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Il Gabbiano

Via Nazionale 115, 98030, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
+39 0942 625128
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good24%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible12%
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“shell fish” (2 reviews)
“pasta” (10 reviews)
“lemon sauce” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Via Nazionale 115, 98030, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As others have said, the views from here are spectacular and you clearly pay for this in the prices here which are as expensive as some of the best restaurants in the centre of Taormina. There was nothing bad about the food, but this was...More

Thank UkAwayfromhome
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just had our last dinner here tonight after a weeks stay in Mazzaro, Taormina. One of our best meals, served by very friendly staff. Sea food risotto, macaroni Alla Norma delicious!

Thank Lorraine-H23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd been to the beach, hiked the stairs back from Isola Bella, and as you get to the top of the 1000s of steps, there is Il Gabbiano - you walk past and can see the view, it was late lunch time when we visited...More

Thank matty-os
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely lunch. The view is spectacular. The service was excellent. We are mussels and clams as starter. Then ravioli and veal in lemon sauce as mains. Even managed puddings, followed by coffee and brandy. Best meal of holiday

Thank jaroberts30
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must admit, this restaurant served the best mixed shell fish dish I have ever had. It consisted of mussels, 2 different types of clams and oysters. The sauce was to die for! I do consider myself an expert on shellfish...lol. Lovely service, views and...More

Thank Gillian O
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 18 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 30 - USD 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
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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