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La Balestra Antica Hostaria

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Via Lorenzo Valerio 16, 61029 Urbino, Italy
+39 0722 2942
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
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Province of Genoa, Italy
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Balestra is situated in a lovely side street in the center of beautiful Urbino, a few steps from the Ducal Palace. In front of it, in the courtyard of a school, stands a spectacular centuries old plane tree. The pasta dishes, such as pappardelle al ragù, are good, the second courses not so much. Pizzas are average. The service... More 

Thank Tuxilla
Athens, Greece
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155 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The decoration is nice. Packed with smart youth. Quick service. Good quality of food. Low prices. Pizza Margherita 4,50eu, tagliatelle Porcini e fossa 9,00, insalata mista 4,00.

Thank goumaki
Oceanside, California
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We walked in on a Sunday around 1:00 PM without a reservation, were offered a table at the entrance, then seated at another table at my request. We ordered pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale. and strozzapreti a la marchigiana. The strozzapreti were good, the pappardelle delicious. Our secondis were a veal stew and a lamb stew, both excellent. The contorno,... More 

Thank 1foodsavant
Phoenix, Arizona
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1,133 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Off the beaten track with a large outdoor seating veranda, this very attractive cafe offered local fare and friendly service. We definitely received it but not on a cosistent basis. Of the four of us I seemed to get the dish for rave reviews, that being the roast veal with porcinis. I oped to add local shaved truffles for €5... More 

Thank Mike K
Lucerne, Switzerland
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We were in Urbino for a day visit. And for supper er whent to la Balestra. We sat inside as it was cool outside. Umfortunately all the doors were open so the cold Wind was Inside too. Even when I asked to close the doors it was drafty. It took a long time till we got the Menü. The food... More 

Thank mathu2014
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We were the last customers for a late lunch. We had prosciutto and stuffed fried olives which were great. Main courses included tagliatelle ragu, duck papardelle, a lovely local pork dish and a tomato pasta dish, salad and local bottle of wine & soft drinks. €88 for 4. Plus very friendly waiters who patiently tried to understand our rough Italian.... More 

Thank Emma R
wells, somerset
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Located down a lane near to the ducal palace. Large shaded area outside very welcome on a hot day. Food was above average standard and service satisfactory

Thank Robert H
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Very good food served in a casual atmosphere. Good homestyle cooking with a nice outside area. Dessert was the only disappointment but I find they generally aren't a strong point in this area of Italy anyway.

Thank fairbutcritical
Delft, The Netherlands
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574 reviews
399 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Popular among tourist groups, but still authentic and good local food, reasonably priced wines, friendly service and not expensive. Both inside and outside tables.

Thank jooplent
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

A busy Easter weekend isn't a great time to show up without a booking but we managed to get in here and we got lucky, good food with reasonable pricing and a varied wine list, also sensibly priced. The Marche can offer some Tuscany like views and culinary experiences but without the prices.

Thank ChrisEdenRome

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 17 - USD 28
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Lorenzo Valerio 16, 61029 Urbino, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Marche  >  Province of Pesaro and Urbino  >  Urbino
  • Phone Number: +39 0722 2942

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?