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30 Fantastic Restaurants in Florence

When dining in Italy, you should choose the restaurant for a specific experience. A local restaurant will offer seasonal and regional dishes. Typically there are five sections to the menu a starter, first course (pasta), second course, side dishes (vegetables, salad) and dessert.

A fish-only restaurant is mostly raw fish starters. A first course includes delicious pasta courses with shellfish. A second course could be seared tuna steaks or oven-baked sea bass.

Florence offers a fine example of international cuisine. An excellent option if you are traveling around Italy for months and feel like a change. Here is a list of 30 Fantastic restaurants where I take guests, friends, and family

Regional Cuisine

1. Buca dell'Orafo

Via dei Girolami 28

50122 Florence 'Ponte Vecchio area'

Buca dell'Orafo 'The restaurant of the Goldsmiths'. The place where the nearby goldsmiths working on the Pontevecchio would lunch.

By far one of the best local restaurants in town. Delicious hand made gnudi served with butter and sage sauce. Mouthwatering meat dishes and fresh perfectly baked desserts coming from a tiny kitchen.

The restaurant only has around 10 tables to you must always make a reservation. Evening shifts run from 7.00pm or 9.00pm seating.

2. Trattoria Antico Fattore Via Lambertesca 3 50122 Florence 'Ponte Vecchio Area' There is something special about an Italian restaurant where you have the classic old-school waiters that have probably worked at the restaurant since it opened. Pavarotti playing in the background and enjoying a true Florentine sirloin on a bed of rucola with a glass of chianti classico. Part of the Association of Historical Activities this fantastic venue is the perfect place to taste true Florentine fair. If you are in town during Fungi Porcini season be sure to book a table where you can enjoy grilled porcini or as a first course with hand made tagliatelle. Next door to Trattoria Antico Fattore you can find the owners son's new location called Degusteria Italiana agli Uffizi

3. Il Borro Bistrot

Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli 80r 50123 Firenze

Owned by the Ferragamo family. Il Borro Tuscan Bistrot is located in the most beautiful locations in the world.

The menu offers dishes of seasonal menu offerings from produce grown and brought in from Il Borro’s farms.

Ideal for Lunch or dinner with an excellent wine list and gorgeous location just next door to the Ferragamo flagship store and overlooking the ponte vecchio.

4. Trattoria Camillo

Borgo San Jacopo 57 / r 50125 Firenze

Arrive in Piazza Frescobaldi a square named after a the Marchesi Frescobaldi a historical wine family from Florence. After 27 generations of wine making the Frescobaldi still live on Via Santo Spirito the street.

On the left side of the famous Sprone Fountain by Buontalenti On Borgo S.Jacopo you can find one of Florences best traditional restaurants Trattoria Camillo.

This third generation family restaurant offers tradtional Tuscan Food with a superb wine list. An ideal stop particularly during white truffle season from October to December.

5. 4 Leoni Via dei Veluttini 1r 50125 Firenze 'Santo Spirito District'

A great location between Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti. Arrive in a charming square on the oltarno with outdoor seating. 4 Leoni has one of my most loved pasta a dishes !

Ravioli stuffed with Pear and Pecorino in a Taleggio and asparagus sauce.

Choose from a selected menu of dishes from starter, pasta and meat and starter typical Tuscan dishes along with delcious salads that are ideal for a light lunch

Friendly waiters with that old world charm

6. Antico Ristoro di Cambi Via S. Onofrio 1/ r Florence 40124 'San Frediano District'

Located in the heart of San Frediano. A typical Florentine 'Steak house' where you can enjoy the famous 'Bistecca alla Fiorentina'

Or if the famous T- Bone is a little too much or you are already heading out to Tuscany to enjoy the delicious Chiana Beef an ideal option is the Fillet. You can also enjoy a good Cinta Senese steak as well. The Cinta Senese is the oldest pork breed in the world. It is a typical cuisine in Tuscany that you can enjoy as a steak, prosciutto or salami.

7. Del Fagioli

'Santa Croce District'

Corso dei Tintori 47r 50122 Firenze

If you are looking for a true Florentine meal then Ristorante del Fagioli is the place. Seasonal, typical Florentine fair that includes soups, a selection of meats like the Florentine Steak, beef stew with pepper, tripe the list goes on... Delicious in any season. Although I love to visit when the typical soups like Ribolità are in season. Their crostini topped with Cavolo Nero, Artichoke and Chicory is the best!

Ristorante del Fagioli is one of the oldest restaurants in Florence it has the symbol of the 'Esercizi Storici Fiorentini' this is a symbol located at the front of any activity that has been in business for at least 50 years. Payment cash only and be sure to book.

8. Trattoria Sostanza - ' Il Troia' Via del Porcellana 25/r 50123 Firenze

A true favorite for lunch. I just love to sneak peak in to the kitchen one of the few in the historical centre wood fire. I suppose that is why the meat tastes so dam good! The perfect place for 'carne' meat dishes and typical seaonal regional plates. The place is tiny so typically you are placed on tables with other guests. Payment cash only and be sure to book.

9. ToscaNino in Rinascente Firenze Piazza della Repubblica 4 50123, Firenze

The Gastro Formula created by Simone Arnetoli e Laura Tosetti after the succesful opening of Tosca & Nino in Milan 2017. The restaurant and gastro - deli opened 2019 in Florence. The view is spectacular and so is the pasta! Be sure to book ahead!

10. Gilo Piano Bar Via dei Fossi 44/r Firenze 50123

If you love food pairing with cocktails then Gilo Bar is for you! perfection both ways Tuscan Chef Andrea Orlandi combines seasonal regional and national produce to create the classic and creative plates.

Taste one of the best Negroni's & Martinis in Town. At the elegant Piano Bar with 'art deco' atmosphere designed by local Florentine Architect Ivan Cipriani

A great location for aperitivo, late night dinner or after dinner drinks. Open Wednesday to Saturday.

11. Il Gusto Dim Sum Viale Fratelli Rosselli 39r 50144 Firenze

After a Diploma at Poli Moda Xin Ge Liu created 'Il Gusto Dim Sum'. Her mother Xin decided to move from Peking to Florence. Xin worked as an engineer for 30 years although her passion for cooking bought her to unite with her daughter in Firenze. 'Il Gusto Dim Sum' was born !

Taste to die for bao buns and dumplings. Classic Peking and Shanghai Street food with Tuscan Twist.

Like 'Taro Lime' - Chinese potato stuffed with Rombo, tofu and shrimp. or 'Petite Voyage' stuffed with mushroom and bamboo dressed with a french vinegarete and thin slices of summer 'savini' truffle.

12. Bel Core Via dell'Albero 28 50123 Firenze

Every year this location is rated one of the best Restaurants in Florence by the Michelin Guide. A particular concept for Florence. Invented by wonderful owner Abdel. Head chef Ryoko Nakamura together with her team of Japanese su-chefs cook the most delicious Florentine traditional and contemporary flavours.

The wine list is incredible one of the best in Florence and it is one of those rare locations where meat and fish are both fantastic.

This is the place where many of chefs train to then move on to the one, two and three star michelin restaurants around the city.

13. A Pint of View

Borgo Tegalaio 17/r

50125 Firenze

A delicious addition to Santo Spirito is Pint of View Gastro Pub. The brilliant owners of Rasputin Secret Cocktail Bar have emerged from their little underground hideaway.

Pint of View offers a selection of interesting cocktails and craft Italian beers with a much needed entry of authentic Korean Cuisine! Great cocktails and Italian Craft beer.


Via delle belle donne 16/r 50123 Firenze

Hidden behind the spectacular Via dei Tornabuoni - Via delle Belle Donne 'The street of the beautiful women' once the red-light districts of Florence.

You will find an original Osteria. The entry looks as though you are not going to be able to fit in to the restaurant.

Alhtough when you arrive inside you are greated by the lovely owner and seated in a charming atmosphere.

A great place for lunch or dinner serving typical Florentine delights.

15. Osteria Personale Borgo San Frediano 167r 50124 Firenze

Owner Matteo Fantini has an individual style. Exactly like the name of his restaurant 'Osteria Personale' Matteo personally selects his seasonal ingredients and creates unforgettable flavors using top national and regional products.

Love the degustation menu. Wine selection is one by far one of Florences best! Taste orange, bio dynamic and traditional wines all hand picked by Matteo from his underground cellar.

16. Kome

Via dei Benci 41 r 50122 Firenze

Kaiten sushi made by Brazilian - Japanese chefs and laid out on a conveyer belt that surrounds the kitchen. You can see fresh sushi being made before your eyes with top ingredients.

The top floor offers Japanese barbecue that is fresh and delicious. In an ideal setting

Sushi is made to perfection. With a classic lunch menu served Monday to Friday for just €14.90. Choose from 1.Lunchset 2. bentobox 3. Ramen 4. Udon

17. Raw

Via Sant Agostino 11R

Florence Italy

One of my favourite eateries in Florence. The fresh flavors of their hand made breads for their wraps, delicious salads and vegetables dishes and their gelato is to die for love, love love!!

All 100% plant based. That includes fresh juice bar and shots. That splendid taste of my favorite shot Pinapple with spriluna comes to mind as I write shots!

The wonderful chef Chiara has always prepared vegan. You can taste the freshness and flavor of Chiara's 'healthy' and 'ethical' food in every mouthful!

18. Le Volte

Via del Orto 5/r 50124 Firenze

Owner Leonardo is a passionate Florentine chef. His passion includes searching for quality ingredients and traditional flavors. His parents have owned the butchers 'Lanini Giovanni Macelleria' next door to his restaurant since 1978.

Le Volte offers traditional flavors. The best beef tartar that you can find in the city. Leonardo dices the fresh Limousin Beef a French beef raised in Italy. Then adds a dolop of fresh burrata. A taste sensation paired with Craft Italian beer from Poggiobonsi. If you are lucky you will get to taste Leonardo's mums porchetta that slow cooks for 9 hours then added on a higher degrees so the crackling is super crunchy

19. L'Angolo del Mare Viale Edmondo de Amicis 1 50137

Just a short taxi ride out to Campo di Marte you can enjoy this lovely location. If you are a fish lover this is the place for you!

A lovely fish restaurant in a cozy location. Fresh raw fish platters are delicious along with pasta dishes.

Lovely atmosphere with a great wine list. Owners Mirco and Carmelo have owned fish restaurants alonmg the Tuscan Coast.

Using only local suppliers for fresh deliveries you can only expect delicious flavors from the mediterranean sea

20. The Fusion Bar at the Gallery Art Hotel

Viccolo dell' Oro 5 50123 Firenze

Put Japanese and Peruvian ingredients together for the most delicous and only Nikkei Cuisine in town.

At the beautiful location just a few minutes from the Ponte Vecchio inside Lungarno Collections Gallery Hotel Art.

Enjoy aperitivo or dine in. Nikkei pairs perfectly with cocktails.

21. Il Ristorantino del Pesce

Via del Podesta 81 50125

The perfect place for lunch on the terrace or an outdoor summer dinner. A true taste sensation. The young owners Roberto and Serena are delighful. Menu is seasonal and truly fantastic

22. Omero

Via del Pian dei Giulari 47 50125 Firenze

One of my favorite restaurants in Florence. Just a 10 minute taxi ride to Pian dei Giuliari a local neighbourhood to arrive at 'Omero' Enjoy traditional fair at its best. With one of the most beautiful outdoor terraces that overlooks breathtaking Tuscan Landscapes.

A Delicious location of traditional Florentine dishes. When in season their artichoke carpaccio is the best! Ideal for Beef fillet with green peppercorn sauce that is hard to resist

23. En Cucina Japanese

Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti 26r 50122

In the wonderful district at the growers market of Sant Ambrogio you can find this lovely rustic style Japanese Restaurant. A tine space with just a few tables. We particularly love stopping in for lunch.

Lunch menu is 15.00€ and includes Miso soup, tea of the day, Vegetarian starter with one street food plate of your choice. Love the Japanese Curry and the Takoyaki.

24. Al Tranvai Piazza Torquato Tasso 14r 50124 Firenze

Traditonal and tasty in a great location the heart of San Frediano. The charming owner Antonello serves his seasonal plates with love. Be sure to try the fried artichoke and meat main dishes.

25. Piatti e Fagotti Via delle Fontanelle Via San Domenico 3/9/11, 50133

Take bus 7 from Piazza San Marco to Fiesole. Get off the bus at San Domenico to arrive at Piatti e Fagotti. A divine location with outside tables in the quaint town of San Domenico.

Dine in or head over to their Gastro - Deli for a delicous take away where you can sit out on the grass area infront of the location that overlooks gorgeous views of Fiesole

Plates are divine! chickory salad with anchovy, lesso delicious pasta and more

26. Bio e Brado Via di Colline 2 50023, Impruneta

The young owner Pietro Campolmi is a passionate farmer of an organic farm to table location in the foothills of Impruneta. Bio and Brado began with sweat and hard work of a passionate small business entrepreneur.

Pietro's free range farm of Cinta Senese, Grigione and other animals is a fun place for families to enjoy lunch or dinner in the summer months. Not too far from the city centre Bio e Brado organizes a taxi service from Florence.

Enjoy traditonal flavors mouthwatering Tuscan Charcuterie, meat dishes and hand made pasta!

27. Il Cuore Via Romana 123r 50125 Firenze

Craving sashimi and traditional Japanese flavors?

Il Cuore offers authentic Japanese Cuisine. Owner Minato Takayama realized his dream to bring the authentic Japanese culinary experience in Florence.

Welcoming staff and delicious food are just a side of an amazing experience. A wonderful location on the Via Romana.

High quality ingredients, a huge selection of artisanal sake and a lot of care in the service make Il Cuore a unique place to experience.

28. Trattoria da Rocco Lunch only Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti Firenze FI Ever feel like pasta fagioli and a glass of Chianti from an original Fiasco! After more than 40 years in the business Rocco is still inside the Mercato of Sant Ambrogio serving his classic daily menu that is fantastic as usual. The classic 'mensa' a canteen for workers inexpensive and divine

30. Da Delfina Via della Chiesa 1 Artimino

Unforgettable Summer dinners on the Terrace at Da Delfina overlooking Villa Ferdinanda. Although Da Delfina is even the perfect place to eat in the winter months.

That wood fire in the original Farm house kitchen cooks delicious meat dishes! Owner Carlo and his staff served original Tuscan Recipes of his Nonna and Mother at their original home an Olive Oil Farm house.

30. Momoyama

Borgo San Frediano 10r 50124 Firenze

Opened in 1998 the first ever Sushi restaurant in Florence. That still remains one of the cities best.

Authentic and delicious sushi with a great wine list and personable staff.

Here research and quality tell the story of the East both through traditional and fusion dishes. With reinterpretations of creative cuisine. Sashimi is the best quality you can find in Florence.

In a great location and not just because it is in my neighbourhood San Frediano!

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