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Ristorante IL Cardinale

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Via Piemonte 10 | Loc. La Badia, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy
+39 366 213 3888
19:30 - 22:00
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Operated independently from the Relais Della Rovere where it is situated, by the waiter and his chef/wife. Outstanding and friendly service accompanied with good ( just not excellent) food. Certainly perfect for the tired traveler who doesn't want to venture into town where excellent options await.

1 Thank Arthur P
Horsham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant promised much and delivered little. There was a limited menu which was fine but there were three items unavailable. The food was acceptable but very unimpressive. Perhaps because it was late in the season the restaurant was "winding down"!! Unfortunately we wouldn't recommend it?

1 Thank Pat S
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Sadly we were not able to eat outside as it had been raining but the inside room is perfectly fine and the food also. Risotto was excellent as was the fig and chicken liver pate and the fusilli good too. Charming service though the wine waiter was somewhat over the top when making sure the local wine was up to... More 

Thank Jane O
London, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious starter (fig, bacon, chicken pate and prosciutto) and desserts (chocolate cake) but very disappointing pasta - we had three different dishes and all were bland and based on dried pasta - not what we expected in this price range.

Thank Ben B
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

we stay at the hotel for two weeks Great dinner, excellent food, with good wine the staff was very friendly, and helpfull a must visit! we will go for sure back!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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182 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We were here last summer, but unfortunately it had been raining so the garden was closed; but in the antique abbey you can also enjoy a beautiful prepared dinner, expect just a bit more attention on the way everything is presented. We had to search for a while before we could find the entrance, but it's very nice for a... More 

Thank TravelPim
Athens, Greece
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

We arrived in our hotel rellais de la Rovere and rushed to il cardinale. We were very lucky because we didn't make a reservation and found the last table ✨💪🏻. The staff was absolutely wonderful and the food spectacular ! We had the fettuccini and the wild rice plate for starters and we also shared the wild boar with red... More 

1 Thank Ada L
Antwerp, Belgium
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134 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Very elegant decoration and extremely friendly staff. The food is very nice and creative but mostly with local and regional ingredients. The wine list is very elaborate and with more than acceptable prices. Will definitely return here!

Thank Dirk M
Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2015

My partner and I stayed at the hotel it was in and dined their our first night. The food was so different and incredible that we ended up coming back two more times despite all the amazing Tuscan restaurants about. We even returned to celebrate our engagement! The food was incredible, well priced and the waiting staff were the most... More 

Thank Aimee S
Christleton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Given 5 of 5, but really want to give more. Stayed at the hotel for 4 nights with 2 nights included in the restaurant but decided to eat here all 4 nights. The waiters could not do enough for you and made excellent wine recommendations.

1 Thank Justin G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$65
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
19:30 - 22:00
19:30 - 22:00
19:30 - 22:00
19:30 - 22:00
19:30 - 22:00
19:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Piemonte 10 | Loc. La Badia, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Colle di Val d'Elsa
  • Phone Number: +39 366 213 3888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?