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“Strange attempt to be "special"” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fratelli Ristorante & Enoteca

Fratelli Ristorante & Enoteca
Ranked #5 of 1,322 Restaurants in Odessa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: FOUNDERS' WELCOME on FRATELLI MISSIONDear Friends! We are absolutely sure that genuine food means sincere and honest pursuit.It is fated that we are not as keen to constantly reduce the net cost of the meals we offer as professional restaurateurs are. Having the favor of alternative business, we thought that we can afford to refuse from monkey restaurant business and try to play on a different field. We have focused on maximally ecological food and instead refused from a handful of culinary tricks such as “liquid smoke”, disputable preservation technologies, “reviving” escargots with special salt solution… etcetera, etcetera.We are proud to say that we simply refuse to have any other water except self-filtered through our own professional filter unit.Coming back from Italy to Ukraine, we were seldom satisfied with local restaurants, for it is never pleasant to overpay for vines that cost times less in a store nearby. For this reason the level of extra charge for vines at Fratelli is agreeable for your eyes and your wallet. We also think it normal to carry in a bottle of your favorite wine (of course, if it is missing from Fratelli wine collection) and enjoy it with a company of your pals, having paid just a modest “cork fee” for the pleasure. In our opinion, at a restaurant it is fair to make profit mainly on what you cook and serve, not on re-selling.We do not believe in restaurants that entertain and serve food at the same time. This is why we don't have plasma screens, we don’t offer show-programs, and our music never contradicts your stomach. Our goal is to rise the gastronomic level of Odessa, developing the restaurant devoted to nothing but food. The truth lies in our plate!And about the food: we are completely sure that only a person having absorbed the national cousine’s essence since childhood shall be able to penetrate the tastes, scents and textures of the good product. That is why we have an Italian at our kitchen.Indeed, genuine Italian food lives in Italy. But we try our best to give it a place to live in Odessa.We have created a project for us and for people sharing our spirit, a place where we eat and spend time. Here we do not save on groceries or compromise on quality – we do buy the best. If something is not claimed, it is definitely dispensed PRIOR expiry date. Of course, our project is not a charity one, but ecological compatibility and our good name for us are much more important than the payback period. We simply take high-quality products and try to reveal their natural flavors.We give you the restaurant project of new type. We strongly believe such an initiative will be appreciated. Enjoy it!
Odessa, Ukraine
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Strange attempt to be "special"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

You recognize the kind of feeling you have on a windy and rainy Sunday ?
That is why we went to check out all the good stuff people write about Fratelli...
The place we know very well as we often went to Papa Kostas, the greek resto which was replaced by Fratelli...the nice terrace on the roof of the resto is cool and feels loungy... A friendly administrator brought us to our table... the waitress brought the menu's...and hoppa... oops...russian and ?...italian... and the pizza's and some other stuff, only in italian... Now, you will never hear me say russians or ukrainians are stupid, but after 5 years here, i know people speak mostly russian, some ukrainian, a very poor % english...but surely no italian !!! So, this is a very strange attempt to try to be "special"... Even myself coming from the country with 3 official languages...i have to admit my italian is limited to some food-terms and ciao and pronto and doppio...lol... Being "such" a Sunday...our mood went down already...even more when i asked a glass of white wine...no Pino Grizzio ? lol... We decided to go without eating... you could say...reason : the italian on the menu, strange right ?
Btw, the things I did understand...not at all like i expected...but I have to keep the benefit of the doubt about the quality of the food...but after this false start...donno... Seems to me like a typical over-acted/over-rated resto to me...
Will comment when i really ate there, if i ever will of course...

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kiev, Ukraine
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tasty and cozy place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have visited Fratelli for a brunch with friends.
The food (appetizers, gazpacho, pizza) was delicious, the service was perfect (the waiter was open and friendly) and wine selection was great. The venue has really nice terrace.
Highly recommended for a visit.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Odessa, Ukraine
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1,056 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,530 helpful votes
“Quite good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

After a very disappointing first visit we gave FRATELLI another chance (actually we've been back twice already).

Especially the upstairs terrace is very romantic, a nice location when you want to start a night out with your partner or friends.

In contrast to 'TAVERNETTA' 'FRATELLI' is upscale, in design, service, food presentation and of course price.

The food mostly is very good (antipasti, pasta) - but some dishes, like the Filet Rossini, should be avoided. How can somebody wrap the filet of the Filet Rossini in Beacon??? Yes, Beacon gives taste and juiciness to the meat - but you don't taste the fois gras an to anymore (which anyway was a very tiny piece of fois gras).

FRATELLI is the choice for Italian food in case you want an upscale, romantic spot - TAVERNELLA is the place for 'mama-style' Italian food.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Limassol, Cyprus
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

just in one word , excellent !! , for the standards of Odessa it's the best restaurant i tried the last five years that i have been travelling over there , keap on the good job

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

This restaurant was a new discovery to me and I have to say this is possibly the best upscale restaurant in Odessa. Great terrace setting, excellent food and slightly under-matched service are the highlights of this place. Yes, I agree with one reviewer, the waiter was not much of a help when selecting wine. But the staff were very accommodating when we requested to change the table due to uncomfortable given seating (low sofa). The food was fabulous: from tomato gazpacho to well cooked steak, great fish and fantastic desserts, the food was really fabulous. We were even given a little gift at the end of the night, probably to make up for the late side brought for my fish dish (basically, 20 minutes later). But even this did not spoil my experience. It is recommended for romantic dinners, your date would not be disappointed. I highly recommend Fratelli restaurant to all travelers.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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