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“Great food, TERRIBLE service”

Ristorante Trattoria Al Porto
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$40
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

My friend and I are in Rome to celebrate our 50th birthdays. We are well-travelled foodies but also generally understanding patient people. At first the service was good. We were offered English menus, the wine order was taken quickly and appeared promptly, our food order was taken and appetizers arrived in a reasonable time period. About 15 minutes after we were finished with them, and were starting to wonder where our entrees were, the waiter dropped a dessert menu on our table and left. It took a few minutes to get his attention to ask where our entrees were. His expression told us he had forgotten them but they did arrive in fairly short order, and the dessert menu removed. However, after we ate them, we sat for 40 minutes unattended before we were able to get their attention to ask for a dessert menu. Our order was taken by the waiter while he set the table next to us, and arrived when he flung it on our table with both on the same plate, neither set in front of us. We finished our desserts and another 30 minutes went by before we could get anyone's attention to ask for the bill. The food was above average but was all but eclipsed by terrible service.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kimberly B
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

We didn't book and were lucky they still had a table. If travelling in peak season I recommend you book. Excellent food, some of the best we had on our holiday. We had tuna carpaccio and ravioli to start (ravioli in particular was superb) . Then risotto and escalope Milanese for mains followed by home made deserts. Well worth making the trip here rather than staying in Iseo.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank Spectacle64
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

Along Lake Iseo, there are - naturally - many restaurants with beautiful terraces with beautiful views. This is the one thing Trattoria Al Porto does not have. Instead, it has, on two floors of the considerably large building, a multitude of rooms varying in size from small and cozy to banquet hall.
And they are all full!
Because this restaurant is frequented for its excellent food. It does not need pretty lake views. Founded in 1862, it has a large tradition (I am adding one of the old fotos from its early days).
I would recommend not to waste your visit on seafood that you can get anywhere (even it would be very good), but to concentrate on the fresh lake fish, which is something really special. We were also impressed by the huge selection of imaginative semifreddi for desert.
Another nice touch: we were there on a hot day in July - and the inside temperature was perfect, the air conditioning soo discreet you did not even notice. How pleasantly sensible.
Whenever we visit Lake Iseo, we come back to this our favourite restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2018
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1  Thank traveladdictibz
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

This restaurant lies on the edge of a little square in Clusane.
Service works fine.
Food is good but please ask before you order, some courses do contain lots of food.
Although it is good, if you order several courses ,you might have to stop
long before you are done.
Wine recommendation were fine and it was full of happy guests.
I could easily go there again but would ask for advice on portion size before ordering anything.

Date of visit: September 2018
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2  Thank Bootsyfan
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Good food and great value for money. Really enjoyed our dinner here. Staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is great. If you want good food in lake Iseo, I suggest you to try this place.

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank timot927
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