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Osteria del Bastian Contrario

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Via San Paolino 90, 55100, Lucca, Italy
+39 0583 082992
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate at this restaurant in the heart of tourist Lucca without first checking the many negative reviews on the Italian Trip Advisor website. It was a mistake. That nonetheless does not justify the tourist ripoff approach of this establishment that serves grated Parmesan in sealed plastic bags, “truffles” that are not truffles but a compound of mysterious ingredients, expensive... More 

Thank alessandra f
Rome, Italy
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

After waiting 1/2 hour to be waited on, we were able to flag down a waiter who finally took our order. Food was OK - great fresh tomatoes, good gnocchi with shrimp; Also could not flag a waiter to get our bill. Once the bill was received we had to go to the counter to pay or we would have... More 

Thank seattlefoodlover2016
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This restaurant looked very inviting from the street and had a large, varied menu of traditional Lucchese dishes. I had a meaty tagliatelle and it was very nice. The staff deserve special mention - really welcoming and friendly.

Thank Sunny v
1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Being Italian, dining at "Osteria del Bastian Contrario" has been a tremendous disappointment. After having paid I felt that was something wrong in what just happened. I find some relief in the hope that this review could avoid someone else to have this experience. A friend of us came visiting from Milan and we decided that we could afford to... More 

Thank aittaM o
1 review
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Pur partendo svantaggiati da un personale ancor vivo ricordo dell'abbondanza gustate in clima Natalizio, quest' osteria è riuscita a far(ci) re-innamorare del cibo in tempo record. Menù variegato (una sezione intera dedicata a piatti con tartufi), un atmosfera casalinga che mette a proprio agio, prezzi accessibili ed servizio efficiente accompagnatio da sorrisi calorosi, cosa aspettate? You cannot say that your... More 

Thank M. C
Malvern, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

It was pouring with rain on the day that we went to Lucca and we didn't want to spend a long time looking for a place to eat so picked the first place that looked welcoming near the Puccini statue. A lot of other people had the same thought so it was very busy and the staff coped reasonably well.... More 

Thank Pmforster
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Travelling with a wriggly 7 month old can be tricky, especially when introducing food. This restaurant had amazing food, proper local dishes, and very kind and efficient staff. On our second visit, having cheekily asked if we could have a little tomato sauce to dip some bread in for the baby, the chef put together a DELICIOUS baby Bruschetta with... More 

Thank Emma D
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We had the bistecca t-bone. It was 1kg. Around 2 pounds. We split it and had two sides. Almost too much food. Steak was good but ask if they can cut it for you. The sides were very good.

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Colmar, France
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177 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We were a group of 30 people and they could have seated us outside, since it was 30 C in Lucca this day. But we were squashed together at the end of the restaurant inside, with no aircon. The service were quite efficient for so many people, we had a set menu which was really very copious. Starting with bruschetta,... More 

Thank ithaca96
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102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Bastian Contrario is a easy casual place to have a bite at Lucca: great food, friendly service, reasonable price. Perhaps the bathroom is a bit under expectation when it comes to cleanliness, but all in all, a good place to hangout with friends.

Thank 365Rainbow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via San Paolino 90, 55100, Lucca, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Lucca  >  Lucca
  • Phone Number: +39 0583 082992

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