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Via De' Gombruti 2/c, 40123 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 239645
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good44%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood pasta” (2 reviews)
“cakes” (2 reviews)
“mortadella” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
Via De' Gombruti 2/c, 40123 Bologna, Italy
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1 - 10 of 49 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Typical local food downtown Bologna. Pasta, meat and desserts absolutely amazing. It deserves a visit. Nice place. Professional staff.

Thank Francesca Z
Reviewed 11 July 2017

June24 - dinner with my brother and his family in Bologna. This restaurant was literally a few steps from my AirBnB and we were very fortunate; Reservations for 9 was easy, they welcomed us like family - the servers are very humorous as we had...More

Thank AlexanderCAP
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

You really feel like you are in Italy at Merlo. The decor is authentic and it is full of Italians, not tourists. When it comes to the food, we were not disappointed, it was amazing. I had the carpaccio of sea urchin and I did...More

Thank Aurelie J
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Merlo was probably the most stereotypically traditional place we ate in while in Bologna, and none the worse for that. Dark wood, old photographs on the walls, waiters in white shirts and black waistcoats and ties, plenty of bustle and hum. We were only there...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The food looks really good on the tables next to us. But the primi platti alone was not up to par. We left feeling like we made a few mistakes going in. Go for the main courses. All in all it is a really cool...More

Thank Jonas B
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We were recommended by locals while waiting in a queue at Gatwick. Three of us went on Saturday night and were the smallest table there. Most were friends/family groups of 10-12. The food and service were good but not outstanding and, as with other restaurants...More

Thank Dealight
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I immediately noticed the firmness of the tagliatelle, the moment I touched the strands of pasta with my fork. Unusual and interesting I thought. The pasta strands were firm and slightly on the thicker side and of course they were cooked perfectly al dente. The...More

Thank 627Benjiboy
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I was there on a Thursday evening and, just as the first time, I had a wonderful dinner. It takes only 5 minutes by cab from the train station so it's the right place to go getting in town or when you're about to leave....More

Thank eva j
Reviewed 17 February 2016

In the quiet part of the old city of Bologna this is the restaurant where the locals go. The menus are in Italian and the food is authentic and delicious. Out of the five local restaurants we dined at this was our favorite. Bring your...More

1  Thank PopeyeCT
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

The best pasta that i had in Italy, the wine selection is also quite impressive! I do recommend for dinner! It's quite easy to find, the restaurant personnel are very friendly and eager to help even though not many of them speak english. The desserts...More

Thank Alexandra G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via De' Gombruti 2/c, 40123 Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Saragozza
  • Neighbourhood: Saragozza
  • Phone Number: +39 051 239645
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