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“We still don't know what happened!”
Review of ERMES Locanda

ERMES Locanda
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Price range: $20 - $33
Description: ERMES Restaurant in Paestum is among the best known and appreciated the local entrepreneurs from the area, gourmets, tourists and loyal customers for specialties' fish; with its delicious menu of extraordinary traditional cuisine and national Salerno. It is a perfect location for your social events, private meetings by candlelight, business meetings, anniversaries and parties. The restaurant welcomes you with great warmth and kindness in his equipped and local hospitality, sure to be able to give an emotion unique and unrepeatable gastronomic; service and courtesy are always impeccable and imitate a cozy and comfortable. It is famous for its dishes based on fish, where its chef expresses a class and sublime skill that will win you over at first taste. Awaits, preferably with reservation, every day except Monday, Capaccio Paestum Via Della Repubblica, 126 in the province of Salerno, adjoining the restaurant an inn with 6 rooms.
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Description: ERMES Restaurant in Paestum is among the best known and appreciated the local entrepreneurs from the area, gourmets, tourists and loyal customers for specialties' fish; with its delicious menu of extraordinary traditional cuisine and national Salerno. It is a perfect location for your social events, private meetings by candlelight, business meetings, anniversaries and parties. The restaurant welcomes you with great warmth and kindness in his equipped and local hospitality, sure to be able to give an emotion unique and unrepeatable gastronomic; service and courtesy are always impeccable and imitate a cozy and comfortable. It is famous for its dishes based on fish, where its chef expresses a class and sublime skill that will win you over at first taste. Awaits, preferably with reservation, every day except Monday, Capaccio Paestum Via Della Repubblica, 126 in the province of Salerno, adjoining the restaurant an inn with 6 rooms.
Reviewed September 23, 2018

We drove for an hour to get to Ermes Locanda and were very excited to try this highly reviewed, no menu restaurant.

The owner Mario came up to us, (as he does every table as he is the only waiter), and told us there was no menu- the only choice we could have is how we wanted our main fish cooked. Whether grilled or fried. There would be an antipasto, a pasta and the main. We told Mario it was up to him and off he went. We asked him to suggest a red wine- which he happily brought over to the table...the wine was fine- except after looking at the bottle it was a 2018 vintage....a bizarre choice but the wine was drinkable so we were ok with it.

As we waited for the antipasto to arrive, we watched in amazement at both the portion size and assortment of fish on the plates- we couldn't wait to dig into ours.

Except the antipasto never arrived. Instead, we were served and order of pasta which Mario described as Sicilian pasta...It was well cooked and pretty tasty.

The couple next to us (who came in about 20 minutes after us), got their antipasto- and it looked seriously amazing. When I asked Mario about it, he replied, you have the "short menu". When I said we didn't want the short menu, he decided his English wasn't good enough and he walked away from us. I went over to him and said in fluent Italian, "where is our antipasto"? and basically he said again, "you get the short menu".

It was then we realized that something bizarre was going on and instead of waiting for our main course.....we asked for a check. Of course on the check were the normal charges for service, bread and water plus the pasta we ate. We paid the bill and left.

On the hour drive back to our hotel, we still didn't know what happened...it was as truly bizarre an experience as we've ever had in a restaurant.,

To add to this review, I received a Facebook message from Mario saying he was sorry that we were unhappy, but he thought we would prefer the "short menu". His messages were in Italian so I replied using Google Translate how disappointed we were to be shortchanged at dinner by not giving us the entire menu.

All I can say is, if you come here, beware the moods of Mario....maybe you'll be lucky enough to get that antipasto...or maybe he'll not be in the mood and give you the "short menu".

Date of visit: September 2018
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WolvesTeam, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at ERMES Locanda, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018
Google Translation

1: come ha risposto con traduttore su Facebook cosi poteva fare in ristorante. 2: il vino 2018 che lei dice lo sa tutto il mondo che ancora non esiste. 3: quando una persona arriva in ITALIA e pretende di parlare solo la sua lingua e neanche si sforza a casa mia si chiama prepotenza .4:lei ha ordinato primi e secondi (per quello che ho capito io, del suo americano), quando era pronto il secondo lei ha chiesto il conto e ha pagato solo quello che ha mangiato!( al suo paese avrebbe pagato tutto l'ordine). Mi ringrazi per la mia infinita pazienza. Si ricordi lei e qualche altro recensore che il posto dove é stato si chiama RISTORANTE e non Studio Psichiatrico!

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Reviewed September 3, 2018

It was well worth the return as Mario and his wife (whose name I did not catch) produce a culinary experience rather than a meal. Fish is a must and it is all fresh starting with a delicious and abundant antipasta. The pasta dishes are all unusual and perfectly prepared. Good wines to accompany ones meal. One needs to be patient as service is not rapid but it's well worth the wait and understandable as everything is prepared at the moment for each customer. As I said, it's a culinary experience to fill one's evening and not simply a "meal out". It's not a big place so book if you don't want to risk disappointment.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Read about Ermes on Tripadvisor while in Paestum. Went for lunch, fortunately. At night there is reservation only dinner. Small, popular place. We both ate calamari, fried, and salad. Best calamari we ate in Italy. Owner was super nice and talked to us and welcomed us warmly.
Would go back in a heartbeat!

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

We arrived without a reservation and were warmly greeted by the owner. There is no menu, so you get catch of the day (fish and seafood, pasta). Food was authentic, simple and fresh. If you like a quiet meal, this may not be for you, as the owner very much tries to engage you in conversation whether you speak Italian or not, but we liked it and it made us feel welcome.

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Z T
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Reviewed July 2, 2018

We arrived late at 9.50pm, just 10 minutes before the door was locked, but the owner was extremely accommodating and let us in. The is no menu but he explained what he could give to us and the dishes he described sounded great. We also got a welcome drink and he made us feel very welcome. The food is wonderful - no other word to describe it. It is a fish restaurant in the main. Although the desserts looked fantastic too, we were too full to eat anything else. I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Unmissable if you are in the area!

Date of visit: June 2018
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