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da Fabio

#68 of 1,216 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
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Santo Stefano
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Via del Cestello, Bologna, Italy
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pricey but high quality traditional Italian kitchen

Every time I went to Bologna I used to go to Fabio and have an amazing dinner with my friends living there. The place is located on the ground floor, just below the street level and is run by Fabio in a very unique and elegantly eccentric style. There is no set menu, but Fabio will propose you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

There is no written menu. With a bit of a theatrical performance, we were told what we'd be presented with (in excellent English) and a huge selection duly appeared. There was a good choice for even the fussiest of eaters, and each dish was delicious. The meal was finished off with complementary grappa and limoncello, and apart from feeling somewhat... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Visited Da Fabio 2 times with the colleagues of Ducati, this restaurant is absolutely wonderfull ! Everything you get in front of you is made with passion & the taste of it is great. Nothing bad to say about this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Excellent food. Every dish was delicious. No menu - the waiter, who was brilliant, simply brought a series of starters and then we chose pasta dishes from a verbal list. We shared a main course which was equally fantastic and then helped ourselves to dessert from a collection laid out on an adjacent table. Wonderful.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Small family run restaurant. No menu, they bring the food of the day. Amazing anti-pasta, fantastic pasta dishes and the most incredible deserts. Good wine. The owner and his team make you feel at home. It's my favourite place to eat in Bologna

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Turku, Finland
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23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We got recommended to this place from the hotel, and it was a great find. The place is small and cosy, and full of noisy local people, but it just adds to the athmosphere. They just keep bringing food to your table, and the portions are huge (and the food is very good too).

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London
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Ate here last year in March with a few work colleagues. Set in a narrow side street about 10 minutes from the centre. The restaurant is small, cosy and traditional. Unfortunately we hadn't booked and the restaurant was packed, but we decided to sit it out, a few glasses of wine helped the half hour wait tick along nicely. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I've been many times, probably my favorite restaurant here. Great and friendly service, cozy atmosphere and the very best food. Ultra fresh, the best ingredients and everything is prepared in-house (even the ice cream!). Strongly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Every time I went to Bologna I used to go to Fabio and have an amazing dinner with my friends living there. The place is located on the ground floor, just below the street level and is run by Fabio in a very unique and elegantly eccentric style. There is no set menu, but Fabio will propose you every night... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This restaurant is worth a visit whenever you are in Bologna! Located in the corner between via Castiglione / del Cestello you will find a culinary "jewel". Don´t expect a menue card - the Chef will offer you a choice of best Italian dishes anyway. We were there during truffle season - if you like truffles then you shouldn´t miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

At da Fabio, there was no menu, just a constant stream of delicious plates of food. There were at least seven different antipasti-vegetables, paté, mortadella, ricotta which were shared among three friends. We had choices among the primi patti and the tagliatelle al tartufo (heavy on the tartufo), tagliatelle al ragu and tortelloni ai porcini that we selected were all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via del Cestello, Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Santo Stefano
  • Neighborhood: Santo Stefano

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 51 - 147
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?