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Osteria delle Catene

Via Mainardi, 18, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 941966
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Ranked #18 of 107 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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
46 helpful votes 46 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Charlbury, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Having rejected several other places (tourist traps), we came upon this restaurant tucked away up a narrow street. We saw the slowfood sign and knew we would be okay. Local and seasonal, well cooked and presented. The other half who loves hare had pappardelle with hare sauce, we all had a taste, delicious, he then had hare cooked in 3... More

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Lydney
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We read about this restaurant before coming over to San Gimignano and it certainly lived up to the reviews. Fantastic selection of local food, saffron soup a must try, lots of local game which was cooked superbly. Good wine list. Be sure to leave room for a pudding you would be crazy to miss them. If you only have time... More

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

A little restaurant well located but easy to miss. We are vegetarians and we ordered penne and ribollita and we were blown away with the food. The restaurant owner is extremely kind and friendly. He even gave us suggestions for toppings and condiments that went really well with the food we ordered. I would definitely go back here if i... More

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