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“Outstanding food, awesome location.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Va Bene Caffe

Va Bene Caffe
Ranked #4 of 245 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Family owned and operated, fresh Italian. Not your nonna's trattoria. Pastas, salads,pizzas, staek,fish, fresh baked desserts and gelato. Full bar, fantastic wine list and specialty cocktails. Perched over looking Lake Superior with the best view of the lift bridge and harbor.
Seattle, Washington, United States
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, awesome location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Make a reservation, as this place is always busy, but for good reason. Ask for a table outside -- and, if possible, in the "Grotto" lower deck. There one has 180-degree views of Lake Superior in a quiet setting. The cuisine is fresh, healthy, and of "big-city" quality. Service is superb. You cannot do better in Duluth, and this place would compete anywhere.

Visited August 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Schenectady
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Off night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Was recommended by our B&B. went there for our 1st anniversary dinner. Major disappointment. Our server was also the bartender who was making milk shakes instead of getting us the wine we ordered. After seeking out someone to help us our wine was finally delivered and our order taken. Food was great but the tables were crowded together and ambiance was lacking. Will not return.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Jennifer P
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Kasson
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We sat on the porch which was wonderful on a warm summer evening. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. My SO had the specialty pizza, a chicken Alfredo pizza, which he very much enjoyed. I had pasta with basil pesto, roasted potatoes, and asparagus. It was fantastic! I had heard wonderful things about the gelato, so I had to sample one- it was also wonderful! We truly enjoyed our experience at Va Bene!

  • Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Cute spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

My husband and I visited based on tripadvisor reviews. We enjoyed the outdoor deck -
Although fog rolled in spoiling the view. Seating tight though. Just hope you are happy with
Your neighbors. We had paninis and they were good - not amazing. Maybe we would split
A pasta dish next time. We both had gelato and it was yummy. Service was good. Our
Waiter pretty low key.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Sally P
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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Impressive food and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My sisters, mom, and I spent a delicious, relaxing evening in the grotto area underneath the glass walled patio. This area is open air, and a ship parked in the harbor and a nearly full moon shining over the water made our meal even better! Our server was willing to share her favorite dishes to help us decide. All of us loved our meals: shrimp/scallop dish with creamy sun-dried tomato sauce, a roast beef with Gorgonzola cheese sauce, and in-house made Parmesan meatballs with a red marinara sauce. When we found out that the managers were from our hometown, they both came over for a visit. We will definitely come again the next time any of us is in Duluth!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Connie S
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