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44/46 Via Nazionale, Cortona, Italy
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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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
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I discovered Bar 500 four years ago and have returned every year since. I always spend one day in Cortona and plan one of my meals here. It is such a pleasure to be in a relaxed and happy atmosphere with incredible food at an exceptional value. I look forward to seeing Emma each time. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
franco2810
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Morgantown, West Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I discovered Bar 500 four years ago and have returned every year since. I always spend one day in Cortona and plan one of my meals here. It is such a pleasure to be in a relaxed and happy atmosphere with incredible food at an exceptional value. I look forward to seeing Emma each time. It is particularly pleasant to... More 

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cleveland, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Nando is the owner, cook, server, barista, busboy - you name it. He's an amazing gentleman who rides in on his vespa at 5 am every morning. Mentioned frequently in Frances Mayes Tuscany books, this is to many, the best cappucino in the world, and very inexpensive. Also the best meal I have ever had anywhere in the world is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

After walking around Cortona for a couple of hours, we walked past Bar 500 a bit tired and not sure what to eat - quick or sit down. Deciding to go back, we sat outside for a really relaxing and tasty lunch! Service was friendly yet quick, the tapas for one great value and plentiful, pizza just right, espressos perfect,... More 

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Hampstead, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

What a wonderful find in Cortona . . . delicious paninis, fun atmosphere, and the friendliest staff made for a very enjoyable lunch. Limoncello for the four of us was a plus at the end of our meal. If ever we make it back to Cortona, we'll certainly look forward to lunch at Bar 500. Highly recommend!!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

The six of us were disappointed in our lunches: the Bruschetta toppings were okay, but all the toasts were hard as a rock. The soups were also only okay. However, that being said, the service was very good and the atmosphere excellent when sitting outside.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice place to enjoy good and simple food, good value. Kind staff, organised bar, fast service. A limoncello round presented with the bill. Recommended!

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Fun atmosphere with pleasant staff. Simple menu for lunch. All other places didn't appeal. This cafe was simple and very good value. Quick service. Presented me with a free limachello before leaving. Only three staff who were very organised. The place full by the time we left.

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Phila.,PA
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunch stop at Bar 500. The service was great and the food delicious. We had panini and focaccia. My husband had a salad with tuna that was ruined by a faulty salt shaker. Long story short, the charming owner, our waitress, immediately replaced the salad! Now, that was special! We hope to return someday and enjoy... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Our visit to Cortona was made even more enjoyable by stumbling upon bar 500! Our group of six shared an incredible tapas platter, plenty of food for all and completely affordable! Would recommend to anyone wishing to experience a wonderful lunch or dinner should not hesitate! Amazing staff and very clean washroom! Enjoy!

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Victoria, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We ate lunch here twice and enjoyed the great tasting food, really friendly staff, and the experience of a leisurely lunch while visiting and watching passers by

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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