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Trattoria Il Mare

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Centro Catania
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Via San Michele 7, Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 317024
12:30 - 23:30
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Tue - Sun 12:30 - 23:30
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Erding, Germany
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here in Feb 2/17 due to good past review s but we're quite disappointed. Dreadful ambience consisting of a very loud humming refridgeration unit standing in the middle of the restaurant. Chipped plates, dusty cobweb lights and picture frames, badly decorated and non matching/ Ill fitting furniture. Service was helpful if unfriendly and slow. Food quality/ price was... More 

Thank Pinkgina
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122 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We recently stayed 6 days in Sicily, enjoyed great food every day, but this was THE best food we tasted during the trip which I think really says something. It was not perfect: down a back-street, no outside terrace, service a little wonky, it was a pure family affair: son serving the tables, Mama cooking the (exceptional pasta), Papa preparing... More 

2 Thank pcrman
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

... and go inside. The typical place where the frontage doesn't honour the meal. Just eat the best grilled sardina ever. Melted with fresh tomatoes and garlic. So great. The server is very nice, honest and he speak English and French. Also, wine's choice is large but strictly local. Amongst the best.

Thank Quentin C
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271 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

If you see this place from outside, you cannot imagine there is this quality inside. Everything; interior design, tables and presentation of the food & drink is pretty simple, but the taste of them are great. We loved all the food we had here in this place. The person who served is very kind person. The most amazing part of... More 

Thank Semih K
London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

On our last night in Catania, we were looking for a restaurant specializing in sea food, and this one was just a few minutes away from where we were staying. The first impression, when we walked in, wasn't particularly great. While the eatery next door looked alive and buzzing, there was only one table occupied by a family here. Staff... More 

Thank carpe_diem_179
Rome, Italy
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130 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

I went back to this restaurant because it is sort of a tradition for me. However, I must say that this time I was not delighted by this experience. The appetisers are copious but the food ends up all tasting the same. I had a pasta with seafood and it felt as if they had just used the same ingredients... More 

Thank aldopata
Budapest, Hungary
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

One of the few places where the proprietar still cares about guests and wants to please them in terms of fresh food and nice service. We found a familiar atmosphere and a menu rather classic for seafood. What is really amazing is the taste of the dish and the feeling that everything is cooked at that time and nothing is... More 

Thank Carmen D
Wiesbaden, Germany
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Visit not the first time that family business. The father is the cook, mother is manager and the son makes the service. I eat more than i was hungry, because after get in conversation with the staff about food and taste they offer me some meal what did not is on the card ! So i left the trattoria happy... More 

Thank BobbyPitala
Zürich, Schweiz
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

A really typical Sicilian trattoria where the father cooks and the son helps cooking and serves the dishes. It takes a little longer to get the food, but when it is there, it is an explosion of different flavours. We ordered the menu for 20.-- which includes 5 courses, but we needed to give up after 3, because there was... More 

Thank Fabienne N
Catania, Italy
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

My daughter and I visited this restaurant based upon google traveller reviews. However, the pasta with pesto was inedible - in fact was disgusting - and the sea bass awful - the salad a wilting mess of iceberg lettuce and canned sweetcorn. To be honest if it wasn't for the lovely scilian wine and the nice waitress.... I have had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via San Michele 7, Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Catania  >  Catania>  > Centro Catania
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
  • Phone Number: +39 095 317024

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?