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“Worth the view! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Belforte

Belforte
Ranked #4 of 33 Restaurants in Vernazza
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$33 - US$55
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Canada
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth the view! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was overall a great experience although it had some iffy moments. We had dinner reservations for 7, and showed up 10 min early, to be first completely ignored and then turned away until 7. We were a little shocked by this but quickly decided it would not ruin our romantic evening. When we returned we were seated on the upper level and the view quickly made up for any ill feelings. A reservation is a must (ours were made two days in advanced) and showing up early were able to switch for an even better view. The server was very friendly and shared with us some insight on the village. Our meal was fantastic, great Italian food, but honestly not better than other higher end cinque terre restaurant and it was the most expensive with the wine costing double the amount. It was the most expensive but far from the best foodwise, although the setting is what you are paying for and man is it worth it. Watching the sunset in the harbour with a view of the ocean and town was completely surreal and completely romantic!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Great views and food, disappointing service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Pros: amazing view (if you get a terrace table with a view). Excellent (and very fresh) seafood. Very good local wines.

Cons: having to book 3 days in advance and ending up with a table with only 1 seat with a view (book early in peak season!). Pretty expensive, even by cinque terre standards. This is the first place we have ever had service envy. In our experience if the service is bad everyone is getting bad service, but this is the first time we were the only table feeling left out. The two other tables on our level were getting given free gifts, having pictures taken with waiters and generally being given preferential treatment - we have no idea what we did to be so left out! Perhaps we were unlucky, but given the hype TA reviewers had given this restaurant we left our last night in Vernazza feeling a bit disappointed.

  • Visited August 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Definitely go! But make a reservation...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

A lovely experience and a beautiful view! We didn't get in without a reservation, and were able to make one for the next night instead. It sounded like reservations for larger parties should be made further in advance.

We ordered several of the waiter's suggestions and they were delicious! Squid ink pasta, mixed grilled seafood salad, desserts were really good.

  • Visited July 2014
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful view, wonderful service, great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Can't beat the view here--it's right over the sea, close as you can get to the ocean in Vernazza. The fish feels equally fresh, as does the pasta. And all served up by waiters who couldn't be more amicable or more helpful. Definitely worth dinner, even if you're not staying in Vernazza and need to train in!

  • Visited August 2014
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“Wonderful view and seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Great food especially the sea food. Unbeatable location in the heart of Vernazza up a steep set of stairs - but so is everything in Vernazza. Only issue was the persistent flies/bees that hung around trying to share our meal. Make a booking in busy periods or you won't get a table.

Visited August 2014
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