Cafe La Mer is a hidden gem situated at 22 West Street, Weston-Super-Mare. It's family friendly and serves tasty traditional meals and reviving snacks. The perfect place for a tasty, reasonably-priced lunch, or reviving snack or hot drink after a walk on the beach or shopping trip.
Our particular favourites are the roast lamb dinners and the delicious stewed steak - but there is a lot more to choose from on the menu. Cafe La Mer has very recently had a fresh new look, but still retains the welcoming ambience that we love. The other thing we really like about this place is the building itself as it's full of character and charm. What a change from the characterless places you find in other parts of the town It is often affectionately referred to by locals as the 'Invisible Cafe'
Our family thoroughly recommend a visit.
Their telephone number is 01934 626339
We went out for a meal to celebrate my wife passing here legal exams on 15th August 2007. We had all 3 of our kids with us, but didn't fancy just another chain place, so we wandered down to the local Italian. Our son (7) adores pasta, all the kids eat it happily, Italians are notoriously loud, friendly and family orientated. It seemed like the perfect solution.
We went there for lunch when it first opened, shortly after we moved here, and found it friendly enough if not specifically orientated towards young children. Weve been for a couple of lunch-time meals since then - mostly in the winter when it's quiet :-) Me and my mother took my son there for lunch last week for his birthday, and he was enamoured. So when we arrived at The Mask of Venice at 6.05 this evening (just 5 minutes after it opens) we expected much of the same.
The waiter was a bit flustered that we hadn't booked. I looked around the completely empty restaurant and wondered why, but he soon recovered and we were seated at a nice table at the back of the restaurant. We successfully ordered drinks, including an expensive bottle of wine for. We asked for the starter our son had a few days ago at lunch time, but despite it being a particularly easy dish to make (mozzarella cheese on ciabata toast) and the menu specifying "if you do not see what you want on the menu please ask your waiter and our chef will do his utmost to assist", we were told that was impossible. But we managed to find another suitable starter, and main course for everyone.
While waiting for it to be cooked our youngest daughter (2) fed her stuffed Tasha doll (backyardigan) some bread. She asked me to cut Tasha her own piece - we didn't understand quickly enough and she wailed "cut it mummy". Immediately the chef stormed out of the kitchen, and asked us to make her quiet. By the time he arrived at the table she was already calming down as my wife cut her piece of bread up! I reckon she wailed for maybe a maximum of 30 seconds. there were NO OTHER customers in the restaurant at the time.
We thought it was a bit rude, but ignored chef, and soon the food arrived. It was nice. maybe not £60 worth of nice, but nice.
A few more customers arrived - one other family with two small children, an older couple and two men drinking at the bar. The waiter came over - I thought he was asking of the food was OK, as it had been served only 10 minutes earlier (and his English was not good), but in fact he was asking if he could take the plates away. Our eldest daughter (3) had decided not to eat hers, and I had finished as, my wife was busy sorting out the youngest so had barely started. He cleared several of the plates whilst my wife was still eating, then came back for the glasses - almost snatching them out of my youngests hand, and loitering until my wife ate the rest of her food.
Once her plate was gone, our youngest got down from the table, and promptly bumped her head. She cried. Obviously. She's two! My wife picked her up and gave her a cuddle. By the time she made it onto my lap the chef was there telling us to shut her up and she was disrupting the whole restaurant. Again, she cried for a maximum of 30 seconds. As far as I could see, no-one else noticed.
Overall, I never been made to feel so unwelcome in any establishment, ever. The Mask of Venice is a place to be avoided at all costs if you have children, or even just want to chat and have a laugh with a group of friends. I am amazed they are so keen to get rid of their local trade! And their main summer trade Weston-super-Mare is a family resort! Perhaps that is why it was so empty considering this is as high season as we get! I will certainly never go back, I would recommend any visitor to the town does not go, and I will be commenting on every website/review that i can find! as I said to the manager when we left, they should put a large sign in their window saying "family unfriendly". At least if they were truthful about it they might get a few customers who were looking for an adult only restaurant!