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“Not a place to return” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Bottega

La Bottega
Ranked #128 of 902 Restaurants in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Classic Italian trattoria offers a cross section of the best Italian kitchen. Menu for the retaurant has created by a lot of acclaimed chef de Nicolo Bocca TandaHowever La Bottega's handwriting are clearly different – its offers a modern home Italian cuisine.Voted by 50 Best Restaurants in Estonia:• 3th place in year 2010 and 2011
Vilnius, Lithuania
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Not a place to return”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

The interior could have been cosy... but it wasn’t. Too dim light (don’t remember that it would feel so distinctly anywhere before), no candles, strange manner of keeping glasses turned upside down on empty tables made it feel like the place was closed.

Service was indifferent and unwelcoming. Food was generally good, but the same bread for bruschetta, focaccia and just in the bread basket is not acceptable, excusable or otherwise possible.

On the first sight prices seem not too high, but the portions are rather small and that makes the final check feel substantial.

After getting home we had to eat some chocolate to get rid of the terrible memories of dry and plain tiramisu. Crema Bruciata (good old Creme Brulee) was excellent though. Red “house” wine (first in the menu) was the best part of the dinner.

The place is all in all ok, but we expected much more from an Italian-owned highly rated restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Cozy, elegant and extremely good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

La Bottega features nice decor with lots of wine bottles and tall cupboards lined up in the main room of the restaurant. The place feels nice and homey, but still has an elegant and a bit of fine dining feel. They've struck a nice balance at La Bottega.

So enough about that, how was the food?

I had the Grilled sea bass with fresh tomato and basil and I have to say it was truly excellent. The fish was tasty and done to perfection. The potato wedges I had on the side were also tasty. My friend had the Braised rabbit in white wine and olive sauce, potato-spinach puree, which he really liked as well. We both arrived hungry and left full.

The Tiramisu and Bottega's version of Crème brûlée was very good as well. Taste was excellent and the portions of a nice size. Espresso was pretty good too.

The menu itself features good variations on Italian classics, so you dont have your usual pasta and meatballs, but everything had a bit of unique flavor on the menu, which was nice.

I will definitely be back here.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Good food and reasonable rates”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

This was another restaurant out Hotel recommended. And much better than the first one, Bocca. It's relaxed and busy, and the food is very good.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Immuli
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A beautiful lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had a beautiful lunch here. The two pasta dishes we chose were exquisite and beautifully presented as were the desserts! The coffee was good too. Although dearer than many other places in Tallinn the quality was very high and therefore the price was very reasonable.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 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 Janet B
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North Yorkshire
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“Excellent Italian!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Service, food & atmoshphere excellent. My husband had the veal tongue starter which I tried and was yummy. I had the carpaccio of beef which was also fab. My pasta main was lovely but my husband only said his sausage main was ok. It was probably lovely but he is a food snob! It one of the places you can get dressed up to eat. There aren't many in Tallinn. Its a fairly chilled out place. Definitely recommend :)

Visited September 2012
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Thank Cath-Martin
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