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

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.9
4.9
1318 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 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

Popular dishes

What 1,318 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 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

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for fine wines

  • 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

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

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  1. F

    Fredc

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for dinner Definitely not the ordinary
  2. HM

    HeatherM

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at was amazing, from the food to the ambience!
  3. ET

    ExecutiveTraveler

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to PepeNero and I wasn't disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding.
  4. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent! Chef did not visit our table for the very first time since i have been enjoying your cuisine.
  5. JP

    JPalumbo

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Traverse city. Giorgio is an amazing chef and prepares food from his homeland. The pasta is all hand made, fish is fresh and
  6. T

    Timothy

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual great food and service
  7. HC

    HaleyC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in the entire world. Food is always incredible and service is always amazing.
  8. YK

    YvonneK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a pleasure for food, staff and an overall dining experience.
  9. JT

    JTinTC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellence does not happen on accident. It takes commitment, planing, and care. Pepe Nero is a fine example of excellence. I have a dietary restriction and emailed ahead to ask about options. Instead of the often received response that I get, which is no reply at all or offering a boring salad with an overcooked dry chicken breast, I received an email from Michail asking for a call. He went through several options, asked my reservation time, and noted everything. He came to the table and discussed my choices with me in great detail and followed up during the meal. Not only was this above and beyond any service expectation, it was evident that he and the staff including our waiter Noah really cared about our experience. Everything was fantastic, including my wife's meal which she has mentioned no less than a dozen times in the last 24 hours. Thank you, Pepe Nero. I look forward to our next visit!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful date night!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Sarah, was phenomenal! The food was outstanding and the experience was unmatched. One of the best eateries in TC.
  12. a

    andrewk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was phenomenal. 10/10 would go there again
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best, simply the best!
  14. JM

    JerryM

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Friends from Canada.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food and service!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Very pricey for the venue….
  17. HJ

    HilaryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Pepe Nero for my birthday and it was a wonderful experience. The waiter was extremely helpful with wine and food selections and everything we had was delicious! We will definitely be coming back and recommending to others!
  18. C

    Christina

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here twice this month and it was outstanding. Waitstaff has been so helpful and knowledgeable both times with wine selections and food choices.
  19. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PepeNero is always a fabulous dining experience. It is our favorite place!
  20. BM

    BobM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you seek out a Taste of Italy while you are in Traverse City Michigan, PepeNero is the place to be! Outstanding food and service!
  21. S

    Stuart

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dining experience at Pepe Nero! The service was incredible - professional, knowledgeable, courteous. The food was made to perfection! And the desserts were delicious. An overall wonderful dining experience. Our go-to restaurant in Traverse City for special celebrations.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing…worth every penny. Get the steak, you’re welcome!
  23. DJ

    DaveandJill

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    I have never felt more rushed through a meal! Our waitress was so robotic with the main goal of getting us in and getting us out. We met friends for an early dinner because we both drove about 45 minutes to get to the restaurant. We had no time to relax and enjoy our cocktails and mediocre meal. Rushed courses, interruptions in our talking and constant clearing of every little thing was ridiculous and rude. I do not recommend this restaurant.
  24. f

    foodie

    Detroit

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We truly enjoyed our evening at PepeNero. Our waitress Sarah was attentive and very knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations. We started with the burrata and focaccia both delicious. Being vegetarian I chose the cannellini, three delicate rolls filled with spinach and ricotta for an entree and my partner enjoyed the lamb chops which were expertly prepared. Save room for dessert when dining there as the semifreddo is absolutely one of the best desserts I've ever had. A definite fine dining experience in Traverse City not to be missed.
  25. GF

    GregoryF

    Western NC

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was good but it us getting a bit repetitive. Good quality though. Service was a bit on the slow side…but o.k overall
  26. JH

    JeanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice atmosphere and a fabulous waitress!
  27. AA

    AnnmarieA

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A nice restaurant, food was good, service was great. The male Host was not very accommodating. We showed up early for our reservations, thinking we would have a drink in the bar as we waited, but there were no open seats at the bar. They would not allow us to order a drink and stand in the large open area by the bar. There was no waiting area. I asked the Host if there was another option and he said no. I asked, “ so you want us to wait outside?” It was 50 degrees and raining, he said, “well, your the one who showed up early.” The female host then cut in and said there is another restaurant on the other side of the parking lot that we could go try. Moral to the story, do not show up early for your reservation.
  28. MM

    MimiMel

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was of the highest quality and very well prepared. Wait staff did an outstanding job, knowledgeable and helpful with a fun attitude. Loved the cocktail choices and the wine selection was outstanding. Great place, would definitely go there again and recommend it to friends.
  29. TL

    TinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome time! Service was great and loved the ambiance.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing dinner!!!! Our server was beyond words, impressive and so personable. We had the best time.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food menu, the preparation of the items and guided us to an excellent choice of a Sicilian wine of which we had no knowledge. Thumbs up.
  32. r

    roamalone

    Northern MI

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food were excellent. Presentation and flavor of dishes was above average. Prices were on the higher end. Great spot for special occasions or a date night.
  33. SK

    SKRN

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A welcoming atmosphere from the start. Excellent waiter who was helpful, appropriately friendly and knowledgeable about wine. He managead the timing of the food service perfectly. Food was delicious and portions were perfect for my preferences (not too much). I reserve my highest rating for food for the extra special, over the top deliciousness and creativity. It was a good evening out and I’ll definitely return.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable food! So delicious!! Always a good dinner!!
  35. C

    Christina

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Annabelle sat us she was so nice. Brad was our waiter and was very knowledgeable and made the whole dinner amazing.
  36. LD

    LDianeG

    Northern MI

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I took a friend that we only see about once a year. We do not live near Traverse so each year we always look Forward to at least one dinner there while we are in town.
  37. RM

    ReneeM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mushroom soup was out of this world! I could have had a vat of the soup and been elated! The service, outstanding!!! Thank you for a memorable anniversary for my husband and me.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at PepeNero! They really go above and beyond to make sure that you’re having a great experience. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is stellar! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back!!!
  39. KT

    KathT

    Mobile

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative cocktails and an extensive wine list paired with incredibly food and service.
  40. BB

    BrianB

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with our server, Kyle’s recommendations and we loved every dish. Food was hot and delicious. Dessert was beautiful and delicious. Kyle was attentive and accommodating. Very good dinner!!!!

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 1318 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 11 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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