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PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge, Traverse City, MI
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PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.9
4.9
1361 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. Enjoy elegantly prepared dishes served with impeccable service.

Currently online reservations are available for 4 guests and under. If you would like to make a large reservation (max 8 guests per party) please contact the restaurant directly.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (231) 929-1960

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Giorgio Lo Greco

  • Private party facilities

    Located off the main dining room, PepeNero offers private dining great for private dinners, lunches and corporate meetings. The room accommodates up to 30 guests seated. Both restaurant or the wine lounge are available to rent out for private functions as well. Best of all, your event can have a custom design menu, which affords guests all the opportunity to choose and personalize. Cooking classes or demonstrations may be added onto any event.

  • Neighborhood

    Traverse City

  • Cross street

    inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,361 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Most Booked

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian restaurant in old traverse mental hospital. Ambiance is great, food is fantastic, and service was top shelf. Drinks were some of the best we’ve had and dessert was great as well. Would go back to traverse city just for this place. Definitely planning to return for dinner and exploring the old asylum grounds.
  2. g

    gabrielf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC ITALIAN DISHES, THEY DO NOT CUT CORNERS AND USE THE BEST INGREDIENTS TO MAXIMIZE THE FLAVOR OF DISHED WE TRIED
  3. T

    Tiff25

    Northern MI

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again a great experience for my birthday! The pork tenderloin was delicious, and the butternut squash soup is a must try!
  4. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PepeNero is our favorite Traverse City restaurant! The food is always amazing—Pappardelle is my go to—and the staff goes above and beyond to welcome you and serve you throughout your entire meal. Anytime my wife and I have something to celebrate, we treat ourselves to a beautiful dinner at PepeNero.
  5. JB

    JanelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! Great service! Highly recommend!
  6. J

    Jsabkeel

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Service. Creative menu. Delicious food! Thanks Jennifer for the service. Chef…everything was so original and delish!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Timely service, our waiter did a great job, yummy food
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noah always does a great job! Already looking forward to next time.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delightful restaurant. My husband and I celebrated our 34 anniversary here. The food was absolutely amazing. Italian food is our favorite. We have been to many different Italian restaurants and we both agreed this was by far our favorite. The food was authentic and the atmosphere was inviting. Our server did a phenomenal job and was spot on with each recommendation. We will definitely be back and we highly recommend this restaurant.
  10. SH

    SkieHarrison

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing server and food! Highly recommend to anyone
  11. KR

    KRISTILUV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food. Great service. Really went out of their way to make sure our dairy allergy was treated delicately. Wonderful experience!
  12. NF

    NatalieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there a couple of years ago and had several bad experiences. We decided to try again and it is our new favorite restaurant in Traverse City. Great Food and outstanding service. Thank you!!!!
  13. j

    jeffs

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So enjoyed the experience at Pepe Nero. The food was excellent and the service even better. Jennifer rocked steered us in the right direction and helped with the choices. Wine list was approachable and fairly priced. Spanish octopus and Bronzino was excellent. Flavor profile and preparation were excellent. What a gem in TC. Well done!!!
  14. DD

    DDAloha

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were excellent and made our son feel very special for his 18th birthday.
  15. LD

    LDGL

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and Giorgio, Monica and the team continue as awesome hosts. Thanks to Brett for his wine memory and Sarah our first time server!
  16. MF

    MichiganFoodie

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sicilian food and wine in a posh but relaxed atmosphere. It is large restaurant with bar and lounge areas in addition to fine dining section. Attentive service with fun visits from the chef.
  17. RS

    RogerS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Server was too much into personal preferences without explaining why. We’ve been going to Pepenero for 7-8 years for special occasions and this is the first time the pasta has been a little firmer than al dente. But, we’ll be back because it’s special to us. Would love to see a bit of a change in the menu. Maybe one new item on every course. We love it there, and enjoyed a great bottle of wine recommended by the “sommelier.”
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good!
  19. GE

    GeoffreyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Would recommend highly for a special evening.
  20. MZ

    MarkZ

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, Brad was our waiter and the manager stopped by also. Food was excellent.
  21. RB

    RalphB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu, food taste and presentation… will definitely return with more friends.
  22. RV

    RickV

    Northern MI

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I always look forward to our time at PepeNero. It is amazing that they continue to exceed our expectations taking it a level above just another dinner out, it’s an experience. Food quality is exceptional, timing of delivery impeccable, and wine suggestion was spot on.
  23. RK

    RandolphK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent and the portions were good. The wine selection is great and the port we had for desert might have been the best I've ever had! Topped off with the good service made the night a special evening.
  24. AI

    AnnI

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prosciutto and Fig Salad, Squash Soup and Rack of lamb were excellent. Our server helped us select a wonderful wine and was she great throughout the meal. Unfortunately, we had no room for dessert.
  25. AK

    AmandaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love Pepe Nero! It’s one of our favorite places to eat in TC
  26. MS

    MindyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food we have ever eaten. The atmosphere was amazing, and our server did an awesome job. He was very attentive, and very knowledgeable.
  27. P

    Parks

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! Authentic Sicilian dishes - loved the recommendations from our server! Their version of tiramisu is our favorite! We will be back again and again.
  28. J

    Joher

    Naples

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    In the past we have loved PepeNero. Our waiter was fabulous and knew the menu inside out. The ambience was great to meet with friends and catch up. Our food was okay, not excellent like we’ve had in the past. The most disappointing thing was the drinks. The prices were very high and the pours were very small. A glass of oaky Chardonnay was $23, so passed on that. The martinis add an up charge and charge for olives. A vodka tonic was a decent price but was in a short glass with a huge square ice cube, so contained about five sips. There’s also a charge for bread. Overall, we’ll probably try it again, but considering they want your charge card to make a reservation, we should have had an awesome meal!
  29. A

    Andrew

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can’t go wrong with Pepe Nero! Best Italian in Traverse City. Incredible food and service.
  30. SW

    SharonW

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PepeNero is my favorite restaurant to go to in Traverse City. The food and service is always top notch. I love it here.
  31. J

    James

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were extremely pleased with our dining experience on December 14th. The food and service were excellent.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is consistently excellent.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is an annual ladies tradition before Xmas to come here. Kyle was our waiter and he is fabulous!!! We had him 2 years in a row. He makes our experience wanting to come back. Food is delicious as well. I don’t like the rough plates however, the fork against them is like finger nails on a chalk board. Also would like to see a light pomadaro pasta option on the menu.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, service was great. I can’t say enough good things about this place.
  35. TG

    TGintc

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely amazing and portions are perfect. It is our go to night out restaurant. It always feels like a special evening
  36. LB

    LeslieB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Filet in town. Taste is off the charts, presentation is beautiful. Tried the new Halibut entree and it was amazing as well. Great cocktails, all from scratch no mixes here. We willl be back
  37. SG

    SteveG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic food. Quality and flavor are impressive every time. Great menu. Consistently excellent service.
  38. DI

    DanI

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall good experience. There was four of us. We all had 4 different entrees and each of us said our food was excellent. We shared the meat/cheese appetizer with bread added and was good. A person got the soup and another got the beet salad and both were very good. Ended with sharing dessert which was excellent. Food cost was expensive but no more today than other similar type restaurants.
  39. LH

    LawrenceH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with great food and atmosphere. A somewhat limited menu but the food was fantastic as well as the service.
  40. NS

    NancyS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Brad was wonderful! This is the best food in Traverse City!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.9 stars by 1361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

700 Cottageview Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

  • Neighborhood

    Traverse City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Giorgio Lo Greco

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (231) 929-1960

  • Private party facilities

    Located off the main dining room, PepeNero offers private dining great for private dinners, lunches and corporate meetings. The room accommodates up to 30 guests seated. Both restaurant or the wine lounge are available to rent out for private functions as well. Best of all, your event can have a custom design menu, which affords guests all the opportunity to choose and personalize. Cooking classes or demonstrations may be added onto any event.

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