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Indoor-outdoor Italian eatery with an inventive, from-scratch menu. Family owned and operated, we're not your nonna's trattoria. Located directly above the Lakewalk, overlooking beautiful Lake Superior, Va Bene features Duluth’s best lake views of the Lift Bridge and harbor. Our menu includes creative salads, soup, fresh pasta and gnocchi, grilled panini, plus steak and fish features. Everything is prepared fresh and made to order. We offer a full bar with a fantastic wine list, draft beer and specialty cocktails. Indoor and outdoor seating is available in four dining spaces, plus our dog-friendly patio tables along the street side of the building.
$12 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Private Dining, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Street Parking, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pasta was blah. Ordered Alfred and it was served over spaghetti noodles. The penne was either overcooked or undercooked. Hard to tell. Server was nice. Parking was difficult and meters needed quarters or your phone. The server did not charge me for my meal as...I did not eat it. Still the bill for a glass of wine and one Alfredo with blah sauce was $26.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The spaghetti bolognese was light and full of flavor. The bread is soft, moist and absorbs the oil well. I do not care about the salt they put on it. The main dessert is their gelato. The serve it soft. The vanilla actually tasted like...vanilla and not just milk.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we booked our nearby B&B, they recommended booking dinner reservations far in advance. Top on their list was Va Bene, which we booked 30 days out (and couldn’t get the exact time we wanted). But we had a great table when we arrived, overlooking...Lake Superior, and a good server, too. Unfortunately a few things were already sold out (at 6PM), but there was a good menu. We shared a nice burrata and each had a pasta dish. We had asked to see a wine list and there were some nice ones, but we instead chose a glass of wine for my wife and a beer for me. Only when we left did we learn that Wednesday is half price wine night. We would have ordered a bottle and taken home anything we didn’t finish. Overall Va Bene was very good. We have had better Italian food in many places, and better service, but the view is rarely better. Four stars.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 5, 2021

We had a great server tonight named Andy, when one of the wines was not available, he made a very great selection that we totally enjoyed. My wife, daughter and I had three great pastas. The starter bread and oil were very tasty, the service...was outstanding with the server checking on us throughout the meal. We had great weather to enjoy a meal in the "Grotto". I would recommend a meal any day and time at this restaurant. While the items are made from scratch, the price was very, very reasonable.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 29, 2021

Phenomenal view. Perfect time to go is on a warm sunny day on the deck overlooking the water. Waitress and hostess were both friendly and pleasant and accommodating. Great food! Loved the pasta I had and the drinks were great. Definitely worth the trip and...will be back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 29, 2021 via mobile

I live just a short walk away, but being here takes me away to far flung places. From the solarium the view could be of the Amalfi Coast. But the view is ever changing Lake Superior. Today it is green, purple and blue stripes. Only...as this lake can be. The breeze is warm and the atmosphere of the joint is welcoming and Dolce Vita saturated. I chuckle because 2 blocks away my place needs dusting, but here time is suspended. I love being here. This place will outlast all classic Duluth locations.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 21, 2021

Small restaurant that make everything from scratch. We sat in the 'Grotto' which is outside hanging over the lake walk. Perfect weather for us, saw a huge ship come in and then the moon rise with a sailboat passing under it. My wife had Gnocchi...for the first time and loved it with the Gorgonzola sauce. I had the house favorite and it was very flavorful and rich.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 12, 2021

Clean Restaurant. Views of the lake is amazing. Descent food and fair service. I loved the Wild Caught Salmon pan seared. Everybody in the group enjoyed.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed August 1, 2021 via mobile

Great food and awesome views outside overlooking the lake. Classy and hip place. My scallop dinner was excellent, and my wife's smoked salmon salad was great as well. If in Duluth and want great food, make sure to go here. A bit high priced, but...quality food for sure.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 23, 2021

Cute place with amazing views. I highly recommend not sitting indoors near the open kitchen as it is extremely loud. I really could not enjoy our lunch do to how incredibly loud it was in there. I was hoping the food would make up for...the lousy atmosphere but unfortunately he quality of food was average at best. My pasta was over cooked and my daughters meatballs where dry and lacking any real flavor. My bowl was literally untouched as I thought the pasta primavera was terrible and the waitress said absolutely nothing when she should have clearly seen that I did not eat my meal.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Nathan W
February 10, 2017|
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Response from Mary Kay B | Property representative |
Not required but always a good idea to insure you have a table at the time you prefer.
Jessica A
February 23, 2016|
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Response from MrMoore101 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jessica, It would be best to make a reservation! Please give us a call at 218-722-1518
June 14, 2015|
Response from MrMoore101 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Yes! 218-722-1518
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Yes, Va Bene offers takeout services.

Va Bene is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5