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“Lovely waterside location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Da Nello

Da Nello
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Poole, United Kingdom
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“Lovely waterside location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

We passed through Santa Margherita Ligure on our way from Genoa to Portofino and paused at Da Nello Trattoria Bar for a long lunch.

We had been advised by the excellent staff in our hotel, the Melia Genova, that the best and most flexible way to visit Portofino was to take the train from Genoa Brignole railway station along the coast and then catch a water taxi for the relatively short 25 minute or so voyage to Portofino. Excellent advice this was too.

The remarkably cheap Italian train deposited us at the station and then it was across the road, down some steep steps and we were right on the promenade, alongside a pebble beach which was being heavily used by locals of all ages.

Da Nello Trattoria Bar literally straddles the pedestrian crossing from the steps to the beach, having a small pavement terrace under umbrellas within inches of the pebbles. The main restaurant and bar is on the landward side, so the host and hostess have to cross the busy road to serve the terrace tables.

As one eats and drinks one is surrounded by boats but the view of the blue mediterranean is still absolutely breath taking.

We had some white wine from a carafe/pitcher, a tasty salad (€8), a selection of fried fish (€15). Whilst overall it was quite pricey the location was great and we lingered a long time. So long that we were given a delicious fruit sorbet which was the perfect palate cleanser.

Next we were off to Portofino by water taxi which left from a pier five minutes walk away along the promenade. If taking this highly recommended route beware that the ferry company takes cash only.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice, family owned”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Nice, simple and tasty food. Just near the beach. Nice lady and her family working there. Good pasta, not very good but good enough. Tuna was big enough for the price , and tasty. Prices normal for the place on the first line just near sea.

Visited August 2013
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Family owned and run jewel of Liguria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Family owned and run gem on the water. The best pasta and seafood dishes and combos. Seated by papa, greeted warmly by mamma, and daughter/son provide charming service. The pasta is all home made, seafood is very fresh, and the pesto was the best. Don't miss the vino di Casa. This place is a jewel.

  • Visited July 2013
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Odessa, Ukraine
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“Very very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Good cuisine and sea view. Nice desserts. Very good price. I like this place very much. I ordered spaghetti with shrimps it was delicious!!!)

  • Visited July 2013
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