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Ristorante Vecchia Varenna

Contrada Scoscesa, 14, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+390341830793
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Ranked #11 of 29 restaurants in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $59
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ristorante con terrazza immersa nelle acque del lago di Como, gode di una impagabile vista nel centro lago. In cucina utilizziamo prodotti freschi e lavoriamo in prima persona tutte le materie prime.
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Sacramento, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stayed several nights in Varenna and one rainy evening stopped here for dinner on the covered patio overlooking the water. I had the best risotto ever with truffle oil and lavarello fish, the local white fish. My husband had a delicious pasta dish and, of course, a bottle of wine! We don't recall the dessert but I'm sure it... More

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Decatur, Alabama
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The food here was very nice: above average pasta and above average seafood/fish. However, our service was not up to the standards of our meal. We arrived on the tail end of lunch, approximately 40 minutes before closing. Then we sat around for 20 minutes waiting to order. When we finally did order, we were told some dishes couldn't be... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The food at this restaurant is really inventive, with fresh seafood. I had the pickled rabbit salad with radicchio and walnuts- great - followed by grilled lavarello (local lake fish). Desserts are also inventive and artfully presented. Service is correct, if a little perfunctory. Highly recommended.

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San Ramon, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Vecchia Varenna came highly recommended by a friend who has stayed here several times. A huge storm passed through, but we were able to dine outside as the restaurant can completely cover its terrace (perfect since the sun came out during dinner!). We started with a reasonably priced bottle of light and crisp rose. It paired beautifully with the risotto... More

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vecchiavarenna, Direttore generale at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review
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Gentile Ligaya M Grazie per aver recensito il mio locale. Sarebbe cosa gradita ricevre critiche mirate e utile dare consigli... More

Huntington Beach, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Located right on the water of Lake Como, this was a beautiful spot to dine and stare out at the city lights over the water. The service was impeccable and professional. Our group was presented with a menu with very limited options which I was okay with because usually that means that the dishes listed have been perfected and are... More

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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review
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Gentile Deborah H ancora una volta mi vedo costretto a rispondere senza mezzi termini. La carta che le e' stata... More

London
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

There is no doubt this is a great location in a beautiful part of Lake Como with some excellent reviews. Overall though a little disappointed, maybe we just didn't choose well The rabbit with seasonable vegetables, was to my taste just on the edge of being undercooked and although had a lovely sauce, there was literally a tablespoon of chopped... More

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Varenna, Italy
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Really expertly done dinner in this Varenna classic, the only one directly on the water...I highly recommend...about the 35th time to have eaten here...Very short menu so far less confusing than than others...Faultless service for a pair of Varenna locals who happen to work for Rick Steves and Insight Vacations...Our perfect evening was cocktails at Du Lac with Janet, dinner... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had the slow cooked duck and baked rice, and a lovely rosé to go with it. Panacotta and pairfait for dessert - great food and service!!!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is a fantastic restaurant. One of many great restaurants in Varenna. The setting is brilliant. As you can see from the photos there is a large window with a great view out over the lake. The inside is nice and stylish. The staff are really friendly. The food is fantastic. Some of the dishes are rather small, a bit... More

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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing our restaurant and have appreciated our work. I just want to clarify that all our tables in the our interior dining room and on the terrace on the Lake, are large (80 x 80 cm) :-) Best Regards Luca and Samantha Castiglioni Vecchia Varenna Restaurant More

Sydney
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93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A tranquil and serene setting for an October weekday lunch on the enclosed veranda over looking the beautiful lake and mountains. A delicious lake fish risotto to start (cooked to order) followed by grilled lakefish and a flavoursome rabbit dish of different components of the animal includng the loin, shoulder, ribs and offal - superbly cooked with skill and full... More

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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review
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Thnx!! :-) Happy to give you nice time in Vwecchia Varenna Restaurant :-) Best Regards Luca and Samantha Castiglioni Vecchia... More

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