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.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A great find” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of L Osteria del Merlo

L Osteria del Merlo
Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Cetona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
188 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A great find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012 via mobile

We were directed to Merlo after being told...rather abruptly at The neighboring Nilo "we are full"....mind you thats all the head waiter said in a near empty room....and we were redirected by a nearby shop.
Merlo was superb...excellent service...amazing decor and simply first rate food. We had green pea soup which was blended with mint and served with light cream, rabbit ragu, seafood pasta and a chocolate pie to die for......will return.

Helpful?
Thank Philippo A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

352 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    240
    88
    13
    10
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Just lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Traditional trattoria with a modern twist on the food. We ate Tuscan steak and it was perfectly cooked. The service was top notch and although it was busy, the waiters were very professional and friendly. Definitely recommended - perfect after a Slowhills drive!!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank young_happy_tourist
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fairview
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“felt like home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed in Cetona last week for 8 nights and dined at L'Osteria del Merlo 3 nights. We went there the first night and nothing else compared to Merlo and all 5 of us looked forward to going back there again and again. The food was so fresh. I liked the menu. Not overwhelming with selections. Loved the Pici with the tomato/garlic sauce. I will make this at home. The antipasto of cod carpacio, fennel and blook orange segments burst in your mouth with freshness. And the chocolate lava cake with pear sauce - yummy. Most of all the service was so friendly and we felt so comfortable - just like home. A special thanks to our wonderful servers - Daniel and Stefano and to the 'exceptional, exquisite chef' Lisa. Bravo, Grazie Mille. Gerardette Iovino

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank GerardetteFairview
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
NYC
Level Contributor
48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Bravi ! Bravi ! Bravi !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

I've been dining here regularly for the past 5 years...and have never ever been disappointed. Located at the base of a circular 16th century tower right off the piazza, Merlo is a "typical" Tuscan osteria in many respects--small and intimate with terracotta floors, soaring arched ceilings, all the staff related to one another. Lovely in every way. But, after years of finding pici al ragu on every menu, in every season, it was a delightful shock to arrive at this "typical" restaurant and find traditional items re-created with subtle creativity and seasonal sensitivity. The chef is a young, well-trained woman and the restaurant is most ably run by her charming companion. I am happy...and proud...to be a regular patron of this delicious and adorable establishment !!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank LaPadrona
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
124 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“poor service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

There are only 3 restaurants in Cetona. this one is the worst. The food was average. The only thing everybody liked was a side dish called a spinach flan. The service was terrible. They were not very busy the night we visited but 2 of our goup of 4 had finished their forst course before the other 2 were even served. Mushroom pasta lacked mushrooms, pice amatriciana lacked spice and pasta with wild boar ragu was dry and sent back. The setting in an old tower in the town wall was nice, though.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank globetrotter51_10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed L Osteria del Merlo also viewed

Cetona, Province of Siena
Cetona, Province of Siena
 
Cetona, Province of Siena
 
Cetona, Province of Siena
Chiusi, Province of Siena
 

Been to L Osteria del Merlo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

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

Claim Your Listing