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“Some things were superb but....”

Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$174
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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45 reviews
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“Some things were superb but....”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Two michelin stars, a reputation and a steep price tag raise the expectations. Some of them were met.

The welcome is great and a cast of thousands seem to really care about the diner's wellbeing. It's not clear what all of them do, and we could have done with a little more guidance with the encyclopaeic wine list but we never felt left out.

The food is superb in places, in others just good or even OK. One pasta dish got the eyebrows shooting upward with delight, some of the others left us not wanting more. By the time orders for pudding were invited, we were not sure we wanted it. The staff swayed us and we were truly glad they did; pudding stood head and shoulders above almost everything else and deserves a recommendation on its own.

The only jarring note was around the visit to the wine cellars. They are worth the walk but I would have left happier without sitting through a sales video about the brand an opportunity to buy some odds & ends. The staff here were also the least warm, perhaps because we didn't feel tempted to purchase.

So this is a good restaurant with some great food. It also has some uninspiring food. We enjoyed the best but expected more.

Visited August 2014
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“Good but a bit cookie-cutter (one size fits all)”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Let down by the Sommelier, who didn't pay us much attention but rather gave us the stock-standard house wines when asking for suggestions. Otherwise, quite an enjoyable meal.

Visited August 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

One of the most wonderful experiences ever!

Just amazing.
Food excellent, wine list excellent service absolutely second to none. Please try if you get the opportunity, this will live with you for ever.
Got tour of kitchen with Chef..again amazing! Love love it!!

Visited July 2014
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Edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Just gorgeous”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We ate here recently for my birthday and loved it. A very elegant restaurant - far more beautiful that the photographs show and service was both understated and attentive. It was a great choice for a special occasion. The food was amazing - every single course but especially the lamb and of course, the petit fours! The wine cellar was brilliant and well worth the quick dash across the courtyard in torrential rain! It's a classy fine dining experience that avoids being pretentious - the fact that I was encouraged to remove my sandals by Livia, rather than ruin them in the rain negated the fomality! I'm unlikely to leave a 2 star Michelin restaurant barefoot, with shoes in hand twice in a lifetime - a really memorable birthday!

  • Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best in the are by far.”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Enjoyed the traditionally tasting menu with some very good wines to match. Very good cooking with first class ingredients. We'll worth the little tricky way to find the village and if you visit the area I recommend to come here. Nice touch to be shown the wine cellar at the end of the evening, most amazing wine cellar I've ever seen.

  • Visited July 2014
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