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Ristorante Vecchia Varenna

Contrada Scoscesa, 14, 23829 Varenna, Italy
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Ranked #11 of 30 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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Perth, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A risotto and tiramisu looking over Lake a Como from our table on the terrace were the elements of a delightful lunch at this restaurant. Highly recommended. The waiter who served us was friendly, something we view as essential to our enjoyment of our meal and whether we'll recommend it to others. Don't miss this after a short stroll around... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Situated overlooking Lake Como this is a lovely location for an intimate dinner. Modern decor. Staff attentive. Interesting menu. The lake fish pate was to die for. I had the duck breast which was beautifully cooked served with mashed potatoes and green beans (only 4 small ones!). My wife had the lake fish which she did not find very tasty... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Excellent products quality Cooking and presentation are very professionnal and of high level. We were very positively surprised to find this quality of cooking in a so touristic place. The view from the terrace is magic. We were a little bit disapointed to see that the restaurant was not full whereas the others had more customers. Perhaps a few flowers... More

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Cartersville, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Sitting lakeside offered beautiful views and quiet conversation. Food was different and had some unusual items on the menu. Food was fesh, tasty and flavorful. Romantic spot for couples. Servers were polite and helpful.

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Rochester, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very nice restaurant, cozy indoor ambiance or pleasant lakeside seating out. I had a local fish that was nicely prepared and tasty. Service was excellent and friendly. Would return for sure.

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Rochester, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

You literally sit in a dining room over the water. The shades cover the lake (otherwise the sunset would be too intense). But once sunset starts, they open it up and it's an enchanting spectacle. The food wasn't bad. It was quite good but wouldn't necessarily say it's a must-try.

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Shanghai, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The location is perfect and it's the only good thing that remains at this restaurant. I had visited 2 years ago and decided to give it another chance. I was there a Saturday night with my family and had the worst meal I have ever had in Varenna. The menu only offered a very few dishes. Though a fish paté... More

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Sacramento, CA
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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