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“Seafood at its best”

Il bar sotto il mare
Ranked #1,205 of 12,523 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $146
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
2 reviews
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“Seafood at its best”
Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

Best food on our trip to Rome. Great service, wine, pasta, seafood. We had the woman serving us to recommend the meals and wine. Packed with italian guests. Only italian menus. Good sign.

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New York City, New York
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“Simply Amazing”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Hard to find a great fish place with amazing "crudo" plates with a heavy Roman accent. Well you'll find that at il Bar Sotto il Mare. Fresh ingredients short but well thought wine list and simplicity are the secrets of this place, try the Vermicelli alla piscatory and keep an eye at the specials. Don't forget to finish your meal with the gelatin all frutta along with a great and refreshing sgroppino.

  • Visited July 2012
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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
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“A Light in the Dark”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

There isn't much at night around the dark streets outside the Vatican wall, but then sitting quietly in a corner of a street, is Sotto il Mare. Prior to the trip, I'd heard alot about how amazingly good the place was and was eager to see how it lived up to that billing.
Sotto is a simple place, but has a homeliness stemming from the friendly and mostly Italian-speaking only workers and the unique decor of the place.
A restaurant is judged based on its food, and after eating here twice, I can proclaim that Sotto il Mare is the best restaurant I've eaten at in Rome. The seafood is not only very fresh, but cooked in such fine ways that the flavour is beautifully expressed. The Calamari and prawns fritto misto is a must-have, the thinly-sliced rings of calamari fried to perfection in a very very light batter and very fragrant and complementing olive oil. Risottos and the Ravioli Pesce are also very very good, being both great and generous tasting. Of the more "main" meals (secondi?) the grilled fish is a stand out. The fish, which I am led to believe is seabass, is literally bursting with flavour from its juicy succulent white flesh. I have eaten grilled fish at other places and tried homecooked versions many times, but really, nothing comes close. And, lastly, to end an excellent dinner, Sotto serves up excellent desserts, most notably ricotta cake, lemon cake, and the most unique and eye-opening gelato ever.

  • Visited November 2011
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“Perfect seafood”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

We were there on 9th of november and it was actually perfect, it is a very local restaurant with fresh seafood.i strongly advise everyone to eat there

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Great seafood”
Reviewed November 7, 2011

We ate in this restaurant three days in a row. The seafood was fresh and prepared very simply, best way to get the delicate taste. The pastas and risotto was also very good. Surprisingly, their dessert was also excellent. Tried the ricotta cheese cake which was so light and the gelato was served in the shell of various fruits. Overall great food and service.

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