Where to Eat in Loano: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 13, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Loano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Savona in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Genoa and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Savona. As of 31 December 2015, it had a population of 11 407 and an area of 13.5 square kilometres (5.2 sq mi).
Things to do in Loano

1. Piatti Spaiati - Le Marionette

Via Simone Stella 34, 17025 Loano, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +39 349 559 3472
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Piatti Spaiati - Le Marionette

Reviewed By winoinitaly - Monforte d'Alba, Italy

Tucked just off the bustling streets of Loana, this place was a real find. My title above pretty much sums it up. The menu has a lot of seafood but plenty of other options for non-fishy people. The seafood is predominantly Ligurian and fresh, and they have a selection of daily specials which, at least for the seafood choices the day we went, were fresh off the boat that day. And they tasted like it!! There is a good selection of well priced wines, especially the local varieties (Pigato and Vermentino are great with the seafood).
This is an amazing place to visit as a family. We arrived after booking and the children's end of the table was set with colouring in bits and pieces, colourful plates, cups, napkins etc all to make it a bit more special for the kids. They have a corner inside the restaurant full of toys to keep the kids occupied, and other games and things which they can play with outside or at the table. They also have a children's menu which stretches over two pages and offers up so much more than just the pasta con ragu, hamburger or fried chicken nuggets that so many places have.
The food is good enough to deserve a visit in itself, but for families, this is one of those rare places where the adults can enjoy the dining, and the kids are occupied and well catered for as well.

2. La Plancha

Lungomare Madonna del Loreto 11, 17025 Loano, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 019 679 9247
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 342 reviews

La Plancha

Reviewed By Aeskulap1 - Oberurnen, Switzerland

Nice restaurant at marina with otside Terrace and nice view of yachts, serves very good and fresh seafood. Nice presentation of food and average prices for the quality of food. The only two things bothered me. The little choice of dishes and the price of green salad with a couple small tomates for the price of 12 Euro.
While the price for the sword fish plate was 15 Euro.

3. Il Portichetto

Via Antonio Ricciardi 31, 17025 Loano, Italy Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$290 +39 019 670640
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 892 reviews

Il Portichetto

Reviewed By ulysses4 - Westfield, Massachusetts

Cozy digs in an old alleyway. Clean, friendly and fast -as other reviewers have noted. In the middle of winter a very local place- maybe too local for our taste. Can't blame the restaurant that a table of four who came in after us made as much noise as if they were at a football game. But, it didn't add to our enjoyment - indeed, we skipped dessert to let our ears recover.
Pasta named after the house was a little better than average. I suspect those very tiny shrimp may have had a very long journey from Asia. Mixed salad - not bad. A few bottles of supermarket grade wine -suitable for the budget traveler and office worker looking for a value meal. As we left, the front room was quiet, would probably have been more enjoyable.
The service was prompt and courteous. I don't want to be overly critical, but not much to tempt us to return.

4. Ristorante Serendipity

Piazza Vittorio Veneto 9 | Zona Pedonale Centro Storico, 17025 Loano, Italy (Formerly La Piazzetta) Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +39 340 871 5020
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Ristorante Serendipity

Reviewed By Xenaa - Madrid, Spain

Lovely restaurant in the heart of Loano's old town. Perfect location with a great Terrace. We had a very pleasant dinner: the food is fresh and dishes well prepared,very friendly owners and staff. The prices are in the average for the area.They have an amazing wine menu. I strongly recommend, and hope to be your guest again soon!

5. La Cantina di Bacco

Via Dei Gazzi 81, 17025 Loano, Italy Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 347 403 6151
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

La Cantina di Bacco

Reviewed By Busch N

We ate here all five in the family. Very friendly service, simple menu in the nice local Italian way ! All had well tasty pasta which is their main dish but they serve other dishes as well. Very nice experience to see locals arrive to fill their own brought bottle with wine from the restaurant! Will recommend!

6. Mar e Timo

Via Simone Stella 16, 17025 Loano, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +39 019 677513
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 455 reviews

Mar e Timo

Reviewed By ulysses4 - Westfield, Massachusetts

Clearly, this is a locally popular place. A little too local for us. Other reviewers have focused on the modest prices and fresh seafood. I can't fault the quality of the calamari, potatoes and wine we had for lunch. They were all fine, but everything was monochromatic, tan-yellow, cooked competently but boringly.
The luncheonette atmosphere, AM radio blaring, tiny formica type tables left much to be desired. There is a place for simple food, and the service was efficient and pleasant enough. You will avoid the kind of dishonesty you find at some places catering to tourists, but this was too bland and utilitarian for us.
At this price point, perhaps one shouldn't expect more. Previous reviews remind me of the shortcomings of Tripadvisor. They just don't compute.

7. Il buon Boccone

Corso Roma 40, 17025 Loano, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +39 019 670931
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 269 reviews

Il buon Boccone

Reviewed By n_srikant - Houston, Texas

Enjoyed a great dinner with family (including kids and Italians). Menu is very short and explained by the server (I guess this changes everyday). Enjoyed every item on the menu. This included spaghetti with seafood, fried calamari and fried anchovies. Served simply and very fresh.

8. Ostaia Marchesi

Via Boragine 24, 17025 Loano, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +39 019 667355
Excellent
36%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

Ostaia Marchesi

Reviewed By Rayhane M - Milan, Italy

Fast service, good food except the low quality of the Fried fish. La focaccia was perfect. The place is so cool.

9. Gein

Via Richeri, 7, Loano, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +39 333 277 0523
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 341 reviews

Gein

Reviewed By ulysses4 - Westfield, Massachusetts

You will find this atmospheric and friendly restaurant on a narrow back street in the heart of the old section of town. It's worth finding. I wouldn't call it a "destination restaurant", but in a small city with mostly mediocre dining options, this is a reliable and enjoyable venue.
As one might expect just meters from the sea, the emphasis is on shellfish and seafood although other options are available. The cooking style follows Ligurian tradition; and at this skill level that is something worth celebrating.
The wine list is short, but fairly priced and offers decent but not stellar examples of various regional varieties. I didn't see any of my favorite Pigatos and Vermentinos, so we opted for a very nice Greco di Tufo. It went quite well with our main course, a generous Tuna Steak prepared Ligurian style with plenty of local olives and minced potatoes. Desserts were fine and probably came from a local and reliable bakery.
This is a family Enterprise, and it is pleasing to see an old space in the budello deservedly building a local following. We would definitely return on another trip to Loano.

10. Il Fornetto

Via Richeri 47, 17025 Loano, Italy Breakfast, Lunch +39 019 675764
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Il Fornetto

Reviewed By Andrea B - Collegno, Italy

Abituati a rifornirci presso una affollata focacceria nel budello dei Loano, abbiamo visto per caso una famiglia che usciva da un carrugio mangiando della appettitosa focaccia. Credo che dopo averla prova questa sia la nostra preferita. Assolutamente autentica, salata in superficie, unta, saporita e anche non troppo spessa.
Assolutamente consiglita. occhio agli orari perché non è sempre aperta, inoltre attenzione che la focaccia tende a sparire velocemente (la reinfornano più volte, ma meglio comunque muoversi sul presto).

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