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“Romanian country feast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Bolta Rece

Casa Bolta Rece
Rece 10, Iasi, Romania
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Ranked #36 of 84 Restaurants in Iasi
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Storrs, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Romanian country feast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The restaurant offers a broad spectrum of authentic cuisine. There are two main dining areas: upstairs, a typical dining room, that often has available tables, and the downstairs dining room, located in a sizable cellar that is quite old. The downstairs dining room is often full in the evenings, the folklore ambiance there is great, and there is often live music. The catch is that the musicians will pester you until you offer a modest monetary reward, and that smoking is allowed. For those who do not mind smoke, the country culinary experience in an authentic setting is just great! Also try the local wine.

Visited July 2013
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Tashkent
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“What fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Great meal at this historic restaurant. Really good service, tasty traditional Moldovan food, we loved the Tochitura which was quite different than what we'd had in other parts of Romania. If you ask they will take you down and show you the tunnels underneath the restaurnat (which run all around the city). And they'll give you a tuica to drink down there! All the food looked good, service was very friendly, also spoke enough English, menu had translations. We sat under a roof on the patio, it was very nice even though it rained.

Visited June 2013
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Iasi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“To Visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

One of historical restaurants from Iasi.
It's located in a very nice area, near the center of the city.
You can have a coffee outside or have a lunch/dinner inside or in the basement(yeah, awesome in the hot days of summer)
Food is great and they have a very nice selection of traditional/home made wines.

Should be visited by anyone who comes in town.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Iasi, Romania
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“This is the place to come for sarmale.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Sarmale, stuffed vine leaves or stuffed cabbage, is the national dish of Romania. Of course, variations of the dish can be found all over the Balkans and in Mediterranean countries. Bolta Rece serves sarmale with the traditional mamaliga, boiled maize. Now I have to admit that I am not a great fan of mamaliga, or polenta, which is peasant food, designed to fill you up. But with sarmale it seems just the right combination. The prices are extremely reasonable. The waitresses, jolly and middle-aged, have even been known to smile. The wine list is adequate. In winter there is a cellar room. In summer you can sit outside on concrete.

Bolta Rece is in a street which runs parallel with Independentei, one of the main thoroughfares of Iasi. Nearly opposite is another restaurant which is rather more up-market and might even be described as slightly pretentious, a place for business discussions, perhaps. It also serves sarmale. Bolta Rece is more authentic.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Iasi, Romania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“It used to be great. I can't say the same thing today...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I recently visited Bolta Rece restaurant. The ambient is still very pleasant and the personal helpful and nice. The food is good, but not amazing. You could expect a little more from a place with tradition like Bolta Rece. The lack of investment is obvious in the ground floor of the restaurant which is definately not adapted to how a restaurant should look today. The basement level look wonderful though.

With a little bit of effort Bolta Rece could become what it used to be, but still, i recommend it if you travel to Iasi. It is a part of the culture of this town and shouldn't be missed.

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