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Cantina Bentivoglio

San Vitale
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
As featured in Romantic Guide to Bologna
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Via Mascarella, 4/B, 40126 Bologna, Italy
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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38 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place. Yes it very lively so if you want a quite romantic dinner for 2, maybe this is not the place. However I loved its vibe and energy. Great food, service and toe tapping jazz. Brilliant.

Thank James-TRIP
LaGrangeville, New York
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99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here as part of a cruise shore tour excursion, and were positively surprised with the experience. The lasagna dish we had as our main lunch entree was excellent; one of the best we've had. The atmosphere was also nice and the staff friendly. One word of caution is it may not be easy to find without a good... More 

Thank John W
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hawk eyed owner/manager,(in suit/with the handchercief in front pocket)patrols the restaurant,making us feel uncomfortable, keeping his critical eye constantly on diners & staff.A Total Control freak! .No welcome,no friendliness/no music,on a Saturday night.The food was fine,(,especially the pasta dishes)..We waited 40 minutes to be served,but wouldnt have minded that,if we could have ordered a drink, whilst waiting. Go next... More 

Thank knockGalway_ireland
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We had a table outside. Thee small road in front of the cantina was closed for traffic and it served as additional space to put tables from different restaurants. The food was very delicious, the ambiente outside was simply great! At around 10 PM a jazz band started to play Music and entertained the whole crowd outside. Make sure you... More 

Thank Beat R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Eating here was an experience. The food was so tasty and it was what we hoped to find in Bologna. Our Italian is non existent, but we were introduced to Alberto who put us to shame with his spoken English. He talked us through the menu which really made a difference. I loved my pasta. My partner had pork which... More 

Thank mollyanna22
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant came highly recommended while in Bologna, Italy. Not just for the restaurant but for jazz music. There was no jazz music when we arrived on a Friday evening and the food was terrible along with the service. They highly recommended the braised octopus with leaks and they delivered my husbands meal 20 minutes before mine. They apologized but... More 

Thank Jim S
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Recommended by an Italian colleague, he made a booking for us at Cantina Bentivoglio before leaving for Bologna. What a great place. We arrived at eight and enjoyed a fabulous meal. My main was Braised beef with polenta and a red wine gravy. It was cooked beautifully and delicious. My desert, creme custard with vanilla and caramel, was sublime. About... More 

Thank pjthants
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We ate dinner here before the show (jazz trio that started around 9:45pm). Food was good, nothing amazing but all enjoyable, a little pricey. Music was nice as was the atmosphere.

Thank Adrianne C
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Great selection of delicious Bolognese dishes, good atmosphere. Friendly staff. Best to book as it gets busy.

Thank Pam D
Boston, MA
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a jazz club and if you ask to be seated a distance away, the jazz is not imposing. We had fantastic meals..shared a mortadella mouse...really good, shared Bolognese...I have to say it was the best I have ever had in a restaurant. My husband makes the best. My secondi was a braised beef in sangovese wine sauce over... More 

Thank LBCBoston

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $73
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Mascarella, 4/B, 40126 Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > San Vitale
  • Neighborhood: San Vitale

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?