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“Not exceptional” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Bussola

La Bussola
Lungomare A. Vespucci 72, Lido di Ostia, Italy
0039 06 56470867
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Ranked #24 of 250 Restaurants in Lido di Ostia
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Not exceptional”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is the third time I have eaten at this restaurant. It is recommended that you reserve if you want a table facing the (distant unseen) sea for a cool breeze. Pasta course was not particularly good and rather bland. Fish course was a very large wild sea bass and exceptionally good. Deserts are nothing exciting. Price was reasonable but due to a "misunderstanding" the waiter did not return with our fiscal receipt or the change, we had to go and ask after a 15 min wait. Customers should be aware it's illegal to leave a restaurant without your receipt because of tax issues

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food but people smoke inside”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My review is to warn those of you willing to go out for a dinner with friends. If you are looking just for good food and tolerable prices, well this is the place for you. But if you are looking for something more, such as good service, respect for customers and value for money, you must avoid this restaurant! I was there with a group of friends on a Friday evening, after a pleasant dinner (with an irritating slow service by the way) while we were chatting and having dessert, we found out that people in the table next to us had started smoking!!! You have read it right, SMOKING! Waiters had even provided them with ashtrays! We were so pissed off that we paid the bill and left immediately. Upon asking why they were smoking, the answer was: we had not realised they had lit up cigarettes. Kind of difficult since the table was right in the middle of the restaurant... I will never ever step into that restaurant again in my life!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kremlin Bicetre, France
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“Simple but Excellent Fish/Sea food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

If you like fish and sea food, friendly staff, and a place where also kids can have good time, go to La Bussola. Wide enough selection of wine by glass, very fresh fish, simply but precisely cooked.
This is not high gastronomy but one does not always need this, true?
A bit far from the city center but worth going there, also thanks to reasonable prices.

  • Visited May 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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“海鲜值得推荐 Very fresh seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

生虾拼盘最值得推荐,非常新鲜,重要是吃得放心。龙虾面,我老婆很喜欢。就是一道菜不值:现场挑选冰鲜鱼,按重付钱;性价比不高。
I like the raw shrimp most.
sina weibo:gene_ou

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A must for anyone visiting the Ostia area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We arrived in Ostia di Lido jet lagged and looking for a place to enjoy an early dinner. The minute we arrived at La Bussola we were treated incredibly, even though we were the only table in the restaurant. After they shared their specials for the evening we said, "just feed us". Our server was amazing and knew just what to do. We just sat back, relaxed and were brought so many delicious antipasti seafood dishes and also pasta and dessert. It was one of the most pleasant and delicious meals we have ever had. By the end of our meal, the restaurant was packed with local families and couples. The next time we are in the Rome area, we will make it a point to return to this gem.

  • Visited August 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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