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“Right on the waterfront”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of il lido - CLOSED

il lido
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located at the Darwin Waterfront, il lido offers sweeping views over the Darwin Convention Centre, wave pool, lagoon, Stokes Hill wharf and to the harbour beyond. There are numerous areas you can choose from, dependent on numbers and all offer something unique and memorable. From casual and informal through to elegant and prestigious our friendly team will look after your needs. Specialising in freshly-plated contemporary Australian cuisine, il lido's a la carte menu offers innovative meals crafted by a passionate team of chefs. Or relax in our modern tapas lounge offering great share plates, wine, cocktails and good times.We welcome you to try our new menu, open for lunch and dinner 7 days
Port Elliot, Australia
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120 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Right on the waterfront”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

A very good night at Il Lido that sits on the prime location overlooking the wharves, Darwin Harbour and the little district of the Waterfront, a combination of small park swimming area, cafes restaurants and residential apartments

An Italian with a variety of locally themed dishes such as the top ends favourite fish, the Baramundi
My pizza was excellent but be warned as most things in Darwin the restaurant is toe curlingly expensive if you're a foreigner, maybe even if you are a local
Go for the specials menu to keep the cost to reasonable levels

A very decent wine list complements the food and attentive service

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Simon0101
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English first
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29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Surprised”
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Been to this restaurant before and had a terrible time, but after a year my friend finally convinced me to come with her. Food was amazing. Some of the best food I've had out and the desert was beautiful! Service was great, cocktails were a little watery but generally okay. Will need to go back to see if this is the new il lido!

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Thank Erin556
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Shame About The Food and for Us Who has not learned After the First Time”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

This is the second time we spent New Year's Eve at Il Lido. The food was unexpectedly very bad for a fine dining restaurant. And expensive. And that was the first time experience. We should have learned from that experience. But no. My wife and I decided to give the restaurant a second time. Lo and behold, it is even worse: food was 'hard to swallow'. Come on there were only 3 choices! You had a year to prepare and to test your entrees and they should have been perfect. The redeeming aspect of the exercise was a friendly Belgian waitress and the venue. Other than that the $250 cost of the dinner should have been donated to the Salvation Army. Shame on us for going back there and shame on you Il Lido for serving us food that is probably worth $5.00. Of course, there will be no more going to Il Lido for a third time even if I don't have to pay for it.

Visited December 2013
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Darwin, Australia
1 review
“Good food - really bad wait staff”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

I have eaten here a few times now expecting that each time I return the service will be better, but unfortunately this is not the case. You might be asking why I keep going back if the service is so bad, well...the food has always been really good. However I don't think I can do it again. The food can no longer be my reason for returning, or even recommending because the service is so bad and after trying to ignore how bad it is, I finally have to say goodbye to this restaurant, the food is just not enough.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Jess289
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Darwin, Australia
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Only book online??????????”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

This restaurant has rude staff and will only accept online bookings. If you are a tourist and or wanting to know a little about the menu they have don't ring them.
I am a local to Darwin, and I will never ever go there due to their rude nature and attitude. I will advise everyone I know to stay away.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank AaronW76
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