We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!


Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

156 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 104: English reviews
Riverview, Canada
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first stop in Italy and the pasta was fantastic! The location is just perfect on the water and service was quite fast as well. Would love to return!

Thank travellers38232
Zwolle, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Most of the good looking places were very full so we stopped at Nilus for dinner. The view and location is excellent but the food is average to mediocre. Our group had a risotto - not so good, spaghetti pesto was not so good at all, tagliatelle ragou was not so good however the lasagne and crepes were very good!... More 

Thank Stefan Z
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little restaurant on the lake front as you walk from the centre of town. Good food and service nice staff

Thank Eric P
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The wife and I stopped by here one night after returning from Tremezzo, not really sure what to expect. It had been our experience that many of the restaurants that had fantastic views, had mediocre food. We were pleasantly surprised with our order. I ordered pizza Diavola (spicy salami) with porcini mushrooms, and the wife ordered Spaghetti Carbonara (bacon &... More 

Thank kappabear
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sat here for a coffee as there was enough seating for 8. We then stayed for lunch and all had a pizza. All were great. In a beautiful spot on lake shore. Friendly staff happy to re-arrange tables who asked us several times if we needed more shade. Hard to fault for lunch

Thank Bluerange35
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
102 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here at 12pm and already most of the tables were full. By 12:10pm there was not a spare table. We had a great lunch, our small children were well looked after, they provided them with plastic cups, plates and cutlery. Beautiful views to soak up while you eat. The bruschetta is divine and worth a try. The crepes... More 

Thank Katie A
United States
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the savory cheese and ham crepes which came out hot despite a windy evening. Popped up to the local gelateria for dessert.

Thank Carmen2294621
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived after 9 in the evening and luckily got a table as another couple was leaving. Dont rush the waiters as they try to keep up. Once we ordered we got our food after just a short while. Great pizza with superb porcini mushrooms. Great view and atmosphere. Noticed some locals at the tables as well. Friendly staff who... More 

Thank PeterJozef
Level Contributor
106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having returned from our trip to Milan, on the train, we stopped here for dinner. The lake front view is fantastic, on such a hot evening the gentle breeze was very welcome. There is a very comprehensive menu so much so we struggled to make a choice. We started with aperitifs, which is a first for us but very enjoyable;... More 

Thank KernowIsHome
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect location for view of the lake together with great value meals. We had the crepes for dinner on two occasions- excellent. Pizza for lunch was reasonable.

Thank Julie M

Travelers who viewed Nilus also viewed

Varenna, Lake Como
Varenna, Lake Como
Varenna, Lake Como
Varenna, Lake Como

Been to Nilus? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: 390341815228

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Nilus and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Nilus staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?