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Ristorante posizionato in una piazzetta riservata a due passi dal lungolago di Varenna. Facilmente raggiungibile anche dalla piazza S.Giorgio (piazza principale) . Serviamo piatti tradizionali e fuori carta ci sono delle varianti a secondo della stagione, atmosfera piacevole e servizio curato
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Lombard, Northern-Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 27 October 2020

This was recommended and booked by our B&B owner. Booking in the summer would be recommended as it was full and people were being turned away. It's not overlooking the lake and therefore not a natural choice for a flying visit. However, it was worth...a visit. My wife had the fish of the day and I head a steak. Both were perfectly cooked and the service was excellent. The wine recommendation was very good and reasonably priced. Will be going again.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 8 September 2020 via mobile

If I could give 3.5 stars I would. It was nice and deserved more than 3 but maybe not 4. We just found the service a little curt, it may have had something to do with when we arrived we didn’t put our masks on...(we realised after that the etiquette in Italy seems to be you’re supposed to just put your mask on to walk over to the table even though you are outside, and then you can take it off immediately for the rest of the meal unless you go to the toilet) of course we totally understand the need for caution right now and want to do things right but it was our first day and we hadn’t learned the local etiquette yet! The waiter asked us to put it on and sanitise our hands in a slightly snappy way. We also maybe didn’t order enough courses or expensive enough wine for their liking... We had the steak tartare with truffle to share which was undoubtedly tasty with the truffle but probably could have done with more seasoning - might be personal taste but we missed the tartness of shallots, gherkins etc. For mains I had a prawn ravioli special which was tasty but mostly cause it was swimming in oil/butter and my husband had lake fish. The fish was cooked well but served with some slightly sad looking carrots - just didn’t quite live up to the price or other positive reviews. We had a bottle of wine, when we originally tried to order it with our meal the waiter stopped us and said his colleague would come to take the wine order but when we asked for a recommendation she didn’t seem that interested so we just went for a cheap local wine.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 25 August 2020 via mobile

We emailed and messaged via Facebook to reserve a table for our engagement trip to Lake Como but were completely ignored. When we turned up on the night we had attempted to book for the waitress was so incredibly rude as she told us there...were no tables left - she literally shrugged her shoulders at us when we tried to show her the messages we had sent. Please avoid and go to one of the other lovely restaurants in Varenna where the staff go out of their way to welcome you.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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gioco123, Proprietario at Al Prato, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2020
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Gentilissimo turista mi dispiace di non aver risppsto alla sua mail e questo avrebbe dovuto far si che lei si...More

Reviewed 23 August 2020 via mobile

The food was great and they have the best steak tartar in Italië. You will not find this place at the busy streets of Varenna but in a small street on the corner. They have a nice terras with great ambiance.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 17 August 2020 via mobile

I came here based on all the recommendations. Its definitely worth booking as I'd tried a walk in before however they had no tables. Also people were getting turned away when I did finally go. The salt fish tagliatelle was very tasty and was the...paramaggano. Presentation was beautiful just something missing for it to be considered top notch. Same story with the tuna steak for mains. Superb presentation but just didn't blow my socks off like the other reviews would suggest. The only negative was between us my partner and I got 18 mozzie bites during our meal sitting outside so don't forget to pack your deet!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 10 August 2020 via mobile

Al prato is situated in a tiny piazza with outside seating in the shade... it is frequented by locals for both smart/casual dining and special occasions... You can always find something you love on the menu, pasta or risotto (risotto served is beautifully done), meat...(lamb chops melt in your mouth) or fish ( lake fish or sea fish)..... book for the evening, lunchtime on first come basis... A big thank you to Giovanni and his team for making every visit something to remember......great cooking and kindness with a sense of humour....More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 2 August 2020

Probably our best meal of our week on Lake Como. Slightly out of the heart of the town this restaurant was welcoming, serviced excelent food and had a selection of gorgeous wines by the glass.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 25 July 2020 via mobile

Nice restaurant on pedestrian area, with inside and outside table, good food, god wine, available and kindly staff I suggest you to book a table

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 13 July 2020 via mobile

My girlfriend and I loved the place and the food! The service was exceptional and the wine list well put together. I recommend the squid ink tagliatelle and catch of the day fresh from lale como. Make sure to reserve a spot! We got lucky...and had to see many people being turned down.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 1 July 2020 via mobile

Always a great experience.... Giovanni and his staff are gentle, informative and thoughtful.... Giulio the chef and his team.... masters of their craft.... So many places have great reviews but disappoint when you actually dine there, for one reason or another.... Al prato never does....Well worth it.... seafood sublime.... lamb, fantastic. All this along with your chosen company, makes for a great evening. Take note, the cool tiny piazza al prato, is lovely..... italians dine where the food is great, here it is!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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ellibott
1 August 2019|
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Response from julien832 | Reviewed this property |
Hello Caroline, you need to call in once you have arrived in varenna, Giovanni will reserve you a table then.
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Jennifer N
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Response from AggieREprof | Reviewed this property |
Jennifer, Please pardon my tardy reply. I just read your question. Gary E. gave you a very accurate picture of the restaurant. I want to second what Gary E said in his last paragraph. We went back twice, not only... More
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