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“Perfect venue for a superb fish dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lanterna Blu

Lanterna Blu
Via Scarincio 32 | Alla Marina di Porto Maurizio, Imperia, Italy
+39018363859
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Ranked #1 of 177 Restaurants in Imperia
Price range: $61 - $86
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Antibes, France
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Perfect venue for a superb fish dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

It was a special Birthday dinner and we spent a wonderful evening. The fish was so fresh - we even met a fisherman delivering his catch, the service was good and interesting conversations with the host and his partner. We'll be back

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Beaulieu-sur-Mer
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23 restaurant reviews
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“A bit disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We sought out this restaurant on a recent trip along the Italian coast with our son and his grandparents. We selected it based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. Indeed as the other reviewers mentioned the seafood was very fresh, the service was cordial and the atmosphere pleasant. We were pleased when they assured us that we could order off the menu for a steak and spaghetti for our 10 year old son who does not eat seafood however we were shocked when the bill arrived and they charged us 60 euros for his meal. I don't think that is reasonable even at a top restaurant much less in this setting.

Visited May 2013
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lanternablu, Proprietario at Lanterna Blu, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Sir,

I can certainly understand you disappointment infront of such situation...
But what you describe in this review is NOT corresponding AT ALL to what happened in my Restaurant, believe me....If someone should be disappointed here at this point that's me!
Our policy has always been NEVER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CHILDRENS, till the point of not charging them, and THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED in my Restaurant last May 9th at Lunch.
You booked a table for 5 People - You and your Wife, 2 Grandparents and a Child - and I set you at table #4.
If you read BETTER the invoice you will read as follow:
4 Antipasti = 80 EU
2 Spaghetti Vongole - 32 EU - and 2 Spaghettti Lobster - 68 EU - = 100 EU
1 Steak + 1 Fritto = 60 EU
4 Caffe = 8 EU
2 bottls of wine = 50 EU
1 Liqueur = 3 EU
Total = 300 EU
Your Son received one steak and a spaghetti with butter, no parmesan NOT MENTIONED AT ALL ON THE INVOICE.
You received the Fritto Misto - 24 EU - and your Wife received and Angus steak of 600gr - 36 EU - which you helped to finish after I re-seared the middle part because a little underdone.
This and only this is what happened in my Restaurant.
I am NOT especting any apologize for the unfair and untrue review you just wrote but, as the filosofy of this portal is to give free, AUTHENTIC AND REAL witness esperience, your silence after this my repsonse or the absence of any prompt written rettifying, I am sure it will be properly interpretated by future readers.

All my bets regards,

Massimo Fiorillo.

The person who opened the door, set you at table, cooked for you and wrote the invoice.
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Go to Lanterna Blu - Now!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Fresh fish, exceptionally prepared, shrimp so sweet and fresh that they are life-changing. One of the very best restaurant experiences we've ever had. Value for food and wine was exceptional, the atmosphere warm, welcoming and service perfect. So great, we went back again sans enfants, and it was even better. The quality and freshness of the seafood prepared by the extremely talented Chef Massimo makes Lanterna Blu well worthy of its trip advisor rating. In Liguria but prefer meat? Not a problem. Massimo is one of the few excellent chefs equally adroit at working the front of the house as ensuring a well-run kitchen that puts out consistently delicious food. His experience and comfort with the products of Liguria ensures that you will have a fantastic dining experience. But the ambience, music, and general overall vibe of Lanterna Blu makes you want to stay much longer. The restaurant is decorated beautifully, and the staff amazing. Look, I always have eyed reviews with a giant grain of salt, but if you're reading this, book a table and go. Summer is coming, and I cannot imagine an empty seat. Finish reading this and book a table - with family or without as it is totally suited and appropriate for either. You will be richly rewarded.

Visited April 2013
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Valbonne, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A very cosy and warm atmosphere with excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were having a little family reunion and thought of going for a weekend to Imperia and San Remo.
Just over 1 hour from Nice and you are in a totally different world. Especially dining in Lanterna Blu made the weekend a very special one.We had been before but without our children, and that was for lunch.At night the atmosphere is even more feeric. We were welcomed and seated in front of the fireplace.
Had a delicious Ligurian course meal and finished with a homemade Tiramisu.
Just what we wanted...

Visited March 2013
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Imperia, Italy
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A memorable night at the lanterna blue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

As soon as you walk into this restaurant the atmosphere just takes hold of you and you just know that you're going to spend a wonderful relaxing evening. The decor, lighting and soft music as well as the welcoming smile of Massimo and his staff is enough to put you totally at ease. The menu is always varied including international dishes, fresh seafood and home made pasta and if you're lucky you will be treated to live piano music played by Massimo himself or local talented musicians.
Well done Massimo keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to many wonderful nights in the company of good friends and excellent wine!

  • 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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