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Acqua Pazza

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Via Maragliano, 17, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
0185 1771376
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NZ and London
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We visited this restaurant after reading about it on TripAdvisor and while we did enjoy our visit, we thought the prices were expensive compared with other places. The owner was very hospitable and the food was good, but portions were small. This was the highest-priced meal of our holiday and we thought other places - notably Angolo 48 - gave... More 

Thank PetenCarole
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

I am coeliac my husband is not. Mine was dreadful but that is to be expected I suppose. For my husband; 3 scallops uncleaned, corals still attached and a main course of squid ink bread coated sea bass (the only acceptable dish served). My starter was I a courgette frittata, so over-cooked it was inedible. As I left it (as... More 

Thank CeeJay86
Memphis, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Traveled in Rome, Tuscan countryside, Florence and Santa Margherita. Dined at casual trattoria's and at more expensive ristorante's. Ordered the tasting menu at Acqua Pazza and had the best meal of the trip. Food was outstanding, service was wonderful. Interior is clean, contemporary, intimate and quiet. Would pay 3x the price to achieve an equivalent culinary experience in LA or... More 

1 Thank David L
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal was unique and delicious. The only problem was that the English on the menu was incorrect for one of the dishes or the waiter attempted to give us a dish that wasn't what we ordered. It was finally straightened out and a replacement dishes provided. It was outstanding. We ordered a bottle of Chianti which... More 

1 Thank David S
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113 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had only three hundred and 70 calories to play with so finding food we could really savour amongst a sea of pasta and olive oil was always going to be tricky. We avoided the front....rarely do you get truly delicious food next to a major church or facing the sea on the Med. Up a side street we found... More 

1 Thank OxfordWaxlyrical
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

A great restaurant with exceptionally good food. Food is traditional but prepared with a "twist". The quality is excellent and the desserts were just amazing. It was quiet and relaxing and so much better than other retaurants we tried during our stay in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Thank Batmarcus
Santa Barbara, CA
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Taking a peek into this restaurant one has the idea it will be very, very good. It, unfortunately, was not. The restaurant was recently completely updated with clean contemporary furniture and art. Looks very new and chic. Our problem was with the service which was exceedingly slow and food preparation for a fish and one pasta was too complicated with... More 

1 Thank alexofsb
Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The food is very good here at this tiny little place on a small side street. We arrived early and were the first patrons but were soon joined by two other couples. Nice personal service. Our hotel concierge recommended this place and we were not disappointed.,

1 Thank 429neals
Hove Sussex
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a tiny indoor restaurant, just a few tables. We were the only people there for most of the time we were there, and there was no ambience at all. The owner walked up and down past us looking miserable all evening, very disconcerting. Food wise: lovely homemade breads, my husband 's courgette flower tart was lovely, quite different... More 

1 Thank musicmaam2000
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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343 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Looooooved the pasta. Delicious! Service was slow but that's Italy. Sit back and enjoy your wine while they make some of the best homemade pasta you'll ever eat. It's not cheap but it's worth it. I will definitely go back there.

Thank Dana S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$66 - $79
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Maragliano, 17, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Phone Number: 0185 1771376

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?