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“Excellent”
Review of Il Giardino

Il Giardino
Ranked #5 of 59 Restaurants in Clevedon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We visited this restaurant for a family birthday and were delighted with the reception, the service, the quality of the food, the presentation and attention to detail.
It's not cheap but definitely worth it for exceptional food.

Thank Graham S
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

You know it's a good thing when a restaurant doesn't have a website yet is booked up several weeks in advance.

I've only been going to Il Giardino for the past four years but my husband and his family/friends have been going there regularly for a lot longer and we make sure there are several occasions each year to use as an excuse to return. We have experienced family occasions, gatherings of friends and business dinners, all with the same professional and courteous approach from the staff and, of course, continually impressive menus.

The restaurant is family-run with the owner's son now having taken over the MD role, however the owner still appears early evening to say hello to the guests. If you book a later table, you will not be disappointed as you may well get to meet Bruno the chef, who is the incredible character behind the savoury dishes. The master of the desserts remains a bit of mystery though!

The more traditional Italian dishes are definitely worth a try but, if you can bear to part with them, do try one of the fish courses, oven baked with just the olive oil and lemon juice - beautiful. Do leave room for the potatoes - they're crisp on the outside and lovely and fluffy inside. Scallops to start are a good choice for seafood lovers, as are the deep fried whitebait. Do ask to share starters if your appetite isn't very big or if you want to save room for dessert.

The desserts are truly wonderful - each crafted by hand and beautifully presented. The "eat and drink" choice is the most spectacular but whatever you choose from the extensive, but well-supported menu, you will be happy you visited. Do finish off with a limoncello!

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2  Thank PenguinFun
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I went there for a family birthday, and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The menu has a good choice of food, with something for everyone

Thank angieprincess
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I went here for a treat with my partner and our meal was delicious. The staff were very courteous and friendly. I had the monk fish which was served in a lovely sauce and you get a HUGE portion! My partner had a steak which was very tender. Would go back again.

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Thank Charlie495
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

They served my risotto using long grain rice - need I say more? The older staff (owner?) member was attentive and charming. Unfortunately you can't rely on this alone to have a successful restaurant. The food has to at least be authentic - in the case italian.

3  Thank efc1965
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