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Ristorante Vecchia Varenna

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Contrada Scoscesa, 14, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+390341830793
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Description: Ristorante con terrazza immersa nelle acque del lago di Como, gode di una...
Ristorante con terrazza immersa nelle acque del lago di Como, gode di una impagabile vista nel centro lago. In cucina utilizziamo prodotti freschi e lavoriamo in prima persona tutte le materie prime.
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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 19
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A more perfect setting would be impossible

Any closer to the water and we would have been swimming, this authentic Italian restaurant also served food to match the view

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
Alan P
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had walked by this restaurant a few times while staying nearby. It was empty of patrons and we wondered why.... It had a great setting, great view, and the food sounded pretty good. We actually bypassed it since it didn't have any clientele(I tend to gravitate to places that are busy and well travelled as a gauge of a... More 

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Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

My wife and I celebrated her birthday here on November 9th this year and had a wonderful time. The atmosphere, the waterfront setting, the wine and the service were so nice. The menu was a little too elegant for our tastes, but the food was fine. Two of the items we enjoyed were Salted and air-dried lake fish with grilled... More 

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Thank barrydecarli
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The food was not like the setting. All four dinner entrees were extremely disappointing and one was essentially not edible. In years past the food was outstanding but not on this trip. The setting and service were good as was the wine but the food left much to be desired. Hopefully this was a singular bad night and that they... More 

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Thank Kent C
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Any closer to the water and we would have been swimming, this authentic Italian restaurant also served food to match the view

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Thank Alan P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We wanted to have lunch with a view and this place offered the best. The food was delicious and beautiful. I wish the staff smiled a bit more. It seemed like they were already sick of tourists and the season was barely beginning! I would still return for the food and the view. Maybe the ladies were just sad that... More 

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Thank SbSpall
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Walked past this restaurant and thought it looked wonderful. Superb location and interesting menu. Shared fish pate as entree and then ordered duck entree, which was lovely and just light enough. Husband ordered rabbit which was cooked to perfection. One of his favourite meals after a week in Italy.

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Thank Kathleen D
Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Very good restaurant for local recipes. We had the riso mantecato con filetto di lavarello. This dish is made to order, so be patient, but it's worth it. We should've ordered maybe some cheese while we were waiting (next time). The only thing I would suggest is to add some heaters to the terrazza on the lake. We were there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

The pickled lake fish was a rare find in a very scenic location on Varrena. The cinnamon and custard sweet was delectable. The host was friendly and talkative

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This restaurant has changed it's menu somewhat over the past year. The dishes are simpler and less adventurous but still a little expensive. Consequently we didn't get the point of simple small dishes at full price; other than the location which is undoubtedly primo. The service was a bit cold and unwelcoming so while we enjoyed the evening overall and... More 

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Thank Andrew M
Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were delighted to find the barley salad on the menu as a healthy vegetarian option. We also enjoyed the assorted bruschetta and tuna salad. Our service was attentive and the location has a great view of the waterfront.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Contrada Scoscesa, 14, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +390341830793

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 59
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

Ristorante con terrazza immersa nelle acque del lago di Como, gode di una impagabile vista nel centro lago. In cucina utilizziamo prodotti freschi e lavoriamo in prima persona tutte le materie prime.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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