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Belforte

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Via Guidoni, 42 | La Spezia, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
+39 0187 812222
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Tuesday
Closed
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 583
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  • 190
    Very good
  • 66
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
can't miss in Cinque Terre

First off the pesto here is the best I've ever had! Octopus app is also excellent. Squid ink pasta is very good and we've had a langoustine main with fennel that was good and different. This place was so far superior to any other meal we had in the region that we ate dinner here twice. Gotta have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Willie K
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

First off the pesto here is the best I've ever had! Octopus app is also excellent. Squid ink pasta is very good and we've had a langoustine main with fennel that was good and different. This place was so far superior to any other meal we had in the region that we ate dinner here twice. Gotta have more of... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our group of 6 would have liked to have lunch here but we were rudely ignored by several waiters that were rushing around and pushing us out of the way. The views were good but unfortunately we did not stay. After a very long wait we had not been greeted so we attempted to sit at an empty table. Only... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The owner and manager of this restaurant were terribly rude and I'd say this was the worst customer service we've received in Italy. The view did not make up for the bad taste that was left in our mouth.

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Newport Beach, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Based on the great revies we had read, my sister-in-law and I really looked forward to enjoying a great fish meal and ocean views at the Belforte. Our waiter ruined the experience for us completely. He didn't speak a word of English, and wasn't interested in trying to communicate with us about what we wanted to eat. We tried to... More 

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Redmond, Washington, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great place. We didn't have reservations but they managed to squeeze us in on the terrace. My husband and I had a very yummy calamari dish to start. He had the squid ink pasta and I had the tagliatelle alla arogosta (lobster) which was fantastic. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Only bummer was that it was very windy and... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Just outright rude service staff instead of helping yelling at us what we can't do, get, where not to stand. Horrible. We just wanted to be seated but nobody helped us and the very stressed staff kept ushering us around.

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Sydney, Australia
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Belforte is constructed on the top levels of an old fort overlooking Vernazza harbor. The views of the sea are truly spectacular. The food is equally outstanding. Pasta dishes have won awards. I thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp and zucchini tagliatelle, subtly flavored with (believe it or not) a hint of curry powder. The zuppa di pesce was superb. And as... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We made reservations at Belforte because of the good reviews we read on Tripadvisor, however we left pretty disappointed in the experience. When we arrived, we weren't acknowledged for about 15 minutes while we stood, waiting to be seated, along with about 5 other couples (who were also not acknowledged and were unsure where to go). When we were ordering,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

You must book ahead to secure a good table with a view. The views here are stunning over sun set. I had the aragosta (lobster pasta) which was nice (I wasn't expecting to peel the meat from the lobster) and hubby had squid ink pasta which was nice as well. We had mussels as entree which was delicious. Overall good... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Amazing views on offer at this restaurant in an old fort in the corner of the village on the cliff overlooking the sea. Definitely book ahead and would recommend visiting and choosing a table to reserve. There are 4 very romantic tables over the cliff if the weather is good I would try book there. Ask your waiter for some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Guidoni, 42 | La Spezia, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Liguria  >  Italian Riviera  >  Cinque Terre  >  Vernazza
  • Phone Number: +39 0187 812222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 33 - 55
  • Cuisine: Chowder

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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