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“Atmospheric Haven in Calvi Town”
Review of Le Magnolia

Le Magnolia
Ranked #20 of 136 Restaurants in Calvi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $45
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
london uk
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Atmospheric Haven in Calvi Town”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Lovely table set in high walled courtyard, plenty of foliage / water features and sculptures around. Many very presentable locals eating here in family groups. Table d'hote provided a decent choice - we had moules ~ limon fillet ~ panacotta preceded with pastis and accompanied by house white. Beautifully cooked, nicely presented and served with sufficient attention. Had the menu changed over the course of our time in Calvi, we would most certainly have returned.

Visited June 2013
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Billericay, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A celebration night”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We went here for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, which is, according to my wife, something that has to be celebrated. Asking for parole was not a good idea and was set to cost me dearly. We had not booked but would recommend making a reservation. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and the tree in the centre is a focal point. The food was first class and unlike previous comments did not feel the service was slow, it was attentive but not 'in your face'. Watch out for the Strawberry Pastry dessert it is larger than you expect. I found the price for the quality of the food fair and reasonable. Would happily go back again

  • Visited July 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Food was very nice whether it being meat or fresh fish. Service was a bit slow, but the surroundings of the place prevent you from being bored. Enormous fish tank on one side and a gorgeous tree in the center, very romantic place to go.

  • Visited July 2012
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debsferguson
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“"Meh" restaurant in Calvi. Charming, but mediocre food”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We were charmed as we walked past the restaurant... what a lovely tree-filled courtyard! The menu looked interesting, and quite frankly, we were eager to quickly choose a place to eat before 3 year old turned tired and hungry!

The service was fine, we were seated beside the fish tank which wasn't as charming as under the tree, but we were without reservation (and 3 year old loved the tank anyway, the crab was quite lively!)

Prices were not unreasonable, but over all three dishes ordered, we were greatly disappointed in what we thought would really be a 'fine meal'. The steak was chewy, the lamb had very little flavour, and the lasagna really only tasted of cheese and noodles. All flavour nuances in this meal were lost.... what a pity!

To see this restaurant rated as 3rd best in Calvi was rather a shock! We've dined at #5 and #7 so far, and have been tremendously impressed by both. Ah well, can't win them all! Where to dine tonight?? :-)

  • Visited June 2013
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Frome, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent value subtle food in an expensive town”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

This restaurant, du Marin, is part of the hotel magnolia in calvi. It has a very pretty courtyard garden restaurant and an inside room as well. On the night we were there there was a guitarist playing and singing which gave atmosphere. Staff were very attentive and welcoming, and the E21 3 course basic menu was very well cooked and beautifully presented. There was another fixed price menu for E29 which we will have another time. The wine was expensive but this seems the norm for calvi, which is not a cheap place to eat out. Nevertheless, we were impressed at the quality of the food compared to other places we had eaten, for more money. I recommend booking a table in the courtyard as it has more atmosphere than the inner room, but we had walked in off the street on spec and they were pretty full hence we sat in the inside.

  • Visited June 2013
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