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Osteria delle Catene

Via Mainardi, 18, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 941966
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Ranked #21 of 111 Restaurants in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $26 - $51
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Although the host was very welcoming and helpful and the service was good we found the food to be very average compared to everywhere else we have eaten in Tuscany. Our mushroom bruschetta was delicious, but the tomato one lacked taste and the beef in chianti, and pumpkin pasta with meat sauce were also sadly lacking in flavour. Very disappointing... More

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OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, and for the nice words you spent for the service and part of the food. Yet, we were a bit surprised to hear that you didn’t appreciate the Stracotto (beef in Chianti) and the Ravioli (pumpkin-filled pasta with meat sauce) because, as you also mention in your comment,... More

The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The city is swarmed with tourist, fortunately this restaurant slightly off the main tourist path. It is small, it is simple, and yes I would go there again. Good food for a very decent price, and kind service.

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Bruges, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

we went 2 times to this restaurant: excellent! And a very friendly and honest staff! We can recommend it without any doubt.

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Moscow, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Its a wonderful place with perfectly cooked food and hospitable owner! We were there 2 times, ate beef chianina, hare cooked with three wines, oven cooked lamb with white wine and onions. All this dishes were very tasty. Thanks owner for this!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The town is crawling with tourists during the day, so we waited until the evening for dinner - what a great decision, and an even better one to eat here. It's a small place on one of the side roads, and a small osteria. But if you can get a table, it's well worth it. We were surrounded by locals... More

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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a great restaurant serving really tasty traditional Tuscan fare, unlike the boring rip off places on the town's main street a few yards away. The service was excellent and you could tell the staff had a genuine enthusiasm for their cooking, again unlike the tourist traps on the Via Mainardi. Highly recommended. The hare based dishes are particularly... More

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UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stumbled upon this as everything else was full, but what a wonderful surprise! Has a feel of an unpretentious ( but still elegant) restaurant which is run by a dedicated owner. It belongs to the 'slow food' movement which was started in Italy, if memory serves. The owner is extremely welcoming and helpful. The food was delicious and cooked with... More

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Amsterdam
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a rustic, no frills little restaurant with friendly service and a value for money menu. We had the mixed starter, some pasta and a pork dish and shared a dessert. All the food was well prepared. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed; no rushing around. Certainly worth a return visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

...then I definitely recommend this place. We had the wild boar dish and the rabbit with some mushrooms as a side dish. Both were fantastic. Prices are reasonabl and the waiter is also the owne, he is very friendly and makes sure that you are well served.

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Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

During our visit to San Gimignano, we looked at some reviews of local restaurants and came upon Osteria delle Cantene. We were not disappointed. We were both able to find plenty of items on the menu we wanted to try, but both decided on a fixed menu. Each fixed menu was very reasonably price for what you were getting, and... More

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