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Cafe Fanconi

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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$1 - $90
Sushi, European, Central European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed August 25, 2020 via mobile

Cafe Fanconi is a 100+ year old cafe that has been passed down from generation to generation. You can tell the owners have put a lot of money into remodeling the cafe and making it look like top-class. The menu offers a lot of variety...and everything we had was good. My husband and I were greeted by the manager, Tony, who had excellent English and subsequently chatted with us and made us feel very welcome.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 9, 2020 via mobile

I like this place. it is a perfect place for a summer vacation. You can drink good cocktails and smoke nice hookah on the summer terrace. this place has very nice and clean bathrooms :)

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020

We visited the cafe and placed our order. The first course was ok. Then they bought us a salad we ordered which was awful, and contained black, hard avocados. When the waiter came to collect the plates. we complained about the salad however he clearly...did not understand what we were saying. We waited almost an hour for our main course. My wife ordered a flounder dish which is priced at 100 gr. However when the bill came it was only then that the weight of the piece was revealed, and it was more than double what we had expected. At that time we told the waiter that we believed that we should not have to pay for the salad as we were unhappy with it and didn’t eat it. He called over the supervisor, and she flatly refused to take it off the bill. Lengthy delays, and extremely poor customer service make this a place to avoidMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Hi , my name is yacine AD I just get inside your beautiful restaurant cafe, The cafe looks beautiful from outside not inside The service is not so good The waiters doesn’t smile and always looks mad , she was with red hair , she...gives as a bad vibe ,we didn’t enjoy the evening and we didn’t get a good vibe in your restaurant service, The right thing and the good thing is that the restaurant is very beautiful, and we didn’t expect the worst service i ever had , as a professional footballer I invite her my friends all of them a footballers , and we had a bad bad service as well Thanks you a lot for nothing Yaseen.ad96@yahoo.comMore

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed August 3, 2019

Many famous writers and poets of Odessa and elsewhere ( including Chekov and Isaac Babel ) often visited this restaurant . As did figures of the bandit and criminal underworld of Odessa . Today it is a chic coffee house but it's not lost its...romantic and elegant air of old . A must to visit for all thoughtful travellers .More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

This place is incredible! Such a cool and modern environment, super relaxed but still classy. Perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic set. We were very happy to come here! The sushi is delicious and they can make vegetarian options too so...it is great for anyone. We had the most amazing miso soup ever. I’ve been to Japan, and I never had such a great miso soup. Super tasty, a bit different from the usual one - a lot better. Yummy drinks and yummy desserts, plus quite a big menu to chose from, which is awesome. I definitely recommend and will be coming back when in Odessa!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed February 23, 2019

When they lure you in their ''fancy'' restaurant they charge you 500 UAH just to sit down . they can even bribe or extort if you don't pay ......I talked with the server and said this is not possible no restaurant does this and then...he claimed you can sit in the back for free ??? SCAM AND EXTORSION be careful not to go there !More

Date of visit: February 2019
iosifs781, Управляющий at Cafe Fanconi, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2019

you not correctly understood. In the weekend Friday and Saturday when we have speeches of actors or concerts, we take a deposit of 500 UAH For these 500 UAH you can spend for food and drinks. It is the so-called minimum check

Reviewed November 9, 2018

Well, as an Isaac Babel's (writer) fan, I always had a dream to visit Fanconi - it is not the historic restaurant, but the place, the atmosphere and mostly the cuisine is the same. Despite the modern design, you still can feel as one of...Babel's characters :) The place is clean, well-designed, fantastic location. They have take-away (I tried), and one of the largest and richest menus I ever got. European, Russian, East-European, Jewish, Asian and even Mediterranean cuisines - everything is included.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed October 19, 2018

I went three times and eat well. The waiters attend very well. The service is good and they also speak English. I did not try so many dishes, but the food was good.

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed October 6, 2018

We really enjoyed Fanconi. Salads were excellent. So was the coffee. They do not take advantage for tourists which is a huge plus in this area of Odessa. You can sit outside or in. Cool venue.

Date of visit: October 2018
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