PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.8
599 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Savor a taste of Italy at PepeNero, a chef owned restaurant with a classy, upscale and stylish atmosphere featuring seasonal changing menus using ingredients at their best, sourced from local farms or Italian artisan producers. Our menus are a combination of simple modern Italian and traditional regional recipes.

We’re hoping you’re expecting, the restaurant experience is not quite as it used to be. We’re doing our best to follow all guidelines and stick to all requirements in safety and cleanliness.
Overdrive sanitation procedures; limiting seating capacity to 6' apart with MAXIMUM 6 GUESTS PER PARTY; All reservations are spaced 10 minutes apart. Masks on while standing.
Currently online reservations are available for 4 guests and under. If you have a party of 5 or 6 - please give us a call.
We are calling all reservations, so please make sure the phone nr is correct. Res. will be cancelled if we can not confirm it.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 599 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and fun as always

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vipkcmaster
Kansas City
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attended for restaurant week, the experience was excellent as always. Many unique choices, all were prepared and served expertly. You can tell the sauces and ingredients are of high quality and home made. The service is always great, attentive but not intrusive, and the time between courses allow for just the right amount of conversation. The restaurant has a lively good vibe.

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csdtc
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in town. Never disappoints

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NicoleG
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at PepeNero since it opened, and it never disappoints. The food is exquisite, authentic and consistent, the service is excellent, and the ambiance special and old-world. We recommend it highly to friends and folks coming to visit!

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since it was our first inside dining experience with covid, we felt very comfortable. A bread basket should be served with a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always, consistently, incredible : food, ambiance, service.

The restaurant week menu was SO on point and what a value for the price! They definitely over delivery!!! We love this place, the people who run it and the whole staff and restaurant week didn’t disappoint. A must , whether you are a local or visiting out of town.

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vipJulieT
Northern MI
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant- best in town

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PepeNero never disappoints! Always one fabulous mouthful after another. Unique flavors, superb quality, and very professional staff. Highly recommend.

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JeffD
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was amazing! Service was superb and the chef visited our table twice to check on our experience. Deep wine list as well- Amarone was amazing.

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jamiel
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 25th wedding anniversary food was outstanding & service was great. Would highly recommend!

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Merci
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great all around experience. Such a nice atmosphere and staff. We really enjoy dining here.

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LisaR
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pepenero is the finest restaurant in Traverse City, it never dissapoints! The butternut squash bisque is highly recommended. The filet also is very special, it’s a wow. And of course the pasta and the fish en papillote are just dreamy. Their tiramisu is unique and a must have, but the gelato makes it a tough decision. Oh, and the atmosphere is completely gorgeous! And for service, they will pamper you and make you want to come right back. I have sent many people here, and they always go on and on. The owners are fantastic too. You will love your meal here!

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jcaestecker
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most outstanding meal ever in Traverse City! Wonderful Southern Italian food with lots of variety to satisfy any palate. Terrific wine list and very efficient, yet unobtrusive, service. The gregarious chef/owner came out to visit with each table for a few minutes to talk about the food and the Sicilian influence on his cooking. Atmosphere included an energetic buzz but it was not loud or distracting. Please go visit -- these people are doing everything right.

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PsychoMikki
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect meal. A must stop if you're visiting.

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LeahV
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pepenero is at the top of our list every time we visit Traverse City. We love sitting in the bar area. Their staff are very knowledgeable and their food and drinks never disappoint, especially their dessert martinis!

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vipLuv2dine79
Northern MI
19 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic Italian food, fun and relaxing ambiance, outstanding service!

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Scott
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single visit I’ve made to PepeNero has been absolutely outstanding! I’ve taken numerous guests from out of state who have all raved about their meals and insisted on returning during subsequent visits! The entire staff is excellent and the ambiance is as welcoming as the food is spectacular. We’re lucky beyond belief to have PepeNero, here in TC!

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DanielleW
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Food, service, atmosphere.

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PaulG
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we spend this kind of money, PepeNero is the only choice in TC.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was a fantastic server with great recommendations. The food was outstanding, we will be back again soon.

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vipMoniqueM
Northern MI
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so thankful to be able to go to our favorite restaurant again. We had a belated birthday celebration for my husband. The meal was outstanding. I had crispy Brussel sprouts and the angus filet. Cooked to perfection. My husband had crab croquettes and the halibut, also delicious. The staff was top notch, and so was the service. We felt perfectly safe as the restaurant is following guidelines very closely. Thank you!

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todd
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food and experience at this restaurant! The food is unmatched-everything from start to finish is amazing.

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ThomasAnnetteB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, service and food. So delicious.

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vipAmyS
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we have eaten in a very long time!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience4

The dining experience was great. When I got home I realized I significantly over payed. I followed up the next day and spoke with someone and went over the details.
A week later no follow up or refund so I called again and left a voicemail. Still no response or refund after 9 days. In hindsight an itemized receipt was not brought to the table, if it had I would have caught it right there. I guess I will have to go there and pay them a visit?

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was perfect for date night. Great food and great spritz cocktail choices!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday dinner and everything was incredible !

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ElizabethW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food! The chef personally visited tables to welcome the evenings guests.

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DawnW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dinner . Restaurant was inviting & pretty . Service was excellent . Food was good . Enjoyed the information about the building shared by our waiter!

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GeorgeC
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is prepared to perfection, and waitstaff are attentive and engaging.

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KitchenLady
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great atmosphere and wonderful staff. One of the best dining experiences in TC.

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WilliamB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both outstanding. The whole experience was wonderful!

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Rapunzel
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable dinner. Food was great. Server was attentive. Best dessert in Traverse City. We always have a good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent experience. Pepenero always delivers great food, excellent service and an inviting ambiance. Also very important these days, it’s not a stressful environment due to current rules & regulations.

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BonnieP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved our whole experience at PepeNero. Our waiter war phenomenal. Along with both our meals. We were given the nice leisure pace of a special dinner out was for us.

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KirstaT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at PepeNero was phenomenal. Our server was attentive and answered questions well, food was prompt and well prepared along with delicious. Can't wait to return.

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Michellzeb1
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal out with friends. Dorin C. Gave great service. Food, wine and drinks were amazing.

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vipankitam
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend this place. Service was excellent, our waitress was amazing and helped us make the best dessert choice (Panna Cotta).

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vipPhyllisK
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, as always.
The staff pays exceptional attention to detail- remembers our likes and choices. Knowledgeable about their amazing wines.
We always feel welcome and love dining here.

FAQs

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 929-1960.

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 599 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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