Must sit out on the back deck for the best view of Lake Superior...just a happy place with nice staff and fresh food.
We had dinner in this lovely little restaurant. It is a light and airy place with large windows and a fireplace for cool evenings. There is also a sunroom in the back overlooking Lake Superior. The service was friendly and efficient. There was a nice selection of well priced wine. We had a wonderful meal and highly recommend this restaurant.
My fiancee and I went to Va Bene for our first date in the summer of 2006. We have been back a few times, most recently a few weeks ago in July 2010 for her 30th birthday. It was a surprise trip up to Duluth, so I contacted Va Bene's staff ahead of time to make a reservation on the... More
We were excited to try a new restaurant that we had never been at in Duluth. Our schedule only allowed for us to try breakfast there. I tried the "French Toast" made Italian style. Well, it was burned on the bottom - tasteless and served without any syrup or butter. With a side of greasy fried potatoes. There was no... More
I ate there with my husband and we both thought the food was good but not great. I would go back there again though. The restaurant has a room with a lot of windows that you can sit in that overlooks the lake and that's where we sat. So, we had a nice view. The staff was friendly and professional... More
If you're looking to get away from mainstream, boring eating experiences, head to Va Bene Caffe. They beautiful view coupled with authentic (and incredibly fresh) food, energetic service and authentic Italian style restaurant makes this one of the best places to eat in Duluth. I can't think of a better quaint, romantic place to enjoy a great eating experience.
I went to VaBene a couple of days ago with a group of friends really hoping to have a good time and a nice meal. This restaurant was at most just ok, but definatly not worth it. We were there at 7 but our maine course didnt arrive until just before 9. We ordered some bruschetta when we first got... More
This restaurant was recommended to us by another couple, but my husband and I both were greatly disappointed. Our wine, which should have been served very cold, was warm. Our entrees were not very good (and we didn't order anything special, nor are we very picky). Our apps were good, however, and the waitress was very friendly. The restaurant does... More
Nice setting with lakefront view (although wood framing is positioned horizontally at eye level!). Decent service. Food presentation was poor and unappealing. Soup was forgettable at best. Two pasta main courses. Fresh pasta was not used. The alfredo sauce based meal was oily with tiny bits of chicken and the taste was offputting. The signature marinara sause dish was very... More
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