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Va Bene Caffe

Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Pasta
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734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great little lakeside restaurant

Delicious Italian food, great setting, friendly service. I went here with a friend and had a great salad, margherita pizza, and a tasty glass of wine. Medium price, cute little place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Kaitlin O
Duluth, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Delicious Italian food, great setting, friendly service. I went here with a friend and had a great salad, margherita pizza, and a tasty glass of wine. Medium price, cute little place.

Thank Kaitlin O
Richfield, Minnesota
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Very good food, great view, the host was great. The waitress seemed a little too busy with handling all the tables in The Grotto section. We sat with empty water and bread for a little too long. She was friendly though. Regardless, it was a pleasant experience overall, just not quite worthy of a 5.

Thank Lucky132
Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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

Thank DallasLonghorn
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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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.

Thank thomargaret6771
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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.

Thank Ray B
Tucson, Arizona
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

Thank Harris W
Rochester, Minnesota
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

Thank Marcelo H
Duluth, Minnesota
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

Thank MNAlice
Duluth, Minnesota
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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 

Thank Kim R

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Scenic view, Romantic


Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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