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Va Bene Caffe

734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-1518
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Ranked #4 of 226 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
St. Paul
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 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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Rochester, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I'm Italian and enjoy cooking it but like eating out as well. However I'm always a bit nervous that it might not be authentic when trying to find a nice Italian restaurant. This cozy spot was a pleasant surprise. Started out with the roasted red pepper spread on grilled bread. Yummy! They brought Italian bread with oil and a touch... More

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The cafe is perched right by the lake, not far from Fitzgers and the Malt Shoppe. Make a reservation for a table in the back room for great views of the lake. The restaurant is pleasantly small/cozy, with very friendly staff, a nice menu and good food. I enjoyed the visit.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was an amazing Italian restaurant found along the shores of Lake Superior. The service was excellent, and the food was even better!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Arrived and it was busy so they made sure we had a table for two. Unbelievable service and the food was incredible. Add that to the beautiful view !

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