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Restaurants in Florence

Eating out in Florence means sampling regional dishes from Tuscany. Look out for bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak), or tasty bean soup. Dining options range from restored palace Alle Murate to traditional Trattoria ZàZà near the Central Market or simple self-service Il Vegetariano. Some restaurants are set on the romantic banks of the Arno. Last orders are around 10.30pm and many places close in August. A cover charge, but not service, is usually included.

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  1. 1. Borgo San Jacopo - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Borgo San Jacopo, Florence. Courtesy of Lungarno Hotels

    Situated in the Oltrarno district, south of the River Arno, Borgo San Jacopo is worth visiting just for its sublime views of the Ponte Vecchio bridge. But this restaurant, part of the boutique Hotel Lungarno, also boasts an elegant, contemporary decor and delicious seasonal food. The homemade pasta is delicious, as are the fish dishes.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 7.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    62r, Borgo San Jacopo, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 281 661

    Transport

    Bus 36 or 37 to Piazza Frescobaldi

    Website

    Lungarno Hotels Collection Website

  2. 2. Cibrèo - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The well-stocked bar at Cibreo in Florence, Italy

    Cibrèo is one of the best known restaurants in Florence. Situated near San Ambrogio Market, not far from Piazza Santa Croce square, chef Fabio Picchi has earned a reputation by serving fine Tuscan food in elegant surroundings. Rather than pasta, dishes might include hearty ribollita (a bread soup), tripe, local fish or loin of pork.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 1pm-2.30pm & 7pm-11pm

    Address

    8r, via Andrea del Verrocchio, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 234 1100

    Transport

    Bus 14 to Via dell'Agnolo

    Website

    Cibrèo Website

  3. 3. 13 Gobbi - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    13 Gobbi is a classic Tuscan trattoria in Florence which wouldn't look out of place in a Godfather film. Intimate and traditional, yet very informal, it is popular with a mature crowd who like to people-watch as they ponder over bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine steak), rabbit and a huge variety of lightly fried vegetables.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 7.30pm-11pm

    Address

    9/r, Via della Porcellana, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 284015

    Transport

    Bus to Piazza Santa Maria Novella

  4. 4. Enoteca Pinchiorri - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence. Courtesy of Enoteca Pinchiorri

    Housed in a renovated 16th-century palace near Piazza Santa Croce square, Enoteca Pinchiorri is the place for fine food served in formal surroundings. The decor is grand with pink furnishings, shining silver and antiques. With three Michelin stars, the food is contemporary Italian.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 7.30pm-10pm

    Address

    87, Via Ghibellina, Florence, 51022

    Telephone

    +39 055 242 757

    Transport

    Bus D to Via Ghibellina stop

    Website

    Enoteca Pinchiorri Website

  5. 5. Alle Murate - Top-end: (More than €80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Alle Murate, Florence. Courtesy of Alle Murate

    For atmosphere and elegance head to Umberto Montano's Alle Murate, housed in a restored city-centre medieval palace. The frescoed, vaulted ceilings give a touch of drama, while the fine food might include Italian classics with a contemporary twist - like pasta with a sauce of Sienese pork. Soft jazz makes for romantic dining.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 7.30pm-11pm

    Address

    16, Via del Proconsolo, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 240618

    Transport

    Bus A to Via Ghibellina stop

    Website

    Alle Murate Website

Mid-range

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  1. 6. Targa Bistrot - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A relaxed atmosphere dominates at Targa Bistrot, by the River Arno just outside the city centre. It has a pleasantly rustic feel with polished wooden floors, fresh flowers and an intimate atmosphere. Dishes are imaginative - don't be surprised to see risotto with salt cod and pumpkin flowers on the menu. The wine list is excellent.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm & 7.30pm-11pm

    Address

    7, Lungarno Colombo, Florence, 50136

    Telephone

    +39 055 677 377

    Transport

    Bus 14 to Sella

    Website

    Targa Bistrot Website

  2. 7. Ristorante La Giostra - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Ristorante La Giostra, Florence. Courtesy of Ristorante La Giostra

    Ristorante La Giostra is located just off the main tourist route and just a short walk from the Cathedral. Owned by a Habsburg prince, there's no sign outside and the interior is similarly discreet with arches, candlelight and an intimate atmosphere. Dishes are mainly Tuscan but some Austrian classics like Wiener Schnitzel also feature.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 1pm-2.30pm & 7pm until late; Sat & Sun 7pm until late

    Address

    12r, Borgo Pinti, Florence, 50121

    Telephone

    +39 055 24 13 41

    Transport

    Bus A to Salvemini

    Website

    Ristorante La Giostra Website

  3. 8. Alla Vecchia Bettola - Mid-range

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    Founded by the owners of Nerbone in the Mercato Centrale, this simple room right on the piazza is one of Florence's premier restaurants for ultratraditional Florentine food. The always-changing menu may include penne alla Bettola in spicy cream tomato sauce, anatra ripiena tartufata (stuffed duck in truffle sauce), or riso sulle testicciole d'agnello (a "local's" rice dish cooked in a halved sheep's head). 

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    Cost

    Primi 6€-7€; secondi 8€-12€

    Opening hours

    Tues-Sat noon-2:30pm and 7:30-10:30pm

    Address

    Viale Vasco Pratolini 3/7, Florence, Italy

    Telephone

    055-224-158

  4. 9. Angels - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Nightlife at Angels in Florence, Italy

    Tucked away in an historic building near the Cathedral, Angels attracts fashionable locals who come to dine or just have a cocktail in the American Bar. The high ceilings and elegant original features are combined with minimalist contemporary decor and low lighting. Try the homemade pasta with hare, cocoa and licorice.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 7.30pm-11pm (7.30pm-11pm only Mon)

    Address

    29/31, Via del Proconsolo, Florence, 50100

    Telephone

    +39 055 239 8762

    Transport

    Bus A to Ghibellina

    Website

    Angels Website

  5. 10. Osteria di Giovanni - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Osteria di Giovanni, near the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, has been in the hands of the same family since 1951. Housed in an historic building, there's a family kitchen feel, with a large fireplace, coats of arms and photographs. Tuscan favourites include spelt soup, gnocchi with truffles, bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak), and fresh pasta.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12.30pm-2.30pm & 7pm-10.30pm (Tue-Thu 7pm-10.30pm only)

    Address

    22, Via del Moro, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 284 897

    Transport

    Bus A to Logge Leopoldine

    Website

    Osteria di Giovanni Website

  6. 11. Oliviero - Mid-range: (€35-€80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Oliviero, Florence. Courtesy of Oliviero

    Neighbouring elegant Via Tornabuoni street and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, Oliviero is a specialist in Florentine cuisine and has served stars like Sofia Loren and La Dolce Vita director Federico Fellini. Its classy appeal is evergreen and its dishes seasonal. Look out for the original fiorentina t-bone steak on the menu.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm

    Address

    51/R, Via delle Terme, Florence 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 212421

    Transport

    Bus A to Parione

    Website

    Oliviero Website

Budget

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  1. 12. Trattoria ZàZà - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Everyone from market traders to tourists eat at Trattoria ZàZà, near Piazza Mercato Centrale square. There are warm colours, wooden tables and a striking wall mural. It gets very busy, and tables are often shared as diners enjoy a hearty stew or pasta dish - leave room for the delicious chestnut torte.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    26r, Piazza Mercato Centrale, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 215 411

    Transport

    Bus 12 to Via Nazionale

    Website

    Trattoria ZàZà Website

  2. 13. Il Pizzaiuolo - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Il Pizzaiuolo is situated close to the Basilica of Santa Croce, in the city centre, and is something of an institution in Florence. There is an enormous choice of thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas, which are popular with locals and tourists alike. Be prepared to share a table, as it gets extremely busy.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 7.30pm-12am

    Address

    113, Via dei Macci, Florence, 50122

    Telephone

    +39 055 241 171

    Transport

    Bus 23A from Santa Maria Novella to Agnolo

    Website

    Il Pizzaiuolo Website

  3. 14. Il Vegetariano - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    For a refreshing change from standard Italian fare, Il Vegetariano offers good value healthy food in a relaxed atmosphere. Situated outside the historic centre, not far from Piazza San Marco square, it has communal tables and self service. Dishes are creative and range from various risottos and pastas, to couscous, tofu and salads.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7.30pm-12am; Sat & Sun 7.30pm-12am

    Address

    30r, Via delle Ruote, Florence, 50129

    Telephone

    +39 055 475 030

    Transport

    Bus 6 from Santa Maria Novella Station to Ventisette Aprile

    Website

    Il Vegetariano Website

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