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Il Covo Trattoria

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Located in the historic area of downtown and steps from the Inner Harbour, Il Covo Trattoria is a memorable and unique Italian dining experience. Being a Trattoria, we're the perfect spot for any occasion where you can enjoy casual, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm old world Tuscan ambience. We also offer a beautiful garden patio for outdoor eating in an al fresco Italian style during the summer season. Come and enjoy a taste of Italy!
PRICE RANGE
US$7 - US$27
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

Il Covo is a must-have experience in Victoria for quality, ambiance and uniqueness dining inside or out in the garden. We had a romantic anniversary dinner and our server Romando went above and beyond to make it memorable and meet all our dietary requirements. Highly...recommend!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022

We visited this out-of-the-core restaurant back in May of this year. It was a rainy day, but an early reservation made it easy to park right out front. A reasonably good table in a very dark corner was made available, and we were greeted by...a friendly waiter who was relatively new. Looking over the menu, we decided to start with a half litre of the house red (Italian, of course, and surprisingly good with our food). The other wine choices entered the ridiculous category – there are a lot of good Italian reds out there that would fit the 35.00 category quite easily. We were presented with a small bread plate that included vinegar & oil that was tasty (though not in the same league as the superb and generous bread dip at Il Terrazo). The shared Caeser salad was plentiful and tasty and just enough given the main portions. I had the delicious (and very hot!) Lasagna, and my wife enjoyed the Tagliatelle. She commented that the beef was delicious and very tender. Without question, well prepared food. Not being big fans of desserts, we chose to end the meal with a couple decaf cappuccinos. Simply delicious…and delivered hot which isn’t always true for Victoria’s restaurants! Choosing carefully allows you to have a good, value-oriented meal at Il Covo. And you should be satisfied with the portions offered. We will be back ! There are just a few things that can be improved from our standpoint. One, the lighting could be brighter...several people had to read their menus with cell phone flashlights. Two, be a little more generous with the nice bread plate offered. And finally, please transition into the new millennium by changing to online reservations. Having to wait until late in the day is inconvenient for your customers – make it easy to book a table at any time of the day without being put on hold.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022

Amazing service. Food was incredible. I was sad when my meal was over because the flavours were so incredible. Knowledgeable staff that gave perfect service.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022

A wonderful experience for our first dinner in Victoria. Absolutely loved the outdoor patio setting.! The service and food was very good as well.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2022 via mobile

Linguine Mare Monte, the special of the day, an unexpected pleasure. Drink special “Giardino fella Farfalle” was a nice twist to a gin sour. My friend ordered the veal scallopini with cute little twist pasta, called trophie, made in house. It was light, flavourful and...quite satisfying. She ordered to drink the “La sirenetta”, or mermaid drink and it was very good. Atmosphere was very pleasant, and Dominic our waiter was exceptionally friendly which helped make our dinner experience special.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022

We were looking forward to this restaurant as the hotel staff highly recommended it. The Maitre D was stuffy and rude. The servers were OK though not particularly friendly or charming. And then the food was disappointing. If this were a cheap restaurant it would...have been passable but for the price and reputation it was very very disappointing . I suggest you give this place a pass and go to IIl terrazo or Pagliaccis instead. Both serve better food with much less attitude.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed April 2, 2022

First time eating here. The ambiance is genuinely warm and exceeds what is displayed on their web site. The service was top notch, starting right at the front door. Our server did everything right, and the kitchen produced three amazing meals for us. The portions...are larger than anticipated, but afforded us all a delicious lunch for the next day. Highly recommend I’l Covo Trattoria!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022

With friends we had a pleasant and tasty, but not inexpensive meal at a crowded Il Covo on a Friday eve. When it came time for the bill, i used an Il Covo gift card I had been given. To cut a long story short,...the house would not allow the tip to be paid from the card. Escalating to the owner, he insisted that the card had no cash value. So as not to stiff the waiter i paid the tip separately. The owner could have accommodated the whole bill but chose not to. So there is a problem with how these gift cards work or with the management of this resto. I was not impressed and will not return, regardless of the balance on this gift card.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 24, 2022 via mobile

The ambiance was lovely, the staff were amazing, the food was delicious. Our server Jake, was very knowledgeable and attentive - thank you Jake! Too full for dessert.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 19, 2022 via mobile

We kind of created our own tasting menu sharing four courses between the two of us and it was excellent. Very professional service as well. On par with meals we have shared in Italy and ambience was equally appreciated.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Response from Mark C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the very late reply; yes, they do, the pasta is all homemade and the texture and flavour is exquisite.
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Yes, Il Covo Trattoria offers takeaway services.

Yes, Il Covo Trattoria is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Il Covo Trattoria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5