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“nice garden, but it's like a lottery if you'd get a good food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo
Ranked #109 of 974 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Oborishte
japan
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“nice garden, but it's like a lottery if you'd get a good food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

I have visited this place twice: 5 years ago for lunch, didn't like the food, found it tasteless, pseudo Italian and too expensive, so I was avoiding it. But last month I was invited there for a family dinner. The garden is really nice. Desserts were delicious.
Food was average again, did not leave me with the impression there was actually a chef doing the cooking or someone supervising the kitchen. As is still the practice in many restaurants in this country, no one makes any effort to keep up a standard. That's ok if the place is average and cheap but not if it is on the expensive side (for Bulgaria) as Mediterraneo. A main reason is that owners do not invest in the personnel or in the quality of the products.
For example, a friend ordered crispy fried fish (perhaps sardines) and got a big plate with surprisingly few fishes - more like an appetiser than a main course, ONE withered slice of bell pepper, and some oil-based sauce with herbs. A bit later, the neighbouring table got the same dish but twice the amount of fish and veggies and some white sauce (they hadn't order a double portion). Since the fish was relatively delicious (tastier than what my other companions had for dinner - "Italian" sausages and some meat dishes, all too dry and tasteless), I decided to risk it out and order the crispy fish as my main course. I got more fishes than our first order but less than the neighbouring table, and no sauce at all. When I asked for the sauce (it was on the menu), I got some oil. This might sound as a petty complaint but speaks well enough for the lack of standard I am talking about.
Service was terribly slow and inadequate, the place was very busy (because of the garden) and obviously the kitchen could not keep up. I personally will keep avoiding this restaurant.
Hamachi, Toro and one Sicilian restaurant are owned by the same person. He is trying to offer a more "high-class", "authentic" tastes in Sofia but the result is pseudo Japanese, Spanish and Italian food, fairly expensive, using poor quality products.
One more example: we wanted to order the squid stuffed with some Italian cheese but gave it up since the waiter told us it was actually Philadelphia cream cheese?!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“I love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is one of my favourite places in Sofia for the last years. I love the food and the atmosphere. The garden during the summer is lovely

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Elena0210
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Love it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012 via mobile

Very convenient location in the center of Sofia, not crowded, wonderful garden, good service and quality food. Fireplace inside; sometimes a live Spanish guitar.

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1 Thank Lucy S
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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151 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“The chef is excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2012

One of the best places in Sofia! There is a nice garden, the menu is well balanced and most of the sea food is fresh. The chef is absolutly great! There are not too many places in Sofia where they know how to cook beef, but there is unforgatable! Strongly recommend Mediterraneo!

Visited April 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank MarielaNordell
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Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
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527 reviews
364 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“good restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

it's a very nice restaurant with a nice menu and a good cooker.
the globa bill is a little bite expensive but it's worth
very romantic place

  • Visited June 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Greg L
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