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C'era una Volta

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Piazza del Molo 16, 07020, Palau, Sardinia, Italy
+39 335 1360746
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

All we wanted was a ticket to the island of maddalena, but after hearing the crunch of the pane carasau from the waiting line, there was no holding us back. From the tartare to the tarte fondante, each course was a delight and we would not hesitate to recommend. Just come with time on your hands.

Thank chris r
Poole, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Yum! Hubby and I had a lovely meal here. It is a small, family run (I think!) restaurant with excellent service and a wonderful seafood menu. We enjoyed starters of squid & avocado and a prawn risotto - both excellent - and both had beautifully cooked sea bass fillets for main. Save a bit of room for the fabulous homemade... More 

Thank Scrat718
Prague, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

- as main courses we selected fish plates (frittura c'era una volta, tonno agli agrumi). The quality was good - for dessert, we ordered tortino al cioccolato, but we got delivered something that had nothing to do with it. We sent one of the two back, but both plates appeared anyway on the bill, and the price was higher than... More 

Thank visit2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

This part of Sardinia is expensive due to the Porto Cervo effect, but the Trip Advisor & Lonely Planet reviews of this restaurant are bona fide in our opinion. Very tasty and authentic "Sarde" food, well presented and truly excellent service. Thoroughly recommended

Thank Michael D
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

I will start with a positive: the 25 euro mixed fish platter was sensation. Gigantic prawns, beautifully fresh squid and octopus, sea bream and langoustines. And the portion was probably enough for 3 people. This was superb eating. But the black spaghetti with sea urchins (22 euro) was a huge letdown. A tiny portion of overdone spaghetti and some gloopy... More 

Thank glutton4nourishment
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

After a week in high-priced and pretentious restaurants, C'era una Volta presented us with the best dish of the week. Perfect grilled squid on avocado. Just a bit of the best olive oil, an idea of thyme and lemon. The prime were equally flawless. Home made pasta with seafood ragou and ravioli on horseradish potato soup. The restaurant is simple... More 

Thank Christoph S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Terrific service with imaginative but authentic dishes. The seafood hors d'oeuvres are almost too much, but just have to be ordered! Real al dente home made pasta with seafood ragu a hit. Reserve weekends.

Thank ozzertjie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2016

We found this amazing little restaurant whilst driving round the Northern area of Sardinia. We were made to feel immediatley at ease and both the service and quality of the food was amazing. If you are ever in the area make sure this is top of your list to visit. The choice is dependant on the fresh catch and the... More 

Thank Kentman1964
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

Been a while since I reviewed a place online but feel that I need to provide feedback here. First thing they know how to cook and serve fish, that is a given. I am not however used to being treated so rudely by the person running the restaurant. The old guy creates a unrelaxing and frankly tense and stuffy atmosphere.... More 

Thank TerrierTom83
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

everything was perfect! I would like to be back there already... Thank you for the great service & dinner!!

Thank yukito n

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$26 - $63
International, Italian, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza del Molo 16, 07020, Palau, Sardinia, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sardinia  >  Province of Olbia-Tempio  >  Palau
  • Phone Number: +39 335 1360746
Resturant with big attention to detail, careful selection of the quality of used products. Veranda with a view over the sea , reservation, also after midnight.... Spoken language : English- German -French -Spanish.

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