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“Always a pleasure to eat here”

Rugantino Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 96 Restaurants in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$34
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: We are a family run Italian restaurant and have been for over 40 years now. We are situated directly on The Cathedral green with stunning views of the West front of Wells Cathedral. The hotel has 9 beautifully refurbished en suite bedrooms, and a restaurant that can seat 50 people. We specialise in Italian cuisine, with plenty of past and pizza options. We make our own pasta and pizza dough daily on the premises, along with fresh sauces to compliment each dish. we also have a good variety of meat and fish dishes, plenty of vegetarian options, a couple of vegan options and we are very mindful of peoples dietary requirements. I have a very talented kitchen team who work tirelesly to produce wonderful food day in day out to a very high standard. My professional front of house team are all extremly experieced in giving the best possible service at all times which enhances your meal experience with us at Rugantinos.
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Had yet another lovely relaxed meal. We visit the restaurant whenever we are in Wells and find it consistently excellent. The chef and staff obviously know what they are doing. I had the mozzarella and salad starter, the lasagne and the tiramisu. My wife had the cream mushrooms, liver and the Pantone. Couldn't be more pleased.

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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We're so pleased you enjoy the dining experience at Rugantinos. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This is a small, clean and stylish restaurant. Great for an intimate dinner.
A lovely setting; as part of a hotel it backs on to the cathedral green. Very picturesque..
The restaurant itself is on the street side of the hotel. Good location, easy to find and a few seconds walk of the rest of the bars, shops etc
The menu has a reasonable selection of mains on offer. Not so many desserts or starters though.
They do cater for those who need a wheat-free option as well.
I can not praise the waiters enough. They were so nice and helpful. Well done guys!
A very nice place........

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Thank SallyofSomerset
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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thanks for such a great review. Our waiting staff were delighted to hear your comments.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

In Sadler Street this is 2 minutes walk from the market square. The small garden at the back is on the cathedral green. Recently up dated this is a really good value restaurant serving Italian food in a relaxed setting. And the staff are lovely. Only drawback is steep stairs to loos which may be difficult for some.

Thank JanefromSomerset
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our first choice restaurant was closed for emergency repairs (?) so their loss was Rugatino's gain. For a change - I mean other restaurants rather than Rugatino - we were given time to chose from the menu rather than being asked whether we had chosen within two minutes of being presented with the menu and the wine & water requested arrived promptly. Chosen wine was good and served at the right temperature. The mains arrived in good time - not too soon but no undue delay. There was a really nice atmosphere in the restaurant with background music at just the right level. Not so loud that you had to shout to make yourself heard which seems to be so prevalent nowadays. I don't understand others questioning the atmosphere. The place was about half full and the atmosphere seemed perfect to us.
I chose the wrong thing in the Pork Escalope Rustica in that it didn't really complement the bolognese sauce that it came with - my fault not theirs. My better half enjoyed her Pollo Milanese which went down really well.
Service was very good but it was a bit strange being presented with a couple of glasses of water rather than a carafe which I eventually asked for. Manager please note a carafe of water is a much nicer idea than a couple of glasses!! The only question mark was whether the waiters really needed to walk up and down the restaurant as often as they did - it gets a bit irritating after a while. Trying to make sure the customer needs for nothing I suppose but they could maybe stay in the background a bit more.
Recommended.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we chose it because of the good reviews on Tripadvisor. We were both disappointed as it definitely lacked atmosphere and the food was only average. It was a Thursday evening and the restaurant wasn't very busy, it would have helped to have candles on the table and to make the lighting a bit more subtle as this was a romantic meal with my Partner. On the positive side the service was excellent.

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Thank s11val
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