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“Lovely setting, better than expected food and service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Venus

Ristorante Venus
Piazza Motta, 50, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
0322.90362
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Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
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“Lovely setting, better than expected food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We saw this restaurant during a walk around town; it's hard to miss, right on the main square with a picture-perfect setting on the shores of the lake, looking out across to the island. "Tourist trap" we thought, "the prices will be high and the food only average".

So we'd planned to eat at another restaurant for our first night in Orta San Giulio, but as it happened it was closed that night. So we ended up at Ristorante Venus anyway, and managed to score ourselves a table right on the lake's edge. What a perfect setting for an evening meal, looking over the water to the island as the sun slowly sets and the lights on the island make it even more magical. Definitely a beautiful spot. But what about the food and service?

So we were very pleasantly surprised; despite our low expectations we found both the service and the food very good. Even the prices were not unreasonable, especially compared with some of the other places in town. We had a couple of drinks, one main course dish each and a coffee - all for 48 euros. The waitress was very accommodating and we almost felt like we should apologise for having had such low expectations of the place.

We lingered over coffee as the lights on the island became brighter, and the ducks on the lakeside finally decided to head to their roosts for the night. In the end we were glad that the other restaurant (which had only indoor seating) was closed that day.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We spent at least one meal a day at Restaurant Venus during our stay in Orta. The staff are all lovely and very accommodating. At times we were in a large group and they did their best to fit us all in together. The day of our wedding the restaurant provided drinks and nibbles to our guests whilst we were having photos taken. We didn’t pay upfront for this but they were very trusting and let us pay a few days later. I had to actually go in and remind them, they are so laid back.

The food is very reasonably priced, the drinks are a bit more but very nice. The location is amazing, you can’t really get any better in Orta. I will go back to this place every time I visit Orta and see the lovely staff, drink the cocktails and eat the amazing Pizzas!

Visited June 2013
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Nuremberg, Germany
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“what a view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

after our first disappointing dinner at another restaurant, we came across this lakeside place. the starters were wonderful (great beef tartar), the primi piatti very nice and the fish extremely well seasoned and prepared. we were lucky to get a lakeside table which allowed a magnificent view. the only small remark for improvement - when cleaning cork off the bottle the waitress might not want to just wipe her hand over the spout next time. apart from that - simply great.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dakar, Senegal
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“A-M-A-Z-I-N-G”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Service food and location, right in front of the lake are just astonishing!
If you go to Orta make sure you do not miss it!

Visited August 2013
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Melrose, United Kingdom
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“Superb views and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

There are some great tables hidden just around the corner of this restaurant and, if you ask, they'll show you to one and offer you a choice of table too! We took one right by the waterside, in the shade with great views.

The menu is lovely, the pizza base great and the service fine. Cost is acceptable too.

The place has a nice vibe and its just on the main piazza. Watch the boats come in and out.

We did lunchtime but will return for the evening too.

Visited July 2013
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