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“Proof that you make more mistakes when you're desperate”
Review of Caffe Sant Anna

Caffe Sant Anna
Ranked #10,296 of 12,525 Restaurants in Rome
Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Proof that you make more mistakes when you're desperate”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

On a recent (and first) trip to Rome, my partner and I visited the Vatican museum on a Friday evening (if you can catch one of the Friday evenings it's open, it's a great option - Pre-book = hardly any queue!)

We hadn't eaten beforehand so we were pretty hungry. When we came out we headed back round to the taxi rank at St. Peter's, we opted for one of the closest, open restaurants. Unfortunately for us, Cafe Santa Anna caught our eye. I should have listened to my instincts when I saw that, for what seemed like a decidedly average place, they were still charging 6 Euros for a bottle of beer. No... After a day of walking and aching feet, we ploughed on;

Pasta was average, extra meatballs were luke warm and not particularly tasty, garlic bread was at least 2-3 days old and a pretty ugly price tag. Even though they advertised 'cover charge included' - Yes, it was roughly calculated as 15% (it's seperate on the bill) and the waiter had the nerve to highlight the bill didn't include a tip!

I'm embarrased to say we didn't do a u-turn and walk straight out, but my optimsm prevailed (even though the place was empty) and my feet were shouting for a break. If you read this review, remember the name of this place and avoid it, no matter what your feet tell you!

  • Visited May 2012
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“Do not eat here....”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

Do not eat here.... very expensive and poor food, we were also lured to this cafeteria

  • Visited May 2012
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Front Royal, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do Not Eat At This Restaurant!”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

We were lured to this cafeteria by someone on the street handing out flyers (we should have known). But, we were tired and the food looked good and fresh. You order items that are displayed in a case at the counter. We looked for pricing information and finally found a small sign taped at the end of the counter. The prices looked reasonable to us. However, my husband repeatedly tried to get the people behind the counter to tell him the price of the sandwich he wanted to order. They never did and he finally gave up and trusted the sign that was posted. The food was OK, nothing to write home about. But, it filled us up. Imagine our shock when we got the bill and the total was twice as much as what we had ordered. When we questioned them at the cash register and pointed to the sign, they said those prices were for take-out orders only. It does not say that on the sign anywhere. Nor is there anything written anywhere that the cost of the food doubles if you sit at a table. While we tried to argue our case, they became very hostile, loud and rude. Needless to say, we got taken. I truly felt like someone had robbed me. So, when eating in a cafeteria in Italy, be very careful that you don't make the same mistake we did. And....avoid this place at all costs!

  • Visited October 2011
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Hamina, Finland
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“Stay Away!”
Reviewed December 3, 2011

This place was such a rip off! The food was terrible and so overpriced! Do not waste your time or money at this place!! One small coke was 4.50 Euros! Make sure you check the menu and prices before dining here!

  • Visited November 2011
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dallas
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“look at the menu!!”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

After visiting the Vatican grounds we went looking for a small cafe on the way back to the Metro. We spotted the Caffe Sant Anna however made a mistake in not checking the menu prior to ordering since all we wanted for lunch was to split a slice of pizza, a med beer and diet soda. We were surprised to be presented with a bill of 24.5 Euro. Afterwards we found a number of restaurants nearby offering full lunches for less than half for two people. I'm sure the food would have been much better as well. Rather than cause a scene suffice to say our first day in Rome proved to be a learning experience!!

  • Visited September 2011
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