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Osteria delle Catene

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Via Mainardi, 18, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 941966
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Thu - Tue 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

we were 3 friuends visiting the town and stopped here by chance. Gorgeous. The owners are friendly, kind, caring the customers, and with a good sense of humour. The food is great: antipasti are really good, we tried pici with pheasant and mushroom bolognese sauce, fantastic, and the leek, saffron and ham soup is also really delicate and tasty. Highly... More 

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Thank Davide A
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for your nice review! Our way of running the Osteria is ispired by the real Tuscan way of living: guests are friends to our eyes, and we try to make them feel home; recipes come from our childhood, when the whole family used to seat on the dinner table; some of the paintings on the wall... More 

Sliema, Malta
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57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is situated off the hustle of tourist offering a charming atmosphere. The food was good, we had two ribolita and two wild boar. The only thing was the vegetables side dish was very basic for €4. Any ways on the whole it was good.

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Thank Mark Edward M
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for you nice review. We are very glad to hear that you have appreciated the specialties of the Tuscan tradition. In particular, the ribollita is prepared as our mums and sisters used to do when we were children. We hope we will have the chance to have you our welcome guests again, and will take your... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This is a charming little restaurant, with a super proprietor, and wonderful simple and tasty food. We shared the special pappardelle pasta with fungi and tartufo sauce - it was absolutely stunning. We followed with main dishes of wild boar stew and roast rabbit with herb sauce. Both were excellent. All this was accompanied by a delightful local red recommended... More 

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Thank Ken M
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for your nice words. We are honored to find guests who really appreciate the specialties of the Tuscan kitchen, and are very looking forward to welcoming you again! Best Wishes, Gino and Virgilio More 

Nashville, TN
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89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

With many of the sidewalk eateries kind of full, we looked on a few of the 'side-streets' if you could really call them streets, and saw this place. We were seated quickly and the service was very good with true Italian flair. We each (five of us) ordered something different and all enjoyed what we chose. Price was fair, atmosphere... More 

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Thank travelerted
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, we really thank you for your nice review! We are ery glad to hear you have enjoed your time at the Osteria delle Catene! There is so much to taste from the Tuscan tradition, and we have really appreciated that each one of you tried something different. We hope to see you soon, you are very welcome in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and extremely friendly staff! Great place for lunch in St Gimignano. The Straccoto was superb!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for your nice review! Actually, the stracotto is one of our most requested specialties, and we are very happy to hear that you have appreciated such a traditional dish. Thank you again, and see you soon! Gino and Virgilio More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

In the midst of the walls. Very nice lunch at reasenable prices. We also add the local white wine which was nice. Great place for lunch stop and not that expensive

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Thank D794
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for your nice review! We are very looking forward to seeing you again! Best Wishes, Gino and Viriglio More 

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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The number one highlight of this restaurant was the service. Never had I met such a kind, openhearted man. That impacted the experience so much! Needless to say, the traditional Tuscan fare and wine were amazing, as well as the people sitting all around us. It was all foreigners, but hey, it's San Gimignano!

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Thank Fmahout
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, we do not have to words to explain how much we have appreciated your review. We actually aim to let our guests fell home in our Osteria, and your review sound like we were successful! You are welcome anytime! Sincerely, Gino and Virgilio More 

Northumberland
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I had four dinners in San Gimignano in different restaurants mostly chosen on TripAdvisor reviews. None were disappointing however the one at Osteria delle Catene was the most enjoyable. A really welcoming patron, simple rustic but well-cooked food and a pleasant atmosphere all led to a really enjoyable dining experience. If I return to San Gimignano this is the first... More 

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Thank Newtonbully
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, your words really make us love our job more and more. You will always find a warm welcoming at the Osteria delle Catene, we are very looking forward to seeing you again! Best Wishes, Gino and Virgilio More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The food is so delicious... And people are so so friendly here. We stumbled it by accident and didn't expect that so nice. The Chef came out of the kitchen to greet everyone and makes sure if things are fine. One can have really local Tuscany food here.

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Thank hsieh J
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for your nice review. You are absolutely right: the Chef-owner is very attentive and always tries to find some time to hear to the preciuous comments and suggestions from our guests. You are welcome anytime, we will be glad to let you get to know other specialties from the Tuscan tradition. Best Wishes, Gino and Virgilio More 

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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Visited San Gimignano for a day trip and came upon this lovely little restaurant tucked up a little side street. There were 7 of us and we enjoyed a great lunch of freshly made pasta dishes washed down with a cool beer. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The bill was very reasonable too! All in all a perfect... More 

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Thank anneyoung73
OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this review

Dear Guests, thank you for your wonderful review. We remember your nice group with pleasure, and we are glad to hear you have spent a nice time with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Best wishes, Gino and Virgilio More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $49
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Mainardi, 18, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  San Gimignano
  • Phone Number: +39 0577 941966

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?