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L'Orso Bar Hostaria

$$ - $$$
Italian, Bar, Pizza, Pub
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Piazzale Martiri della Liberta' | Piazzale Molo Traghetti, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815144
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Belper, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We visited this cafe whilst waiting for the ferry to Bellagio. We were not disappointed this cafe is fantastic. Tucked away in the corner it feels like a proper local Italian cafe. There's a wood burner burning in the corner, the coffee is delicious, and very cheap and the staff very friendly. We didn't eat here just got a couple... More 

Thank Ashley529
River Vale, NJ
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The menu most closely represented what my wife and I were looking for, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant is down a quiet alley to the left. I had an excellent Insalata di Mare with tomato, which was a seafood salad with local fish, prepared with green olives and an oil and lemon dressing. The dish... More 

Thank ipfilters
New York City, New York, USA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Make sure you are the right place, this restaurant is right next to another-- but this is the one with some of the freshest food and best drinks in all of Varenna! The owner is super nice and speaks great English and they have amazing bread, salads, and fresh pasta. Not to mention the coffee!! The cappuccinos are amazing. We... More 

Thank suskompany
Blandford Forum
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Great pizza, quarto fromagio delicious and with some local chilli added a real kick! Relaxed atmosphere with real friendly service, we were drinking Prosecco and chatting with other diners til late.

Thank Christian T
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This little food and wine bar offers pizzas and pasta but does it well. Food is reasonably priced and staff are friendly. Great place to sit and watch the world go by .. Or to wait for a ferry across Lake Como.

Thank Janet E K
Indianapolis, Indiana
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We were really hungry and went here for dinner. The service was average and pizza was better than average. The gluten free pasta was undercooked. Overall it is a great place for an inexpensive sit down dinner that is not too fancy or pricey. The pizza was large and quite sufficient for one person if not too much. No cover... More 

Thank Michael B
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We loved the bar. Would go early and have an early dinner. A true family place with the owners kids in and out. Supposedly a great night spot, we missed that since we were always early. Friendly place, you felt like family. Great size portions.

Thank Ellen P
Orlando, Florida
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Close to the ferry port, but slightly out of the way. We had the pizza before taking the ferry. it was good. We were the only ones in this place at that time and service was just ok, not good but not bad either.

Thank Maricuyita09
Western Australia, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Did not enjoy our meal here, way better places to go. Table service was lack lustre, food nothing to rave about at all. Might be okay for snack and drink but wouldn't recommend for dinner. No ambience

Thank Leah s
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

We loved the view & food at L'Orso. The sandwiches & flatbreads semplice were simple & delicious. The pizza was my husband's favorite in Varenna with a slightly more sturdy crust than others. Good coffee options too. Convenient from the ferry! Recommended!

Thank Ali J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazzale Martiri della Liberta' | Piazzale Molo Traghetti, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 815144

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