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La Grotta

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Via Scalo Grande 36 | Loc. Santa Maria La Scala, 95024, Acireale, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 764 8153
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
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20:00 - 22:30
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nothing complicated, only nicely cooked fresh fish and seafood in a very local atmosphere. If you visit and I invite you to, forget the menu and go for the catch of the day. The menu is great, but the catch is even better.

Thank Jean-Claude L
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I arrived at 14:20 at this place seeing the trip advisor reviews but the waiter told me that the kitchen was already closed. I asked what time they usually close. The same waiter after asking the kitchen tells me at 14:30. There is something I do not get????

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Brussels, Belgium
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112 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We had lunch on the terrace with an amazing view of the Mediterranean and the small port of Santa Maria La Scala. We chose our fish in the restaurant and were told the price beforehand - unlike in many other places in Sicily - and the grilled fish was outstanding - fresh and delicious! Many guests were having the seafood... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We hadn't booked but they squeezed us in, really friendly waiter who spoke good English . You walk into the kitchen when they are ready ..not before 8 pm ..this is Sicily ! And they show you what they have and you are presented with a short menu of how it can be cooked . Simple food, simply served but... More 

1 Thank Diana S
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215 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

is a small restaurant with a terrace overlooking the small port of Santa Maria La Scala of Acireale. Their specialty is the "warm sea salad": you choose the raw fish at the arrival, don't order at the waiter, go to see the fish at the desk. I advise you to order this selection of fish and weight per person: "Shrimps... More 

1 Thank eo b
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155 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Superb location by the seaside specialising in fish and seafood. prompt service with a smile and quiet location.

Thank Joseph G
san francisco, ca
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I don't get it, all the great reviews of this place. The "harbor" was nothing to look at, not really a harbor in my opinion, just a cement entry into the sea. The fish was fresh, I'll give them that but there is nothing else on the menu. Sure you can get your fish cooked with spaghetti but that's all... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We came across this restaurant after walking down the hill from Acireale and exploring the fishing village of Santa Maria. We sat at a table over looking the harbour under the canopy. We chose our fish over the road where it was weighed, and then cooked to perfection. The service was just right and we had a leisurely lunch here... More 

2 Thank Ruth B
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

I went there last years but still have a nice memory of it: fresh and tasty fish, good service, magic atmosphere,fantastic view

Thank reachjulian
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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Excellent sea food great location and good service. If you want fresh fish (not very expensive either) go and enjoy the place. Insalata di mare was superbly done.

Thank Ervin R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
13:00 - 14:30
20:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Scalo Grande 36 | Loc. Santa Maria La Scala, 95024, Acireale, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Catania  >  Acireale
  • Phone Number: +39 095 764 8153

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?