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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Tuscan, Central-Italian
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Reviewed 9 July 2019

We ate at Da Sandra twice during our visit. Authentic Tuscan food at a great price. First visit was 64€ for dinner for four ( anti pasta, primi, secondi, desert, wine). Second visit was 70€ for five. Anti pasta for 4 was almost a meal...in itself—several traditional dishes and very large charcuterie board. Primi also very good with a large selection of pasta dishes to choose from. We also had 4 of the featured main dishes — trout, sausage, veal and lamb. With the exception of the lamb, all were excellent. Lamb was a miss—closer to mutton in taste and texture. Service was very good both visits — the manager spoke English and was very helpful. If you want authentic Tuscan food in a fabulous setting at a good price, Da Sandra is the place you’re looking for.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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SerenaG1275, Proprietario at Ristorante da Sandra, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2019

Thanks a lot😊 i'm sorry for The Lamb, But i'm very happy for your visit...i Hope To See you again. Serena

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

It was a boiling hot night in August near Lucca so friends took us to this traditional great Tuscan restaurant up a long windy road in the the hills past Ponte alle Diavolo where we sat outside and ate at a big long table and...it was lovely and much cooler! We had family serving platters starting with bruschetta with tomatoes + prosciutto crudo, followed by delicious homemade Tordellone pasta al Ragu, then bbq grilled meats (yummy sausages, ribs, and very good tender steak tagliatta ) served with a few grilled veg (aubergine and sweet peppers). All was very good and we also had a good homemade fruitcake for desert, though in honesty I was so full up I could barely manage to eat much of it. The red house wine was good too. Our waiter was good and I can’t comment on the prices as we were guests, but I’ve been here with other friends before and know it is reasonable and good value for money. I would return happily again.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Serena G, Proprietario at Ristorante da Sandra, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you so much for your visit! I Hope See you again😊

Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Recommended by our Airbnb hosts we went here hungry and left later fully packed and satisfied. Location is very remote but highly recommendable as food is local and great .... plus very reasonable priced. Place is rustic, waitress don’t speak english but they have a...hand written menu with english translation. The female boss speaks very well english and had some nice recommendations on dessert and grappa. Pasta is great and huge portion, meat dishes are perfectly done on the bbq we had lamb rack, tagliata di manzo and filled rabbit - all great and only Eur 6 each - wow. Surely we come backMore

Date of visit: August 2018
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Serena G, Proprietario at Ristorante da Sandra, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Thank you! 😊

Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic home cooked food. Would love to come back again next year. Everyone so friendly.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

I was first introduced to this restaurant four years ago. I was fortunate to visit again twice on my recent trip to Lucca. The food is traditional local dishes all of which are delicious. My particular favourites are the bruschetta, spaghetti alla coniglio and tagliatelle...alla cinghiale. The red house wine is superb and we always sample the limoncello following the meal. The portions are more than ample. The family and staff are very attentive and helpful. The restaurant is in a beautiful location and well worth the journey to get there. Sandra's family have kept the restaurant as it was when she was alive. I am very much looking forward to my next visit!More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

If you want to experience a proper Italian/Tuscan family meal, this is where you want to go. We were taken here by a friend who lives locally, as it's a family favourite - and rightly so. Sandra's daughter Serena looked after us the evening we...were there, and she explained what was on the menu that night. We had the antipasti for the table, which was a huge plate of pickled veg, bread, meats, and fried polenta. We shared a boar macaroni (which is actually cut up sheets of pasta, like lasagna) as a secondi that was so flavourful and fresh. Somehow, I managed to find room for a main: local trout served simply with lemon, oil, herbs, with crispy smoky edges from the wood fire oven. All of the food was so simple, but incredibly delicious. When you eat here, it's like being at a family function. Everyone is seated in one, large room but it never feels too noisy or crowded. We had a huge table of men seated behind us and we would never even know they were there. Some people had kids wandering around, but it's not an issue because the space is so big. It was a wonderfully relaxed, filling, amazing meal. We had our food with the house wine (there is only a choice of red or white house wine but they are both excellent.) All of this was an astounding €40 for three of us, including 1 litre of wine. This place is special. It's in a breathtaking location and you are made to feel like part of the family when you're here. Definitely worth the trip.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We were here last night and enjoyed ourselves. No menu but the helpful, English speaking waitress was able to advise. Antipasti was great and very large. Delicious pasta, I particularly appreciated that there were several vegetarian sauces for my daughter to choose from. I shared...a secondo because the pasta was large! Very good value food.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

When my family brought me here for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the amazing ride to get there. The rich background of terraced olive groves, mountainous terrain, and stone farmhouses are part of the whole experience of eating here. No menus- the fresh...food of the day is rattled off by the waitress. We ate for hours and food was served "family style" on platters and you got to taste all kinds of dishes. Noise level can get high as people are talking and laughing as if at Sunday dinners at home. We will return every time we return, for sure.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

This place never fails to provide good quality food with huge serves! The pasta is made in house and is always fresh, just like my mum used to make. Good quality food real cheap prices, worth the trip there! Beautiful place! Went here on my...last three trips to Italy, Never disappoints.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Despite the sad demise of Sandra this restaurant continues to shine. Situated in a beautiful valley the premises, though large, are bustling at the weekend and you need to book and get there early for Sunday lunch if you hope to get in the car...park! The food is typically Tuscan and very well made, we had the roast proscuitto for the main course a it was both tender and delicious. The kitchen runs like a well oiled machine and the staff are exemplary. Thank you everyone.More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Management response:Responded 22 August 2016

Thank you! I hope See you soon 😊

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