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“Tourist trap and if you want edible food then DON'T GO!”
Review of Ripa del Sole

Ripa del Sole
Ranked #7 of 44 Restaurants in Riomaggiore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $49
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

This 'restaurant' was recommended by our hotelier so off we went with high expectations. The location was superb and the decor warm and inviting.
We ordered the two selection appetizers. The 5 anchovy and the 7 seafood selection. My anchovy dish was faultless and plentiful. Husbands 7 seafood was hit and miss. Some of the seafood was rubbery and possibly at the end of its tether.
The wine we left to the waiter for choice as he should know. We were excited as it was a local white that he picked. He poured it without allowing a taste. And well, battery acid would have been a better choice. We later found out when we got the bill that it was also one of the most expensive on the menu.

For the second course hubby had the fish main. It was undersized and coated in lumps of salt, with little to no sauce. I had the rabbit which was well over cooked, I could have bounced it off of the floor. It lacked flavour and had no sauce. Not only that but each meal was served cold.

There was a lovely Hungarian couple to our left who rightly so were not impressed with the portion size of their fish dish,(same one as hubby's). The made a valid complaint and asked to order something else. The mood of the waiter changed from semi cheery to down right rude. Ignoring the couple outright. Worst is that unless you wanted something else it was a walk to the town then back up the hill. As the shuttle bus finishes at the early hour of 7:30

We could not help but to give our understanding to the couple. I only wish that I had food for them.
As a tourist and a chef, I would say stay well away from this place!!

A bad first night at Cinque Terre but at least we know where not to go.

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Thank Asgre
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Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

We were recomended this by our hotel operator, sadly it was bad. Entrees great, wine was undrinkable followed by over cooked dry fish that was that salty it was offensive, wifes rabbit was cold, no jus! Table beside us didnt get any salad dressings so we lent ours. Other table a patron complained about tiny size of food ( it was small) they ( the waiter) effectively refused to serve them and they had to leave. Pay back ..... Not! They were in their 70's very hungry and lost, waiter was very rude and totally unprofessional. I wouldnt ever go back.

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Thank Darren P
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

By luck we were staying 30m up the road or wouldn't know of it. The service was great, food fantastic (I never have entree, main AND dessert, let alone a limoncello to finish) and great wine. Would highly recommend.

Thank Renee D
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

A shame this restaurant is so far above riomaggiore, but then it wouldn't have such fantastic views! Lacked atmosphere with so few diners, and is huge so not sure who normally fills the place. Food and wine were excellent, service and the slow food principle is good.

Thank Peruvian_Lovebeast
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

The fish is so fresh it just falls off the bone. Fresh good quality food...what more could you ask for

Thank donnaes_12
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