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“Leave this for the Tourists” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ristorante Donatello

Ristorante Donatello
Ranked #31 of 1,789 Restaurants in Bologna
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Very popular
Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Leave this for the Tourists”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

This restaurant is okay, not great, not bad. The food is good, not great. The service is friendly and speedy, the room is really nice. However it seems very "old school" and past its prime.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Malta
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102 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Really quite good, and not exorbitantly priced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Went there because TripAdvisor said it was close to me and well rated. Busy dining room with lots of locals, which is always a good sign. Nice ambiance with lots of restaurant history on the walls. Prompt service, almost too prompt; this place runs like a well oiled machine. Had the mezzelune to start, which were good, but nothing out of this world. The mains though, the Cotoletta Donatello, was incredibly good. I could have have chomped through piles of the stuff, it was so good.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark D
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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164 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT IN EVERY RESPECT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We were part of a large group (50 plus), yet were served with individual attention! The food was delicious - the pasta as well as the meat dishes. Worthy of note is that Donatello offers vegetarian alternatives. We clearly got the impression that this is run as a family business where the family is conscious of the reputation it has to maintain, and thus adheres to high standards. The decor is joyous and I would recommend this restaurant to those seeking to celebrate a special occasion.

Visited April 2014
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“busy restaurant, good surroundings, decent food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

There were three of us and we were rushed through our order.
The food was normal bologna fare, but the room was buzzy and very nicely decorated, (lots of famous visitors over the years).
Nothing special, nothing bad, average price.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bazandselima
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Antwerp, Belgium
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Very good food at affordable prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

The "tortellini al burro e salvia" were excellent. As a second I had "tagliata di manzo", which was a bit too well done. The Sangiovese house wine tastes perfect with both dishes. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Bologna, also appreciated a lot by the locals.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PPRubens
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