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Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
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Ranked #20 of 27 restaurants in Varenna
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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35 reviews from our community

58% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Walking up a storybook like pathway, you will come to this lovely gem of an eatery, located directly on Lago di Como in Varenna. Food was as appealing to the eye, as it was to the taste. Great value, wonderful service, unbeatable views, and something on the menu for everyone & anyone's taste. Highly recommended!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

For the second year in a row, we had the best Pizza that we have ever had in our life, accompanied by spectacular views of the lake! I cannot imagine having better Pizza anywhere, than we have experienced at the Nilus Bar for lunch on our last two visits to Lake Como. P & J

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Carrollton, Texas
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Oh my goodness! I had to have this Caprese Salad three times - all three days we were in Varenna! Rick Steve's was right again!! This is an amazing place for food. It is reasonably priced with amazing views of Lake Como. I wish I could have brought the flavor of the Caprese Salad home to America, but it just... More

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Richmond, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This restaurant has a great waterside location but the food was nothing special. Service was average. Too touristy for us.

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Canberra, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We had lunch here and while the food was not amazing, it was still good and very reasonably priced for Varenna. The main draw card is probably the good view over the lake. But a nice place to eat, with a glass of wine and a pizza, while in Varenna.

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Stirlingshire, Scotland
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132 reviews 132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

It's the location that draws you in to sit at the Nilus. Food is quite good, pasta dishes are E9.50, and a bottle of wine is E18.00. This is not MacDonalds, so do not expect instant service, just sit down and drink in the beauty of the place.

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We arrived in Varenna just in time for lunch. We opted for lakeside dining - of course - and had the best crepes I've ever had!

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Fort Worth, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed pizza, beer, and wine at Nilus with an incredible view! Service was a bit slow but overall experience was very good.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend visited here today, we had a pleasant meal. I was completely satisfied. It was a relaxed and friendly place with pretty good service. Can't fault it really, and it has excellent views of the lake. Not a hidden gem though, just somewhere for a good meal.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This restaurant is in a great location, with a great view of Lake Como. Unfortunately the food was awful and the service was probably the worst we had while traveling in Europe. We actually almost left after waiting 5 minutes for someone to greet us and the decision to stay was a mistake. It was also overpriced. I would only... More

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