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“Could've been a lot better”

Ristorante Cesarina
Ranked #92 of 1,825 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $67
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Could've been a lot better”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We were at da Cesarina in September and were disappointed. Great setting, beautiful evening and a disappointing meal. Service was very,very slow. Wine steward was the only competent staff. Waited too long for everything & when asked about the confusing menu the explanation was brisk and left us with no better information. Lacked any personal service. Food was just okay.

  • Visited September 2012
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Long Island, NY
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great spot for a special evening!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Situated in a charming piazza, Cesarina has an attractive covered and fenced outdoor dining area. The was professional and the menu had great breadth with so many typical Bolognese dishes to choose from. Including very good wines, we found the cost to be very reasonable.

Visited August 2012
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Thank alsal
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London
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355 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Can I come back again, please?”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

What can I say? That after the first mouthful, I decided that I wanted to come back and try every single item on the menu. This is an incredibly good restaurant. Our (shared) starter of stuffed courgette flowers was impeccable. My husband's guinea fowl with onion and raisins extraordinarily good (with the right balance between sweetness and vinegar in the sauce). My own tortelloni with sage and butter - one of my favourite Italian dishes - was taken to great heights by emulsifying the butter with parmesan. And to top it all, the rice tart, with candied peel and almonds was out of this world. The house wine, served in a stylish glass bottle, was cool, just what we wanted on a summer evening on the terrace. So ten out of ten for this lovely place. All in all, we paid 82€ with water and service charge and every mouthful was worth it.

  • Visited August 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The best find in Bologna!”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

Cesarina not only has great food but has a very friendly and accommodating staff. We dined here 3 nights of an 8 night stay. Our favorite waiter (and new best friend) is MiMo. He was a fantastic waiter and a wonderful individual. Don't think you can go wrong with this restaurant - the food, waiters, and people watching are all top notch.

  • Visited July 2012
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Palisades
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very good food but you'll spend a few euros more”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

We had two meals here and enjoyed them both, but I would advise in the summer to arrive at 8:30 and sit outside. If you come at 8, everyone will be inside and they'll all be speaking English.

We didn't care for the steak balsamico, and at 25 euros, you'd be better off with something else. The beef is just not as good as you get from a New York steak house or butcher--more like supermarket quality.

Pastas and warm seafood salad were winners.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Deborah S
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