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Ristorante Da Fabio

#337 of 1,396 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santo Stefano
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Via del Cestello 2/A, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 220481
20:00 - 00:00
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a good restaurant, not one of the very best probably, but a very good, if a bit expensive, one. The great part is the variety of antipasti and desserts that you get served, basically, a free top-quality buffet on your table. Pasta was good, didn't get to taste the meat/fish dishes.

Thank Lorenzo M
Haacht, Belgium
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We had an amazing meal here with eight people. The concept here is that they bring you plates of quality food to share. It is much to much but all excellent! Not pretentious, classic Italian, regional food. Great starters, we actually ahd 8 or so plates with different things to share. Excellent, excellent pasta and just a collection of desserts... More 

Thank Nik C
Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

It's a small hole in the wall so reservations are recommended. Once you enter the establishment, get ready for an out of this world experience. The food is typical bolognese and delicious. Try ordering a bottle of 'francacorta' which is an upgrade from the typical prosecco. Best of all, make sure you leave room for desserts for you will be... More 

Thank robert12013
1 review
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Hugely entertaining slick head waiter promising "surprises", a novel service model with huge selection of "anonymous" starters and desserts all served unbidden so to speak with interspersed more explicit first and second courses, combined with superbly cooked, fresh food made for a fabulous meal of serial pleasant discovery and enjoyment. Bill at 50 euros each came as final pleasant surprise... More 

Thank Running W
Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This restaurant is the best meal i have ever had. I would recommend Da Fabios for dinner rather than lunch as you are brought a huge amount of food (all fantastic) the staff were all very kind. You are not given a menu which is absolutely fine just trust the waiter they know what their doing. The food was all... More 

Thank William F
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245 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

This is a unique restaurant where you get no menu. Plates of food are placed on your table and you have no idea what is coming next. The waiters were attentive but definitely playing to an audience. I noticed that the Italians ordered what they wanted as opposed to the tourists who ate what was presented to them. While we... More 

Thank Jacqui M
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

I am a regular here, this is for sure one of the best restaurants in Bologna. Super fresh and seasonal food, prepared with passion and attention to the authentic local cuisine. Especially the antipasto and deserts are impressive. Make sure you're hungry and make a reservation as early as possible.

1 Thank Joost R
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Basically it was a surprising evening for me and my friends who visited this restaurant thinking that we would have a good Italian experience. We didn't eat anything special but we paid like we did have a special experience. There was no menu as one of our friends asked and they told that they would tell us what they have.... More 

1 Thank nikolyo
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

A friend of mine who came to visit us in Bologna found this restaurant thanks to its high rating on TripAdvisor. I had never heard of this place, although I've been living in Bologna for 40 years and I used to come to this area often in the past. Anyway, we decided to go for it. Three families. So, it... More 

2 Thank Paolo T
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

We have been to this restaurant on 05/05/2016, seeing most of the reviews "excellent" and not reading the "terrible" ones. It was a big mistake! Please read all the "terrible" reviews written before you decide to go to this restaurant. I cannot disagree with any of them. Unfortunately this resto does not give you the feeling that they are honest.... More 

1 Thank Zeynep K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$51 - US$147
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
20:00 - 00:00
20:00 - 00:00
20:00 - 00:00
20:00 - 00:00
20:00 - 00:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Cestello 2/A, 40124 Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Santo Stefano
  • Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
  • Phone Number: +39 051 220481

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