Restaurants in Bologna

Food-lovers will delight in the city's cuisine by trying specialities such as mortadella, tortellini, ragu and Bolognese sauce, all part of Bologna's culinary heritage. From heaving buffets of aperitivo to six-course menus, there’s something for every budget.

The Bologna restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €50)
Moderate (€25 to €50)
Cheap (up to €25)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. If service isn’t included, it’s customary to round the bill up to the nearest 10. Be wary that you may be charged a ‘cover charge’ for bread.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Italian

A wood-panelled, bottle-lined restaurant, Rodrigo exudes traditional elegance. It's a relaxed place for a leisurely meal, with sublime food and is renowned for its truffles. Meat lovers should try costata di manzo Robespierre, thinly sliced steak rubbed with rosemary and grilled on one side. Desserts are homemade.

Address: Via della Zecca 2H, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 235 536.

Drogheria della Rosa

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Italian

In a former pharmacy, this traditional-looking trattoria serves up masterly meals of sophisticated cuisine. Its intensely skilful, welcoming chef, Emanuele Addone, gives it personality. Anyone who's anyone, from Noam Chomsky to Arnold Schwarzenegger, has eaten here. The food is unfussy and full of local flavour, such as potato ravioli with thyme.

Address: Via Cartoleria 10, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 222 529.

I Portici

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Fine dining

Bologna’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, I Portici has been pulling in serious foodies since it opened in 2008.
 Set inside the 19th-century Eden theatre, expect theatrical presentation and top-notch ingredients from chef Agostino Lacobucci. There are three tasting menus to choose from: meat, seafood and the chef’s secret selection. Dinner only.

Address: Via Indipendenza, 69, 
, Bologna
, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 421 8562.

Osteria Marsalino

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

This modern osteria is renowned for its creative dishes but it also excels at classic pasta dishes accompanied by excellent wines. It's slightly on the dinky side, so try and nab a table outdoors. Jazz and funk tunes add to its laid back vibe, enticing diners to linger all evening long.

Address: Via Marsala, 13, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 238 675.

Il Posto

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

Adding a touch of modernity to an otherwise traditional dining scene, Il Posto offers all the trimmings of a high-end eatery but with a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Locally sourced ingredients and daring chefs ensure dishes like red tuna steak with apple crisps and slow cooked suckling pig are served with aplomb. The wine list is excellent too.

Address: Via Massarenti 37, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 307 852.

Trattoria Anna Maria

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

This reasonably priced trattoria has loads of personality and serves up delicious Bolognese dishes. 
Overseen by the fierce Anna Maria, a real Italian mamma, the tortellini here is tremendous and its panna cotta are pretty good too. The walls are covered with photos of famous previous diners.

Address: Via Belle Arti, 17a, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 231 302.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Italian

Tamburini is the best place in town place to buy homemade pasta, local hams and cheeses. Head to the back of the shop for a chance to sample their mouth-melting lasagne or ask the butcher for a plate of ham and cheese, and swish it down with a glass of red wine.

Address: Via Caprarie 1, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 236 358.

Mercato di Mezzo

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Various

This popular slow food mecca has different stalls selling delicious dishes and big wooden tables and stools in the centre. Almost like a permanent street food market, it’s great for sampling local titbits, such as tortellini, fried fish or octopus salad. Pizzeria Eataly on the first floor is particularly good.

Address: Via Clavature 12, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 236 358.

Osteria dell'Orsa

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Italian

A popular cheap eatery in the university area, Osteria dell'Orsa has long wooden tables that encourage socialising and a long history of satisfying bohemian clientele with hearty local cuisine and a fine array of accompaniments. There is a second branch at Via Andrea Costa 35, near the stadium.

Address: Via Mentana 1F, Bologna, Italy
Telephone: +39 51 231 576.
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