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Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 13
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A great restaurant overlooking the lake

Nilus is located on the lakeside walk, with a covered area looking directly out across the lake. Like most, if not all, of the places along the lakeside walk, there's not much space and Nilus can get very busy. We ate there twice, both times intending to have a snack, but ending up with a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Nilus is located on the lakeside walk, with a covered area looking directly out across the lake. Like most, if not all, of the places along the lakeside walk, there's not much space and Nilus can get very busy. We ate there twice, both times intending to have a snack, but ending up with a small meal! The food was... More 

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Armuchee, Georgia, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This restaurant was so good we ate there 3 nights of our 3 night stay! Everything was homemade, delicious, and right by the lake. You can't beat the view especially the sunset. We couldn't wait to get back from touring to eat here!!

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Thank Susan S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

We found the bar by chance, actually I was looking for a bar that sold Wine by the Carafe. My wife and I had a couple of drinks (white wine and an Italian dark amber ale) and a bite to eat. The food was excellent and the drinks did not fail either one of the best beers I have ever... More 

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Thank Paul H
London
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Enjoyed this great location for easy dining and relaxed drinking.We went to this place many times during our short stay. Food is basic but good.

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1 Thank Paulo R
Varenna, Lombardia, Italy
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Corner view of Varenna bay. Fulvia and Giovanni run a great place, be sure to come for sunset... Rain or shine!

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The service was good, and the food was excellent. The atmosphere was lovely despite the rain with a lovely view of the lake.

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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391 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch here while in town. It is a very pretty location with wonderful lake views A nice place for drinks too. we had pizza and soup. The food is okay. nothing over the top. Service is good. I think you can't beat the location for drinks or a light lunch in Varenna.

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Seattle, Washington
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Outstanding view from the lakefront patio, which is less than 10 feet from the lake. Decent food, including pizza and risotto. Very slow service. We asked for our check, and when it never arrived (after 15 minutes), we had to go inside ourselves to pay.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

3 of us visited lunchtime. Appeared a busy little restaurant so accepted the time it took between receiving menus and someone taking our order. Friend not very hungry so asked for a child size pizza rather than waste half a larger one. Apparently this is not possible. Kids' pizzas are for kids only was the reply! At the end of... More 

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Milan, Italy
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I've been here twice (June 2014 - August 2015) and in both circumstances I had my dinner in the lakeview terrace. Placed in the middle of the walk running along the bank, Nilus offers a stunning view over the surrounding environment. Opting for this bar is thus made quite easy by its attractive location, as well as by the reasonable... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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