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“Great Pizza and Italian food ”
Review of Marca on the Wharf

Marca on the Wharf
Ranked #10 of 96 Restaurants in Cobourg
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Walking up to the restaurant you can almost miss it. The outside ambiance does not scream romantic Italian. However, it is my understanding that this is due to the rules they must abide. Once you find this little gem though it is worth the hunt.

The food is worth the trip and the prices. Not a place for kids in general, more if a couples or adult location due to atmosphere and prices.

Definitely a great place to take that special one. Enjoy!

Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

This restaurant was highly recommended by friends from Toronto and it is conveniently located on the waterfront with access to the walking trails, marina and beach. The view, however, is disappointing as you are looking out onto the parking lot, not the marina, and the meal was just average.
We started with the calamari, grilled to avoid the deep frying. This may have been a mistake as it was bland and almost tasteless except for a ring of balsamic vinegar around the rim of the plate that we had to try to dab onto the calamari. They were perfectly grilled however-- tender and not rubbery. A bit more balsamic on the calamari would turn this into a tasty appetizer. It's possible the breaded, deep fried option would have more flavour. Our main was a Momma thin crust pizza with arugula, tomato paste and prosciutto. Again, stinginess with the tomato paste ruined this pizza for me. The pizza would be greatly improved with more paste and maybe even some sun dried tomatoes (but then it wouldn't be Momma's). The thin crust was also disappointing because it was more like a cracker than your typical thin crust. For dessert, we tried one of our favourites, Crème brulee with blueberries. The cream was perfect but there was only a small layer of it over a thick serving of jammy blueberry compote. The top was nicely browned into a hard crust. The service was great and this would have been a very good meal is they weren't so stingy with the ingredients.

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Thank DanoCanada
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

March isn't quite on the wharf but it's close. Food is good, service was also. Room is a bit noisy but attractive.

Thank Ken B
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Food was delicious, wine was wonderful but this evening the service was the star. An evening to remember with friendly, attentive service from all members of staff. These men should be complimented on their aptitude for being warm and making everyone feel welcome without being overbearing or invading personal space.
For small town restaurant with great location, good menu selection, the memorable part will always be the managers, servers and kitchen staff who are excellent in making the evening special!

Thank Bearhug71
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Came here for a friend's birthday dinner after hearing good things about it. We ordered the charcuterie board to share for an appetizer, but were told they didn't have any. We ordered the grilled calamari instead. It was okay, big portion. We asked if they had any tomahawk steaks, as we had heard about them, but again were told they didn't have any. The wine menu was on a laminated placemat and didn't even say the brand of wine, it just said Cabernet or petit sirah. We ordered a bottle of the Petit sirah for $65. The waiter brought out small dollar store glasses. We asked for bigger ones and were told they didn't have any. I saw other tables with some, so I asked again. The waiter said he would have to go wash some himself, as their dishwasher quit that week. We also found out the line chef had left this week too. We had to even ask to get some utensils and water. At this point we were very surprised and disappointed about the place.

The food came, and it was delicious. The steaks were cooked perfectly and we also had the salmon and the veal Parmesan. The chef came out and we complimented him on the food and mentioned we were disappointed they didn't have the charcuterie board. He said they did have them and brought us out some of their smoked duck bacon. He also brought our friend a piece of blueberry cheesecake with a candle for his birthday. We commented to our waiter that the owner had made rounds to the other table around us, but skipped our table. The owner came by and dropped off 4 shots for us and left. He never came to ask how our meal was, even after we spent $400.

It's too bad...it seems like the only one who cares about this place is the chef. If service was better I would have given it 4 stars. Service definitely needs to improve before I would go back.

Thank MsBuckhorn
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