Discover Restaurants offering the best Italian food in Santa Margherita Ligure, Liguria, Italy. Set on the Gulf of Tigullio between Rapallo and Portofino, the resort/fishing town of Santa Margherita Ligure really couldn’t be in a better neighborhood. Fashionable but much quieter than Portofino, life in Santa Margherita Ligure centers around the lovely palm-laden harbor, where boating and simple sunning are the orders of the day. The town has some good shopping options, lovely cafes and interesting sights like its 16th-century castle and the 17th-century Basilica di Santa Margherita.
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4 based on 422 reviews
Italian, Mediterranean see food cuisine. Vegetarian plates. No vegan options. Raw materials high quality.
First of all, let me tell you not to take any notice of the negative reviews of this restaurant. Ristorante MOG is not your normal run of the mill restaurant. It has a contemporary fit out and an amazing chef, using only the best quality ingredients. If you want all this and outstanding food you are naturally going to pay more than average. However your taste buds will be rewarded, without too much damage to your wallet or credit card. The complainers obviously have no pallet and no appreciation of fine dining. They should probably stick to the pizzeria, but they would still find something to whinge about.The girls on the floor were good and were able to tell us about wines by the glass. It would be easier if these were included in the wine list. Unfortunately beer choices were poor. One cheap Mexican beer and one 9% alcohol beer.Italian beer is great. Please get rid of these two and use the Italian option.We shared a gnocchi entree which was excellent, combining the flavors of olives, tomatoes and hard ricotta.Our main course of fillet steak, foie gras and port sauce could only be described as outstanding.Our bill came to 110 euros, which is about what we would pay for a similar quality meal in Australia. However it was still great value considering the outstanding quality and the passion and finesse of the chefs.
4 based on 901 reviews
We had a lovely evening at Ristorante Antonio. The setting outside is in a terraced roof garden and the staff from the second we arrived were very attentive and helpful. All of the meals were cooked very well, with the local fish and potatoes being a highlight of the meal. The staff fillet the fish at the table and served it beautifully. We will likely return again before the end of our holiday.
4 based on 1478 reviews
Traditional Ligurian restaurant,located in the historical center of the town in a beautiful square. Tipical and local food, fresh pasta home made, fresh salads, bruschette, beef fillet steak, fresh fish everyday, vegetarian and gluten-free menu. Good wine
This was another recommendation from friends. We are not foody people, and we are budget conscious, but we enjoyed our pasta dishes and side orders, although portions were on the small side. The quality of the food was excellent, but more expensive than other places in Santa Margherita. Not convinced that the quality, though good, justified the higher prices.
4 based on 438 reviews
Capo Nord is a divine restaurant on the Ligurian coast between Santa Margherita and Portofino. It sits on the water, with stunning views over Santa Margherita.Everything was superb. We shared a sushi and sashimi platter (35Eu) for appetiser which was extremely generous and of an exceptional quality. For mains we had pastas (20-25 Eu), which were beautifully cooked, and cheesecake (8Eu) for dessert which was delicious. The service was charming and attentive, and we were delighted to be offered a digestif at the end of the night by the delightful owner. I find it hard to believe that the restaurant has been essentially rebuilt since the storms of late 2018- it is perfect!We ordered a taxi to the restaurant- highway robbery at 25 Eu for ten minutes- and enjoyed the stroll back to our hotel afterwards (forty minutes). This restaurant is in a special location, and more charming and romantic than anything else we enjoyed in Santa or Portofino.
4 based on 561 reviews
A delightful little al fresco restaurant set in a short paved courtyard about 300m west of the centre of Santa Margherita Ligure off the Portofino road. You must go, but make sure you book. Fantastic fresh local produce prepared with great love and care, and great service. We had octopus and mustard dressing and seafood carpachio to start, then the special ravioli with a beef sauce. All extremely good, followed by 2 exquisite puddings.They clearly love what they do and yearn to share it with diners. Do go!Many thanks for last night, "Mr John" and the wife
4 based on 699 reviews
We decided to eat a little out of town to try to get away from the crowds. We were lucky enough to secure a table here. The food was sublime, the salmon and tuna were sashimi grade with great accompaniments. The octopus was far and away the best we have ever eaten, the sweet potato mousse with it was perfect. The staff were terrific and given the quantity and quality of the food, prices very reasonable. It is a pity we discovered it so late in our visit.Grazie, grazie davvero. Ã stato un piacere avervi ospiti. Arrivederci e buone vacanze!Margherita e staff
4 based on 319 reviews
Need to prebook but its worth it . The lovely garden area at the rear provides a lovely atmosphere for the great food. The veggie dip plus the lovely homemade bread to their own recipe was very welcome precursor to the fish main course and superb desert. If in SM you must eat here! Its hidden away in the back streets but worth tracking it down. Recommended.Hidden away in the back streets? DuCoq is the center of the world!Thank you for your beautiful review, we are proud you ate here twice during your holiday! Above all you appreciated our dessert, we are still working on it to surprise our best clients... What are you waiting for? Come back soon!
4 based on 171 reviews
Restaurant Karalis offers traditional dishes of the ligurian and sardinian cuisine in a modern way, focusing on the quality of the ingredients and on the freshness of Santa Margherita Ligure's catch of the day. You'll find also a vast choice of selected w
This restaurant (ristorante) is located at the edge of city-center.When you enter it, first you might underestimate this restaurant.The interior design is looking quite simple and not luxurious.But more important is what will come then or next...Fast we received the menu and got well informed from Federico =co-owner, who has served us.The choice of excellent wines is extensive.Remarkable: All are offered at fair (!) prices.Fresh bread was served. Tables have table cloth. And we got textile napkins.For starters we ordered " crudo misto di pesce", 22 â¬!"Cappellacio di orata con gamberi cotti e crudi", 18â¬. ( Ravioli, home made).The ordered red wine, " Barbaresco", 36,00 â¬ from Marchesi di Barolo, was of perfect quality and taste, offered at an unbeatable price!For main I ordered grilled Tuna.The quality was average. It was accompanied by fried potatoes (average) " al forno". 25,00 â¬.The cook (also co-owner ) is named Valerio.He has done a good job.These offers, quality and preparation you will find very seldom.I am sure that we will return!I can highly recommend this restaurant! Credit cards will be accepted.The toilet is really clean!My subjective rating:Presentation of meals: 4 pointsQuality and preparing of meals: 4-5 pointsAmbiance: 3-4 pointsValue for money: 5 pointsToilet: 4 pointsOffers: 5 pointsGrazie della visita e anche dei suoi preziosi consigli a presto Valerio e Federico
5 based on 102 reviews
The best dining experience on our trip! The previews were absolutely right. You have to have dinner here, if you are a foodie, you should try the tasting meal. Everything is made fresh with great respect to the ingredients. I opted for the a la cart dish -rosso gambero. So happy. Prawns tasted like lobster. Super delicious. My husband opted for the tasting menu. Equally happy. It's good because we shared all the food. Half bottle of wine, prosecco. Just the right portions each time. The owner treats you like family with warmth and passionate about making your meal. Be warned, Italians savor their meals. Make a reservation if possible or come early to occupy one of the 9 tables! Thank you Pasquale Thancks
4 based on 850 reviews
Went on a Monday night. Was quite quiet so no problem getting a table for 2. Made to feel very welcome. Quality food and very good wine recommendation. Friendly efficient staff. Would definitely recommend if you are visiting Rapallo. Monkfish in pistachios was really good. Reasonably priced.
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