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“Beautiful setting, good food, iffy service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria di Rendola

Osteria di Rendola
Via di Rendola 42/54, 52025 Montevarchi, Italy
0559707713
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Ranked #7 of 38 Restaurants in Montevarchi
Price range: $51 - $203
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
New York City, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting, good food, iffy service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

To echo what many have already said, the setting is absolutely beautiful, up in the hills. A bit of a windy drive to get to but well worth it. I think it only took 10-15 minutes from Montevarchi. We arrived early with no reservation on a Friday evening and they were able to seat us, but the restaurant quickly filled up, so I'm sure reservations are a good idea. The menu was great with a lot of regional specialities. There were also several prix fixe options, including a Tuscan specialty menu, a fish menu, and a vegetarian menu. These were a terrific deal at EUR 35-40 for six or seven courses, including dessert and wine! However, as several reviewers have noted, when the restaurant is crowded the service cannot keep up. We waited ridiculously long between courses, 30-45 minutes each time. And one of our courses was lost. So, a mixed bag overall. If you want to try it I would suggest getting a table near the front rather than tucked back in a corner where it's easier for the servers to forget about you.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Danish first
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California/Italy
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190 reviews 190 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

Wonderful service for two women who lost their way in the hills above Montevarchi and discovered this fantastic restaurant. Elegant and discreet ambience for business or romance, this restaurant is worth the trip from Firenze. Perhaps one of the best meals eaten in Italy.

Visited April 2010
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Slovakia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Michelin reccomended, and by me too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

We found this restaurant just by a cause. The street is so narrow, that two cars have problems to pass by. But we take this road accidentaly, were hungry so took this restaurant. Absolutely perfect find. Nice ambiente, great food, great wines and, great prices (in positive matter). I had Tagliatela (beef stake cutted on pieces, absolutely fabulous, myGF had some pasta, great wine, desert....for price about 60 EUR. Than we found out, that this restaurant is reccomended by Michellin from 2003 till 2010!!! I do not know, how they found it, but anyhow, they deserve it!!!!
HIGHLY RECCOMENDE BY ME!!!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A very good meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

One of the nicest dinners we had in tuscany. Good value. Very good pastry and cheese starter. Recommended to us by our hotel. Off the beaten track but worth the drive.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The owner had been changed since I visited, but it is good to know they are still good. This is located in very...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2008

The owner had been changed since I visited, but it is good to know they are still good. This is located in very peaceful mountain area.

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