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Bar 500

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44/46 Via Nazionale, Cortona, Italy
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best lunch spot in Cortona

We found this place during our last stay in Cortona and loved it. We went back this time around (twice) and it was as good as we remembered. The food is fresh and delicious and it's casual and friendly. There is always a nice special or two but what we really love is their simple sandwiches... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
NapaTJ
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Yountville, California
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Yountville, California
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88 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We found this place during our last stay in Cortona and loved it. We went back this time around (twice) and it was as good as we remembered. The food is fresh and delicious and it's casual and friendly. There is always a nice special or two but what we really love is their simple sandwiches. Besides being delicious, most... More 

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rochester, ny
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We needed a quick lunch spot in Cortona and Bar 500 fit the bill. Although it is quite small, the staff did a great job squeezing many groups in and getting everyone served. The food was outstanding, particulary the bruschetta. It was the largest and best we had in Italy. Everything we had was fresh and delicious. The friendly atmosphere... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

They make their sandwiches to order, and they can make them however you'd like. The people are very friendly and always make you feel welcome. The sandwiches are more expensive than most places in Cortona, but it's also very good quality.

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1 Thank Raffela M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

From the moment I walked in I instantly felt at home. As a solo backpacker I'm very used to keeping to myself and browsing the web on my phone when I eat out. Here that was not the case as the owner Emma was very friendly and we spent a while talking about our travels. Great food, great atmosphere, and... More 

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2 Thank Connor R
Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

For the second time we had a lunch in this Nice bar with typical Italian dishes. An English owner serving very good salads and bruschetta. Worth while to pay a visit!

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We are Canadians who have just finished traveling around Italy for a month, and had occasion to have an early afternoon meal at Bar 500 in Cortona on October 22, 2015. The entire experience was most enjoyable. The owners, Rob and his Italian wife (who Rob acknowledges as the boss), run an absolutely top-notch operation. First impressions, including the fresh... More 

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Troy, Mi
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

On a recent trip to Cortona we had lunch at Bar 500 and it was the best lunch of our 2 week trip to Italy. Owners were so gracious and friendly and welcoming. give this place a try, you won t be disappointed.

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1 Thank yankeefan2
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I have been here twice during our visit and couldn't say more about what a wonderful experience we've had. The proprietors are great, he is from the UK and she is Italian. We would definitely return again!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Man, this place blew me away with some of the best food we have had thus far in Italy!! The pizzas were great and the pastas were phenomenal! Do yourself a favor and check this place out.

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Hewlett Bay Park, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We sat outside in a main area of Cortona. The service by the owner was first class and personable. (English is his native language). The food was excellante and fairly priced. The spicy sausage pizza was perfect for lunch and my wife's salad with tuna was very good. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44/46 Via Nazionale, Cortona, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?