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La Vecchia Osteria

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Via Dasumno 3, 73100, Lecce, Italy
Tue - Sun 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for lunch on whim - very good, lots of locals. Seafood (I had the calamari) and pasta were very good, as was the service. Would certainly go again.

Thank foodiedavid2016
Oklahoma City, OK USA
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415 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a gourmet restaurant. It is a local restaurant serving fabulous seafood. We loved it. The menu is simple. The setting is quaint. This is a restaurant that is friendly to its diners but not obtrusive. They serve large quantities of food, and we enjoyed a wide array of fresh local seafood prepared in a very good way.

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Limerick, Ireland
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72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just eaten here and have tp say except for the cold meats and mushroom linguini the rest of the food was poor. I had mixed fish with vegetables and fried potatoes (chips). The froed vegetables wefe cold, the chips were pk except they were covered in salt. My wife had fried king prawns which were nice without being brilliant- no... More 

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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is fine but the menu offers food to heavy and somewhat strange. For instance under meat, horse meat was seen as a speciality. I had the mixed grill which was huge and overbearing. If I was ravenous fine but... Also don't go before 8 even though it claims to open at 7. Also I couldn't order just a... More 

Thank bobbayley
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A word of caution on Lecce in the summer, most of the restaurants are booked in advance. We found a table late evening at this Osteria. It serves simple, local food with a good variety. Like most of the restaurants in Lecce the service is good and fast, although do not expected to be 'waited on' as you would in... More 

Thank Dave H
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended this place by a local Italian, and what a find! We were early there so didn't need to book. Sat in the outside area undercover and with a little breeze. By the end of our lunch every table was full, and it seemed with local Italians. We enjoyed the local dishes, in particular grilled cuttlefish, seafood linguine,... More 

Thank aussiechick2016
Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great home -made food , large portions, service was reasonable for a very busy evening.

Thank Sammuzzo
London, England, United Kingdom
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

First visit they wouldn't seat us despite there being one couple in the whole restaurant. We tried again the next day, duly booking in the morning. First family in there again, we still were given the worse table in the house, that's till I complained and they eventually relented. The place did fill, seemingly with Italians, though not sure if... More 

Thank Lee W
Crescent Head, Australia
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169 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Wonderful trattoria, great food and wine, quite inexpensive and good service. Booking is a good idea.

Thank Judit731
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Amazing amazing amazing! They have the best food in Lecce. We were blown away by the food here! The most simple dishes were delicious. We had a orecchiette pomodoro, that we shared to start. The biggest basil leaf I ever saw in my life. And I had the best meatballs in tomato sauce of my life! My companion had an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dasumno 3, 73100, Lecce, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Lecce
  • Phone Number: 0832.308057
Great food from the Salento. Lovely, pleasant dining area. The best food we had in our trip to Puglia and very reasonably priced. Owner is Taurino Marinella.

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