IL NETTUNO ★★★☆☆
CA FO SU R AL LU C RE RES IND VI TA A’S EW U RA NT
Casual Restaurant Review, Grand Case, St. Martin
Just the Facts Price Level: $$$ Restaurant Category: Casual Meals Served: Dinner Location: 70 Grand Case Boulevard Phone: 0590 87 77 38 Website: Il Nettuno
Credit Cards: Visa, Amex Currency: Market rate Outdoor seating: Overlooking beach Parking: Nearby lot Good for: Kids, Groups Other info: Closed September Open for lunch during high season
Pros On the water, with several tables overlooking the sunset Decent, filling italian food, generous portions and served hot and fresh
Cons Food and ambience unmemorable - they are definitely relying on their water views to carry the day Beware the wandering minstrel
Overall Rating ★★★☆☆ Reviewed by Vicki, Lucinda’s mom, a.k.a. “Grey Squirrel”
Granted, we went to Il Nettuno when we were dog-tired from spending a wonderful day at Pinel. ! And granted, both of us come from cities where great gourmet Italian food is easily available, so maybe we’re jaded and fussy. !Within that frame of reference, Il Nettuno is just OK. !It’s one of the larger restaurants on Grand Case’s Restaurant Row and has a beautiful view of the bay, but the food, well, it’s just sufficient.
Food at Il Nettuno After being greeted by one of the charming owners and passing by the shrine to the Washington Redskins (the owner spent time in
Il Nettuno ! McLean, Virginia), we were seated and almost immediately given some bruschetta to whet our appetite, along with a menu. !
Relaxation ★★★☆☆ Fun
Ah, the menu… Heavy on veal and chicken pasta dishes, standard marsala, saltimbocca and piccata, no pizza (at least at dinner). ! Both pastas and desserts are homemade. !Actually, homemade is a good description of the food in general: this is the food that your Italian Nonna would prepare for family gatherings at her home near the Jersey Shore, i.e., generous servings of solid, carb-heavy nutrition.
Entrees, priced in euros, run from about 18 to 28. ! There is a small, but adequate wine list, and wines are available by the glass. !Two pasta entrees, a shared dessert, a bottle of water, and two glasses of wine came to $90, typical of the casual non-lolo Grand Case restaurants. !
My tagliatelle with spinach and chicken was not too oily and not too heavily spiced: good, but not spectacular. !The same verdict applied to the chicken marsala with spaghetti enjoyed by my daughter. !The lemon torta we tried was acceptable, if a little too sweet and heavy on the crust component. !
Innovation ★★☆☆☆ Display
If you were traveling with children, Il Nettuno would be an especially good dining option, although we saw no children while we were there. !A number of couples seemed to be enjoying romantic dinners at tables just overlooking the beach, although the lighting was more senior-friendly than seductive.
Service at Il Nettuno The service was casual, but politely attentive. !We were probably too tired to attempt much interaction, but didn’t feel that the wait staff encouraged camaraderie with the guests, at least not to the degree that most Grand Case
Ample portions: Huge plates of handmade pasta get the job done.
restaurants do. !They didnâ€™t provide much in the way of direction or recommendations. The restaurant was not crowded when we were there, and the good news is they brought the food out relatively fast, and it was hot, straight from the pot.
Atmosphere at Il Nettuno The decor is reminiscent of some restaurants I went to years ago in Atlantic City: sentimentally overdecorated, although with enough airy Island vibe mixed in to make it pleasant enough. There is a huge mirror on one wall, reflecting the view, but kind of cheesy.
Music tip: If you enjoy table-side guitar serenades, then during high season, this is the restaurant for you.
Though the sound of the water lapping underneath the balcony is pleasant, they have a large fountain for the lobster that makes a loud splashing noise, competing with the noise of the Caribbean, which seemed like a waste to me. The chairs are of the bad wedding variety, and didnâ€™t really encourage you to want to linger.
Il Nettuno !
Large dining room: Plenty of room for a large family outing.
When Lucinda visited Il Nettuno during high season, she was fairly horrified to find they had roaming musicians going around to the tables; she and her husband made it clear they weren’t interested in that brand of “romance,” and they weren’t bothered again.
Bottom line Il Nettuno is the sort of restaurant for a reliably adequate meal in pleasant surroundings, especially when you don’t feel up to a three-hour event, but it’s not a gourmet destination. Though it has beautiful views overlooking the beach and sunset, we would recommend it more for a large family outing than a romantic evening.
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