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“All smoke and no fire...” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Il Clandestino Susci Bar

Il Clandestino Susci Bar
Via Portonovo, 60020 Portonovo, Ancona, Italy
+39 071 801 422
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Ranked #1 of 9 restaurants in Portonovo
Price range: $49 - $104
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“All smoke and no fire...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

At night the place is simply enchanting, but this is the only thing you’ll get at Clandestino..

We asked for two glasses of wine. Mine was clearly passed, while my partner’s one was ridiculously ultra-aromatic.
Both wines were served in two glasses you could have in your kitchen at home, and completely ‘naked’, i.e. with nothing else to eat on the side and no towel on the table or even a couple of napkins…
Service was awful (the waiter was extremely rude), as it was the overall atmosphere, with people in the tables around us talking very loud all the time (something you really don’t expect from this kind of bars).
After a while we decided to leave and when I paid (€ 13) I even had to ask for the receipt! Unbelievable…

We expected much more courtesy and professionalism, since the place belongs to a famous chef (Moreno Cedroni).

In conclusion, it seemed to me a fake posh bar on the beach where they serve canned sushi prepared elsewhere pretending to be ‘cool’…
My advice: avoid wasting time and money. Have you dinner somewhere in the countryside and then take your lady down to Portonovo for a walk. But please bring yourself a bottle and drink it on the rocks with your partner, possibly far from Clandestino…

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

For hardcore food and wine enthusiasts, Clandestino's creative take on sushi must be experienced, and its beach setting is beyond chic. Loved it here! About 350 euros for a multi-course dinner for 3 ladies with wine, but worth every cent. One of top 3 restaurants in the Marche region, part of Michelin 2-star Chef Moreno Cedroni's empire.

  • 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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Kirkland, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Dinner was amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Had a great time for dinner. Totally different that during the day. Don't just eat at the beach eat on the beach. Is a bit spendy.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Camerano, Italy
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Impressive location, but you'll pay for it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

This restaurant/bar is located just on the beach near the ancient Napoleonic tower. The atmosphere is magic especially in the evenings. But it is a little bit expensive!

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Minneapolis
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A real "find"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

First, a disclaimer...we ate at Il Clandestino during the summer of 2006 so this info is a little out of date; but at the same time it was such a unique experience that it is still worth writing about more than four years later. During 2005-2007 I was on foreign assignment in Ancona and during this time we ate at all three of Maurizio's restaurants in the area. We also ate at dozens of restaurants in the region and Il Clandestino certainly jumps to mind after the passage of time.

First, the location is amazing. My wife and I work in high end hospitality specializing in exotic locations. While the Adriatic coast of Italy is not exotic in anyone's measure, Il Clandestino is simply great. Our table actually jutted out over over breaking surf and is the closest most people will ever come to being severed a fine meal on a yacht underway.

Second, the food. Think local seafood done in sushi style. Seafood is a staple of this region of Italy, but anyone who has to spend any time at all here will be bored after a month because there is absolutely no deviating from the playbook as far as il marchegiane are concerned. In short, pretty much every restaurant serves the same food cooked the same way; except Maurizio's restaurants.

Unfortunately I can't remember any specifics of the meal and at four years removed we might be confusing memories from Il Clandestino with those of La Madonnina del Pescatore or the salumerie in Senegallia. Suffice it to say the food will be unique, small portions and expensive. If you want grilled catch of the day and roast veg don't go to Il Clandestino because you will be disappointed. If you want something you won't find on the entire Adriatic coast and are willing to experiment, then Il Clandestino is a treasure.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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