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Sunny Italy Cafe

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601 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-1921
+1 574-232-9620
16:30 - 22:00
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Wed - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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South Bend, Indiana
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have eaten there twice in the last few months, food is consistently good and the service is impeccable

Thank Tom D
South bend, Indiana
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Have eaten here for over 70 years, nothing has changed - how can it be better than "Great". 2nd generation proprietor. All meals prepared fresh - homemade - moderate prices.

Thank TheMoleHole
Bloomington, Indiana
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

After hearing all about this place I was a bit let down. It was busy yes but very difficult to get refills on the tiny water glasses. Also not a very large of varied menu. What we got was fine and quick but there are better Italian joints out there.

Thank Sara D
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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269 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I was staying as a solo business traveler down the street at the residence inn, so decided to walk over and give it a try. Great menu selection, yes the restaurant itself is outdated, but i think that's why I liked it so much... felt homey. I had the tomato basil soup on special and antipasto salad for one and... More 

Thank Christine D
Orange Park, Florida
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133 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We dined near the end of a very busy football Friday night. The staff was clearly tired, but kept smiling and serving excellent home made pasta. The sauces and home made salad dressings are excellent.

Thank FairfaxBob
North Liberty, Indiana
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Back in the day the Sunny Italy was the Italian restaurant in South Bend. I have not been to SI for years, but attended a business meeting a week ago. Arrived at 6:00pm on a week day and first noticed just a few cars in the parking lot. Inside were eight patrons. The place is very dated decor wise. Service... More 

1 Thank Sam W
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

My boyfriend and I had a nice date night here. It was our first visit and the service, the food, the wine, pretty much everything was great! The interior has an old, family Italian feel with modest/low lighting for intimacy in spite of closely placed tables. A great experience for dining out but wanting to feel like part of the... More 

Thank Rochelle D
South Bend, Indiana
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

I've been here twice with my friend's family and I am not impressed by it. It's not bad at all, it's just too expensive for average food.

Thank ajnd24
Nokomis, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

My father started eating at Sunny Italy, before it was so named, back in the late 20s. I was introduced to this eating experience in the late 40s and passed the experience on to my sons, who have now shared it with their families. Family oriented and consistently good. I prefer the "Deluxe" and my wife the complete.

Thank Calusa308
Moscow, Russia
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Oldest Italian restuarant in South Bend since 1926. Good food at a decent price. Excellent bread. The waiter was excellent

Thank David T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-1921
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 574-232-9620

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?