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“No impressed with the food...toilets were filthy.”
Review of Craft Trattoria - CLOSED

Craft Trattoria
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 July 2013

When a restaurant has a good atmosphere and good service its a terrible shame when the food is just not up to scratch. I had to send my Burger - yes my burger back twice before it was cooked well done - why can't a chef get that right - not too hard you'd have thought? You can't serve processed meat red - it has to be cooked as i requested. It was also shame for the waiter who was just as frustrated as i was to get it right. Come on chef...
We have tried Craft 3 times each with a fail....and that's a strike cos we ain't going back.
p.s. toilets were filthy

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Thank Doug B
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

I have been to Craft 6 times and the only time I have left feeling remotely satisfied is when I ordered a burger. Every other time I continually had food issues. First time: proportion size and lack of flavor of the gambero pasta dish. Next time, I ordered the seafood pasta in a bag, again no flavour. Went back again and tried the GR Mac & Cheese - bland, no breadcrumbs. Next couple times I stuck to Burgers and they were great. Finally, last night, I gave the Gambero another chance, this time huge portion of pasta but absolutely no flavour and no coriander. My husband ordered a burger, well done - it went back 3 times before they cooked it properly.

I think the only redeeming quality of the restaurant is the atmosphere and service. Everyone always helpful and friendly. However, last night the toilet cleanliness was an issue - no toilet paper, piss on the walls, broken lock and no soap.

It seems the quality and ability of the chefs are slipping and its too bad because it is a great cozy spot. Sadly, that will be our last visit.

My advise to those who want to try it is stick to burgers and beer.

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Thank Cath B
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Looking at the facade of the place, you wouldn't think it's oozing with great stuff! Everything I have tried were soooo good that I plan to make regular visits. I had really good started which I have totally forgotten the names due to the ecstasy they brought! The amazing appetizers were the stuffed calamari and the chorizo wrapped in pasta and cheese.. I had the seafood cartoccio which I would say has a yield of 4 servings so I had to bring home half of it (yes, I ate half = 2 servings!). It has the right mix of everything! I also had a taste of the spareribs (pork and lamb).. heaven!

My advice is to try anything and you'll be surprised.

Service is also very good.

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Thank wandering_dive_geek
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Went to celebrate a double birthday with family and had a very pleasant surprise. The restaurant had a great relaxed casual atmosphere. Our waiter was awesome and very attentive despite it being a busy night. The starters and the mains were fantastic and the desserts were delicious. Plus they added a great touch by baking a yummy chocolate cake for the birthday. Highly recommend to both locals and foreigners.

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Thank LVN-KZN
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

One of the best Italian restaurants in Durban. Great relaxed and casual atmosphere, with superb food and friendly service. Awesome pasta dishes and a great cocktail menu.

Thank Shalona B
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