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“A bit of a let-down”

Ornelli Ristorante Caffe
Ranked #1,289 of 12,134 Restaurants in Rome
Price range: US$9 - US$32
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Monti
St Albans, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A bit of a let-down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

We wanted to try this restaurant on our first night in Rome, but were told it was fully-booked for 2 nights running, so we thought, hey it must be good! and reserved a table for our third night. Nice staff, big, rather old-fashioned restaurant, and food was ok, but nothing special, and I was disappointed to find the tuna starter was actually tinned tuna, not fresh. But certainly a surprise that it had been so popular the previous couple of nights.
Tip for anyone French... I overheard our waiter talking to the French people on the neighbouring table in excellent French, and remarked on it to my husband, since we had witnessed the frustration of quite a lot of French tourists faced with English being more or less the Lingua Franca, and no-one speaking French. And then heard exactly the same comment, only in French, from the table!
But, although there was nothing much to take exception to, Bar Ornelli was nowhere near as good as at least 3 other restaurants we tried in Rome.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Diane B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

The restaurant itself looks old and rusty but food is good and it is open during "rest hours" too. We had bruschette and pizza. The diavolo pizza is really good

Thank rugzm
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disgusting experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We went there to have dinner and it was the worst service and food we had in Rome,I ordered pasta with bolognesa sauce and it was artificial, the beef of my friend was full of oil,we even could finish having the dishes,also we had to wait long time for the food and then for the bill, this is the typical place for tourist people and no local people,I wouldn't reccommend this ever.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank ViajeraSpanish
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“Great place for a relaxing lunch..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I needed a break from sightseeing and stumbled upon this place as we were walking down the street. We had bruschetta, fettuccine bolognes, a pizza and the house red wine. We loved all of it. We were definitely the only tourists eating here and it was nice to be among the locals. If you are in this part of town, I highly recommend this place.

Thank Bryan S
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
“Friendly service and good value tasty meals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We enjoyed this café for dinner so much with family the first night that we went back with friends the second night. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is typically Italian, the meals (& desserts) are very tasty and reasonably priced for the budget traveller.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Stephan W
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