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“The only bad experience in Italy to date :(”
Review of Il Girasole

Il Girasole
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Ranked #7 of 161 Restaurants in Sirmione
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in the historic center of Sirmione, Ristorante il Girasole has a large dining room (for non-smokiners) and a partly covered terrace surrounded by flowers and plants, which overlooks the picturesque Via Vittorio Emanuele . It is an ideal restaurant for a romantic candlelight dinner or to spend time with your friends, in an "out of time" atmosphere that Sirmione has to offer in every seasons. The dining room is air conditioned and can hold 60 persons; the terrace 40 people. The cuisine is creative and national. Pride and a sign of distinction is the wine cellar, which offers about 450 different local wines (Garda and Franciacorta), national and international .
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The only bad experience in Italy to date :(”
Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

This is our third visit from Australia to Italy and our only truly bad eating experience to date... This restaurant is located on a really busy street in Sirmione on Lake Garda. We were staying in Desenzano for a week and ate at several brilliant restaurants, but this day we were visiting Sirmione and decided to have lunch at Il Girasole in this beautiful historic town known for its remedial health spas.

We were shown, in a cursory manner, to a table on the terrace amongst several tables filled with smokers. We asked to sit inside and this was met with a cold response. We ordered 2 salads, deserts, mineral water and asked for half a bottle of Lugana wine. The food was mediocre for the price and the wine, brought in a carafe, was clearly old and vinegary. The staff would have known this from the colour alone but chose to serve it to us. We only took one sip and pushed the glasses and carafe to the other side of the table. We would have said something but had little opportunity as we were basically ignored by the staff (in contrast they paid great attention to some locals on a nearby table). We decided not to spoil our holiday by arguing the point and paid for the wine anyway, but mentioned that they might want to check their stock as the wine was "off" and in Italian we mentioned it did not taste very nice.
The staff did finally apologise, however it took quite some time for this to occur. I'm sure our limited knowledge of Italian did not help matters, however we felt as if we were treated as second class citizens despite our very civil and friendly approach.

Visited September 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere.”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Recommended by our tour rep. (who actually turned up to eat that night with her mum!), it was a good recommendation. Most of the restaurants in Sirmione are good and Girasole stands out.

Visited September 2013
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Mym Mum and I had lunch here a couple of times in September. Its in a lovely location - great for watching the hustle and bustle of the narrow Sirmione street it is located on.

They do a very reasonable and tasty lunch menu - well worth a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Nottingham, Notts
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126 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Situated at the slightly quieter end of Sirmione, Girasole is a little gem. It was so good on the first occasion we ate there that we booked again for our last night. The prawns were delicious! Two very enjoyable meals with wine cost around 65Euro each time

Visited September 2013
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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great steaks”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Recommended to us, we found this restaurant had a great menu, wine list and service. The prices are good value for money and the staff very efficient. We visited twice during our stay. The steak was perfectly cooked and king prawns were properly prepared. Do try it.

Visited September 2013
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