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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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San Ramon, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
65 helpful votes 65 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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Thnx!! :-) Happy to give you nice time in Vwecchia Varenna Restaurant :-) Best Regards Luca and Samantha Castiglioni Vecchia... More

Gozo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Found this place early on our vacation and were always heading back. Menu changes regularly. Food impressive and you could imagine desserts.

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

Thank you !! :-) We hope to see you again. Samantha and Luca Castiglioni Vecchia Varenna Restaurant More

Malta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The restaurant has one of the best locations on the lake even if the glass of the patio does creates a boundary with the open air. The food was decent although the prices are on the high range. I was not too impressed with the waitering service on the day since they seemed to be a bit too busy since... More

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

Mr. ReggieMalta, thanx to spend time and review about my restaurant. We hope to can serve you again next time. Best regards Samantha and Luca Castiglioni Vecchia Varenna Restaurant More

Bedford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This restaurant in one of the best locations in Varenna, right over the water and the food was well cooked and beautifully presented but there wasn't enough of it. The portions were far too small. My husband and I normally share a starter and a pudding but have a main each but the portions in this place meant we left... More

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

I'm sorry!! :-) It all depends on each person is accustomed to having. Gold, caviar, plutonium ... fashion and... more thing are something to use or eat and taste in small doses:-) I agree that my restaurant is not a place where you can share a starter for two and have a dessert to spend a dinner in here Vecchia... More

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