Restaurants in Florence

On the whole, eating out in Florence has definitely improved over the past few years and now the choice of restaurants and eateries is bewildering. It is easy however to choose the ‘bad eggs’ and we hope that by following this list and avoiding anywhere that looks too touristy (you are likely to get just an average non-Italian meal where menu turistico is written outside the door, in five languages including Japanese), and instead, just stopping at a random trattoria the more likely you will eat well. If still uncertain, you can always gauge the standard of the restaurant by looking for a sticker by a respected Italian restaurant guide, maybe one of the following:

  • Gambero Rosso’s Ristoranti d’Italia
  • Veronelli
  • L’Espresso
  • Slow Food’s Osterie d’ItaliaAnd don’t forget to check if there are plenty of locals eating there – another good sign.
    Terrazza Brunelleschi
    Piazza Unità Italiana 6
    Phone: 055 23580 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 23580 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Website: Terrazza Brunelleschi

    The rooftop restaurant of the Grand Hotel Baglioni is an ideal venue for lunches. During summer, the outdoor terrace provides stunning views of the cathedral and bell tower, while those from the large windows of the elegant top floor restaurant inside are equally impressive. The menus cater for a mix of Italian and international tastes, with starters including Parma ham with melon.

    Piazza Ognissanti 1
    Phone: 055 271 6767 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 271 6767 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Website: Incanto
    Closed Sun.

    Overlooking the Arno, in the large Renaissance-style dining room of the Grand Hotel, you can choose from a menu including caviar, lobster, fresh sea bass, turbot and prime Chianina beef. The premium ingredients, excellent wines and five-star service all make this the ideal dinner venue for important meals.

    Ristorante La Loggia
    Piazzale Michelangelo 3
    Phone: (055) 234 2832 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (055) 234 2832 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Website: La Loggia

    Ristorante La Loggia is perfect for a business lunches and is best enjoyed in summer, sitting outside with a plate of tortellini stuffed with pumpkin.

    Ristorante Sabatini
    Via de’Panzani 9a
    Phone: 055 282 8020 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 282 8020 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Website: Sabatini
    Closed on Monday

    Angelo Sabatini’s historic restaurant was once the poet, Ugo Montale’s, favourite place to eat. The large windows reveal an elegant interior with wooden-beamed ceilings. Its specialities include the bistecca alla fiorentina, Chianina beefsteak cooked on the grill or risotto with scampi.

    I 4 Amici
    Via degli Orti Oricellari 29
    Phone: 055 215 413 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 215 413 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Maria Novella

    Located just around the corner from the Santa Maria Novella church I 4 Amici specialize in gluten-free meals, both offering an elegant atmosphere and sophisticated cuisine.

    Via Pisana near Porta San Frediano
    Phone: 055 200 1381 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 200 1381 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

    A typical tuscan restaurant and a friendly pizzeria offering ‘early birds’ a 15 percent discount off their bill.

    Il Sasso di Dante
    Piazza delle Pallottole 6r
    Phone: 055 282 113 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 282 113 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Duomo

    Picturesquelly located by the right side of the Cathedral with an outdoor terrace staring romantically at the ancient cupola this is a lovely typical restaurant serving a great range of food and drink.

    Via delle terme 51r
    Phone: 055 212 421 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 212 421 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Duomo

    Oliviero used to be a popular hangout for the likes of Sophia Loren, Henry Bogart and Maria Callas. Even today, it continues the Dolce Vita type of atmopshere with red velvet banquette seats, pink candles and grand piano. The portions are surprisingly generous and you will be offered a complimentary glass of prosecco, plus the menu changes every two months but always features creative versions of well-loved familiar dishes.

    Acqua al 2
    Via della Vigna Vecchia 40r
    Phone: 055 284 170 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 284 170 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Duomo

    Famous for the series of different pasta dishes served in platters and the various salads all served together in a creative style.

    Via dei Pilastri 51/r
    Phone: 055 242 907 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 242 907 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Sun. and Aug.

    A lovely restaurant with closely packed, red-checked tablecloths that also serves great classic dishes – you really couldn’t get any more “Italian” than this. On the menu look out for the list of grilled meats and pasta starters.

    Via degli Alfani, 24r
    Phone: 055 234 0616 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 234 0616 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
    Area: Duomo

    Florence’s first vegetarian restaurant draws just as many non-vegetarians as vegetarians. The smart, modern dining room offers orange-zest ricotta-flavoured pastas and recipes from Sicily plus anything locally available that’s vegetarian of course.

    Alle Murate
    Via Ghibellina 52/r
    Phone: 055 240 618 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 240 618 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Mon. No lunch.

    Creative versions of classic Tuscan dishes are served in this elegant and sophisticated restaurant and the main dining room area has a quality look about it, decorated with warm colours, wooden floors and paneling and soft, seductive lighting.

    Via Faenza 9/r
    Phone: 055 216 990 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 216 990 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: San Lorenzo
    Closed Sun.

    This lovely vaulted two-room trattoria has warm coloured walls, wooden tables and chairs and serves great typical Tuscan food.

    Antico Noe
    Volta di San Piero 6/r
    Phone: 055 234 0838 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 234 0838 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Sun.

    This typical restaurant serves great Tuscan classics with flare and the local Florentines are especially fond of it. We suggest you try the tagliata, thin lightly cooked slices of Italian beef.

    Via San Giuseppe 22/r
    Phone: 055 241 773
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Mon. and 2 wks in Aug.

    Baldovino makes excellent pizzas to tempt the kids and more sophisticated dishes to satisfy the parents. A great Tuscan classic.

    Piazza degli Scarlatti 1/r
    Lungarno Guicciardini
    Phone: 055 290 076 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 290 076 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Lungarno
    No lunch Mon.-Sat.

    This urban- style furnished restaurant, that also doubles up as a wine bar, easily gets full and serves some great dishes and accompanying wines. Booking is recommended.

    Via della Mosca 16/r
    Phone: 055 214 833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 214 833 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Sun.

    This place is loved by the locals, maybe because the menu is long and the food simple, but nevertheless tasty and there are daily specials every day.

    Birerria Centrale
    Piazza Cimatori 1/r
    Phone: 055 211 915 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 211 915 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Duomo
    Closed Sun.

    This is more a German style beer hall than a traditional Florentine trattoria as it serves large hotdogs with sauerkraut, cured beef, potatoes and pickles on big wooden tables all set closely together. There’s also outside seating for when the warm weather comes.

    Borgo Sant’Jacopo 57/r
    Phone: 055 212 427 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 212 427 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Lungarno
    Closed Wed and then 15 days in Aug and 15 days between Dec – Jan.

    This multi-room trattoria is crammed with tables and the atmosphere could well be described as lively. The restaurant has been going since 1945 and the family who own it supply all the olive oil and wines for the restaurant, which go nicely with the wide-ranging list of Tuscan specialties. Booking is reccommended though.

    Cantina Barbagianni
    Via Sant’Egidio 13
    Phone: 055 248 0508 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 248 0508 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Sun.

    The funky furnishings and avant-garde paintings on the walls, combined with the regularly changing menu make this typically ‘cantina’ a popular choice.

    Cantinetta Antinori
    Piazza Antinori 3
    Phone: 055 292 234 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 292 234 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Maria Novella
    Closed weekends, 20 days in Aug., and Dec. 25-Jan. 6.

    This restaurant is part of a 15th-century palazzo for people who come to see and be seen. The food on offer matches its extravagant clientele and you can expect dishes such as country pâté with truffles served on bread and crayfish and prawn salad with shaved raw artichokes, and that’s just for starters.

    Via A. del Verrocchio 8/r
    Phone: 055 2341 100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 2341 100 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Croce
    Closed Sun. and Mon., July 25-Sept. 5, and Dec. 31-Jan. 7

    The food at this elegant trattoria is fantastic, from the creamy crostini with savoury chicken-liver spread to the delicious home-made desserts. Not only is the food among the best in town it is also regarded as the most creative. Just around the corner is Cibreino, Cibrèo’s budget version, with a shorter menu and a no-reservations policy. Booking is recomended at Cibreò’s..

    Danny Rock
    Via Pandolfini 13/r
    Phone: 055 234 0307 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 234 0307 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    You’ll find a bit of everything at this Italian/Americanrestaurant. As well as serving up huge cheeseburgers and fries and tasty crepes, you can also order a basic spaghetti or pizza.

    Via Romana 80/r
    Phone: 055/221166 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055/221166 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Near: Palazzo Pitti
    Closed Mon.

    This kind of mix Japanese-Italian-French restaurant offers bouillabaisse on the same menu as spaghetti alla carbonara. The Japanese food is particularly good, and well priced and the place’s popularity has been steadily growing ever since it opened.

    I Latini
    Via dei Palchetti 6/r
    Phone: 055 210 916 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 210 916 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Maria Novella
    Closed Mon. and 15 days at Christmas.

    Though it may well be the noisiest, most crowded trattoria in Florence, it’s also one of the most delightful. Four spacious rooms are lined with bottles of wine and prints. Portions are big and prices reasonable and proves a favourite with tourists and locals alike.

    Il Mandarino
    Via della Condotta 17/r
    Phone: 055 239 6130 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 239 6130 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Piazza della Signoria

    This is a traditional chinese serving excellent hot-and-sour soups and dumplings.

    La Casalinga
    Via Michelozzi 9/r
    Phone: 055 218 624 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 218 624 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santo Spirito
    Closed Sun., 1 wk at Christmas, and 3 wks in Aug.

    Casalinga means “housewife,” and this lovely Italian trattoria offers you the charm and good Tuscan dishess. If you eat ribollita anywhere in Florence, eat it here, it couldn’t be more authentic. The menu is long, portions are plentiful, and service is usually prompt and friendly.

    La Maremma
    Via Verdi 16/r
    Phone: 055 244 615 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 244 615 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Santa Croce
    Closed Wed.

    This simple trattoria offers Tuscan as well as other Italian treats (the version here of the Roman spaghetti alla carbonara is not too be missed). You can also try ostrich here if you really want to.

    La Posta
    Via dei Lamberti 20
    Phone: 055 212 701 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 212 701 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Piazza della Repubblica
    Closed Tues.

    Only steps from Piazza della Repubblica, this restaurant has been around for at least a century. Complete with high ceilings and steamed linen-covered tables spread around the three dining rooms, La Posta offers a large menu with typical Tuscan treats as well as less-common offerings such as filetto alla tartara (steak tartare).

    La Ribotta
    Borgo Albizi 80/r
    Phone: 055 2345 668 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 2345 668 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce

    A delightful place to stop for a bite or snack or light lunch, La Ribotta offers great panini and a fine selection of beers on tap (in addition to the great supply of wines).

    Le Campane
    Borgo La Croce 85-87/r
    Phone: 055 2341 101 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 2341 101 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Croce

    This pizzeria specializes both in (Roman) thin crust and Neapolitan (thick) crust pizzas.

    Le Fonticine
    Via Nazionale 79/r
    Phone: 055/282106 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055/282106 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near San Lorenzo
    Closed Sun. and Mon., Nov. 24-Jan. 5, and July 25-Aug. 25.

    With the owners being from two different parts of Italy, this central restaurants offers the best of two Italian cuisines. Start with the mixed-vegetable antipasto and then try their delicious home-made pastas.

    Le Mosacce
    Via del Proconsolo 55/r
    Phone: 055 294 361 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 294 361 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Duomo
    Closed weekends.

    This cramped and tiny but nevertheless, comfortable restaurant is always a lively place to eat at and the reasonable menu includes wholesome Florentine classics such as ribollita. Seating is communal and the service is usually prompt and efficient.

    Via Rosina 2/r, corner of Piazza del Mercato Centrale
    Phone: 055 218 550 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 218 550 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near San Lorenzo
    Closed Sun. and Aug. No dinner

    Many Florentines flock to this narrow family-run trattoria near San Lorenzo to enjoy the old Tuscan favorites which come served at simple tables under a 16th century wooden beamed ceiling.

    Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò
    Via San Niccolò 60/r
    Phone: 055 2342 836 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 2342 836 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near San Niccolo
    Closed Sun. and Aug.

    The best thing about this place, is the fact its always crowded, so it must be good. The food is also value for money. The osteria is next to the church of San Niccolò, and if you sit in the lower part you’ll find yourself in what was once a chapel dating from the 11th century. Booking is advised.

    Osteria de’ Benci
    Via de’Benci 11-13/r
    Phone: 055/2344923 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055/2344923 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Croce
    Closed Sun

    A few minutes from Santa Croce, this charming osteria serves some of the most creative food in Florence. Try the spaghetti or the tasty grilled meats and when it’s warm, you can dine outside with a view of the 13th-century tower belonging to the prestigious Alberti family.

    Osteria del Porcellino
    Via Val di Lamona 7/r
    Phone: 055 264 148 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 264 148 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Piazza della Repubblica
    No lunch weekdays.

    Contemporary paintings line the candlelit room of this intimate restaurant which serves mainly classsic dishes and Florentine specialities. However, the wine list is short and is not open for lunch during the week.

    Osteria delle Belle Donne
    Via delle Belle Donne 16/r
    Phone: 055 2382 609 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 2382 609 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Maria Novella

    Down the street from the church of Santa Maria Novella, this decorated restaurant (complete with ropes of garlic and other vegetables), has an ever-changing menu and impressive service. They offer the main Tuscan dishes with a few alternatives such as sedani con bacon, verza, e uova (thick noodles with a bacon, cabbage, and egg sauce). You can also eat outside, but for this you need to book.

    Via delle Oche 12-16/r
    Phone: 055 281 747 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 281 747 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 055 215151 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 215151 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Duomo
    Closed Sun.

    With waiters in jackets and bow ties, the brick-vaulted, high-ceiling rooms and simple but elegant decor just doesn’t match the menu at all. The chef has his daily specials but the general menu is just the normal Tuscan dishes you’ll find elsewhere.

    Via Isola delle Stinche 1/r
    Phone: 055 289 573 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 289 573 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Santa Croce
    Closed Mon. and 2-3 wks in Aug.

    With its tiled floor, photograph-filled walls, and wooden tables, Pallottino is the typical Tuscan trattoria, with hearty classics such as pappa al pomodoro (tomatoes and potato) and peposa alla toscana (a beef stew laced with black pepper). The menu also changes frequently to reflect what’s seasonal.

    Quattro Leoni
    Piazza della Passera, Via dei Vellutini 1/r
    Phone: 055 218 562 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 218 562 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near Palazzo Pitti
    No lunch Wed.

    The eclectic staff and diverse menu are just some of the elements which make this place as popular as it is. In winter, you can sample the offerings in one of two rooms, and in summer you can sit outside and admire the scenery. Traditional Tuscan favorites, such as taglierini con porcini (long, thin, flat pasta with porcini mushrooms), are on the menu, as well as less typical dishes. Booking is a good idea.

    Saigon Restaurant
    Via del Ponte alle Mosse 2-8/r
    Phone: 055 350 541 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 350 541 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Maria Novella

    This is another excellent chinese restaurant located just outside the historic centre, you’ll find a mixed Chinese and Vietnamese menu.

    Sedano Allegro
    Borgo la Croce 20/r (near Piazza Beccaria)
    Phone: 055 2345 505 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 2345 505 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    Closed Mon.

    This is a great Vegetarian restaurant that offers two candlelit rooms (one is for smoking). “Happy Celery,” as the name translates into English, puts a tasty vegetarian spin on Italian classics including the seitan alla normanna (sautéed wheat gluten with porcini mushrooms), for one. There’s a small terrace for use in warm weather.

    Simon Boccanegra
    Via Ghibellina 124/r
    Phone: 055 200 1098 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 200 1098 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: Santa Croce
    No lunch. Closed Sun.

    This central restaurant, named after a famous Ghibelline ” condottiere” (mercenary) has high ceilings and candlelit tables which provide a cosy, if what intimate atmosphere and the fairly general menu offers customers a wide choice.

    Taverna del Bronzino
    Via delle Ruote 25/r
    Phone: 055 495 220 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 495 220 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Area: near San Marco
    Closed Sun. and 3 wks in Aug.

    If you are wanting to have a sophisticated meal in a 16th-century Renaissance artist’s studio, then this is the place to come. Even if, the decor is nothing out the unordinary (simple white tablecloths and place settings), the menu is extensive as well as the wine list and there is a lot of character about the place. Booking is advised.

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