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Osteria il Carugio

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Via Giovanni Capellini 66, 19025, Porto Venere, Italy
0187 790617
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Martinborough, New Zealand
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank JohnandNess
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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.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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 

Thank Hairyclairey
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank Steen N
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91 restaurant reviews
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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

Thank 4is
Greenville, South Carolina
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536 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 407 helpful votes
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 

Thank DottoreGianni
Newcastle upon Tyne
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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171 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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 

Thank gtrot
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226 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2015

Il Carugio was very small and very local. We managed to get a lunch table, and order from the very short menu. The stuffed mussels were delicious, the local pasta with pesto sooo local, and the anchovies pleasing. Service was attentive.

Thank rokkap

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Restaurant Details

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