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#268 of 1,291 Restaurants in Bologna
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Via De' Gombruti 2/c, 40123 Bologna, Italy
051 239645
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I immediately noticed the firmness of the tagliatelle, the moment I touched the strands of pasta with my fork. Unusual and interesting I thought. The pasta strands were firm and slightly on the thicker side and of course they were cooked perfectly al dente. The sauce was delicious with no prominent herbal flavor coming through, only the pure bolognese meat... More 

Thank 627Benjiboy
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120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I was there on a Thursday evening and, just as the first time, I had a wonderful dinner. It takes only 5 minutes by cab from the train station so it's the right place to go getting in town or when you're about to leave. The place may be crowded so you'd better make a reservation. I love the neighborhood... More 

Thank eva j
Rowayton, Connecticut
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118 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

In the quiet part of the old city of Bologna this is the restaurant where the locals go. The menus are in Italian and the food is authentic and delicious. Out of the five local restaurants we dined at this was our favorite. Bring your dictionary since everything is in Italian, it will be well worth it.

1 Thank PopeyeCT
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

The best pasta that i had in Italy, the wine selection is also quite impressive! I do recommend for dinner! It's quite easy to find, the restaurant personnel are very friendly and eager to help even though not many of them speak english. The desserts are also good!

Thank Alexandra G
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We visited based on a personal recommendation, but this was our least favorite dining experience of four food-rich days in Bologna. Indifferent if not downright rude service, overcooked seafood, missing clam meat from empty shells in the featured 'seafood merlo', an uncorked bottle of wine hastily 'plonked' on our table. There are many better options in this fine town...you don't... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Had an excellent dinner at this restaurant our last night in Bologna. The space is comfortable, if a little noisy when it's busy, the menu has an interesting mix of regional specialties and more unconventional preparations, and the food and wine are superb, and reasonably priced given the quality.

1 Thank PortlandTraveler12
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Good food, fish is nice, Spaghetti Merlò a variation on the classic 'Scoglio' and quite tasty. Pity for the unhappy seating in the lobby and the noise in the main dining room, plus not all waiters are so good (one was quite good, another one a real nuisance).

Thank stefanopasini
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Another great restaurant in the city of food, had pasta, ham selections and fish. Good food all round and cool staff as well

Thank The_Hadi_Review
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

One of the best restaurant I have ever eat at. Everything you order will make you love life but the most astonishing dish is the Tagliatelle al ragù, that I've asked for since I was like 6 or 7 years old. The staff knows how to do their work in an extremely kind and friendly way, it would be perfect... More 

Thank Gaetano T
Banbridge, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We had been in Bologna about 2 hours when we arrived at Merlo for dinner and were keen to experience some of the food that gives Bologna its culinary reputation. Merlo was recommended by a local because it gave great options for trying fish and seafood - 'great' doesn't come close to describing the magnificent meal and service. Our waiter... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via De' Gombruti 2/c, 40123 Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Saragozza
  • Neighborhood: Saragozza
  • Phone Number: 051 239645

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?