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Il Balcone

Salita Pollaiuoli 22R, 16123, Genoa, Italy
+39 010 255206
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“stew” (2 reviews)
“pesto pasta” (2 reviews)
“beef” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Salita Pollaiuoli 22R, 16123, Genoa, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place wandering through the lanes. Service on a busy night slow. Wine list excellent - both in quality and price. Went for the meat 'tasting menu' along with the rest of my group of 5. I found the portions generally over salted but...More

Thank kevin c
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Kevin for the nice review!!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

La Balcone is upstairs in a building between Genoa's Ducale Palace and the old city's maze of narrow streets. It opens for dinner at 8. Reservations recommended. Nice menu, friendly staff, good wine list. Unusually for Genoa, the menu includes dishes based around Tuscan-style chinina...More

Thank Alan Z
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Alan for the nice review

Reviewed 29 August 2018

Very nice restaurant, very good food, very good people waiting on you. One small snag, which I hope was only due to some temporary problem, the bread which we received to accompany the food was clearly stale bread, warmed up for the occasion. This is...More

Thank Bruno D
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Dear Bruno, thank you for the nice review. About bread I would like to explain how we behave. Our bread is homemade, with mother yeast and organic flour. Just as it happened in the past, we do not do it every day, but every two...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We wanted to try a real local Genovese food -and got what we asked for :) The service was good The flavors were amazing Good prices Very good experience

Thank daydaze
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks daydaze for the beautiful review and for the maximum score.

Reviewed 4 July 2018

We had been out to dinner so many evenings in a row and this place just felt very much like being at home. the staff seemed like they were family or related. they were helpful with the menu and spoke english well. we too were...More

Thank eeg44
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thanks for the wonderful review and for the maximum score!

Reviewed 24 June 2018

There is so much choice in Genoa and I feel like kicking myself for making such a bad choice. This was by far the worst restaurant we encountered during our 2 weeks in Italy. We went in and found we were the only patrons, not...More

Thank dferguson
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Dear dferguson, we are very sorry that he did not feel good in our restaurant. However, it is important to clarify some points in relation to your review. First of all, the fact that the restaurant is empty does not mean anything at all. For...More

Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We had appetizers and pasta. The waitress was really nice and helpfull. Chestnut pasta with pesto was interesting new taste and really good one. We both really want to recommend this restaurant!

Thank Sari N
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Hi Sari, thanks for the nice review.

Reviewed 28 April 2018

Funny, googling this venue resulted in "Cola Zero or Zero Coke" indeed they did not have any. But anyway the food was good as was the ambience and the service. Very kind and they had good personnel. Located on the 1st floor and no elevator...More

Thank MaxPeen
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

thanks for the nice review

Reviewed 6 April 2018

Was attracted to this restaurant by the fairy lights outside and it proved to be both ambient and serving very tasty food. We had the pestachio pesto pasta which was simple but delicious and the chicken which was amazing. The pear dessert was also lovely....More

Thank JaneChrisKierst
Enrico R, Proprietario at Il Balcone, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thanks JaneChrisKierst for the beautiful review and for the 5 stars

Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Too bad... Sadly the praised I.G.P meat-dishes were not available. The steak the waitress suggested was not tender. They served such a small portion of tuna i couöd have been a side. Neither did they have a normal coke! Would not recommend.

Thank Roger F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$41
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:00
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19:30 - 22:00
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19:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Salita Pollaiuoli 22R, 16123, Genoa, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Genoa
  • Phone Number: +39 010 255206
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The restaurant is near Palazzo Ducale in the heart of the historic center of Genoa. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and original, thanks to a wallpaper made using an encyclopedia of the early '900. Our proposal is based on love for Ligurian cuisine, clever mix between the poor raw materials and the hard work of housewives who have given birth. We try to give voice to the ancient Ligurian recipes. Sometimes we allow ourselves to fascinate from contamination of other regional cuisines. Sometimes from fantasy. We cannot forget our former love: Chianina beef, ancient cattle breed of the Chiana Valley in Tuscany, from which comes the idea of Fiorentina. We provide the best I.G.P. Chianina beef with controlled supply chain to offer you true Fiorentina T-Bone. Our wine list offers approximatively 50 wine labels representing the most important national productions, selected on the basis of the best price/quality ratio.
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