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Osteria Ai Maestri

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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 20 January 2022

Similar to the other negative reviews here, the staff was unhelpful and discourteous. I love small, intimate places like this, and actively seek them out, especially with excellent reviews of their menus posted on Tripadvisor. However, a sign on the door seemed to indicated that...they could not, at that time, accept credit cards. No problem so far -- it happens. The system goes down, or whatever. With my basic Italian, I went inside and confirmed that situation. I then left, walking 10 minutes to find one of the rare, functioning ATMs in the area. Returning to Ai Maestri, they said they were fully booked. I said, "Why didn't you tell me that 10 minutes ago?", to which the perfect English reply was, "You didn't ask. You only asked about the VISA card." OK, so I didn't precisely "ask." I admit it. But that is a quite nasty attitude and unacceptable answer, in any customer service-oriented business. You volunteer information and help the client, anticipating any needs. I wish that I could have tried the wonderful food pictured here, but this place was exceedingly unfriendly.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 8 December 2021

Amazing restaurant, perfect ambience and excellent taste. The people are so nice and very, very polite. Best restaurant we've been so far in trieste!

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 24 August 2021 via mobile

Absolutely spectacular. Well hidden, but definitely worth the search. A friendly lady will give you the menu orally and whatever you will pick, trust me, it will embark on a magic journey to the land of genuine and fresh ingredients , perfect preparation and supreme...taste.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2020 via mobile

Osteria Ai Maestri was the Perfect spot for me to spend a lovely evening in Triest. The food is of extremely high quality, I honestly ate the best pasta of my life there. (The scampi taglionlini) The price is relatively low for the quality and...nothing is overly/uneccesarily fancy. The atmosphere inside and outside the restaurant is very cozy and feels personal. Staff is friendly, professional and attentive. Will definitely be back if I am ever in Triest again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 12 September 2019 via mobile

My partner and I tried to go here on a Wednesday evening at 630. There were many free tables and we were told that although they were open, they were “fully booked”. When I queried this , I was told to leave. I asked if...I could make a reservation for tomorrow or another day and was told “no - we’re fully booked every day”. It appeared to me that this restaurant was both rude and hostile to non locals. Avoid.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 23 August 2019 via mobile

Very good food. Very nice atmosphere. Also good wines. Nice and professional staff. We can recommend for every one.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 21 July 2019

One of the best dinners I’ve ever had! All seafood fresh and tasty with pleasant service. Small tables, reservation needed. Generous portions, reasonable prices. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 22 June 2019

We visited Osteria Ai Maestri on the day we landed in Europe. We were at the end of a very long day and most desperate for a relaxing meal. Thankfully, I had read about the restaurant and made a reservation. It was a Friday night...and without one we would have been out of luck. Ai Maestri is just off one of the main streets. They have an interesting outdoor setting which blends old world charm with some of the ruggedness of modern Trieste. The staff were all fairly colorful and made us feel very welcome. Our Italian is very limited but several of the staff speak English well. The food is very fresh and diverse. The Tuna Carpaccio is not to be missed. Our whole family fought over the last bites. The house wine is excellent. The prices all around are very reasonable. I highly recommend a visit to Osteria Ai Maestri.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 7 June 2019 via mobile

Located down a side street, at first doesn’t look good, but there was something fantastic about the atmosphere outside. The staff were so friendly and fun. The food to die for, the best fish I’ve ever tried, I had mackerel to start and sword fish...and salad for main. Huge portions and great value. It’s an Osteria so its wine or water to drink.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 22 April 2019 via mobile

Fantastic fish and seafood dishes. Very friendly service. Cosy unpretentious atmosphere- advise booking ahead as it’s tiny, especially inside which only has about 5 or 6 tables. Reasonable prices. Fresh and delicious. Only wish we had a chance to return!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Osteria Ai Maestri is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5