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“Really quite good, and not exorbitantly priced” 4 of 5 stars
Review of RESTAURANT DONATELLO

RESTAURANT DONATELLO
Via Augusto Righi, 8, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 235 438
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Ranked #23 of 1,206 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Very popular
Malta
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Really quite good, and not exorbitantly priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Went there because TripAdvisor said it was close to me and well rated. Busy dining room with lots of locals, which is always a good sign. Nice ambiance with lots of restaurant history on the walls. Prompt service, almost too prompt; this place runs like a well oiled machine. Had the mezzelune to start, which were good, but nothing out of this world. The mains though, the Cotoletta Donatello, was incredibly good. I could have have chomped through piles of the stuff, it was so good.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“EXCELLENT IN EVERY RESPECT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We were part of a large group (50 plus), yet were served with individual attention! The food was delicious - the pasta as well as the meat dishes. Worthy of note is that Donatello offers vegetarian alternatives. We clearly got the impression that this is run as a family business where the family is conscious of the reputation it has to maintain, and thus adheres to high standards. The decor is joyous and I would recommend this restaurant to those seeking to celebrate a special occasion.

Visited April 2014
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“busy restaurant, good surroundings, decent food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

There were three of us and we were rushed through our order.
The food was normal bologna fare, but the room was buzzy and very nicely decorated, (lots of famous visitors over the years).
Nothing special, nothing bad, average price.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Very good food at affordable prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The "tortellini al burro e salvia" were excellent. As a second I had "tagliata di manzo", which was a bit too well done. The Sangiovese house wine tastes perfect with both dishes. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Bologna, also appreciated a lot by the locals.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bologna
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“excellent restaurant down town Bologna - nice balance price per quality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

One of the oldest restaurant in the town, despite of the fact Donatello is so centrally located NO tursits trap...
Forget the menu and rely on Carlo's suggestions: he is so experienced and professional waiter, he would suggest you what is fresher and fastly available....
This is a perfect place to taste Bologna's traditional dishes at an affordable price: "bis" of Tagliatelle al Ragù / Lasagna (ask for the half portions!), roasted lamb and DO NOT leave the place without the fantastic TENERINA (a delicious chocolate cake with mascarpone cheese....)

One point down this place: it is very crowded during Bologna's exhibitions! Unless you have to organise a business dinner during one of those venues (in that case Donatello is perfect to "impress" your business guests...), select alternatives dates in order to better enjoy Donatello's atmosphere and excellency in restauration... buon appetito!!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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