Known as the City of Palms, scenic seaside Bordighera is the proud supplier of fronds to the Vatican every Palm Sunday. Just a few miles from the borders of both Monaco and France, floral Bordighera has been a favorite resort destination for British visitors since the 19th century, when Queen Victoria herself was a guest. The town has many lovely gardens (like Pallanca and Winter), an archaeological museum (the Bicknell) and a lovely old town, but most come for the beach and seafront promenade.
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4 based on 312 reviews
We ate here on our last night in Brodighera and it was the best meal we had the whole week. Not cheap but good value. A good menu with a lot of interesting choices. The service was outstanding and the food was well prepared. Not too crowded so it was just right
4.5 based on 849 reviews
Recently expanded to two rooms, this attractive trattoria prepares only three or four pastas and main courses daily, announced on a blackboard. Pasta selections usually include trenette or some other pasta with a rich pesto sauce, and there is always a selection of fresh fish and one or two meat courses, often including fresh fish cooked with local olives and fresh vegetables, a house specialty. If you liked the olive oil or wine served at lunch, go across the square to their newly opened wine shop, where local labels line the walls.
It was more than four years ago when we last dined at Magiarge". This time, we were taken there by locals for lunch. We also know a Michelin starred chef who admires their cooking. Based on those experienced sources I will give them the benefit of the doubt and rate them "very good". If I were relying solely on my lunch, a competent but somewhat dull Coniglio, the rating would be "average". So too, on the very basic insalata mista. A tart tatin dessert had some additional style.
Being able to dine outside in the old square, and being with good friends, was certainly a pleasing setting. The outside tables are very basic, and in many ways I prefer the inside of the restaurant. The old upper town is very atmospheric and hasn't been spoiled by too much tourism, although a Costa Cruise tour group made a brief appearance in the square. They got their three minutes of local history and then, thankfully, disappeared.
There is no question that the quality of ingredients are first rate; the cooking is skillful; there is a wide range of dishes that represent the heart and soul of the Province. They stock a thoughtful selection of regional wines.
I will give them another try, and hopefully wind up with dishes that earn more enthusiasm. Service continues to be adequate and detached.
4 based on 398 reviews
So we revisited here after being absent for 2 years. NO disappointment! As good or better than ever, and, if you are this lucky to return, they WILL remember you! Not only did they greet us with kisses, but they also brought a water dish for our poodle [welcomed!] and several free items for us to try!
The sister and brother servers are genuine and truly treat the mostly local patrons as family, right down to never covering up the yelling 2 minute family fights in the nearby kitchen then returning to serving with smiles for us and each sibling! Fun and funny. They still joke with patrons even if there are language barriers.
You will certainly know [and we appreciate] that you are in Italy and not nearby [about 35 minutes from Nice] France , as you enjoying much lower food prices and much, much friendlier serving staff!!! A delightful, large portion of the primi plati Troffi [great pasta] was only 8 euros and the gnocci was only 10 euros.
Try hard to make a trip to this wonderful small town and this super great restaurant!
4.5 based on 338 reviews
We had twice lunch at this restaurant and what we ate was exceptionally well prepared
and tasty. Among others we had grilled fresh seafood and vegetables, cod brandade (with real pieces of cod !), very delicious tortellini filled with shrimps,
The portions were generous. Easy parking, nice view, cosy atmosphere.
Perfectly adapted for handicapped people. Check with google to access the seashore parking, there is only one through via Pasteur.
4.5 based on 712 reviews
Why write a third review for the same restaurant? Because in a changing world they continue to be so damned good! The composite beach platform decor is pretty generic. The proximity to the ocean is pleasant, but perhaps not the most scenic spot. What keeps on bringing us back is the creativity and mastery of the kitchen. The service is pleasant if a bit detached. No matter. Each dish starts with premium ingredients, and they are not afraid to explore sauces and combinations that go beyond the standard Ligurian repertoire without losing a sense of its roots.
The restaurant must move this year, according to the owner, and it is unclear in what month and to what location in town. As long as the staff hold together, and I trust they will-we and their many fans will follow.
They have an interesting wine list and place more emphasis on elegant and distinctive desserts than many of their competitors. This is our first choice in Bordighera, and worth a journey.
Whether you deem their tariffs high or medium depend on your budget, and perhaps what you order. But from our point of view, they give you full value!
4.5 based on 127 reviews
Fantastic place, beautiful atmosphere, gorgeous meal & food, great ownership..and very quick serve. The restaurant management is of the highest quality, very friendly and homey.
4.5 based on 290 reviews
Returned here last night after previous trip a couple of years ago. It's under new ownership but the quality of food has remained the same - excellent. The ravioli and the seafood ragu were delicious. Well worth a visit
4.5 based on 324 reviews
Stumbled across this place. Seems busy and full of locals. Pizza was good. Service good too. Got stung with a 20% Tourist Tax (or service charge, no bill was given, just a verbal amount) when it came to paying the bill. There was no mention of this on the menu or the restaurant anywhere. Would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for this.
4.5 based on 224 reviews
You can come everyday, drive 50 km to come in this restaurant - in summer they will pay no attention to you if you don't book in advance !
When you step in ,you are told to come back in one hour...
Even if you have already been here the day before ...
4 based on 292 reviews
It is out of season and a Thursday so very clearly the place is tranquil. It is not the most stunning view, in fact the beach is rather littered and it's close to the railway track yet the sun is shining and it was a perfect place for lunch after a visit to the market.
The Moama special at 39 euros was delicious and generous enough to content the 3 of us. Deep fried whitebait, calamari and anchovies was light and fresh. The home made Tiramisu was a creamy fluffy delight! And, the lovely Federica was attentive and cheerful.
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