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Va Bene Caffe

734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-1518
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Ranked #4 of 227 restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Fargo, North Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Easily one of the best Italian meals we have ever had! Va Bene is a small and unassuming place and the entrees are delicious and very reasonable. The decor was modern and it had that bustling vibe of a busy family-owned Italian restaurant. I had the gnocchi and my husband had the fettucine bolognese. Superb! We will definitely come back... More

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London
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Busy vibrant Italian - it just lacked the detail and finesse of good Italian eateries - the waiter was a bit dizzy as well taking the orders and then forgetting to bring stuff -

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had a flavorful meal. If you want large portion sizes, you'll be disappointed. The lake side room is pretty packed in with tables; you will hear the table's conversation next to you. But I'd go back again for sure...the cheesecake is stellar, as is the gelato. The paninis were very good, did not love the house Italian side of... More

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Minneapolis
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I loved this place. This is a cool, not fancy, a little noisy, a little close spot with terrific pasta. Pasta dishes are $11-19 all sounded terrific, split a big Caesar to start and have a couple of pastas with wine - charming evening. It's right on Lake Superior so we watched a sailing regatta as we at dinner. Wednesday... More

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St. Paul
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a romantic dinner here, with deliciously fresh Italian dishes, great wine, and attentive, lovely wait staff. The view of Lake Superior was an added bonus. I recommend it!

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Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wow! We each got a dish and couldn't help picking from each other's plates, it was so good! Sit out on the patio/balcony if possible for a great view of Lake Superior. It is a small place but we had no problem getting a table for 3.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had reservations for 5:30 pm and walked in fashionably late. Parking near the restaurant was somewhat limited so you may want to catch a cab or a reliable hotel shuttle. No problem as they were very accommodating to our request to be seated in the outdoor cafe with a spectacular view of lake superior and the lift bridge. The... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Make reservations and ask to be seated on the small deck if weather permits. Lovely views of Lake Superior. Pasta dishes are excellent. Very good wine list with generous pours by the glass.

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Duluth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The food and desserts always excellent. The pasta bar selection is my favorite menu item. My family from out of town always requests a night out to Va Bene when they are in town.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We eat at Van Bene every trip. Great, intimate Italian restaurant right on the lake. Everything is homemade and authentic.

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