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“Terrible, don't waste your time”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Bar al San Domingo

Bar al San Domingo
Ranked #29 of 42 Restaurants in Ravello
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, View
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Melbourne, Australia
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Terrible, don't waste your time”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Just arrived in Ravello mid afternoon and wanted lunch. Had read about Bar al San Domingo as a favourite place of Jackie Kennedy. After a long wait, a waitress took my order! I am fluent in Italian so should not be a problem! Whilst waiting and waiting For both drinks and meal I was watching other tables who were returning food that was not ordered or coffees that were cold. Not a good sign. My order came with 2 bottles of water when I had ordered one! I politely said, in Italian, I had ordered only 1, to be told by the surly waitress that I had ordered 2! Why would I order 2 when I am a solo traveller! The prosciutto and mozzarella plate was ordinary by a Italian standards. Finally after asking 3 times I got the bill. Then not having 1€ so the waitress could give me a 5€ note as change I was dismissed as if a naughty school child. I am a person that likes to absorb places and enjoy their ambience. Happy to wait to be served and certainly not pushy or insistent. This place would rate as one of the worse, if not worst, I have been to in all my years of travel in Italy. Poor service and poor quality. It may have been great when Jackie was there but do yourself a favour - take a photo and go elsewhere. Save your self an expensive cost for only poor service and ordinary food.

  • Visited June 2014
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Bar A, Proprietario at Bar al San Domingo, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Google Translation
Gent. Signora
Mi ricordo molto bene di Lei................
A ciò che lei ( con tanto disprezzo!!!!!! ) ha affermato, non vale neanche la pena risponderLa.
I fatti come si sono svolti e ciò che è accaduto, ne sono testimoni anche le SUE AMICHE.............
E' da CODARDI scrivere su "TRIPADVISOR" e raccontare solo la PROPRIA VERSIONE.
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“They overcharge tourists”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Bought 3 small cookies (bisquits) there one evening and they charged €3,20. There were no prices, and the girl asked a man at the table how much these three PLAIN SMALL cookies cost. Bought them. The next day, bought 4 of the SAME cookies across at another bar and they were weighed, and cost less than 1 euro. Less. I realized that they just charge tourists whatever they want. We never went back there, even for a bottle of water. And we won't go there again.

Visited May 2014
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“Poor service, purely trading off its location.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

Poor service! We asked for iced coffee as it appeared on the menu, she didn't make eye contact - looked into the distance and said don't have any - no offer of something similar or asking if we'd maybe like something else... So we ordered normal coffee with pastries - once they bought our coffees over to our table, only then did she tell us they didn't have the typical Italian ricotta filled pastries we so wanted. Having climbed the 1200 steps to beautiful Ravello this was a huge disappointment. Poor service, lack of interest in their customers, no reason they're still there other than their location. Avoid this crappy place!

  • Visited June 2014
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“Best Gelato during 3 weeks travelling in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We were a group of 12 travelling to Rome for a marathon and went to the Amalfi coast, Ravello and Ischia from there. Of course we had gelato daily. Rome had excellent gelato at the Piazza Navonna but the 5 of us who went to Ravello all agreed that the Bar Al San Domingo had the very best gelato we have ever had. I had assumed that a place in the center of town would just sell the touristy stuff but this gelato was handmade and the pistacio and hazelnut flavor were to die for. I cannot speak on the food since we did not have any but if all you want is a wonderful gelato that will have you dream about for days, you will find it here.

  • Visited April 2014
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Cool, California
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“Wonderful Bar!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

One thing all non-Italian tourists need to get into their heads is that service is much slower, especially than that in America. This is not fast food people!

That said, John Carlo and Luigi were most gracious hosts as well as the other staff (I believe they are all family). We had cocktails there every evening and because they have omelettes on the menu, we had breakfast there one morning as well. Loved the ham (probably prosciutto) and cheese omelette. This place is not cheap though, so if you're on a tight budget, look elsewhere.

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