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“We got lucky with our random pick of Wells restaurants”

Rugantino Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 97 Restaurants in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $34
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We are a family run Italian restaurant and have been for over 40 years now. We are situated directly on The Cathedral green with stunning views of the West front of Wells Cathedral. The hotel has 9 beautifully refurbished en suite bedrooms, and a restaurant that can seat 50 people. We specialise in Italian cuisine, with plenty of past and pizza options. We make our own pasta and pizza dough daily on the premises, along with fresh sauces to compliment each dish. we also have a good variety of meat and fish dishes, plenty of vegetarian options, a couple of vegan options and we are very mindful of peoples dietary requirements. I have a very talented kitchen team who work tirelesly to produce wonderful food day in day out to a very high standard. My professional front of house team are all extremly experieced in giving the best possible service at all times which enhances your meal experience with us at Rugantinos.
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Whilst staying at the White Hart Inn opposite this restaurant we had an afternoon drink in their garden looking out at the West face of Wells Cathedral and wondered if the food would be as good as the location. (I am sure most people, like us, have been seduced by the best-located restaurant in town only to be massively disappointed with the goods.) As I sat down, a sour-faced customer remarked to me that I would have an 'incredibly long wait for food, and it was not that good when it arrived'. We weren't planning to eat then, but since it was a Sunday we returned later for dinner and thought we would take the risk. We sat out with a drink and olives before coming in for our meal. We both chose pasta and I have to say the linguine carbonara is the finest I have tasted. It was clearly freshly cooked and not microwave-blasted.

The decor was cosy, yet elegant (and I particulary liked the grey furniture which another reviewer dispised - hey, it takes all sorts).

The service was excellent - prompt and professional. When we received the bill an 'optional 10% service' was added. We were more than happy to pay this, but were particularly impressed when the waiter asked if we had enjoyed our meal and 'which price would we prefer to pay'. I am very happy to recommend this restaurant.

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Thank porcupineWales
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Staying with friends in Wookey we visited Wells on our last morning. On leaving the cathedral the six of us decided to have lunch at Rugantino (our friends had eaten there before). We sat outside in the glorious sunshine facing the magnificent cathedral. Service was quick and efficient - the food was outstanding for the price £10.90 each for two coureses including a glass of wine - the portions just right for lunchtime. We all chose a starter & main (no puds). A carafe of water was brought almost immediately and replenished when empty. On that day it could not have been more perfect and we set off for our four hour journey home feeling content with the world.Would love to visit again on our next trip to Somerset.

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Thank Irene L
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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2014

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the meal. There certainly is not a better setting to enjoy a relaxing meal when the sun is shining.

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

Had yet another lovely relaxed meal. We visit the restaurant whenever we are in Wells and find it consistently excellent. The chef and staff obviously know what they are doing. I had the mozzarella and salad starter, the lasagne and the tiramisu. My wife had the cream mushrooms, liver and the Pantone. Couldn't be more pleased.

Thank georgie020
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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We're so pleased you enjoy the dining experience at Rugantinos. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a small, clean and stylish restaurant. Great for an intimate dinner.
A lovely setting; as part of a hotel it backs on to the cathedral green. Very picturesque..
The restaurant itself is on the street side of the hotel. Good location, easy to find and a few seconds walk of the rest of the bars, shops etc
The menu has a reasonable selection of mains on offer. Not so many desserts or starters though.
They do cater for those who need a wheat-free option as well.
I can not praise the waiters enough. They were so nice and helpful. Well done guys!
A very nice place........

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Thank SallyofSomerset
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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Thanks for such a great review. Our waiting staff were delighted to hear your comments.

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

In Sadler Street this is 2 minutes walk from the market square. The small garden at the back is on the cathedral green. Recently up dated this is a really good value restaurant serving Italian food in a relaxed setting. And the staff are lovely. Only drawback is steep stairs to loos which may be difficult for some.

Thank JanefromSomerset
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