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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place is just outside the old town which makes it a bit quieter and more authentic. We sat upstairs on the terrace. The menu is very much meat, there was no seafood/fish. We had the house antipasti which was a lot of food -...various small dishes (all vegetarian) to try, they were all delicious. For dinner we a couple different meat dishes, a pasta dish, and a salad. It was all good. I was only disappointed with no fish options, but it was good and the service was friendly. I liked that it was out of the touristy area.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022 via mobile

Little restaurant which is also a b&b. The starter of local cold meats and cheese was exactly what you would expect in Italy. The mains were good, my husband’s calf fillet steak was perfectly cooked. I had pork fillet in a plum and red wine...sauce; it was fine.The sauce seems to be the same as in another restaurant, not very imaginative. My husband’s onion and red wine sauce was also practically the same. Lovely carafes of local wine, very pleasant young waitress.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 6, 2022

We are delighted that the receptionist at out hotel recommended Balconcino to us as the entire experience was absolutely excellent. Our young lady waitress was fantastic and advised us extremely well and helpfully. All of the food that we ordered was without exception delicious and...the wine was completely what we wanted and expected from a primitivo. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant and wish that we were staying longer in Otranto so that we could go again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2021

This is a great little restaurant in Otranto which is a couple of streets back from the sea front. What it lacks in views it seriously makes up for in the quality, price and presentation of the food. The sharing starter begins a great meal,...the presentation of the lovely bread in a brown bag and the choice of main courses followed by desserts make this a dining experience to remember. The wines were superb. This restaurant was so good we went back a second night and wished they were nearer to where we live.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 17, 2021 via mobile

Absolutely the best restaurant in centrum of Otranto. We had a pasta with tomatoes sauce and ricotta and gnoci with shrimps - both was excellent! Do not go in these touristy restaurants who shine bright on you and have uncopmarable prices to quality of a...meal. This is one of two restaurant in Otranto where the quality is on the top!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 5, 2021 via mobile

Recommended by a friend, very surprised by the quality of the food and the atmosphere of the place which is very quite and pleasant. It's not in front of the sea but who cares! It's easy to reach and the personnel is very polite. I'm...going to be there for a second time and I recommend it to everyone is passing by the beautiful OtrantoMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed October 7, 2020 via mobile

Really good food and helpful staff! We ordered the Burrata to share as a starter (sooo good), shared a bottle of red (which compared to back home in the Netherlands was really well priced) and for mains I had the beef and my boyfriend the...veal. I saw stuffed aubergine on the menu and ordered it as a side dish. The waitress told me this would be too much for me alone (we were going to split it anyways, which was perfect), but I liked the fact that she told us about this instead of us ordering too much and having to waist food (and money). The food was incredible. I would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed November 4, 2019

We ate here during a week in Otranto and it was so good, we came back again! The atmosphere was relaxing and the food was great, especially the vegetables with burrata and the stuffed eggplant - my favorite dish of our entire trip!!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed October 15, 2019 via mobile

We visited Balconcino d’Oriente on a bustling Sunday evening, which it seems is the night that all the locals gather in town. Soaking up the ambience we ventured around and this restaurant which seemed like a little hidden gem. The reviews seemed great but when...we arrived at 7pm we were the only ones there. The friendly waitress gave us a table outside (just where we wanted) within about 10 mins the entire restaurant was packed inside and out so it turns out we arrived just at the right time. We ordered salami and cheese mixed platter to start, pasta first courses (both an absolute delight) a mixed meat main and a veal main. Heaven knows why we ordered so much, the pasta dishes were so generously served, we didn’t need anymore but alas, we couldn’t resist! The lovely Italian waitress made us feel so welcome and tended to our table constantly whilst having a packed pre-booked restaurant. This very authentic feeling restaurant is a 5 star experience. Thank you for a lovely meal!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

Otranto is full of some very good restaurants, although some of them were a little on the pretentious side and relatively expensive. Not so this place. Excellent local food and wine at a very reasonable price. Bearing in mind, we came in just after a...large group of 15 people, the service was also very friendly and efficient. Highlight of the meal was the starter of local specialities. Eight small dishes which were brimming with different flavours, more than enough for 2 people and brilliant value at 10 euro. The whole bill including the starter, 2 main courses, dessert, a bottle of wine and 2 coffees was less than 60 euro. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

The inside of the restaurant looks fantastic with a very clean feeling. We selected the house wines in the carafe. Excellent wine, very pleasant with a good body. Our food was a selection of the restaurants best - all amazing and tasty. My special favourite...was the green beans, I'd love the recipe. Service was brilliant and friendly. Well worth the visit...highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

Sometimes you need to ignore the location and eat at places for the outstanding quality of the food alone. This restaurant serves excellent local cuisine with tastes and textures that really show off the unique flavours of Puglia. If this restaurant was in London it...would be at the top of the good food guide. We had the local mixed starter - and the mixed grill - all simply served but superb. Great value for money and definitely recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019 via mobile

Otranto is nice small city important but full of tourist in the town , remember book the restaurant before going for dinner . 🤗🤗 I have searching few restaurant and all fully book is very stress .... but finally found balconcino d oriente and call...for a table for two lucky last table available . Ambient very simple and nice , staff very polite and gentle , food quality was very good and tasty 😋, price point medium . This restaurant is not far from Centre you can after dinner visit the town .More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 24, 2019

Our hotel recommended this restaurant as being really authentic and worth a visit . Lovely surprise to discover a roof roof terrace . Great food , lovely staff - so nice we came back a second time .

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

Good restaurant with typical plates of the territory (meat /vegetables). Special and unforgettable tastes. Good wines price incredibly low. Good staff & service. You must taste it. Maxbugatti.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Balconcino d'Oriente is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5