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“Lovely ambiance, good value”

Restaurant Aiguaclara
Ranked #2 of 85 Restaurants in Begur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $34
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Enjoy dinner in our cozy and romantic Restaurant with good music, warm lighting, looks, smiles and with all the flavor of Mediterranean cuisine ... Sleep in a Colonial Mansion 1866. 10 rooms full of detail in a magical atmosphere.
Narbonne, France
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lovely ambiance, good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

If you're some world-weary urban sophisticate who spends time in London and New York, you may find the Aiguaclara tedious. We're country bumpkins, so we enjoyed the shabby-chic decor, urban vibe, and vinyl-playing DJ -- they have a "vinyl night" every Friday, with records from about the 1940s to the 1970s. When we arrived about 9, it was packed and there were no free tables, but we sat down by the DJ for a drink, and to enjoy the music for a while before trying elsewhere, and after about half an hour the manager found us a table. The staff were friendly, the food wasn't exceptional but it was good -- and relatively cheap for Begur, at 27 euros for three courses -- and we had a lovely bottle of local wine priced at only 11 euros. We enjoyed it very much, and we'd go back.

  • Visited November 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Much ado about nothing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

This place gets high praise on sites like i-escape and in the British press for its decor. Stylish? Sure. Unique? Only if you haven't been in London or New York in the past 10 years.

Retro clocks, fairy lights, mismatched chairs, old LPs - this looks like every cupcake shop and vintage clothes store in Hoxton or the Lower East Side. It's like eating in Urban Outfitters. That really shouldn't matter, but when they're selling homemade throw pillows for 24 euro, they're clearly a bit impressed with themselves. That carries over to the service, which varies from cool to downright snooty.

All of this would be fine if the food were special. It's not. The pumpkin ravioli is bland to the point of being insipid. Grilled tuna is cooked to temp, but all the mains come with the same sour, watery ratatouille, and drizzled with basil pesto like it is still 1998. The bread basket consists of a very average baguette, the Mojito sorbet hadn't set properly when we had it, and there's better coffee elsewhere in town. The saving grace is that Aiguaclara is reasonably priced compared to other restaurants around Begur.

This might be a nice little spot if it weren't so contrived. As it is, the disconnect between the experience and the pretension is almost farcical. They play music on Fridays, and the patio seems like a mellow spot to sip an overpriced gin and tonic, but you should probably eat before your arrive.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank StJamesGate
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Top ambiente, good food and very friendly service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

It is really worth going. Live music and decoration made it a very lovely evening. Food was great, fresh and innovative and at reasonable prizes. Restaurant was packed, so reservation is necessary. Location is in the middle of the village. Owners are very welcoming. We will be back for another romantic dinner.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank TomEGeneve
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Den Haag
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Centrally located in Begur, but a little hidden gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

We had seen this hotel mentioned in several guide books to Begur, and knew that it's restaurant was supposed to be good so made a special effort to find it. The hotel was actually sign posted from the church square in Begur, but unless you knew to look for it, you probably would not find the hotel, much less the restaurant. It is only small so I would advise booking in high season - it is also only open Wednesday to Sunday in low season. There is a nice seating area for cocktails or something from the large gin and tonic menu! The owner was interested from the start, wanting to know where we had heard of her 'simple' restaurant. Although there were vegetarian starters, there was no vegetarian main course available, but it was agreed that my partner could have two starters - maybe in future it would be nice for veggies to be catered for at every course. Very good food at 28 euros for three courses, no matter what you chose, or you could have fewer courses if you wanted. I would say that the surrounding were intimate and eclectic, with nice lighting and antiques. They have a cabinet of 'treasures' to look at, which makes the place feel very cosy. Would happily go back and also try to stay in the hotel for a night to see more of it!

  • Visited September 2012
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Faro District, Portugal
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Troubled waters”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

If this is said to be one of the best restaurants in Begur, are we lucky that next to this one, we only dinned in Pati Blau (which was average as well). Had jamon & vegetable pie as starters (no specific comments but then you can do little wrong with jamon) and chicken with prawns & grilled tuna as mains. To our surprise, there were no patatoes and no side dish, although the tuna comes with some vegetables. The ice cream contained ice crystals. On the positive side, their olive oil (which we used to eat all the bread) is very tasty. We left with a small hunger still lingering so overall, portions are too small. Service was indifferent, routine and borderline friendly. Limited wine list and no small bottles (37.5 cl) available.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank belgtravel
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