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Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
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Princeton, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nilus is a good place to stop to have an informal meal with family and friends along the lake shore. The food is fine, but the restaurant is big, and crowds challenge the hard-working wait staff. Still, a good place to drop in for an informal meal.

Thank stuart k
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was ok but the service kind of weak. Too many tables per server. Expect to wait a long timefoe drinks, dinner and the bill. There are better places to eat.

Thank hardytrish
Studio City, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife (whom I love) somehow talked me into a 45 mintue climb to the top of a hill in Varenna on a hot and humid day - jsu tto see the ruins of a 12th century fort. We remain happily married because, when we found our way back to the lake-front, we came upon Nilus. In what should be... More 

Thank Joe F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon Nilus while exploring Varenna one afternoon. Our daughter has celiac disease and Nilus had a gluten free pasta with a great view to boot! We enjoyed all of our dishes. The pasta dishes were all relish and sitting outside to people watch and enjoy this charming setting was just perfect. Loved it! Hope to return!

Thank kittyc117
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location overlooking the lake. We stopped for lunch and were greeted by very friendly and accommodating staff. We have a baby and a toddler and there were plenty of highchairs available. Children's menu was thoughtfully put together and the waitress was always one step ahead bring a straw and a plastic cup. Service was quick, food was simple but... More 

Thank SarahC09
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on a couple of occasions during our week stay in Varenna, for food on one night and for after dinner drinks/cocktails on another occasion. Simple food, well cooked. We had pizza, pasta and salad, all delicious. The view of the lake from the terrace is stunning and very efficient wifi not to faulted either!

Thank dorothy050
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The crepes were outstanding and they serve them after 12 btw. We stopped and had melon and prociutto, pizza, ham and cream crepe that was a show stopper. Rich and delicious. Perfect place to stop and enjoy the view and people. Service was fast too!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They have a nice outdoor patio right on the lake. I ordered a Bellini and was surprised how little I got! It was still very good. The same went for the soda. Very small servings. The spaghetti was ok as well as the lasagna. However I severely burnt my mouth on the lasagna. It was so incredibly hot it actually... More 

Thank Ashley F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We popped to Berenna from Bellagio for lunch. The menu looked good, so we ate here, and so pleased we did. The mixed salad was beautifully presented and plentiful. The hot and cold cheese plate with honey and walnuts was divine. The buffalo mozzarella and tomato platter hit the spot! We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Verenna.

Thank Paula C
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52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

located on the walkway from our hotel to the ferry it was a convenient location for lunches and one dinner where the sunset was spectacular . Food was always great and personnel were always friendly and attentive

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: 390341815228

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