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“Dinner out” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bussola

Bussola
Ranked #119 of 9,407 Restaurants in Dubai
Price range: $25 - $150
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: The Marina
Description: Bussola offers to the diners the chance to experience one of the best Italian cuisine in Dubai, and has been certified by the Italian Cuisine Academy.The double decked restaurant layout offers a more formal dining ambience in the lower level, while the open terrace of the Pizzeria in the upper level provides a casual family atmosphere.Chef Marco Legittimo & Restaurant Manager Javier Soler are happy to welcome and assisting you in Bussola.
Dubai
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Dinner out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

We decided to go for a nice dinner outside and I chose from few restaurants. Been there before few years ago and I had a pleasant experience so as I was in the mood for italian food I took this decision.
We had no booking in advance... It was a busy eve in december few days after Christmas but we got a nice table outside within few minutes!
The staff were friendly and polite they made sure we were asked every now and then about the food satisfaction and made sure the wine was immediately replenished.
We had a good experience with the food the appetizer we ordered was nice, a street food mix if Im still remembering the correct name but the pasta was lovely and the salmon as well.
I enjoyed the sorbet as well!
Nothing abnormal was the bill a bit late because the place was very busy!
I will return this month as we enjoyed the place a lot!
Thank you!

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Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“tucked out of the way little gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

this is tucked away behind a hotel, but managed to find it after reading reviews in a travel magazine. I has a posh bit downstairs, but we went for the casual dining option upstaires. Did not book so had to wait around 30 mins for table, but no prob as bar there and the views are fantastic, looking out over sea, served pizzas which were great and good value for money, would highly recommend.

Visited October 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent pizza !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

We are visiting Bussola frequently (mostly in special occasions). Restaurant is placed in beautiful Westin hotel. It's on the first floor with perfect view ! Pizza there is one of the best i have ever eaten! Since its a hotel they serve alcohol :)

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 1982mikel
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“New Years Eve dinner fiasco”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We paid 1050 dirhams ($290) per person for a New Year's Eve dinner at the Bussola fine dining restaurant. Advertised as a 7 course meal. Had to pay in advance. We got there and were served the first course. It took 3 reminders and a request to see the manager before the second course was served 45 minutes later. Service was horrible, the first 2 courses were well presented but tasted horrible. Quantities were ridiculously small -sample sizes at best. Then the main course came, literally 10 noodles and an inch long piece of swordfish fillet. We arrived at 9:45 pm, the main course was served at 12:30 am, we called the manager over and complained. She took the food back and sent out lager portions (now it's actual sample size). It's 1:15 am now and we're just done. We skip two courses, ask for desert and call it a night. Not to mention that as soon as we were seated, we asked for drinks. No one came back to ask if we needed more drinks or water. Waiters were overwhelmed and service was horrible. Several people were also complaining. They ended up giving us a 50% off of our drinks ( cost of dinner did not include beverages). Shouldn't have charged us a penny. Overall a mediocre meal at best consistent with a 3 star establishment. I will never waste my money and time there again. Only positives were dessert (actually tasted good) and the view (we got a great view of the fireworks).

  • Visited December 2013
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MSeyahi, General Manager at Bussola, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Dear Pery M,

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments about your dining experience at Bussola. I am disappointed to hear that your experience did not live up to your expectations for which I would like to apologize.
Please rest assured that we take all our guest comments seriously and I have discussed your comment with our F&B Team in order to improve our general guest experience in the future.
Should you with to return to Bussola, please contact us directly and we will be delighted to assist.
Best Regards,
Tolga S Lacin
General Manager
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“GREAT PIZZA!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Visited this place last week with friends, top notch service, large menu, excellent food - what more can I say!! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to eat in beautiful surroundings with amazing views of the palm, love love love this place

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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