• Cantine Bernardini

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Quiet Italian restaurant with labelled vegan options for starter, main course, and dessert. Examples may be egg-free pasta with olive oil, vegetable strudel, chickpea stack, broccoli cream, and spaghetti with mint-basil pesto. Open Mon 12:00-14:30, 19:00-22:30, Wed-Sun 12:00-14:30, 19:00-22:30.

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16 Reviews

First Review by AliciaPiccolina


Points +34

18 Sep 2023

Not vegan friendly

Most non vegan establishments will offer to make a vegan version of their dishes. Not this place. Options offered were mainly salads. Very poor. I do not recommend



Points +195

20 Jul 2023

Nice service, vegan options limited

We quite liked the ambiance when we sat down, good front of house team, menu was different to online so no veggie mushroom risotto. Vegan options limited to an aubergine sandwich starter (no cheese), a soup which we had which was lovely but €14 and a tomato pasta which we need up being penne and some sauce - a kiddie portion with no flavour (zero garlic, pepper, veg). Related same to servers. Gutted really because it feels like we ended up in some place that has great potential but came across as a tourist trap because of the food. Probably fine for non vegans. Lot’s of happy customers. I’d try somewhere else for vegans.


Points +28

10 Jul 2023


Super accommodating with vegan food! A lot of menus on the item can be modified to make it vegan. I had gnocchi I recommend!


Points +27

21 Apr 2023

Vegan dishes upon request

The menu states that vegan options will be provided upon request. They even gave me options. Great atmosphere in the restaurant and staff were very helpful and informative.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Great food

Cons: Vegan options are off-menu, Adapted vegetarian dishes, so no protein


Points +38

26 Dec 2022

No vegan option at all

Nothing vegan on the menue and they don’t offer to give you something vegan, only meat available

Pros: No vegan dish

Cons: Nothing vegan available they asked me to leave


Points +45

19 Aug 2022

Previous reviews misleading

They could have a menu with clear options

Pros: None evident, Could adapt menu for vegan or vegetarian

Cons: No dedicated vegan or vegetarian options


Points +455

08 Dec 2019

Very charming atmosphere and delicious dinner

The restaurant is very beautiful and elegant. They have 1 vegan dish for course (appetizer, 1st and 2nd) and also some vegan desserts. Staff is very kind and well prepared.

Pros: Atmosphere , Food, Dessert


Points +100

13 Sep 2019

Special evening

Had a beautiful three course evening meal. Several vegan options for each course meant there was plenty to chose from, and the dishes were tasty and imaginative. Would definitely recommend for a special evening in Lucca.

Pros: Several vegan options, Imaginative dishes


Points +17

Mostly Veg
13 Sep 2019

Delicious and inventive Lucchese cuisine. Make reservations - it’s very popular

Magnificent vegetable based dishes. Menu coded for gluten and vegetarian options. Great for various eating styles - will satisfy meat eaters as well.

Pros: High quality ingredients , Large portions of vegetable dishes , Friendly and knowledgeable staff

Cons: None


Points +81

23 Aug 2018

Pasta Love

I had the pasta aglio olio e peperoncino (vegan) and I have to say, it really was the best pasta I ever had in my life. Vegetarian and vegan options are very well labeled in the menu. Very nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. Definitely will come back to this place. 👍😋


Points +328

14 Sep 2017

Amazing Vegan Meal

Found this place on Happy Cow and had a evening meal on the last night of our holiday. Wow it was amazing, so tasty and beautifully presented. So pleased to have found this place and will definitely return. Highly recommended. Thank you so much Cantine Bernardini 👍 would give 5/5 stars but happy cow would not allow


Points +88

07 Aug 2017

Helpful service, good food & ambience

The staff know what vegans can and cannot eat, vegan items labelled on menu. Not lots of choice but there is enough and the food is both interesting and tasty. Well worth visiting especially for a its warm ambience. Several waiters also good at speaking English if needed.


Points +332

26 Jun 2017

so many good options

delicious food and an easy menu, the zuppa di farro alla Lughesse was probably the best thing we've eaten so far this trip! No soy milk but the vegan hazelnut and fruit dessert was very good


Points +170

27 Apr 2017

Clearly labelled vegan options, great staff and ambience

Tuscany is better then most EU areas for vegan food but you always need to ask about the dish. This restaurant was a welcome relief with menu items clearly marked vegan, vegetarian and GF. I had the cecina starter followed by spelt and bean soup, both local dishes. The following night I enjoyed the pesto spaghetti- vegan for a change! The staff were friendly with fluent English spoken, service excellent, and the place busy after 8pm. I definitely recommend booking! The owner's daughter is a vegan and he wants to create a place where we can go, find food easily, and not have to ask about every dish. He has created a menu with vegan and vegetarian options with each course. What a welcome break from the typical cheese-less pizza and penne pomodoro options! They have plenty of vegan sides, but the verdure mista was a little too fried and thin for me.

Pros: vegan dishes labelled and available with each cour, good wine list

Cons: booking needed! , wines not listed as vegan


Points +28

18 Jan 2017

delightful restaurant in the heart of Lucca

After struggling to find good vegetarian options in Italy it's wonderful to stumble across a restaurant that embraces vegetarian and vegan food alongside its local meat favourites. There is a vegan/veg option for each of the three courses that surpass the usual aubergine parmigiana. The staff at the Cantine are friendly, passionate about their food and speak good English. We went early and got a table but it got busy later in the evening so do book.

Pros: excellent vegetarian / vegan options, friendly staff, great location

Cons: limited vegetarian choice - one / two per course


Points +398

17 Jan 2017

Fantastic vegan options from the region; very high quality

On an afternoon stroll in Lucca I came around a corner and the quaint Osteria Cantine Bernardini caught my eye. I took a closer look at the menu and was very pleased to see that they serve regional cuisine and designate vegan items on the menu. I returned later in the evening for dinner and though there were many diners, we were able to be seated outdoors on a very pleasant evening. Everything we ordered was delicious, and the service was great! This osteria is a bit off of the beaten path and was less touristy than many in Lucca. I highly recommend this restaurant for a taste of regional Lucchese cuisine with the assurance that you'll be getting a high-quality vegan meal. I'd have given it 5 stars if I could, but the restaurant serves meat.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-17

Pros: Vegan items designated on menu, Typical Lucchese cuisine, Indoor and outdoor seating on quiet street

Cons: Serves meat

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