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“Wonderful risotto”

Trattoria San Martino
Ranked #1 of 38 Restaurants in Gargnano
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Trattoria San Martino proposes a series of Lake Garda's tradition inspired dishes, with a bit of creativity and amusement. Playing with the local products with imagination and authenticity, our cuisine will give you such a good time to remember.
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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“Wonderful risotto”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I ate here on vacation while staying at a nearby resort. I ordered the risotto with lemon and prawns. The dish itself looked very simple but the taste was wonderful it was the best risotto I've had, simple but full of flavour. The restaurant itself is very romantic, they have seating inside but the best place to sit is in the alley near the water. The service was always friendly and efficient. The price of the food and wine was cheap for the good quality of food, a real bargain. If I had transport , I would have eaten here again rather than staying at my hotel.

  • Visited June 2014
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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“Simply beautiful and quaint”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

It's literally an alley, so make sure you don't miss it. It was such a unique and beautiful place to eat and the food was excellent and great value. We didn't book, but do recommend booking and asking for a table next to the lake

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely romantic setting, superb food and great service.”
Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

Tucked away down a covered alley this restaurant really is a hidden gem. At first we thought that the menu was a little limited because the menu displayed on the wall does not do it justice and a number of people turned away having only seen a small sample of what was actually on offer. However, that was their loss as the food was varied, interesting and turned out to be excellent.

There are two areas to sit in, inside the restaurant or in the alley; for the romantic it has to be the alley which is perfectly lit and has nicely set tables with candles set on each. The staff were very friendly and attentive; even though we didn't really speak much Italian they responded to our attempts and helped us to order as a local rather than switching to English, which they could clearly do. This made the experience all the more enjoyable.

The food was spectacular! We weren't expecting the beautifully presented dishes that were good portions of lovely fresh food. The seafood was amazing! The food was a little more expensive than some of the other pizzerias and trattorias, but well worth it; the wine was however available by the carafe, was very good and very modestly priced.

This is a lovely restaurant that is well worth finding.

Visited July 2014
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“A special restaurant”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Glancing down the covered alleyway leading to the lake you see tables laid out and it's hard not to be drawn in. The food is delicious, sophisticated, with a large menu, but the portions of the starters we had are too big. The Fish platter starter is out of this world but can be shared between two. The Sardines wrapped in bacon (main course) were very special. The restaurant is family run and the staff are interested and charming.

  • Visited July 2014
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Geese and character”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We ate here on the last evening of our holiday in Gargnano, so it was sentimental as well as romantic.

Having booked the day before, we had our pick of the tables, and chose to sit at the end of the terrace, next to the lake (the terrace is really a covered stone walkway between the trattoria and the building next door - it looks like a tunnel, and is a great place to eat because you get the feeling of being outside but are sheltered a bit from the elements.

The food was great - excellent preparation, generous portions and very tasty. The lake fish is wonderful.

The staff are very solicitous and courteous and speak several languages. When we arrived for our meal, there were about four other tables in use, and we had almost dedicated service. During the evening a party of about thirty arrived (hen do, or graduation celebration). The same group of staff continued, and the level of service barely changed. Excellent!

We had four courses, wine, coffee and liqueurs, for a little over €90, including the service charge. Very good value for such excellent food and service in comparison to the UK.

  • Visited June 2014
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