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“Best experience of a restaurant in Ilha Grande”
Review of O Pescador

O Pescador
Ranked #17 of 74 Restaurants in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Brazilian, Seafood
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 8 September 2013

My husband and I enjoyed two excellent, fresh fish dishes (good portion sizes) here on two separate occasions here. It is situated right on the beach front and there are tables inside or on the sand. In general customer service on Ilha Grande is not the best (sooo slow) but this restaurant bucked the trend and waiting staff dealt with us attentively and politely. They serve great meals for 2 at a very good price.

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Thank Leila W
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Reviewed 31 May 2013 via mobile

We had our last dinner on the island at O Pascador and enjoyed every moment.

The location, on the sea front is ideal with the tide out and the waves lapping the sand. There was live music playing in the bar next door which was really nice.
The waiters and waitresses are so friendly, speak good enough English
and one of them even recognised us on the beach the next morning.

We shared the fish in Banana Leaf (which serves two) and it went really well with the Chilean Chardonnay which another reviewer mentioned. The flavours of the dish were stunning and the Banana fruit actually worked really well with the fish.

I absolutely recommend this place for its yummy food and great service.

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Thank shirageva
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We had a mango ceviche (small portion) and an excellent fish moqueca. Caipirinha and caipivodkas are Ok. The location of this restaurant is convenient, atmosphere is very romantic with tables on the beach, candlelights... but don't forget your mosquito repellent !

Thank FloDuf
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

I have been there last January with my partner. We simply asked for something as basic as changing a side dish from rice to fries, and the gentle young foreigner waiter asks this middle aged man... who (aggressively) turns to us and emit an orc-ish ¨NO¨ without any worry whatsoever in at least being gentle with costumers, simply rude...

Well, it turns out that this gentleman is the owner himself!! Hence the power to decide on side dishes but, paradoxically, the complete lack of care for a costumer or, even less, just the basic kindness in dealing with another human, costumer or not...

I am not sure if this is because, unlike my partner, I am an obviously looking Brazilian man. Maybe auto-discrimination: Who knows, maybe the foreign costumers receive a better treatment, but I am just speculating. From my frequent travels all over the world (from rich to poor countries), it is rare to find poor service of such magnitude.

This, for an ¨ok¨ mildly cold dish of normal standard food, sums up to a quite poor overall experience. Avoid (unless everywhere else is full & no choice).

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3  Thank MarcioSdaF
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Going to the same restaurant twice normally means that it is really good. However, after a few disappointing evenings in other places, we went back to this place because we had a satisfactory first time experience, and it was more or less a safe bet.

The first time we started off with fried shrimp in tapioca (recommended) and for main course we had a grilled fish served in banana leaves and fried banana, which was also very good. However things were going a bit slowly (we had to wait for 30-45 minutes before being served). It seemed that they had too little staff at times to server all the customers. We also had to ask two or three times for the drinks to arrive. The staff was friendly, despite seeming to have too much to do.

The second time we yet again had the fried shrimp in tapioca pearls, and some white fish along with rice etc. We asked explicitly if we could have fried cassava (which was not on the menu) instead of the fried potatoes, and this was not a problem. This was however forgotten when we were served, but they told us that they would serve it as soon as possible. This resulted in "wet cassava dipped in oil". We complained, and it was sent back to the kitchen. A few minutes later we got properly fried cassava and an excuse. The meal was however a bit disappointing as it was promoted to have a lot of good taste.

This restaurant, as many of the beach restaurants, had an artist that was performing. For non-brazilians, you should know that you will have to pay approximately 5 R$ per person, which is a bit annoying when it is being played too loud by an artist that sings e.g. Nirvana by heart (and has not spent enough time memorize it). I would rather pay to not have him sing as I do not think it fits well with the "atmosphere".

Also be aware that the prices are excluding service (as everywhere in brazil) which is 10% of the overall costs (which in theory is optional, but you should pay unless you have been treated really bad).

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1  Thank Thomas7476264
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