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La Contrada

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Via Quattro Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 830113
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the extra service offered by the staff - welcoming drink, wonderful fresh bread, inventive salads, chef's comped starter and carefully prepared entrees. The local wine recommended by the staff was a hit with us as well. Desserts were typically Italian and after dinner drinks rounded out the evening. It was a very pleasant dining experience.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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358 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The restaurant sign is quite large on the outside of the Villa Cipressi hotel, enter this way. We walked around confused on the entrance, but entered the hotel and it was right there. The dining area views amazing! Lunch portions not too big, very tasty. One in the party ordered the steak and said it was delicious. Two of us... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We discovered the restaurant by chance one morning by wandering in to look around. We could see the dining terrace through the window and asked if it was open. They gave us the hours and we made a lunch reservation. The outer dining terrace view is SPECTACULAR. The pictures don't lie. The ambiance is outstanding. Try to sit at the... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We reserved our table when we checked in to the hotel. The service and the food were fantastic. We started with salads which were very fresh, and I had the most delicious risotto ever. It had a lot of cheese in it, and was topped with small pieces of lake fish. As it was already datprk, it was hard to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We were staying at the Hotel Villa Cipressi and ate at their in-house restaurant the first night. Reservations were easy via the front desk and we were seated immediately upon coming down for dinner. The menu was quite varied and the presentation of all dishes was wonderful. The service was attentive but it felt a little like some of the... More 

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Troy, Mi
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

On a recent stay at Villa Cipressi hotel we ate dinner one night in the restaurant, La Contrada. I ordered a pasta dish. When it arrived at our table it was cold and sent it back to reheat. Prices are high, portions small. Would not recommend.

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Phoenix, AZ
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122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

OK, but nothing to write home about. Went here for lunch with high hopes for a solid small village Italian experience. Found decent service, great ambiance, but below par food. The risotto was tough to a point of crunchiness and far too salty. The minestrone soup as also too salty. Would have chalked this up to a bad day at... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Service was excellent -- you are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and an amuse bouche. The Prosecco was good and the amuse bouche was flavorless. It was mushrooms in a sauce over polenta; very disappointing. On the other hand,the presentation of the dishes were nicely done with small sprigs of herbs and flowers. The foie gras was rich and... More 

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Port Huron, Michigan
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200 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

The Villa Cipressi has the atmosphere of an elegant hotel, and we loved visiting the garden there, so we thought we’d give the restaurant, called La Contrada, a try for dinner. We didn’t want to order a lot since we weren’t too hungry and had spent a good chunk of our daily budget on lunch, so we just ordered two... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

We went to a concert in Varenna at Villa Cipressi hotel and found this restaurant and can say it was the best meal we had while staying in Bellagio for 5 days, having eaten in many places. Yet it has very little publicity.We sat outside amidst wonderful surroundings and views. They open only at 7 pm.Strongly recommended

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Quattro Novembre 18, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 830113

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?