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Rugantino Restaurant

Ancient Gatehouse Hotel | 20 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE, England
+44 1749 672029
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (46 reviews)
“sardines” (4 reviews)
“antipasti” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Ancient Gatehouse Hotel | 20 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE, England
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1 - 10 of 392 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

I write to say a heartfelt thank you to the staff on duty on Tuesday 20th June. The young lady who seated us was so very helpful and obliging, ensuring we were comfortably seated which involved her moving tables and chairs around on that very...More

Thank Margaret A
Reviewed yesterday

The actual restaurant was very nice and the service reasonable but the meal itself was not brilliant, in fact I have had better at Bella Italia. We started off with bread, superb choice and we thought a good start, however we had to ask for...More

1  Thank dav3com
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's very unfortunate that our experience at Rugantino did not live up to expectation and when I look at the other reviews it seems that this may have been just down to bad timing. I will, however, like to explain why we found our visit...More

2  Thank HungryBazza
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Wells today and by luck had lunch at this restaurant/hotel. My friend and I actually chose the pork fillet and hake as the main course, although we assumed this was in fact a specialist Italian restaurant. Our desserts of treacle tart with ice cream...More

Thank Joan K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For our last evening of our short visit to Wells, we were recommended the Rugantino in Sadler Street and were not disappointed. My wife opted for the spaghetti dal mare and I the rigatini pollo e pancetta. We were both more than happy with our...More

Thank Leshomer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would return just to have more of the gnocchi starter, it was one of those dishes I just didn't want to end. They also served an excellent Pizza, so much better than any chain. My wife's risotto was also excellent. Really good that they...More

Thank spl0dgered
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really friendly service and nice reasonably priced food. Pity that the seating outside is a bit basic, but there's still a fantastic view of the cathedral.

Thank Howard S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The staff couldn't have been more accommodating for this surprise celebration. We were seated on one large table by the window, and service was fantastic from start to finish. The food was really great, and the house wine and prosecco went down a treat! There...More

1  Thank _lorna9933
Nicholas R, Owner at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Lorna for your glowing review. We are so happy that your efforts of a surprise party for your friends was as good as you had hoped for. We understand the pressures of organising such an event, and are extremely glad that we were...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017

Much preferred choice than Ask Italian; lunch was very good and hot especially we arrived later than most. Have eaten here before in the evening and when next in Rome I'm likely to return.More

Thank Jonathan F
Nicholas R, Owner at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your lunch with us at Rugantinos. Our lunch hours are from 12 until 2.30pm and then we re open in the evening from 6.30 pm until 9.30 pm. All our pasta...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely Italian menu, freshly prepared. Food excellent and v g value. One of the best in Wells. Can't recommend it enough!More

Thank Keith H
Nicholas R, Owner at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal with us at The ancient Gatehouse and Rugantino restaurant. Indeed all our food is freshly prepared. Our pasta is made daily in our kitchens using the best flour and semolina...More

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Rob F
Sunday opening times please
14 January 2017|
Response from Nicholas R | Property representative |
Good evening, We are open from 6 pm until 9pm on Sunday, Thank you so much for enquiry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ancient Gatehouse Hotel | 20 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1749 672029
  • E-mail
We are a family run Italian restaurant and have been for over 40 years now. We are situated directly on The Cathedral green with stunning views of the West front of Wells Cathedral. The hotel has 9 beautifully refurbished en suite bedrooms, and a restaurant that can seat 50 people. We specialise in Italian cuisine, with plenty of past and pizza options. We make our own pasta and pizza dough daily on the premises, along with fresh sauces to compliment each dish. we also have a good variety of meat and fish dishes, plenty of vegetarian options, a couple of vegan options and we are very mindful of peoples dietary requirements. I have a very talented kitchen team who work tirelesly to produce wonderful food day in day out to a very high standard. My professional front of house team are all extremly experieced in giving the best possible service at all times which enhances your meal experience with us at Rugantinos.
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