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“Tourist trap”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Al Faro

Al Faro
Ranked #50 of 1,832 Restaurants in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $16
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Aachen, Germany
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Tourist trap”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Party of 7. Majority of food was served cold. Mashed potato tasted like powdered, roast potatoes undercooked and hard, salad appeared to have no dressing. Pizza was good.

Pressing waiter who tried to upsell at every opportunity. I had to ask for clean plate between courses.

Ordered Valpolicella wine which was one of the cheaper choices, however after this was served I had a suspicion that they had served a more expensive wine. They had - twice the price - without asking which version of the wine I wanted. Ok - my mistake for not being specific, but in the wine menu the brand of Valpolicella was not specified - what else then to ask for? So be aware of this potential trick and point to your menu choice!

Overall, feel a waste of money and ripped off. My advice, go the Champagne or La Catina for good food, good service and a nice hassle free evening

  • Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“New menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

My favorite restaurant in Kiev got a new chef. He is from Italian South. But what is more important that AlFaro got a new menu !!! New meat and fish dishes are something you must try. New pasta is also worth attention. So if you are in Kiev this summer - don't miss a chance to taste really fresh Italian coucina.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank temische
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“Nice... Nice... but”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Nice location, great atmosphere, very good food.... almost perfect...
but i miss Piero the previous chef, for 2 reasons: he is a great chef and he knows how to entertain customers... pity that he left...((

Visited June 2013
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Thank Andrea U
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Cody, Wyoming
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145 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Best fresh Italian food outside Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

What a find. Homemade pasta with with fresh sauces, infused with just the right spice and flavor. What a treat. The Seafood salad is a great start...fresh greens with a variety of shell fish, Yummm! The Spaghetti Carbonara is light, creamy, and full of flavor. I had the special: a pasta with shrimp in a light, creamy garlic sauce, mouthwatering! The decor and ambiance is pleasant and relaxing, the service is great, and while on a busy street the outside seating is just back far enough to watch the city go by without the noise. Be sure to put Al Faro on your list of must try restaurants in Kiev. You won't be sorry.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Jean P
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Milano Marittima, Italy
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8 reviews
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“pleasant experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

I've been to this restaurant twice and it confirmed its good standards and great quality/price.
Being Italian I can confirm that the Italian food is pleasant here.
apetizers: bruschette al faro, ok the bread wasn't the real "pane casereccio" the one it is used for bruschetta, but they were still nice
carpaccio manzo: well presented, very pleasant
Mains: pappardelle al coniglio, nice but they lacked something, maybe the sauce, it wasn't just quite there, I'd give a 7 out of 10 though.
Branzino all'acqua pazza: again well presented and the waitress took a good care in cleaning it, I enjoyed but imho it wasn't the freshest of the fish, probably it was frozen. I could totally tell the difference if I compare to the branzino I buy fresh in the morning and cook right away in the evening.
The wines were overall overpriced, but this is a characteristic here in Ukraine i noticed.. we took a 39€ pinot grigio, very nice.
Service was attentive and friendly, never intrusive or careless and the ambient was super pleasant, way above the standards of common italian restaurants, plus the live piano created a great atmosphere
We'll definitely come back.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank cat3approach
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