We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Va Bene Caffe

Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Pasta
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-1518
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 315 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 192
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Terrific restaurant on the lake

Excellent service, a nice menu, cute place. If you can, sit on the back terrace. Was very pleased with the gorgonzola cream sauce.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
DallasLonghorn
,
Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
Add Photo Write a Review

315 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent service, a nice menu, cute place. If you can, sit on the back terrace. Was very pleased with the gorgonzola cream sauce.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had lunch as a group of four and all had something different. Pasta with seafood, gorgonzola, red or white sauce, etc., and good appetizers. I had never been there before, but would certainly try it again. They offer inside seating, seating on an open deck downstairs or seating in the enclosed deck upstairs, all with magnificent views of Lake... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arroyo Grande, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Gnocchi was superb! Wine was lovely! Families & couples all seemed happy. Great wait staff, very attentive. Even gave us some travel tips.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife and I enjoy Duluth and was told that this place was a hot spot. We had dinner and our soup was just warm. Dinner was hot but but a little average. We will give them another chance when we visit again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very good. We sat at the counter because we didn't have a reservation. The food, service and atmosphere were all very good. A bit Yuppy... But that's what we were looking for. I had the soup of the day, potato leek and a beet salad. Good presentation, hot soup and a great salad. My wife had the salmon pasta dish.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rochester, Minnesota
Level Contributor
21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by the concierge at our hotel. While the appetizers and early courses were decent, the entrees were not (we tried three different pastas). The pasta dishes were extremely oily, and the fish, chicken, and steak were all overcooked to the point of being rubbery. The wait staff was pleasant enough, although rather unknowledgeable about the wine... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Duluth, Minnesota
Level Contributor
50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Had a lovely dinner on outside balcony overlooking Lk. Superior on a hot summer night. I ordered ratatouille and was very pleased. Others in our foursome had different items, and all were pleased. Menu includes lots of seafood items too. Although restaurant was very busy, our server took time to explain items and customize for special diet of one of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Duluth, Minnesota
Level Contributor
96 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

So the food here is generally lovely. Nicely presented, flavorful, adequate portion sizes. But I always leave feeling a bit ripped off. I think the entrees are higher priced than average, and everything is ala carte. we ordered a gelato to share, it came in a small bowl and when I looked later it was $6.00. Seriously?! There might have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a lunch recently. It tasted just fine, nothing actually "wrong" with it, however I was expecting a little more flavor and a little less "canned creaminess" to the sauces. You've got to understand that restaurants in Minnesota are not going to knock your socks off with spices, but still, the palate was left a little uninspired. I suppose... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ellicott City, Maryland
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We loved eating at Va Bene! Indoor and outdoor seating is available. We lvery much enjoyed eating out on the porch. Warm breezes off Lake Superior and hearing the train run once made our meal that much more enjoyable. The food was delicious and it was JUST the right amount of food. The bread and seasoned oil was plentiful and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Va Bene Caffe also viewed

 

Been to Va Bene Caffe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
  • Phone Number: 218-722-1518

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Scenic view, Special occasions
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Va Bene Caffe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Austin, Texas

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Va Bene Caffe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?