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“Frustrating experience - superb food, bad service.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 7 Archi

7 Archi
Via Marchesana, 6, 40124 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
+39 051 233227
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Ranked #301 of 1,234 restaurants in Bologna
Price range: $33 - $93
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
Description: The most charming place in the historical centre of bologna. Managed by the international chef Miriano Baldacci the 7 arches offers you the best Italian and international dishes. Fish and meat are always fresh and presented in original and delicious proposals. Great wine list for giving you a real unique culinary experience.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Frustrating experience - superb food, bad service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was our third dinner in our week long stay in Bologna. Ultimately it was an incredibly frustrating experience. The food alone deserves full marks - we started with octopus in a diavolo sauce on top of crunchy bread (delicious), then had grouper ravioli (contender for best pasta dish of our three week holiday in Italy) and then had the grilled mixed fish and shellfish (a huge plate of mouth watering goodies). Unfortunately, however, the service did not live up to the high standard of the food. Perhaps we caught the staff on an off night, but the service was slow and - more importantly - distinctly surly and unfriendly. I'm hoping that this was indeed an aberration, as the quality of food was such that I would want to go back if we are ever in Bologna. So definitely a mixed bag!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sevenarches, Proprietario at 7 Archi, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for your comment, I take the personal commitment to investigate what has happened with the personnel. We hope to have you again in Bologna in the near future. Best regards
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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice ....;”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

A little bit sturdy waiter, but finally very helpfull . Suggested some good wine and we eat lovely freshly light cooked mussels and a pasta al ragu. Big portions and prices were correct !

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sevenarches, Proprietario at 7 Archi, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Thank you for you comment, we hope to have you again as guests in the near future and our best regards to your Lovely City that I personally love!
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Buena Vista, Colorado
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Inside-outside dining.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

7 Archi has a wonderful old Bologna atmosphere. You have the feeling of being both inside and outside at the same time. The restaurant is located in a sort of open building, a passageway with a very high ceiling, giving a spacious and airy feeling. Our group was 6. We were warmly greeted. The waiter was attentive and personable, and anticipated our needs, without being obtrusive. Our food was beautifully prepared. We had the octopus appetizer which was excellent, and the pastas were perfectly cooked. The entire experience was great until the dolce course, when a garbage truck began collecting garbage on the street in front. It was loud and took a long time, more than 5 minutes to complete. The openness of the retaurant allowed diesel fumes to waft to the dining area. It was most unfortunate. But when the ruckus had passed we enjoyed each other's company and the dolce, and was forgotten. I recommend this place for reasonably priced food of excellent quality, and great service. But I don't know how to avoid the garbage collector, as i assume that in this central old city location, this must happen every night. Possibly one could try it for lunch?

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sevenarches, Direttore at 7 Archi, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Dear Matt,
Thank you very much for your comment, we are happy that you enjoyed the food. regarding the garbage collector in reality they are supposed to come when the restaurant is closed, So probably that day they were late in the collecting trip. Anyway we will revert your comment to the collecting company so that it will be a stimule to respect their timing.
We hope to have you as our guest in the near future.
Best regards
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Moscow, Russia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“good place to meet cucina bolognese”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

good place near the center of Bolognia with tipical local dishes. The quality of food is perfect.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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sweden
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very good experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

Very good service, original creative menue and ambience will be back!

Visited October 2011
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