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Via Giovanni Capellini 66, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
+39 0187 790617
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Italian atmosphere. The restaurant is ran by a family. Inside looks a bit cheesy, but has it's character and one can feel comfortable. But the most important, thrfood, in particular pesto is perfect. Simple and natural just has it all. Accompanied by a great wine tastes just perfect. The place itself is very different from so called "tourist spots"... More 

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Martinborough, New Zealand
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Rustic, quirky, and fun. The 2 guys running the place had a feeling of faulty Towers but the meals came quick and simple. After 5 days of great food in Piedmont this was seashore basic with a rustic twist. The red house wine is not good. And cheap.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This was a wonderful local restaurant. The food portion was large, prices were good, and the food was fantastic. If you like local feel and experience, you'll be missing out if you don't go here. Try to reserve on a weekend.

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Very local, very busy! And people seem to love it! But not for me! The choice of mains is limited to circa 6 dishes , its basic as food could come! Fairly good! Fair prices but just chaotic ! If your english or a fussy eater then maybe try lunch first rather then waste an evening dining experience. I felt... More 

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Brussels
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

So... After getting the address the Guide Routard we decided to go... More of an experience than anything else. We had a great evening but more from the way the place was run than anything else. Don't come here expecting four star service or anything close. But for friendly convieality and a service that is truely winging it then it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Charming Local environment, and honest Local traditional Food. Best Buck for Your money around :-) Octopus salad is highly recommended.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016

Looks like a typical trattoria and also dishes are from tradition (originally dishes of simple and inexpensive ingredients, now some of them have become gourmet food). Ask for the vegetable soup (Mesciuà or something similar) which is a lentil and beans soup. House wine is acceptable and cheap. Service is friendly

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015

I slipped in to the Osteria on my first evening in Portovenere. I'd not had a proper lunch and it was really too early for dinner, but the sign outside states that they open around 5 pm, so I decided to try it. The waiter, after being a bit surprised by my early request for food, seemed happy to serve... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a funny little place, where the menu is more similar to a Spanish tapas menu than a typical Italian restaurant (with primo, secondi etc) in that the menu is somewhat restricted and there is no indication of portion size. But it's such a friendly place, you just keep ordering 'til you're full. We had stuffed mussels, the testaroli,... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2015

Menu caught us out a bit because it wasn't divided into the usual sections. Stuffed mussels were excellent and had a huge plate of octopus salad (bit light on the salad but that's Italy and have you seen the price of the vegetables in their local shops). Pasta as usual excellent. Lots of locals in there and expect to share... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Giovanni Capellini 66, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Porto Venere
  • Phone Number: +39 0187 790617

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