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Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815228
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good46%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“crepes” (19 reviews)
“pizza” (49 reviews)
“salad” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Bar, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm probably not alone in not expecting great things from cafes and restaurants on the waterfront in locations like this but Nilus - together with it's near neighbours Caffe Varenna and Molo - deliver on food and service.

Thank Inmyview2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

stopped here for an afternoon snack. wine, prosecco, and crepe with icecream. hit the spot on a hot day. nice place, good karma.

Thank bronxteddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered a salad because it said it had grilled artichokes, which I love... they were not grilled at all, they were tasteless and either frozen or canned. The balsamic was a spray on that didn’t help the salad much either. The sandwiches were good...More

Thank tdellav
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice terrace just on the lake. Excellent choice of pizzas and they all tasted great. Staff was attentive and nice,

Thank Ullu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caffe con panna was so good. Heavy cream with very little sugar. The plain brioche (creasant) was perfectly plain - no sugar on top. Excellent. Great view of Lake Como. Quiet on Saturday. Wi-Fi with meal. Very popular on Sundays (read-crowded) but everything seems to...More

Thank 853roxane
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Busy place in early evening. Attentive and friendly service. Shared a pizza and crispelle carciofi. Great view of the lake, of course.

Thank jchtravel
Reviewed April 29, 2018

We stopped off at Bar Nilus on a hot day for lunch. The staff were friendly and really cared about the food they served. The meal was excellent and the views outstanding. Can't praise it enough!

Thank David P
Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

Nilus has outside seating overlooking Lake Como. The pasta and pizza was very good with reasonable prices.

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed October 29, 2017

I really doubt that you could find an eatery in Varenna that didn't have atmosphere and good food. We ate here twice during our two nite stay in Varenna. I was craving a good Italy cuppa and they delivered. Party of 4 with a wide...More

Thank gdr23
Reviewed October 22, 2017

View of lake and architecture almost as good as Bar Il Molo, but food not as good. Tortelloni burro salvia (special of the day) didn't look or taste homemade. Bland. Garden salad included interesting items like green beans, zucchini shavings, grated carrot, tomato slices and...More

Thank Cynthia F
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Neil B
September 12, 2017|
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Response from kibblesm | Reviewed this property |
We went for lunch in late March=low season, no crowds or reservation needed. It's a pretty casual place. Have your hotel call them the day before to ask about a reservation. Most are happy to help! That should confirm your... More
February 6, 2017|
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Response from Ruth S | Reviewed this property |
Yes but restaurant would need to be booked in advance
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 815228
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