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Il Clandestino

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Via Rossini 5, 28838, Stresa, Italy
032330399
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We haven't been to Stresa for 5 years, so a repeat visit to Il Clandestino was at the top of our list. I wandered in one day to make a reservation, to find chef/padrone Franco sitting in the restaurant, chatting with a friend. After indulging my elementary Italian to make the booking, he switched into English and said "you've been... More 

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Grantham
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Our host recommended this 1* restaurant to us. Never having been to a 1* before we were very dubious and slightly nervous to say the least. Marco our waiter could not have been more helpful or patient with us. He very professionally and friendly guided us through some suggestions of wine and food taking into account our likes and dislikes.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

On the recommendation of our hotel concierge we gave this a try as we were in the mood for fish. Very glad for the recommendation. From the moment we entered the service was attentive and friendly without being over the top. Franco's food was simple, elegant and delicious. Lovely pasta and a great fish dish. Food allergy was accommodated with... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

6 of us walked in late with no reservations, but they took great care of us. The chef came out to talk about what was available on his menu and we had a great meal!

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

You won't be disappointed with Il Clandestino...but don't go here if you're looking to save money. It is not crazy-expensive or anything, but if you go in expecting to have a meal on a budget you just won't feel comfortable letting the chef and host "drive" in that way that will give you the best experience here. The chef and... More 

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Paris, France
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

We just had dinner at Il Clandestino with my partner and we had a fantastic time : food is fresh, tasty and so amazingly cooked. The waiter was an angel, and very professional. The Chef is very often present in the dinner area which is very pleasant and convivial, he takes time to present his dishes and explain how they're... More 

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Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany
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136 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

It might be that I was on my own and didn't receive all the goodness the chef seems capable of. It was one of the worst dinners I ever had. Small point is that it is too expensive for what it offers. Small point that the water offered contains too much nitrate (well 13mg/l, there are waters on the market... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The strangest of dining experiences. The door was closed and the place looked shut on arrival however fortune favours the brave and we ventured in. Took a while to be acknowledged and shown to a table. On a hot muggy night when we requested to be nearer the aircon this was denied even though there were a few tables free.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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127 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This restaurant is just a little off the dead centre of town but not hard to find. The food is very good. The degustazione menu is a little pretentious but nevertheless the food quality is great.

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Nice, France
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588 reviews
467 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 509 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

What has happened with this restaurant? The Patissier has left the restaurant and because of this all of the few offers for a dessert are poor without any ideas and tasteless. To start with, we have ordered prawns (gambas) at a price of 30,00 € per person. For that price we have received 3 pieces of medium size deep frozen... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Rossini 5, 28838, Stresa, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Piedmont  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Stresa
  • Phone Number: 032330399

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