak! To die for!

  • Visited October 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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London
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Quaint, friendly and delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We went to this lovely mother and son run restaurant in the old part of Cefalu' thanks to a recommendation: although it was very busy and we had to wait ages for a table, it was worth the wait and we were grateful they accommodated us so late in the evening (we were the last people there). The food was delicious, with just a touch of Asia due to the owners' Dutch/Indonesian origins. The wonderful, charming, multilingual young man runs the restaurant, bar, till and does all the orders and table service, whilst his talented and very interesting mother does all the cooking single-handed! Outstanding.
We ate ourselves to a stupor and then spent an hour outside chatting to them with a drink and a cigarette. An evening to remember. Well done!

  • Visited October 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“What a hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We found La Brace by chance and so glad we did, the food was amazing no matter what we ordered. It's run by a Mother and Son, the Mother is the Chef and believe me she could teach these so called TV chefs a thing or two. Try the Fillet steak it melts in your mouth, best I've ever had or the chefs spaghetti special wonderful. Book in advance to avoid disappointment as it's very popular.
Plan to visit this little gem again soon.

  • Visited October 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Amazing meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A nice restaurant, central location and very polite staff. Ate here with my brother while on a vacation in Sicily, matched our expectations be it taste or price. Had a nice plate of tournedos with vegetables and mashed potatoes which was fresh and hot, my brother tasted the salmon fillet which was cooked properly and delicious as well. The bill- it was not like we expected, in fact very budget friendly. Enjoy a nice meal here.

Visited September 2013
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