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“Nice view, shame about the rest”
Review of Osteria di Rendola

Osteria di Rendola
Ranked #7 of 62 Restaurants in Montevarchi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$51 - US$203
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice view, shame about the rest”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We ate here in a group of 7 after reading the best reviews here. The view really is beautiful and the building itself is also very attractive and welcoming.
Not having reserved we got a table right at the back in a corner, right under a loudspeaker which was blaring out an awful radio station with the usual adverts shouting out at twice the volume of the music. When we asked the waiter if he could maybe turn it off he said yes initially, but then returned with - presumably - the head waiter who told us it wasn't possible to turn it off (so lump it, his expression suggested).
We considered leaving but at 8pm in the hills above Montevarchi there aren't many alternatives so we decided to stick it out. A mistake in hindsight. The portions were small as expected in a restaurant with its reputation, but they weren't that good for their price. The pork fillet e.g. was fatty, other dishes were flavourless. The house wines (made and sold by the adjoining fattoria) were not impressive either. The beers 2 in our group ordered came in cans without the offer of a glass! Service was slow, at best.
All in all, we had far better meals for almost half the price elsewhere in the region. The drive up there definitely wasn't worth it for us.

  • Visited September 2013
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Asserbo, Denmark
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“10 minutes drive”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

to the most fantastic place with good food and nice environment.To get there is more than pittoresque -. just beautiful

Visited April 2012
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Utrecht
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Avoid this place”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

All the food was fried. Very strange if you are familiar with the Italian (Tuscan) kitchen. In the room, bed was very hard, toilet was broken and shower not working anymore. Our stay doesn't give us a holiday feeling. We were alone in the building. This creates a spooky atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Flying D
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Way too much!”
Reviewed 14 July 2011

The restaurant could be one of the best place for quality of food and wine but the price is way too much compare with the location.You can't have a Tuscan steak with a bottle of regular wine,an espresso shot and limoncello for 65 euro.There are so many excellent places in the area with the same quality with better price.The atmosphere is ok, nothing special.The service is ok.For that kind of price i'll never recommend it to anyone.It doesn't worth it.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting, good food, iffy service”
Reviewed 29 June 2011

To echo what many have already said, the setting is absolutely beautiful, up in the hills. A bit of a windy drive to get to but well worth it. I think it only took 10-15 minutes from Montevarchi. We arrived early with no reservation on a Friday evening and they were able to seat us, but the restaurant quickly filled up, so I'm sure reservations are a good idea. The menu was great with a lot of regional specialities. There were also several prix fixe options, including a Tuscan specialty menu, a fish menu, and a vegetarian menu. These were a terrific deal at EUR 35-40 for six or seven courses, including dessert and wine! However, as several reviewers have noted, when the restaurant is crowded the service cannot keep up. We waited ridiculously long between courses, 30-45 minutes each time. And one of our courses was lost. So, a mixed bag overall. If you want to try it I would suggest getting a table near the front rather than tucked back in a corner where it's easier for the servers to forget about you.

  • Visited June 2011
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