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Va Bene Caffe

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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Italian restaurant

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 !

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2014
Thunder Bay, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Business meetings
  • Scenic view
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

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 !

Thank Carm442
Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We go to Va Bene a lot. Mostly spur-of-the-moment. We find their wine selection OK, a bit pricey, and their food quite good. The service is wonderful, and the setting is beautiful, overlooking Lake Superior or in front of the fireplace. Coffee and gelato are very good.

Thank Looking4class
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went with a party of 11 the evening before the UMD graduation. It was busy. Didn't matter...the service was outstanding....the food divine. Definitely my first choice for dinner the next time I am in Duluth.

Thank Suzanne R
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We have always eaten on the deck. Who would miss a chance to have a view of that lake. The service is always friendly and helpful. The food is marvelous. Sometimes we just stop in for coffee, bread and soup. Don't forget the gelato. You have to make room for that!

Thank Frammaolson
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We live in Duluth and eat at this restaurant often. Frankly, their porch overlooking Lake Superior is the primary reason we go there. There isn't anyplace else to eat in Duluth with a location this nice. The top of the Radisson has a revolving restaurant with an exceptional view, but Va Bené is much closer to the big lake. Their... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

What a great place to stop in Duluth! We enjoyed the food and the view! Inspired: the great view of Lake Superior Food: very good Service: good Atmosphere: busy and friendly Return: Absolutely!

Thank 275GTS
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I have been to this restaurant 3+ times and it has always been good. The service is very very good, and the restaurant is the perfect size upstairs. I have never been downstairs, but I believe large parties go down there. The food is great, the best you can get by canal park.

Thank Willie3130
Duluth, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Every dish is made from scratch, if you love pasta this is it. Good salad selections, front row seat to Lake Superior.

Thank MNGirl55
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Enjoy their amazing homemade herb bread dipped in a delicious olive oil. For an appetizer, I've had their crostini's and spinach dip -- all delicious. I've only ever had their fresh pasta (they also serve meat and fish entrees, as well as pizza and paninis) and each dish has been perfection. Ambiance is upscale casual and if you can get... More 

Thank Gina_MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Amatriciana to rival the best I've had! Numerous pasta dishes, creative appetizers; pear, goat cheese costini drizzled with honey; excellent gelato as well. Entrees away from the pastas were limited, so go with one of the pastas. Wine list was ok, but nothing outstanding. For a $20 corkage fee you can bring your own. Manager offered to decant my bottle... More 

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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, Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view


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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