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  • Gran Festa Ristorante

  • 3.5 stars
    (20 reviews, average rating: 3.8/5)
  • Cuisines: Italian
  • (705) 945-9322
  • 180 Bay Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6S2
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75% of voters recommend
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$$$ ($26-$60)
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Tinytank
1 Review
2011/06/05
  • Gran Festa Has Closed
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 3
  • Gran Festa has closed and a new restaurant 180 Bay Bar & Grill has opened in its place. New menu and a more casual atmosphere made for a great dining experience. Check it Out.

  • Order: 180 Bay Bar & Grill
 
Last Chance Sally
2008/09/26
  • Not worth the money
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • First I was there very recently, Wednesday 24 September and it was early 5p.m. So I guess that meant my guest and I were only eligible for the "less-popular" tables beside the bar. The whole restaurant was empty and we were sat at a table that was not the best by the hostess. Second, the pot lights above our table apparently are a tricky thing to master by the wait-staff. they were fiddling with them frequently dimming them brighter then lower, when finally I asked if they could leave them off please because it was annoying us, and way too bright if left on. You think someone would pay attention to the only table it was affecting but no....

    Thirdly seasoning salt as a rim on a Caesar is not appealing at all, use Caesar rim. It is a Caesar remember.

    Fourth, for 9.99 I expected a lot more calamari in my order, then the small portion I received.

    Fifth, my vegetables were laughable at best with my entree. I literally received a quarter of a zucchini cut in half and a third of a red pepper cut into strips. My stuffed sole had way too much thyme leaves on the top but at least it wasn't dried out like the other times I've had it there. My guest didn't comment on the warm chicken salad so I can't write about it..

    My server was bold and completely impatient. The restaurant is empty, where do you have to get to? A more pressing appointment perhaps?!? Seriously, if she told me to "think about it I'll come back" one more time I was going to scream. And then at the end of our meal she hands me my take home container so I can pack up my food myself and take it to go! That is the most tackiest thing a server can do, at ANY restaurant!!!

    I've been serving my whole life in many different restaurants and many different cities so granted my standards may be high, but when one goes to a restaurant who boasts an Ann Hardy recommendation of "Where To Eat In Canada" that restaurant better be spectacular from top to bottom, and beginning of service to the end, and sadly Gran Festa was not. It was not worth the $82.12 that I was charged. That experience was my last chance for that place....never again...

  • Order: Fried calamari, Stuffed Sole, Warm Chicken Salad
 
Dave
2008/07/22
  • Slightly better than average
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 1
  • I have been to the restaurant several times when I have been there on business. The restaurant is located in the hotel so it is very convienant. The food is better than average, however the menu does not change it's vegetable servings throughout the year and the sides are not as appetizing as the main. The restaurant service was good and very friendly. They just need to work on their sides and presentation.

  • Order: stuffed sole and greek salad
 
Louise & John
2008/06/21
  • Excellent Meal
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • What an excellent meal and great service. No wonder this place is always packed. Next time reservations!!!!
    This is a great place to dine out with family and friends.

  • Order: Pasta-Fish
 
Mike
2008/02/18
  • The food was great. The mashed potatoes are a...
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • The food was great. The mashed potatoes are a must try!! Make sure you have reservations we went at 4:30 and they were able to squeeze us in at the bar. Well worth it!!! Food and service was great!

  • Order: Salmon cooked on cedar plank (AMAZING) Chicken Neptune (Mouth Watering)
 
Mark Jones
2007/11/19
  • Very pleased with food congrats to chefs...
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Very pleased with food congrats to chefs, maitress was very poliete bus girls were very quick and on the ball

  • Order: Penne Aribiate ice tea, Penne Brusheta a pepsi
 
John Jacobs
2007/09/02
  • The service was excellent and the steak was...
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • The service was excellent and the steak was cooked perfectly. I will certainly be coming back for steak again.

  • Order: Had the Black Angus Steak with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies.
 
Tracey
2007/07/18
  • My favorite restaurant in the Soo! Always like...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • My favorite restaurant in the Soo! Always like to go there when I am back home to visit! Food is always good.......and so is the service. Prices reasonable.......large portions!

  • Order: Pinwheel pasta bruschetta dessert
 
Jon Archer
2007/05/02
  • I decided to eat at this location after the hotel...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 1
  • I decided to eat at this location after the hotel mentioned it was deemed one of the top 10 restaurants to eat in Canada. Overall, the service was awesome. Barbara was fantastic. I recommend asking for her during your visit. The food was good. The stuff sole dish was good. A BIG portion size, so come hungry.

  • Order: Red Wine, Chicken Noodle Soup and Stuff Sole.
 
Christopher Fraser
2007/03/01
  • I was not at all pleased with the food, service...
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I was not at all pleased with the food, service or price. I will never visit here again.

  • Order: hamburger and fries with a pepsi
 
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