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“Beautiful Night” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Va Bene Caffe

Va Bene Caffe
734 East Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-1518
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Ranked #3 of 227 Restaurants in Duluth
Cuisines: Italian, Pasta
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Eagan, Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stopped in at VA Bene while we were staying in Duluth over Labor Day. We sat outside on their small deck that overlooked the Lake. It was beautiful! The beet salads and pasta we had were excellent. Service was attentive and good. For such a "nice" place I was surprised they wanted us to keep our salad forks for the main course. They have a very nice greenhouse type area that over looks the lake also. The main restaurant inside seemed sterile. Would certainly go back again!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food and service, sit on deck if possible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

We wanted a nicer restaurant to eat dinner at during our stay in Duluth, and VA Bene was perfect for that! Per the recommendations on trip advisor, we asked for seating on the lower deck. While the upper part of the restaurant was crowded, the downstairs was barely occupied on a Wednesday night. The view was absolutely spectacular! It is a great view of Lake Superior and the lift bridge, and was very quiet and relaxing. Our waitress was very friendly and as it was our first time, gave us lots of great recommendations. The gnocchi was excellent, as was the penne pasta with sausage (had customizable spiciness which was great) and the number 18 (angel hair pasta with tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts). I also had a mixed salad which was very good as well. The only thing that was disappointing to us was the "Noce e pera" (penne with a cream sauce, pears, walnuts, and spinach). It had rave reviews on tripadvisor and according to our waitress was one of the restaurants most popular dishes, but fell flat. It wasn't hot and was just kind of goopy and blah. We saw the gelato on the way out but were stuffed from our food so we returned the next day in the afternoon. The restaurant was quiet and the gentleman who helped us was very kind and patient as we took for ever to decide what flavors to try. The mint chip, sea salt caramel, and white chocolate raspberry were all superb! If you are looking for a nicer Italian restaurant in Duluth or even just a dish of gelato, this is the place to go!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visit the folks at Va Bene each time we visit Duluth. We were able to sit on the balcony in the sunshine and enjoy wonderful views of the lake and the Lift Bridge while we had a fabulous lunch. The service was great and the food did not disappoint.

Visited August 2013
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Becker, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great food with beautiful view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stopped in on a Tuesday at 5 on the way back from Lutsen after checking out reviews on tripadvisor. We sat in the grotto with 3 kids. Food was excellent and so was the view. One kid was feeling a little car sick and the manager gave him some sprite as soon as we walked in the door. Will go again next time I'm in Duluth!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Awesome martinis, good food, and great desserts!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a very cute-- but small-- place! We were here on a weeknight, and we did make a reservation, but we still did not get onto the lower deck with the views. But that, and difficult parking (we had to walk a ways), were my only complaints. We had awesome service and began by trying four different martinis, all of which were outstanding. The bruschetta was fine, as were our meals, but then came the Madame Navaronne cake for dessert-- oh my! If you love a decadent dessert (as I do!), you will not be disappointed. The cheesecake and gelato were also raved about by others, but I would return for the cake alone-- don't miss it!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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