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“Disappointed, bad service for expensive food”

Il Giardino delle Esperidi
Ranked #15 of 157 Restaurants in Bardolino
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The prices are too high for the food they offer and the service does not reach the minimum level for a decent restaurant.
We were here years ago and the experience was great, it was for us a place to come back. Yesterday we did it and it was not at all the same.

The food is correct, a bit short menu but interesting. The problem is the price, for 60€ per person the food was not so special. The cheese with truffles, was the same you can cook in your microwave your own and there was no flavor of truffles at all. The rabbit was nice, not more, as the duck my girlfriend had.
The service was not interested on helping or explaining anything and even after direct questions they did not explain anything else more than the description in the menu ( and I can talk English and German which suppose to be also a local language).
The dessert was nice, but expensive.
I will never come back.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Deggendorfer
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled into this restaurant, looking for somewhere we could eat dinner outdoors on a busy Saturday evening. We were given a warm welcome at this place, surprisingly the least busy restaurant on the street. Our children found the menu a bit of a challenge but the very friendly staff offered a simple pasta dish for the children, unprompted by us, which was much appreciated, and taken up by one of them.
All the dishes was ordered were delicious, interesting, beautifully presented and overall it felt like good value for the quality of service and food. Despite the fact we are probably are not their usual clientele, and speak barely any Italian, we felt really welcome. I’d go back any time (although the children would rather have pizza)!

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Lupin2003
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

If you want some decent food away from the pizza, lasagne, pasta routine then you must try this little gem. In the middle of a busy street but don’t let this put you off. They are recommended in the Michelin guide and I can see why. We booked the day before and we sat inside,but outside would be just as good. Service and knowledge of the waitress and sommelier were brilliant. We had the tasting menu but the a la carte had a great selection. The cooking is done by owner and patron and she is so dedicated. The wine list has great depth and selection of Italian wines in particular.
Couldn’t fault the food,service and ambiance.
Care with opening hours. We came back for round 2 a couple of days later but it was closed..........our fault, we should have looked.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank David T
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Reviewed August 1, 2019

If you want a little different food than basic pizza, pasta, etc. this is your choice. Excellent food, good service and suitably peaceful.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank kaveriHelsinki
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Reviewed July 25, 2019

We eat there twice, mainly because of lack of decent restaurants in Bardolino. But we can't remember what we ate; which is unusual. The food was OK, but not memorable; the service was very good and the wine selection was good,

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank MPH
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