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“Good dinner choice, but not outstanding . . .” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Taverna del Grappolo Blu

Taverna del Grappolo Blu
Scale di Via Moglio, 1, Montalcino, Italy
0577-847150
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Ranked #22 of 61 Restaurants in Montalcino
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Good dinner choice, but not outstanding . . .”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had a decent dinner at Grappolo Blu, on the night we arrived in town. The dishes were tasty and nicely prepared, but nothing outstanding. The restaurant has a rustic atmosphere and the service was adequate. The wine list showcases Brunellos, as do many restaurants in the area.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Canada
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149 restaurant reviews
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
“A Good Recommendation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Based on a Rick Steve's guide book recommendation we located this restaurant for lunch. We ordered two glasses of Brunello de Montalcino 2006 (€7/glass) which were carefully measured out at table side. This wine was as good as advertised. I started with a bowl of ribollata or zuppa which was up to expectations. Sharon had the Pici e ragu which she has ordered several times in Tuscany - a favourite dish.
Since we decided this would be our big meal of the day we ordered a secondi - one rabbit with polenta and one guinea fowl in lemon sauce. Both dishes were good but not outstanding. We ended the meal with dessert - a pear poached in white wine and a lemon tart. Again they were competent.
The bill for the two meals came to €73.50 including €4 service. I think this place is somewhat expensive for the quality of the food. The service was excellent and the waiter understood English.

Visited October 2013
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Grand Cayman
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is definitely one of the restaurants that sticks out in my memory. The food was great but it's the atmosphere that made the experience so memorable. The restaurant is at the top of one of the many staircases in the village and the view down the valley made us want to go in. Glad we did and I certainly would go again if I found myself in Montalcino again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Groningen, Netherlands
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“Tired and distinctly average - a disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I reviewed Grappolo Blu in 2010 and gave it a glowing write up. So expectations were high - and they were dashed. The food was very lacklustre - the main dishes uninspiring. Perhaps they had been cooked a long time before and re-heated? The sauces were definitely on the dry side. The wine list, while extensive, is over-priced. In a week in Montalcino, this was the poorest meal we ate. Very disappointing, as we had saved it till close to the end of our holiday, remembering our previously excellent experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Quiet warm family run ristorante”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Montalcino is a hilltown overrun with tourists and surrounded by wineries for a red wine (I prefer white wine), but we were there, it was rainy and cold, at dinner time and very hungry. Rick Steves recommends this ristorante in his guidebook, so we found it on a quiet alley, and they took us in without a reservation as they were opening for dinner. We then had one of our best meals in Tuscany, in their warm and cozy dining room, it felt like a family home. Lots of options for vegetarians like us on their large menu. We had truffles pureed on crostini, creamy polenta, best gnocchi (very different from in US!), homemade pasta with funghi (melt in your mouth porcini in season!) and truffle oil. Warm cannellini beans. I just wish now I'd ordered dessert!

  • 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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