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“Can spaghetti allo scoglio be any better?”

Ristorante dei Marinai
Ranked #261 of 999 Restaurants in Rimini
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We began our first day in Rimini, with a stroll to the beach, starting at the Ferris wheel end. Across the road, we noticed Ristorante dei Marinai. It didn't seem to be open as yet but there were signs of life. So we made note and walked on. After half an hour it became apparent that choices on the sea front were very limited. As the season was at its end, a lot of the establishments were closed or closing. So we turned around and headed back to Marinai.

When we arrived, only two tables were occupied. We were shown to our table and given menus. This is not the place to go if you are an ardent carnivore. It's fish...and then some more fish but that's exactly what we wanted, so we were happy.

We chose the cold fish antipasti to begin and whilst it wasn't bad, it was hardly inspiring. Most of the stuff was relatively bland and things didn't bode too well for our main course. My wife adores shellfish and in particular, the dish “spaghetti allo scoglio”. They had it on the menu but it was for two persons – how could I refuse?

When it arrived, it precipitated gasps of delight. Presented in a huge sauté pan, was a huge pile of spaghetti, topped with a mountain of clams, mussels, baby octopus, shrimp, cuttlefish and the sweetest, tastiest tiny tomatoes I have ever eaten. Both of us tucked in and it was simply magnificent! When you love a dish as much as we do this one, and then get to experience it done so well, it brings a tear to the eye. There is nothing...I repeat NOTHING I could do to improve this dish. We were reduced to using the remnants of the bread basket, to mop up the last remaining drops of that wonderful, tomato based, succulent seafood sauce.

By this time, the restaurant was completely full and that came as no surprise.

My usual blather about wine can be ignored as the food made me forget what I had ordered. I seem to recall the “list” being very short and the house wine, (which most were drinking), being offered in quarter, half and whole litres. If you like seafood, tomatoes and pasta and you don't visit Marinai when in Rimini – you are barking mad!

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MauroBoldrini, Proprietario at Ristorante dei Marinai, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2016

It is a pleasure to read your feedback. Thanks so much for the compliments received.
See you soon.

Mauro Boldrini.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Whenever i am in Rimini i make sure that i visit this restaurant, trying out different dishes they have to offer and i'm always impressed by it. Of all its positive points that i cannot fit in here, the consitency in their food quality and active friendly service is what stand out! This seafood restaurant serves the best quality seafood i know in this part of Italy. As far as i could gather, only fresh seafood is served here and moreover, the owner himself gets his daily fresh supply from the local fishermen. It was reassuring to hear from the owner himself that no frozen/thawed seafood is ever cooked here. Reserving a table prior to your visit is a must unless you are two, on a weekday and don't mind waiting for a free table. Its location is amazingly charming and pretty. This airy, bright restaurant has countless windows all over that i find perfect for a good view for every table inside. Being a corner restaurant with a half-open kitchen, one really has to decide whether to witness the chefs preparing your order or sink in the feel and amazing view of the opposite buzzing 'beach nightlife' i call it. It's the one corner of a long stretch of Rimini beach where all, from kids to elderly people gather for a good time. I highly recommend Ristorante Dei Marinai. Go for the food, for the atmosphere, for a memorable Rimini experience!

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Thank Claire M
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MauroBoldrini, Proprietario at Ristorante dei Marinai, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2016
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È un piacere ricevere il suo feedback. Grazie infinite per i complimenti ricevuti.
A presto.

Mauro Boldrini.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile


Whenever i am in Rimini i make sure that i visit this restaurant, trying out different dishes they have to offer and i'm always impressed by it. Of all its positive points that i cannot fit in here, the consitency in their food quality and active friendly service is what stand out! This seafood restaurant serves the best quality seafood i know in this part of Italy. As far as i could gather, only fresh seafood is served here and moreover, the owner himself gets his daily fresh supply from the local fishermen. It was reassuring to hear from the owner himself that no frozen/thawed seafood is ever cooked here. Reserving a table prior to your visit is a must unless you are two, on a weekday and don't mind waiting for a free table. Its location is amazingly charming and pretty. This airy, bright restaurant has countless windows all over that i find perfect for a good view for every table inside. Being a corner restaurant with a half-open kitchen, one really has to decide whether to witness the chefs preparing your order or sink in the feel and amazing view of the opposite buzzing 'beach nightlife' i call it. It's the one corner of a long stretch of Rimini beach where all, from kids to elderly people gather for a good time. I highly recommend Ristorante Dei Marinai. Go for the food, for the atmosphere, for a memorable Rimini experience!

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Thank Claire M
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MauroBoldrini, Proprietario at Ristorante dei Marinai, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2016
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È un piacere ricevere il suo feedback. Grazie infinite per i complimenti ricevuti.
A presto.

Mauro Boldrini.

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Reviewed June 5, 2010

We found the restaurant through the search on Trip Advisor. When we arrived at the restaurant we found out it was booked, even though not a single person was there when we arrived. It was not yet open. We took the last table and waited till 7:30. The metr’d Virginio was very nice, and offered us a special of the house. The amount of food was unbelievable and tasted superb. We paid 53Euro for all, including wine. We liked it so much, that we made a reservation for the following night to come with our friends.
If you order the sampling manue, take one for two people - it is enough food. The restaurant is closed on Monday.

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Thank yk2100
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MauroBoldrini, Proprietario at Ristorante dei Marinai, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2016

It is a pleasure to hear feedback. Thanks so much for the compliments received.
See you soon.

Mauro Boldrini.

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Reviewed January 21, 2010

Good seafood quality, good value for money, decent environment. A bit cold in winter

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Thank bladerun
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MauroBoldrini, Proprietario at Ristorante dei Marinai, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2016

It is a pleasure to read your feedback. Thanks so much for the compliments received.
See you soon.

Mauro Boldrini.

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