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“A promise unredeemed” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria del Vicario

Osteria del Vicario
Via Rivellino 3, 50052 Certaldo, Italy
39 0571 667809
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Ranked #12 of 40 Restaurants in Certaldo
Price range: $33 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Krefeld
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A promise unredeemed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The owner of the restaurant can capitalize on the stunning panoramic view of the place, but the food is not worth the money. We met some friends for dinner in this recommended restaurant, but our expectations concerning a delicious meal were dashed. The assorted vegetable starter was tasteless and uninspired, so was the cook's surf and turf variation. Not only my selection was insipid, our friends agreed that their food was also inadequate. We omitted the dessert. But what disappointed me most was the reaction of the chef de cuisine to our criticism. Her offending behavior added to my decision never to visit this restaurant again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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München, Deutschland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

The decor and patio is very nice. The menu looks attractive. But the food is below average, in every simple Italian trattoria you can better eat. Our expectation wasn't fulfilled with the exception of the great location. The mixed vegetables at the beginning were missing any spices. The lamb was tough and the beef well done. When I addressed it to the boss she went extremely rude.

Conclusion: Not the money worth.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Austria
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice place but food is far below average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

A nice place to sit outside with great view and interesting dishes on the menu with antipasti for 25€ and secondi for 30€, led to high expectations. But me and my friends were all very disappointed by what we got served. All dishes (we had meat, lobster, noodles, octopus) tasted boring without any special touch. The lamb was even dry and hard-bitten.
This is definitely a place I will not come back and try again. We had much better food in other locations during our stay in Tuscany.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Munich
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“It's not worth the money at all!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

The view is great from some of the tables, but the food was more than disappointing and not worth the price. We were a group of 12 and ordered a la carte and therefore saw a number of different dishes and most of them were either very salty or had no taste at all. After we complained we were advised by the unfriendly owner of the restaurent that we should have better ordered the daily menue (70 Euro per person without wine) instead of the a la carte dishes..... we will for sure not give it another try.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great view but lamentable quality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

Warm prosecco, forced franco-italian fusion (Michelin pleaser?) food that does not merit the price (20€ primi, 30€ secundi). Quality not good and portions also very small (which may be an advantage if you find white chocolate with mortadella on your plate but "à chacun son goût"...). Eight years ago this was an excellent restaurant but now it is a shadow of itself. Maybe I will come back if they start serving exclusive Italian dishes (even avant-garde) made with local products.

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