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“Nice view shame about the food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ristorante Granduca

Ristorante Granduca
Ranked #54 of 258 Restaurants in Taormina
Price range: $12 - $54
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: A magnificent villa of the 15th century splendidly restored, is the ideal setting of the restaurant-pizzeria "Granduca". Reception rooms, terraces and the garden all have a view of the sea and the greek theater, which give your meeting and receptions distinction. Cucine is typical from Sicily. It's a pleasure to eat, not only for the quality meals, but also for the beauty of the place.
Dublin
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice view shame about the food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

This restaurant has a great view of the bay and is a good standard of layout. It was let down by the quality and service. The waiter was most insulted when we queried were mushrooms in a particular dish as these would never be in this such an Italian dish. He did not seem to be concerned as we needed to be sure due to my wife's allergy to them!! I paid €11 euro for a baby shrimp starter which was tasteless and hardly any shrimps. Very disappointing. Main courses were not bad and had a good flavour. Now for the wine, we ordered a carafe of red wine and could never find if was good as it was extremely cold.

Not a great experience overall and this could so easily be much better with a small bit of attention to detail and being more courteous to the customers, which costs nothing

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul K
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Witney, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“A real hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Granduca has an interesting offering. It is set-up as a more up market fine dining restaurant, but also includes a Pizzeria. This made it very popular with local families, with the parents having good Sicilian food and the kids able to have pizza. Despite its more up market appearance it is no more expensive than other restaurants in town. The location is off the main street, were you descend down to a most stunning panoramic view. We ate twice here and spent a long lazy lunch on our last day. We weren't disappointed. Excellent Octopus salad, pasta and fresh fish.
Also have to mention the Patate al forno, which was to die for, turning the humble potato into the most amazing dish. Service was excellent. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stuart01160
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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

We came to this restaurant on a whim. We were walking around Taormina and we wanted a place with a view. This restaurant definitely has a great view. That's the reason I gave 1 stars. I was very disappointed with the food. We had a seafood platter and it was very average. They didn't give very much either. I ordered the lamb chops and it was not good. The lamb chop was almost half fat. I really had a hard time eating it.
The worst part was the price. You can do a lot better.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank B T
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UK
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely food, service and views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Have eaten in this restaurant on a number of occasions over the last 7 years and it has never disappointed. In our last visit on a lunchtime we had a great table with excellent views to the sea below. The restaurant is great for fresh fish and the knowledgable manager showed us what we had in that day, which we selected from. Looking round it was disappointing to see tourists eating pizza in what is a cracking seafood restaurant - we had clams, grilled fish and lovely deserts. The service was spot on. It was easily one of the best meals we had and the price for the fresh fish was very reasonable. A must to eat at it Taormina.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LaGitanaLondon
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

Last minute lunch decision which turned out to be a first class lunch decision...Lovely setting, staff so attentive and nothing too much trouble. Definitely an evening booking on the agenda !

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kim L
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