Liguria, Italy Food Guide: 10 Mediterranean food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Rapallo

December 9, 2019 Veronika Gaddis

Discover Restaurants offering the best Mediterranean food in Rapallo, Liguria, Italy. A port city of about 30,000 on Italy’s Ligurian Coast, Rapallo lies on the Tigullio Gulf about 15 miles southeast of Genoa. The 16th-century Castello sul Mare (Castle-on-the-Sea) is Rapallo’s most prominent landmark, sitting as it does smack in the harbor. The sixth-century Basilica of Santi Gervasio e Protasio is also worth a visit. For a real treat, take the bus or the funivia (cable car) to the sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Montallegro (Our Lady of Montallegro), which offers stunning views.
Things to do in Rapallo

10. Villa delle Donne

Salita Sant'Agostino 46 sul navigatore inserire Via Cerisola 85, il ristorante si trova a pochi metri scendendo sulla destra, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Seafood, Contemporary, Ligurian, Northern-Italian, Mediterranean, Grill Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar [email protected] +39 0185 65246 http://www.villadelledonne.it/
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4 based on 203 reviews

Villa delle Donne

Reviewed By Fabio_IBK

The restaurant furniture is very traditional and cosy, the staff is absolutely kind and attentive. But we were rally surprised by the kitchen! The dishes were so delicious and fine, this was our best dinner until yet in Liguria! A big compliment to the whole staff, keep going!

9. ZI' NINELLA

Via Antonio Maria Maragliano 17 20 Mt Dal Lungomare, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure Italy Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Neapolitan, Ligurian, Northern-Italian, Contemporary Dinner Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Seating [email protected] +39 349 638 8163
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5 based on 102 reviews

ZI' NINELLA

Reviewed By jkarkos

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

8. Papisca Restaurant

Galleria Raggio 7, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Ligurian, Northern-Italian Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +39 0185 177 2463 http://www.ristorantepapisca.it
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4 based on 221 reviews

Papisca Restaurant

Reviewed By Nidgehammer

We searched this restaurant out due to it’s status as number two on Trip Advisor, situated in a shopping gallery behind the western end of the main shopping street in Rapallo.We ordered and received a bowl of decent but slightly over sweet caponata and bread to keep us going. Our wine order was forgotten until I asked again, it was soon to become clear that the pleasant lady who runs front of house had a little too much on her hands.My spaghetti bolognese first course was only just above average, a touch too much tomato and a lack of richness for me but my wife loved her spaghetti vongole despite it being a departure from what we’d been served previously in Italy, it must’ve been a regional variation.There was quite a long wait for our main courses, we noticed quite a few tables having to wait but I’d read about this in reviews so it wasn’t a surprise and wouldn’t have been too much of an issue if it hadn’t been for the “singer” in the restaurant who was pretty poor and was beginning to grate. When it arrived my veal in lemon sauce was underwhelming, the accompanying fried potatoes a little greasy and there were no vegetables on the rather bare plate. When I’d questioned on ordering I was told that it automatically comes with everything- there was a vegetable side dish that I was interested in so I think a trick was missed there. Again though my wife said her fillet of grilled sole was good although she would have rather had the whole fish on the bone - her plate was a little empty also. Dessert of cannollo was fine, a chocolate addition to the ricotta cheese but I couldn’t discern the promised orange peel.In summary, they try really hard at this family owned restaurant and I think you need to stick to the fish options to enjoy the best of what’s available - we spoke to a couple from an adjoining table that were also staying at the Bristol Hotel and they also liked their fish only courses. The lady serving needs assistance, it was too much for her to do practically everything on her own and she seemed stressed at times. The singer added nothing and indeed detracted from our enjoyment in such a small establishment. We can understand though why it’s well rated - it’s like home cooked food (by a good cook) but needs a few tweaks. The local wine was excellent and very fair at €26 a bottle.

7. Osteria Vecchio Mulino

Via di Bana 144, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Mediterranean, Ligurian, Northern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +39 393 143 9058 https://www.facebook.com/Osteria-vecchio-mulino-di-Betty-e-Roberta-332563866853221/
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4 based on 877 reviews

Osteria Vecchio Mulino

Reviewed By Rocio S

Vecchio Mulino is one of the many restaurants I visited on my recent trip to Italy, that I cannot stop raving about. Betty was our server for the night and she not only was so warm and welcoming, but she provided an awesome service. Everything from their wine, to the plate portions, the delicious ingredients used, we just loved it all.Not to mention it's in a beautiful, little-secluded area with a friendly cat!Thank you

6. Bar Enoteca Il Castello

Lungomare Castello 6, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, European, Pub, Wine Bar Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +39 0185 52426 https://www.facebook.com/barenotecailcastello/?rf=195511497142222
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4 based on 575 reviews

Bar Enoteca Il Castello

Reviewed By Apratim

Loved the place. Right next to the old castle facing the sea. The service was very good and friendly. A very wide drinks menu. Tried local beers and loved them. They serve a complementary snacks platter which is quite nice and sumptuous. Definitely recommended for a fun evening.

5. Gli Angeli

Corso Italia 23, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Ligurian, Northern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +39 0185 53994 http://www.ristorantegliangeli.it/
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4 based on 850 reviews

Gli Angeli

Reviewed By MJThe_Colonel

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.

4. Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli

Vico Saline 5 Lungo Mare Vittorio Veneto, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian, Soups Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +39 0185 694050 http://www.roccoeisuoifratelli.it
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4 based on 2212 reviews

Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli

Reviewed By RJENOS

We were recommended this restaurant and the food was amazing. The mini seafood degustation was delicious but the service was a little offhand.

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3. La Trattoria

Via Montebello 11, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Ligurian, Northern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +39 0185 52129 https://www.facebook.com/tr4ttoria/
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4 based on 435 reviews

La Trattoria

Reviewed By kasjaw

So I am reviewing this place from a vegetarians perspective. First of all the service was good. The waiter explained everything well and was very friendly. After explaining that I am a vegetarian and that eating 2 pasta dishes did not sound appealing to me he made an effort to offer an alternative which was the antipasti plate. On it was a white creamy fresh cheese, preserved peppers, white beans with onion, some sort of thin potato cakes, tomatoes with onion and tuna, salami ( i shared with non-vegetarian person). It was not my favourite but appreciated the possibility to have a starter. Then I had "candy-wrapped-style" pasta stuffed with spinach and served with walnut sauce. It was ok but maybe it could be served a bit warmer. For dessert I chose the focaccia tiramisu as this was the waiter's recommendation. I think the idea is nice but to my personal taste the cream was too thick (not fluffy) and the focaccia left a very salty taste. If you are into salty then this is your choice. I think the restaurant is better for meat-fish eaters but nevertheless I appreciated the good service. Dear Guest,we apriciated your comment about our service and our kitchen.We are always more than happy to suggest the best options for our guests such as vegetarians like you but also vegan or gluten free.Our menu changes almost every week and we always consider all our guests needs.Hoping to have you again as our guest!Best regardsTr4ttoria Staff

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2. Trattoria dei Pescatori

Via Tommaso Bottaro 43, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure Italy Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Ligurian, Northern-Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +39 0185 286747 http://www.navicello.it/trattoriapescatori/it/index.html
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3 based on 328 reviews

Trattoria dei Pescatori

Reviewed By PeterPhippin

The Restaurant looked inviting, the name suggested we were in for a fishy treat. I’m afraid we were so disappointed.Not the greatest of welcomes, service was poor. We felt we were not valued as customers.Our fish was indifferent and The zucchini was merely five slices as decoration.We did not stay for dessert or coffee.Sorry, not a treat.

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1. Villa Porticciolo

Via Giovanni Maggio 6, 16035, Rapallo Italy Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Ligurian, Northern-Italian Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Table Service, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi [email protected] +39 0185 042664 http://www.villaporticciolo.it
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4 based on 157 reviews

Villa Porticciolo

A HISTORIC MANOR of the end of '800 facing the sea : location for exclusive EVENTS , new RESTAURANT

Reviewed By touringscot

We were staying at the Grand Bristol hotel in Rapallo end of September 2016 and the weather was excellent so walking about we passed the Villa twice a day for 4 days before we worked out how to get to it as their signage was a bit lacking - but eventually went into the communal park and found the entrance gate! So glad we did. It is an oasis of calm away from the bustle and traffic of downtown Rapallo and simply stunning views from the terrace. Very romantic and nicely furnished.Had dinner and then came back for our last holiday lunch. Both times the service was attentive and the food excellent. Enjoyed the risotto with strawberries and the sea bass baked in salt - well cooked and not overdone as sadly it can be.Overall it is a cut above any other restaurant in Rapallo and we would thoroughly recommend seeking it out if you are staying in or near Rapallo.

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