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“Great food with a great view!”
Review of Va Bene Caffe

Va Bene Caffe
Ranked #4 of 261 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Family owned and operated, fresh from-scratch Italian. Not your nonna's trattoria. Pastas, salads,pizzas, steak, fish, fresh baked desserts and gelato. Full bar, fantastic wine list and specialty cocktails. Perched overlooking Lake Superior with the best views of the lift bridge and harbor. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We went to Va Bene for the first time the other night and had a great evening overall. The restaurant is pretty small, but that adds to its character I believe. We had to drive back and forth three times to find a parking spot before we were able to find an open meter in front of Fitgers. The host was very friendly and conscientious given the 10-20 minute wait. Our table was great.... It was one of five tables on the deck that are completely 'under the sky'. Our server was not very professional. She spilled water a few times on our table and couldn't even tuck her shirt in the back of her pants; I guess she wanted to show off her underwear? The food and wine were wonderful! The bread, salad, pasta and ice cream were well worth it. The worst part of our evening was when two moms with two young boys and a newborn sat right beside us. The boys were fighting and wandering around the other guests tables. They clearly irritated the other guests as well. I think they should have seated them inside instead of with four couples looking for a romantic evening overlooking Lake Superior. The good outweighed the few things I mentioned above. We plan on going back!

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1  Thank gldnugget
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

food lacks the detail for greatness. gelato, don't bother.
wonderful deck to view the water thats what you are paying for.

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Thank woodswoman111
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Never have been to Duluth, never expected to find a place like this in a small mid-western city. The food was wonderful and the service (Steve) was phenomenal! The restaurant itself is small and casual, right on the water. We sat on a glassed in porch over looking Lake Superior. But the best is last, right? Had a profiterole for desert that was every bit as good as the Dorchester in London-met the darling young pastry chef as we were leaving and complimented her talent. Don't know when we would ever get back to Duluth, but will always remember that July Thursday at Va Bene

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1  Thank Luisa H
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We chose to eat dinner here because of the great reviews and it was very close to where we were staying. We were not disappointed. We made a reservation since it is not a big restaurant at all. They do not let you reserve certain tables, but we wanted to sit on the patio. When we arrived at our reservation time, we were told we could be seated immediately or wait a few minutes for a table to open up on the patio. While we were waiting, the manager offered us the option to sit in a new outdoor area below the patio. It was great and the view spectacular. It was also much quieter than inside or on the patio. The menu options were great, the service excellent and we were not disappointed in the food. The prices are reasonable and when you combine the quality of the food, service and the ambience, this is a great choice for lunch or dinner in downtown Duluth.

1  Thank tknopf
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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Always sit on the deck with the great view of Lake Superior. The menu is extensive, service is great. The food is wonderful

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Thank northwoodsbill_12
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