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Il Gabbiano

Via Nazionale 115, 98030, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
+39 0942 625128
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good24%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible13%
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“pasta” (9 reviews)
“fish” (7 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Via Nazionale 115, 98030, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic welcome. Treated as old friends. Great seafood risotto. Thoroughly recommend .This was year ten in Taormina an This restaurant is always first port of call. We usually eat here twice during our week. Fried shrimp an risotto are always first choice.

Thank Chip7975
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there for lunch on our way to Isola Bella. The view was stunning shame can't say the same about the food. We had a seafood lunch, I had grilled calmaris (more carrots and onions than the actual calmaris) and my husband had grilled...More

Thank Jurate S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was delicious but we did feel we were being rushed i.e. the waiter tried to take the plate away before we had finished eating. But I think they got the message and we ended up having a very pleasant evening. The views are...More

Thank SprogLondon
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Very friendly attentive waiters. Good choice on the menu,we find sharing a starter and having one course each is plenty, nobody seems to mind that.

Thank SRyan761
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Our first meal in Sicily after arriving quite late with no food having been served on the plane and this restaurant was directly opposite where we are staying. Felt a bit uncomfortable as staff weren't terribly welcoming and we had to wait in the entrance...More

Thank Half_a_Malteser
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We had our last dinner in Taormina here. We had classic Italian dinner, pasta. We where satisfied with quality. The best of all was the view over Isola Bella. A good place to dinner.

Thank Trond V
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We visited this restaurant twice as the service was so friendly and the view over the beach to the Isola Bella was perfect. We loved the Sicilian white wine recommended by Sebastiano who was kind enough to chat away with me in my improving Italian....More

Thank Marie R
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We ate here 4 times in 6 days. Each meal was of FRESH Seafood and was excellent. The muscles were soft, creamy and had no grit. We had a Whole Grilled Sea Bass at one meal that we picked from an iced tray. The fish...More

Thank coldsteel337
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We have had 1 lunch and 2 dinners at this restaurant overlooking Isola Bella this past week. Surely, the view is spectacular and the weather has been perfect. Yesterday we had a different waiter, Sebastionio, than our previous 2 trips. Upon indicating we wanted shellfish,...More

Thank john p
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We had lunch and it was adequate but no more than that. Wholesome pasta with rich sauces. Basic wines

Thank Bruce G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$100
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 23:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Nazionale 115, 98030, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Messina  >  Taormina
  • Phone Number: +39 0942 625128
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Facing one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, between the ancient ruins of the town of Taormina and the simple, yet enchanting beauty of the bay of Isola Bella, the restaurant Il Gabbiano enjoys an ideal position for observing these natural wonders. It is divided into three terraces overlooking the shimmering sea of Isola Bella Taormina.

The Il Gabbiano restaurant offers the opportunity to spend some time in a "strip of paradise on earth". "Italy without Sicily leaves no image in the soul" and Taormina and Isola Bella, are the closest thing to this image of which Goethe said: "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all".
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