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L'oca giuliva

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Via Boccacanale di S. Stefano, 38/40, 44100 Ferrara, Italy
+39 0532 207628
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12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bliss!

We found this our first night and went back for our last. In a city where we ate well this stood out: friendly service, exceptional food, very reasonable prices.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Oxford
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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192 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Oxford
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We found this our first night and went back for our last. In a city where we ate well this stood out: friendly service, exceptional food, very reasonable prices.

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UK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had a couple of meals here on our last visit to Ferrara and they both really good and we would recommend the restaurant. Its is central and the service is good and the restaurant has a nice relaxed feel and seems to be frequented by numerous locals. The food is upmarket local fare.

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Varese, Italy
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We picked this restaurant as we have a habit of going to slow food restaurants if there are any in the area we visit as we are assured a meal that doesnt dissapoint. However this time we were dissapointed - it wasnt up to my expectations. We didnt eat badly but there was nothing to exlaim about - dishes served... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We spent a delightful week in Ferrara, and we ate in this restaurant FOUR times! The food was varied, beautifully prepared and presented, and delicious. We could have eaten there a few more times without exhausting the menu. And the staff was friendly and helpful. The prices were about average, but the value per dollar/euro was WAY above average.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Eat here for the local specialities such as pasticcio alla ferrarese (macaroni in pastry), cappeletti and salama da sugo (stewed sausage with mash). Reasonably central (opposite Santo Stefano) but not in an obvious tourist position. Great service. Don't be put off by the plastic tables in the arcade outside.

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Haifa, Israel
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190 reviews 190 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

came here with 2 colleagues after a long 2 business days and a nice but cold walk in the city. the setting is nice, there is an active bar scene in the entrace but we came for a full dinner. drank a nice bottle of Pino Nero from Emilia Romagna for E18 which was worth the price, received a nice... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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323 reviews 323 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

Off the tourist path, this restaurant caters to locals with its pumpkin ravoli bolognese special and great fish, pasta and veal. The ambience and service are first class. The local wine list is extensive and contains a number of excellent and inexpensive wines. Reservations are recommended. The owner and staff are professional and friendly.

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Singapore
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164 reviews 164 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

After reading raving reviews about this restaurant, we decided to lunch there. The wine list is impressive and the price is charged accordingly. However, the food was mediocre at best. My partner had the guinea fowl, which was tasty but dry, while I had the eel, which was very fishy. Thank god it was just four tiny bits of eel.... More 

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nyc
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107 reviews 107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Lovely setting - the food was fine ... but not stellar ... and our waiter was not very friendly ...

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UK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

We visited L'oca giuliva again this year while we were in Ferrara and it is now better than ever. The Dining experience could not be faulted, with a really nice mix of local and regional dishes. Out of all the restaurants we have visited in Ferrara this stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Boccacanale di S. Stefano, 38/40, 44100 Ferrara, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Ferrara  >  Ferrara
  • Phone Number: +39 0532 207628

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 38 - 60
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?