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“Best view of Riomaggiore, professional service, great food”
Review of Rio Bistrot

Rio Bistrot
Ranked #4 of 47 Restaurants in Riomaggiore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$46
Description: Rio Bistro offers a wide selection of fish, meat and wine. All first quality, selected by the chef on local availability. Wide selection of local wines and not, suggested to you by the sommelier. We look forward to lunch and dinner in the marina of Riomaggiore a few steps from the sea, in the heart of the natural park of the Cinque Terre.
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Description: Rio Bistro offers a wide selection of fish, meat and wine. All first quality, selected by the chef on local availability. Wide selection of local wines and not, suggested to you by the sommelier. We look forward to lunch and dinner in the marina of Riomaggiore a few steps from the sea, in the heart of the natural park of the Cinque Terre.
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

We booked a table the night before for our last night there. We were not disappointed as we got the best table right by the window.

We ordered the full course set menu. Everything was great. We didn’t think we would like the salted anchovies with bread and butter which was one of the course on the set menu. Surprisingly we enjoyed it and finished it. The thing we like the least is the lemon sorbet which was too rich. We could not finish it.

Highly recommended this place and advanced booking.

Thank aomb
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Seafood, modern/funky interior, divine pasta, right at the edge of the Ligurian Sea. Service was excellent as was the wine list. Handmade pasta in many forms and flavors matched selected seafood perfectly.

Thank Ssaurage
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Our airbnb host recommended this place, and I had actually saved it on here, having read plenty of good reviews. So we went here on our first night in Riomaggiore and made a reservation for an outside table, expecting a great meal. But it was truly bland. Our bread was hard and tasted old, and the "glass" of wine was the same size as a "tasting" glass we'd gotten elsewhere. Most importantly, the food was just "meh" as well, and way too expensive for what we got.

But the service was the worst. Honestly, everyone just seemed annoyed that we were there. The waiters were curt and ignored us long after the courses we ordered were finished, and even when we tried to catch their eye, it seemed like they were trying to avoid us (which, with only a half dozen tables outside, was hard to do).

It would have been fine, as we were happy to be sitting outside enjoying the nice weather (and the sweet cat, who lurked around for scraps). We figured, maybe the servers here are less attentive (or not at all), that's okay. Until an Italian couple showed up and were seated at the table next to us, and it felt like the waiters were over every second - refilling their drinks, giving them more bread, asking loads of questions, etc. It was a clear contrast from how poorly they treated us.

I am not usually someone to leave bad reviews (too much negativity on the internet already), but the combination of everything made me want to warn other tourists not to expect much from this place. Two stars, and the second is just for the view and the cat.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We were seated immediately even though we didn't have reservations. Alfredo was our waiter and just made the dinner experience exceptional. The food quality and wine selection was very good but the recommendations and service by Alfredo made this a recommended restaurant to visit.

Thank K154IRrobertp
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

After reading the recommendations we decided to try this restaurant and were very sorry we did. The meals that four of us experienced were all sadly lacking. I had the mixed seafood and vegetable platter. Well apart from three tiny slivers of zucchini and three prawns the seafood consisted of fried calamari. Definitely lacking in imagination and flavour. I would not encourage people to go here, they are obviously living on a reputation from years gone by.

2  Thank TheRobs333
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