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“An oasis in the desert”

Ristorante National Hotel
Ranked #262 of 996 Restaurants in Rimini
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We came here after our 3 year old feel asleep in her stroller. Otherwise we probably wouldn't have come with a cranky 3 year old. Many of the restaurants in the area are outdoors on the main drag. RNH is in the lobby of the hotel which is beautifully appointed, more so than the other hotels we visited. Upon arrival a few minutes before the restaurant opened the (very charming) bar hostess brought us a glass of wine and a mixed drink with chips while we were waiting. When I went to pay she said it was on the house - a very nice and classy touch. I wasn't expecting it.

There were only two other couples in the room which was elegantly decorated. It was very quiet aside from music that was being played. I had a lot of fun with my 7 year old who was making fancy faces at me. The service was nice. And the food, I assume the most important part, was good. I wouldn't say it was the best meal I've ever had but I was happy to have a nice meal away from the street atmosphere.

Oh, and I was very surprised to learn that it was 35/euros a person for a fixed prix meal. That included a glass of wine. A very good value indeed!

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5  Thank FamilyGuyBoston_MA
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

My wife and I came to have dinner at Ristorante National Hotel based on it's high marks from other TA reviewers. We didn't have a reservation and I was anticipating the restaurant being very crowded due to it's popularity in TA. As it turns out, there was only one other couple having dinner on this Friday evening.

The dining room is nicely furnished and tables were adorned with nice tablecloths, covered chairs (banquet style) and satisfactory tableware. We also had a nice illuminated candle on the table. Our waiter for the first half of the evening was excellent and provided top service. Unfortunately, he disappeared for the second half of the meal and service provided by his trainee or "stage" was ridiculous. The young man had much to learn about restaurant service and knowledge of what he was serving.

We decided to try the complete seafood tasting menu. It was very reasonably priced at 37 Euro per person and it included an antipasto course, a pasta course, a main entrée and a dessert. For the antipasto course we had calamari stuffed with minced tuna & pork. served on a mound of polenta in a red sauce. Fried spaghetti was nicely utilized as garnish. While the antipasto was flavorful, the calamari was difficult to cut with the provided "seafood knives," more appropriately used for deboning fish. The stuffing was too dry and the portion was enormous for a tasting menu.

The pasta course was a risotto made of creamed red bell peppers, sea scallops, sprinkled with chopped pistachio nuts. The flavors were very smooth and creamy, though the dish could have used a contrasting flavor or texture. The 2 sea scallops were served in the center of the risotto, garnished with two sprigs of baby sage leafs.

The entrée was fillet of Rombo with baby clams (cockles) and artichokes. The fish fillets were buried under a mound of clams in their shells which we had to shell, one by one, making lots of work and dirty fingers. We could have used a finger bowl or towelettes to wash up after shelling the clams. I suggest serving this dish with shelled clams, leaving only a few intact for presentation purposes. The dish was unfortunately garnished with a dead, limp zucchini blossom.

Dessert was an anise parfait topped with a sliced fresh strawberry, sprinkled with chocolate chips and crushed amaretto cookie crumbs. This dessert was very good.

A Michael Buble CD played over the dining room audio system, over and over, maybe 3-4 times through the entire meal. I really like Buble's style of music, which was appropriate for dinner music, though by the end of the meal, I hated him.

All portions were enormous and too much food. Our waiter offered complimentary after dinner drinks to aide with digestion. Prices were reasonable and our total bill for the above food, plus pre-dinner aperitifs and a bottle of Trebbiano wine totaled 93.00 euro. I don't plan on returning to National and I hope to find better dining solutions in Rimini.

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Thank Mirto56
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

No much to say! We only want to thank the owners and the staff for the great service and naturally for the delicious food we had. Thank you!!!!

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15  Thank martinmaius
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Some of our friends were in another hotel but we wanted to spend some time together so we invited them to the hotel restaurant. Great choice!!! The food was delicious...and we didn't expect any differently. Delicious fish and great meat. We really loved every dish. Congratulations

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14  Thank Jared J
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