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Al Castello

Via Gerolamo Guidoni 56, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
+39 0187 812296
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible21%
Travellers talk about
“pesto lasagna” (25 reviews)
“meringue” (4 reviews)
“clams” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
Via Gerolamo Guidoni 56, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

I'm not sure why the Rick Steves book gave this place such a good review. The food was subpar, the floor was on a slant, and worst of all, they only accept cash.

1  Thank Nate D
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Rick Steves gave Ristorante Al Castello a glowing review. I definitely agree that the restaurant's setting compares to few others, with its aerie-like perch over the gorgeous sea that slaps up against the coast of Vernazza, arguably the loveliest jewel in the tiara of treasures...More

1  Thank normalwriter
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

The food was ok although overpriced, and our waiter was friendly. When we went to pay, however, we discovered they only accept cash and one of us had to find an ATM to get more, killing the experience.

1  Thank Nate D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

I wonder if people that give this restaurant a rave review are confusing it with Belforte, the other, superior, nearby restaurant on the fort wall overlooking the sea? It is very easy to confuse the two, due to their nearly identical locations and views. You...More

1  Thank lexmiller
Reviewed 18 September 2017

So great view, but that's about all it has going for it. We didn't book but were given a seat at the back of the resturant, so that was fine. But it took ages to be served and the waiter was rushing everything. The resturant...More

Thank PCandKB
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Dinner here was good but I think the view is what you are paying for. Seafood spaghetti and the house pasta - al Castello. Both were great. Dessert trolley had many choices- we chose the chocolate cake and lemon cake. I would probably skip the...More

Thank AngelSonrisa
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Sits high above Vernazza- be sure to make reservations in advance ; they open st 7 pm. We had a bottle excellent white wine, spaghetti with basel and tomatoes as a starter, plus we both had the scampi grill. All excellent. Save room for dessert!...More

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

The view from this clifftop restaurant is beautiful, but the food and service are so so at best. Way overpriced, we paid 30euros for a shared plate of seafood pasta. Wine, even the house white was much higher than anywhere else. In the end it...More

Thank Bolte59
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We were on our way to Castello Doria when we bumped into this place. We definitely recommend you to go to this place and have some drinks. The view is magnificent! It's also a great place to relax when you are on your way to...More

Thank Denise A
Reviewed 29 August 2017

It's a family run restaurant and we thought the food was excellent. For the person who,thinks the pasta was microwaved...wrong. I had the same meal and I got the 2 scampi...they were succulent, juicy and sweet... I loved it. The rices are reasonable ... Especially...More

Thank Suzie O
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Elizabeth D
13 September 2016|
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Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
You can find better
1 March 2015|
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Response from Krogers_12 | Reviewed this property |
It is probably sufficient to call early on the day you are going to dine. Just better to have reservations than just walk in.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Gerolamo Guidoni 56, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Cinque Terre  >  Vernazza
  • Phone Number: +39 0187 812296
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