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Il Rifugio della Buona Stella

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Via Prato 28 | Situato Nel Centro Storico a Pochi Passi Da Porta Napoli, 73100, Lecce, Italy
+39 0832 181 0511
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
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19:00 - 23:45
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Warsaw, Poland
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790 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Maybe it was because of the dishes we chose but generally the cuisine at Rifugio della Buona Stella does not look light. We tried mix of fried appetizers, fried squids and dish typical of Apulia - mashed fave beans with wild chicory. Fried appetizers included meatballs, potato croquettes and some others. Quite big portion - we left some in order... More 

Thank KrisD_pl
Leeds, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed some traditional Puglia dishes including orecchiette pasta with turnip tops and pasta with chick peas. The ambience was nice and the staff were friendly.

Thank BlueBeare
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you a looking for a genuine taste of Puglian cuisine whilst in Lecce, look no further than Rifugio della Buona Stella. The food was the best we ate during out stay in the city - delicious and simple. Staff were friendly in a relaxed atmosphere and it was not expensive. Booking ahead is advisable it's not a very big... More 

Thank eugene280
Reston, Virginia
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157 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

At Rifugio della Buona Stella, the menu, the architecture and the service are very representative of what Lecce is all about. There is nothing pretentious about this comfortable trattoria. Most of the dishes are "tipico" of the region (fava bean puree, etc.). In fact, there are similarities between Il Rifugio della Buona Stella and Alle Due Corte which is just... More 

Thank Mary N
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very friendly Trattoria with excellent food, I went for the meat platter which is a very large mixed grill, very filling and excellent value.

1 Thank Clive A
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Had an impromptu stop here after reading lonely planet guide. Friendly staff. Good food. Impressive surroundings. Not expensive. Recommended.

Thank JH1948
Leigh, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Tucked away in one of the smaller streets in Lecce within easy walking distance of the main square lies " Il Rifugio Della Buona Stella" ( a reference to the original owners grandmother who was famous for her food apparently). An extremely atmospheric restaurant which appears to be extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. We arrived at 8pm in... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Very friendly service, mixed fried veggie appetizer was delicious, but the pastas were completely overcooked which was shocking given the good reviews of this place. Do not recommend.

1 Thank StuckOnTravels
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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128 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Set menu lunch of mixed antipasti, pasta, meat balls and fruit. Tasty, but rather boring. Large restaurant which caters for large groups (bus tours) so don't expect a quiet intimate meal. There must be better places in Lecce.

1 Thank Azure55
Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Great variety of local pugliese food. No delayed dished. Very tasty, especially the pieces of horse meat... In fact, everything we tasted was great. And prices are affordable for most of the meals do not exceed 10 euro. Best meals during our stay in Puglia.

Thank DanielVYordanov

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Prato 28 | Situato Nel Centro Storico a Pochi Passi Da Porta Napoli, 73100, Lecce, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Lecce
  • Phone Number: +39 0832 181 0511

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