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Via IV Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
0341 830113
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice lunch, nice price

Great location, good service, good luncheon value. Steak and fish dishes were well cooked and simply presented.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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38 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Great location, good service, good luncheon value. Steak and fish dishes were well cooked and simply presented.

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Georgetown, Texas
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30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I ate here our first night in Varenna. We ordered the local specialty (lake fish) and it was delicious. The service was attentive and the surroundings very upscale. Don't miss the adjacent Villa Cipressa Gardens and Lake Como views.

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Hobart, Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Combining a lovely warm September evening,the picturesque outdoor setting of Villa Cipressi and beautifully presented food made for a memorable meal at La Contrada. We were staying at the villa and were glad we took the opportunity to dine here. A complimentary rose prosecco and salmon starter were followed by our own choices of the degustation menu for one and... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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55 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The setting is spectacular overlooking the lake so make sure you go when you can eat outside. The service is attentive without being overbearing and maître d Massimo will make sure you are well looked after. The kitchen however deserves most praise with all dishes being superbly presented without being at all pretentious . Special mention has to go to... More 

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Naples, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Lovely restaurant with delicious food. Soooo very romantic We had a really enjoyable evening served by friendly staff. The setting is a dream

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Scotland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Had dinner here during our stay in Varenna. The food was good - but, to be honest, no more than that. This place gets extra points though for it's location, which overlooks the beautiful gardens and has stunning views of Lake Como. We had a really enjoyable evening - friendly staff, food service and tasty food. But it has to... More 

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scotland
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52 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visited for lunch and although the setting was beautiful and the service was very good we think it would have been better to visit for an evening meal. The food was quite average, perhaps because the light lunch menu is a bit more basic? I would go back but I think the atmosphere would be nicer at night.

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Varenna, Italy
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Having dined with Rick Steve's groups and friends ...always a restaurant that works best sitting outside...there are nice Frescoes inside though so do not miss just because the outside is booked or it is too cold...never a complaint with over 500 clients not shy to do so! Classy Garden you can tour next door(Villa Monestero/admission charged)as well as the Villa... More 

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Melbourne
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85 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We cancelled Ristorante La Vista to dine here on our last night in Varenna. Wish we hadn't! Service wasn't as slick. My entree order was taken down incorrectly. Fortunately my husband was having a cold entree so he could wait while mine was being whipped up. The evening we visited was cool, so we dined indoors. We felt indoors lacked... More 

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Mullins, Barbados
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

An old axiom in the restaurant business says that the quality of the view usually portends the opposite for the quality of the food. Fortunately, La Contrada operates outside this principle. Set in an elevated garden, the restaurant offers lake views to rival that of the most scenic views anywhere. Lunch is the meal to enjoy here. Clear your days... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via IV Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: 0341 830113

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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