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“An Wonderful Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of O Magazin

O Magazin
Ranked #9 of 33 Restaurants in Portofino
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Toronto
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“An Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

We met old school friends whom we had not seen for two decades in Portofino for lunch. Walking around the harbor area we quickly concluded that O Magazin was the ideal choice as it was away from the crowds while affording an amazing view of the port, the yachts as well as the castle. What we were not prepared for was the best lunch of our trip to Italy (also the most costly!).

Some mention has been made about service that is not effective or friendly; we found the wait staff to be responsive, well organized and most accommodating. We had several different items including the crudo di pesce, pappardelle with two different basil based pesto sauces (one with and one without tomatoe) and seafood including gamberi di Santa Margherita and a grilled fish which I believe was branzino. The food is wonderful, fresh, extremely well prepared and supported by a super wine list.

We left feeling the overall experience, though costly, was extremely good value for money. The location, the service and the food were memorable and something that seldom comes together in one package. Particularly if it is a nice day, take the time to savour the moment as you enjoy what Portofino is all about. Hopefully you will have someone near and dear to you to share this with. My belief is that you will not regret it.

Per la gente @ rivista O, grazie per aver contribuito a rendere il nostro pomeriggio a Portofino memorabile.

  • Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Familiar Service (don't expect the Ritz) but great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Family owned and family managed, there is lack of precision in the service (and sometimes a bit confusion), all service members are very friendly nevertheless, the organization is not perfect though.
That said, you have now all plus: food fantastic (probably the best Spaghetti alle vongole - they call them, in genoa's way, arselle), great location (in Portofino's harbor), wonderful "pesce alla griglia" (we had branzino and gamberi di Santa Margherita), outstanding "crudo di pesce" (raw fish).
The menu is small, quite basic to be frank, but the quality is very very high.
About the value..... well, you are in Portofino, one of the most fancy places in the world.... you pay also the location. But they are honest, so the value is ok.
In Portofino this is probably the best place to eat - not only for tourists, but for everybody.
Go there.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“Super restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Really excellent trattoria in the Italian old style with adjoining "gelateria" with a glorious assortment of fresh fruit ice creams and an ever changing new tastes plus some revivals as "taglio limone al selz"(lemon ice cream with sparkling water).
Mile zero fish and scampi shrimps and occasionally lobsters cooked in the simplest way to enhance freshness and taste,sometime also raw local fish absolutely unique.
Family owned and managed with excellent service ,beautiful location on the jetty near the Coast Guard with wonderful harbor view "pieds dans l.eau."

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“best place in Portofino”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

was very well impressed with the service when I stoped by asking for a reservation for the next day - they were very friendly!! the food was delicious and the ambiance is the best in Portofino as it is located in a calmer area facing the port. They have a great parpadelle and an octopus as appetizer! great wine list as well!! Highly recommend!

  • Visited August 2013
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“Super restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

We had a meal (lunch) here - superb location on the edge of the harbour, and slightly away from the uber busy piazzetta. Fantastic food (not cheap but it is Portofino and the quality is excellent). A small but varied menu - we shared a starter (melon and Parma ham - delicious), and we both had grilled beam (fantastic) and tiramisu and a semi freddo for dessert (amazing). The service was excellent! It's definitely a fabulous restaurant, with super food and great service. Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
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