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“Not Amazing”
Review of Ristorante Rava

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Ristorante Rava
Ranked #10 of 70 Restaurants in Porthcawl
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Family run restaurant, open to the general public. Early evening specials menu. Small but good wine list. Open from 17;30 - 23:30 daily
Wexford, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Not Amazing”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We went here for an evening meal while on holidays in Porthcawl. The restaurant is deceiving from the outside as it is very nice inside with a glass floor just above the wine cellar. It was quiet there with only six other people in the restaurant. There was A La Carte or Early Bird menus which were average menus and we choose the Early Bird of two courses. Our starters arrived quite quickly and were fine, certainly not outstanding. Our main courses arrived very shortly after our starter plates had been cleared. The food was again fine but we were not stuffed after it! The restaurant on this evening had two men taking orders and serving food. Not sure if it was two brothers or father and son. There was not a very friendly atmosphere here. Not once did either of the men smile. All the time we were eating one of the men kept looking at us and the minute we put our cutlery down he was over to clear the table. Personally I couldn't wait to get out of there and would not go back again.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Enniscorthy123
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devon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Italians would be ashamed to be represented by this place.”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Awful. We visited this place in June whilst on holiday in Wales. We fancied eating out and the only place we could find in Porthcawl was Rava Ristorante. The place looks fabulous, really nice decor and a glass floor overlooking the cellar. That was about the only nice thing about the place. The owner or waiter, dont know what , was as miserable as sin, We tried to make conversation about how nice the placel looked and asked how long he had been open his reply was sarcastically "since 6 o clock" . I said it looks new has it been done up, again his stern reply was"no we keep it clean" Sorry l spoke. Well it was down hill from there, the food was like something you would buy as a ready meal for one that you microwave. II had bruschetta it was like them frozen french bread pizzas. No salad dressing no flavour soggy bread that wasnt even brushetta. My husband had mussels and can you believe they were served from a jar, I'm guessing, with NO shells! Never in our life have we had mussels without the shells. Not once did the waiter come to do a table check and ask us if we were happy or did we want anything else. The main course was just as bad. I had Vesuvio spaghetti which was supposed to be HOT it WASNT. I dont think it even saw a chilli, no flavour again no herbs, poorly presented, again no table check. Suffice to say we didnt stay for any more microwaved treats, paid and left and will never ever return. Avoid this place, save your money. Its food is poor the service even poorer. Miserable unfriendly unwelcoming!

  • Visited June 2013
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8 Thank DevonSofi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worst Italian around”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

Went here for my birthday and was very disappointed. The menu reminds me of a menu from 1980!

The decor was very good but the food was very very sub-standard. If Gordon Ramsey visited this place, he would have a field-day.

Do not waste your money - have a microwave bolognaise at home instead it will taste better!

  • Visited March 2013
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5 Thank Mikel1234
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Saved our evening :)”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Just got back from a lovely meal out to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. We'd booked a table at another restaurant but there was a mix up with the booking & they were not very nice about it and made us feel extremely awkward so we left.
We'd been thinking of going to Ristorante Rava and it had been a 50/50 choice based on Trip Advisor ratings when we booked the other place. So we decided to see if Rava had a table free on the off chance and were greeted fulsomely despite not having booked. Couldn't have been more of a contrast. Nothing too much trouble and wonderful food. So quite pleased the other place was so bad we left straight away because we had a brilliant night at Ristorante Rava instead.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Banana_the_Poet
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Porthcawl, Wales, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Atmosphere with food to Match”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Went to the Ristorante Rava by chance a couple of months ago and have been back about four times since. The service, food and welcome are excellent and as one of the recent reviewers said the "taste is to Die For.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Les T
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