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Va Bene Caffe

734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-1518
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Ranked #3 of 230 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pasta
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Atmosphere and staff: Five stars Cuisine: Two stars The atmosphere and staff can't be beat. Beautiful lake views, friendly staff. I just wish the quality of the cuisine matched the ambiance and the price. I really want this place be good, it just falls short. The meals seem thawed out and reheated. Too bad, it's a lovely, romantic scene.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been dining at Va Bene since the first nervous days when it was a "watch it being prepared" pasta bar, and through the years they have made continual changes that have mostly been for the better. The menu offerings are interesting and well done, and this really is a tough place to beat for the view and setting.... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Loved the setup.. cute place and great service. Everyone had great food. Bolognese and fettuccine Alfredo was good !

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Toronto
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I did not expect a true Italian experience and I was right. It was just pasta and some apps that sounded like they were Italian. Service was great, but the food was ok. Their gelato was excellent, a little heavier that it should be but excellent. Wine list was limited for better wines. I am not complaining, just saying it... More 

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Middlebury, Vermont
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

First the settling - we were seated on the deck ( enclosed and warm even with temps in the teens outside) and my view was down to the bridge which was beautifully lighted. While enjoying our salads I looked up and realized every light in the distance was obliterated by a snow squall. By the time the main course arrived... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A tiny place, fresh and bright, always cheerful even in the winter when the expansive views of the vast Lake Superior turn white and frosty. Delicious, simple food that never disappoints. A pretty location facing the water, with the vintage trains pootling along below. There is even a tiny open-air deck with room for four tables during the brief but... More 

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Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you're looking for a great Italian meal with a fantastic romantic atmosphere and reasonable prices, Va Bene is the place! My husband and I came here during an anniversary trip to Duluth and it was the perfect way to end the evening. It's a cute little cafe with an amazing closed in patio overlooking Lake Superior. We sat at... More 

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Nora Springs, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is just north of Fitgers and right off the wonderful Boardwalk. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating. You had better make a reservation early if it's on a weekend. We tried on Saturday for that night and couldn't get in. Give it a try.

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West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My wife and I stopped in to Va Bene for lunch during our recent trip to Duluth. I had the PLP, which is their take on a BLT featuring pancetta, lettuce, pomodoro (tomato) and mayo. It was served in a lightly grilled Panini and had just enough salty taste to make it a perfect Italian take on this American classic.... More 

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Willmar, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This may sound like a "duh" but make sure you get reservations ahead of time! We walked in off the street and had to wait for over an hour and a half, after being told the wait would be 45 minutes. It was frustrating seeing couple after couple walk in and take a seat before us. But, our fault, I... More 

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Additional Information about Va Bene Caffe

Address: 734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218-722-1518
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

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