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Ristorante Portobello

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Fusion, Ligurian, Northern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed today via mobile

Crudo di mare partly defrosted and just average. Other dishes good. Prices elevated like in the other restsurant in the baia. After two visits i am not too enthusiastic to come back

Date of visit: July 2022
Reviewed 25 September 2021

Very delicious sea food; tasty bread; nice terrace with a great view over the sea; good value for money;

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 23 June 2021

Friendly restaurant on the bay of silence. Owned by Vis a Vis hotel. Unpretentious and good food. The pastas were nice. The seafood innovatively prepared, and very good. The service perfect. Cannot complain but not the best food I’ve ever had. A good place to...dine on a a beach.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 23 June 2021

The first thing that I have to say about the restaurant is that it's located on the gorgeous Baia del silenzio, and the view from the table is stunning, especially before sunset of a beautiful summer day. When I booked on the phone the Maitre...was very nice and he accommodated in the best way possible my request for the best table with the best view and he also was very sympathetic about the fact that we were with my disabled mother with a wheelchair. Contrary to what another reviewer said, I found the "touch" of the prosecco upon seating at the table very enjoyable. The two ladies who alternated to serve our table were very nice too, always very attentive to my mom's needs. Alas, all these very nice things did not compensate the disappointment for the food. It's not a cheap place but I never mind at all if the food is very good, and the expectations for a known place mentioned by Michelin Guide were high. My mom is a very simple eater and we requested for her a grilled fish filet (ombrina) with steamed rice, which was quite good in its simplicity, but you can't definitely go wrong with this dish. The menu is very exciting in its description of the dishes, my sister ordered Fusilli carbonara con gamberi e bacon and acciughe ripiene, I ordered spaghettoni con moscardini and Tataki di tonno. The two pasta dishes were disappointing at the first bite. Very generic, without any distinctive flavor. The pasta cooked al dente was the only very good thing but hey, we are in Italy! I would have never thought to eat mediocre fish pasta dish in a known Italian restaurant on the sea! After 20 minutes we had half finished our first course (the wait was strangely long even if we had put the forks on the unfinished plates in "take it away please" position, but we were enjoying the view) the waiter came to ask "if we wanted to order something else". I explained that we were actually waiting for our second course. She looked a bit surprised but very professionally replied "of course!", but the wait of 15 more minutes (you don't have to cook acciughe ripiene and tataki di tonno takes nothing) made it clear that somehow they had forgotten our dishes. Once again it is not what to expect from such a presumptuous restaurant, but it didn't really matter because the view is what entertained us. The two fish dishes were better than the pastas, but still I was expecting something excellent which they were not. As said before, (apart from the long wait in between dishes) the service was very good, so my 3 stars review is only for the mediocre/average food which is also quite overpriced. I guess you pay the amazing view!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 21 June 2021 via mobile

If you go to Baia del Silenzio, you should reserve a table in this restaurant: The location, the service and the food are an absolute pleasure and will be remembered by us. Sure, prices are high, but you‘ll get an amazing experience with fond memories.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2020 via mobile

Good food and lovely setting, seafood was fresh and staff was kind. Only negative note, the “ladies menu” without the prices. Looking at the reviews this was raised before and the owner decided to ignore. This is not about good manners (I am Italian and...I wouldn’t call this a “galanteria”), this becomes actually bad manners, as it suggests being female you don’t have control over the money spent. I was actually the one booking and paying for the dinner! Nothing to take away from the lovely setting and restaurant itself, this can be easily fixed by just giving the same menu to everyone (prices can be read online and at the entrance anyway!).More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 27 August 2020 via mobile

My boyfriend and I dined here during our stay in Sestri and had a most enjoyable evening! Our table was very well located with a beautiful view over the bay and the service friendly and attentative. Our starter and mains were delicious as was the...wine. Thank you for a lovely evening!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 21 August 2020 via mobile

Wonderful location in a magic bay. Very friendly waiters, maybe just a bit to quick in pouring the welcome Prosecco when we sat down. The food was an unexpected, big disappointment.More

Date of visit: August 2020
nicolom334, Proprietario at Ristorante Portobello, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2020

Dear Nic, I apologize if the prosecco pouring didn’t match your timing ... it was supposed to be an offered welcome drink ... I guess you didn’t appreciate the gesture . As for the food there I can’t do other than disagree ... when one...More

Reviewed 10 November 2019

A very romantic restaurant by the beach on the beautiful bay of silence. We went there for diner and the romantic theme was on with large candles lit all around. As it was a little cool (but still nice to dine outside) we were offered...lovely warm plaids to keep warm. My menu didnt have the prices written on... so one can guess that this is not a "cheap & cheerful" restaurant. The food was deilicious, beautifully presented, and the service was very nice.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 9 October 2019 via mobile

Thank you so much for the amazing food and excellent service, it really was the perfect end to a perfect day. From the minute i walked in, I was made to feel most welcome, despite arriving in advance of official opening and my beach shorts....After eating in a michelin star restaurant earlier in the week, i have to say, Portobello was so much better. I will return soon, hopefully next year. Highly recommend the scallops with mushrooms and the lobster risotto. Just delicious!! Thank you KatrionaMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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6 May 2015|
Response from nicolom334 | Property representative |
Hello! Portobello is just a 5 minutes away from the Villa Balbi hotel. Best seat for a party of one would be on the side walk . Would you come for lunch or dinner ? Thank you Please reserve directly at +39018541566 of... More
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Ristorante Portobello is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5