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All 28 Varenna Restaurants

La Contrada

Via IV Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
0341 830113
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Ranked #10 of 28 Restaurants in Varenna
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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Hobart, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 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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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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madison, wi
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Should've ordered the beef because my tablemates had a much better dinner than I did. I did enjoy the scallops appetizer but that was the only thing I ordered that was good. The perch main course meal was all deep fried and greasy and the veggies that came with it was deep fried as well. Why can't they saute the... More 

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Varenna, Lombardia, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you can catch this place open, as it does most of the weddings in Varenna, you must book a table under the pergola!! If you can't get the pergola, don't worry all seats have stellar views. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to take an aperativo and wander the luscious gardens before Lunch or Dinner. Both meals offer... More 

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

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