Where to Eat in Bologna: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 4, 2018 Lashaunda Abraham

While crowds of tourists fill Venice, Florence and Rome, Bologna remains relatively quiet in comparison. This medieval university town is charming, historic and fun to explore… and you'll find Bologna's local cuisine is light-years away from the American deli meat bearing the city's name.
Things to do in Bologna

1. Al Sangiovese

Vicolo del Falcone 2 | Angolo Via Paglietta, 40124 Bologna, Italy Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +39 051 583057
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Al Sangiovese

Reviewed By SoloTravellerLondon - Horsham, United Kingdom

We ate here twice in our visit, both times were superb. Our host and hostess were very friendly and the atmosphere superb. The menu is lovely very varied with local ingredients, and I loved the choices I made. The restaurant is very popular with locals, and fills up fast so I would recommend booking in advance.

2. Trattoria Sapori Mediterranei

Via Andrea Costa 107/B, 40134 Bologna, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner +39 051 615 3642
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Trattoria Sapori Mediterranei

Reviewed By Peter J - Budapest, Hungary

Very nice welcome and after an Italian explanation of the handwritten menu, the cook came from the kitchen to give an English explanation. The food is prepared with a great eye for detail and tastes very good. Little surprises completed the dinner. The place is well decorated and for sure worth a visit.

3. La Tana dell'Orso

Via Portazza 10/c, 40139 Bologna, Italy Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$78 +39 051 465437
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

La Tana dell'Orso

Reviewed By Ricardo R - Porto, Portugal

I went to La Tana Dell'Orso after searching a good and cheap restaurant in Bologna in TripAdvisor. If it weren't for this website I would have never, ever found this place since it's in the middle of nowhere.
It was probably the best meal I had in Italy and by far the best one for quality/price.
I ate a Piade with ham, cheese, rucola and olive oil that was fresh, tasteful and full of flavor. I loved it!
Definitely recommend it.

4. Pasta Fresca Naldi

Via del Pratello 69, 40122 Bologna, Italy Takeout, Seating Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Late Night +39 051 523288
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pasta Fresca Naldi

Reviewed By EbnerMilo - Groningen, The Netherlands

One of my favourite spots in Bologna. Special atmosphere, great pasta, low prices and great location. Overall great experience that you should try!
You can take this ladies pasta home or you can eat it sitting on few chairs in this little, tiny spot. But no worries, if it is full (which i is lot of times), you can take your pasta and eat in in a bar around the corner, with which they are connected.
Pasta? Simple, but goooood. Menu depends of the day in the week.
Authentic and unique Bolognese experience!

5. Trattoria di Via Serra

Via Luigi Serra, 9/B, 40129 Bologna, Italy Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +39 051 631 2330
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Trattoria di Via Serra

Reviewed By mkg2805 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We were told about this little jewel and came twice during 4 days in Bologna. Fun to get out of the touristy center and the food was fabulous. We particularly recommend the “tosone” (melted cheese), tortellini with pumpkin/ricotta, crescenti(little crisp flat bread) with funghi, but everything is terrific. Flavio, the owner, is so wonderful he’s worth a trip by himself! Highly recommend!

6. Las Piadina

Via Augusto Murri 20/D, 40137 Bologna, Italy Delivery, Takeout, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, Street Food, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$47 - HK$94 +39 051 307233
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

Las Piadina

Reviewed By IndySevenSeas - Austin, Texas

This corner has a varitety of piadine & crescioni which are tyipical breads of this region. The menu is great and they can make any combination of meats and cheeses you select too. Seat there or take it to go. I did the to-go and my piadine -parmesan cheese & prosciutto crudo- was the size of a dinner plate. The take-away bag had a plate and napkins. I ate one half out-of-the oven and the second-half later. It was as delicious even cold.

7. Slow Sud Gastronomia Giancaspro

Via Andrea Costa 133, 40134 Bologna, Italy Delivery, Reservations Italian, Mediterranean, Delicatessen, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +39 051 614 2380
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Slow Sud Gastronomia Giancaspro

Reviewed By Jono C - Sydney, Australia

What a find this was, the owner insisted on setting up a small table in his pantry for the two of us and serving multiple courses of fresh and tasty home made food. We couldn't have had better service or atmosphere anywhere else and the meats cheeses and cakes were outstanding. Highly recommended.

8. Il Panino

Via Galliera 91/A, 40121 Bologna, Italy Reservations, Seating, Television, Delivery, Takeout, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$55 +39 051 039 4249
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 787 reviews

Il Panino

Reviewed By marcos b

Living here for a while, you will discover a true: it is all about the dough. Pizza, panini, piadina, tigele, crescentine, what you put inside will always be amazing. Simple as that. But the dough...ah the dough. That’s the difference of heaven and hell. And this place is a winner about the bread. Nice combinations, simple place. Simpatic people. A winner.

9. Salumeria Simoni

Via Pescherie Vecchie 3B | Via Pescherie Vecchie, 3/B - Laboratorio, 40124 Bologna, Italy Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Delicatessen, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 - HK$157 +39 051 231843
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Salumeria Simoni

Reviewed By SoloTravellerLondon - Horsham, United Kingdom

Loved this little place. It’s a great way to sample local meats, cheese and produce with a warming glass of wine or two. We had a huge tasting plate that had very different meats and cheese than we had tasted before. The staff were very involved in letting us know where the items came from in the region, and are extremely friendly. Had to revisit twice we enjoyed it so much.

10. L'Arcimboldo

Via Galliera 34 | Emilia Romagna, 40121 Bologna, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$243 - HK$385 +39 051 248073
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

L'Arcimboldo

Tiny and cozy restaurant, placed in the city centre of Bologna, close to the main square, Piazza Maggiore and close to the train station and the most popular monuments. The restaurant suggests traditional cuisine modernized by new matches of flavours and textures. Small wine list focused on local wine with an attention for italian and international wines. A basement set up for event and art Exhibitions.

Reviewed By Julian P - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

My wife and I had dinner here and found it to be a bit of a mixed experience. The restaurant is relatively tucked away, quite small but pleasant enough. It takes its name from the Italian painter who specialised in constructing paintings using fruit and vegetables as the artwork. A copy of one of his paintings is inside the entrance. We were offered two tables and made the mistake of choosing one by the coat rack. Unfortunately, this means you are disturbed on a regular basis as customers come and go. Still, it was our choice so I can’t really blame the restaurant for that.
The starters were very promising and my wife had scallop with potato sauce which tasted wonderful. I had the snails and frogs legs. The snails in particular were some of the best I have tasted and I have eaten plenty in France that were not as good as this. For main course my wife had veal escalope and I had saddle of rabbit. The rabbit was very tender and tasted good. Unfortunately, the veal was way overcooked and very dry. We mentioned this when asked by the proprietor what we thought of the dishes.
Service is friendly and attentive and you will be sure of a warm welcome. It was just a pity that one of our dishes did not live up to the standard of the others. We paid €73 for the food and wine was €19 for a decent white. Worth a visit.

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