Florence is one of the most-visited Italian cities thanks to its breathtaking architecture, the world-famous Uffizi Gallery which houses a stunning collection of Renaissance art, and plenty more. What’s more, this city is also home to a wide variety of restaurants and cafés. To help decide where to eat, we asked you about your favourite restaurants in Florence over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...
Dennis Daniel Digal says:
For excellent Bistecca alla Florentina, Il Latini at Via dei Palchetti, 6. Go there early as a queue forms outside the doors as early as an hour before they're actually opened.
Tango Kittiwongvivat says:
il latini :)
Typical Tuscan cuisine is served up here at Il Latini, a restaurant with communal tables and a family-run feel. Dishes on offer include ‘stracotto’, ‘ribollita’ and plenty more. A selection of tempting desserts are also served up, and the restaurant boasts a wide selection of Italian and French wines.
Location: Via del Palchetti 6r.
Ciro and Son’s
Regina Joyce Toyad says:
Ciro and Son's- I went in 2002, and we had very good service and very good food. It helps that the waiters are very good looking too!
Serving up a varied selection of pasta dishes, pizzas and more, Ciro and Son’s is a popular restaurant located close to Florence’s central train station. Outdoor seating is available here, and a top-notch wine selection compliments the food on offer.
Location: Via del Giglio 28r.
La Beppa Fioraia
Fra Ncesca says:
La Beppa Fioraia absolutely (Erta canina 6r street) very nice location and there you can find the best wine, pizza and "fiorentina" ;9
Just a short walk from Piazzale Michelangelo, La Beppa Fioraia is a relaxed restaurant that serves up a good selection of traditional Tuscan fare including homemade pasta, meat dishes and plenty more.
Location: Via dell'Erta Canina 6/r.
Lau Ming Kei MK says:
Caffe Italiano !!
Caffè Italiano serves up both lunch and dinner and is a popular spot for a pre-theatre meal. Dishes run the gamut from salami and cheese lunchtime snacks to pasta main meals. Take note that this spot is closed on Mondays.
Location: Via della Condotta, 12.
Margarida Carvalho says:
Buca Niccolini, just around the Duomo. Very nice staff, good food and a great price! Recommended! :)
This restaurant at the heart of Florence’s historical centre serves up a great selection of pasta dishes including spaghetti, ravioli, gnocchi and more. A number of traditional Tuscan dishes are also available, along with a great choice of wines.
Location: Via Ricasoli 5/7r.
Acqua al 2
Annabelle Crowe says:
acqua al 2 - in santa croce - it is so good :)
John Murphy says:
Acqua al 2. Adoro il assaggini. Anche mi piace il gatto e la volpe.
Acqua al 2 is also recommended by: Martha Routh.
Close to Florence’s spectacular Duomo, Acqua al 2 offers a very popular variety of ‘assaggi’. These are tasting courses where you can sample a variety of different dishes. Along with numerous Italian favourites, you’ll also find vegetarian dishes, couscous and more on the menu.
Location: Via della Vigna Vecchia 40r.
Lobs Fish Restaurant
Jerry Stroh says:
Some of the best and affordable seafood I've found in all of Italy.
Like the names says, Lobs is a fish restaurant serving up a wide variety of seafood from grilled fish to oysters, lobsters and much more. A number of pasta dishes are also offered, along with tempting desserts and a selection of wines.
Location: Via Faenza 75/77.
Nil Kobori says:
the restaurant at the Centrale market cheap and good!
Jordan Lau Thomas says:
I agreed with Nil, those insides the Centrale market are good actually.
Florence’s Mercato Centrale or Central Market dates back to the 1870s. Today it still offers up a great variety in terms of food, with plenty of places offering a delicious selection of snacks.
Location: Piazza San Lorenzo.
Daniela Vaccino says:
i'brincello on via nazionale...amazing food, hand written menu...delizioso!
Visited by both locals and visitors, this restaurant is a family-run affair near Florence’s Mercato Centrale. On the menu here you’ll find a selection of meat and pasta dishes, along with many other tempting treats.
Location: Via Nazionale 110r.
Marco Delfiol says:
I live in Florence and with no doubt the best typical food can be found at Mario's in Via (Rd) Rosina. It's open for lunch only: not expensive and always excellent quality.
Roberta Fabbri Viscardi says:
Trattoria da Mario! It's an extremely simple yet perfect restaurant where you share tables with locals and have the most perfect T-bone, pasta and house wine. And it's cheap! The best bistecca, wine house and pasta. You share tables with locals and have a great time at this wonderful place. Not expensive at all! :)
Hearty Tuscan fare is the name of the game at Mario’s, a family-run restaurant close to the Mercato Centrale. Inspired by Tuscan home cooking, the menu at Mario’s offers the popular ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’ steak dish, plus veal, chicken and other meat dishes along with pasta, soups and more.
Location: Via Rosina 2r.
Emma Cottam says:
Just had a gorgeous meal at Ristorante Accademia in Piazza S. Marco :)
Homemade pasta, pizzas and plenty more can all be ordered at Ristorante Accademia. This delicious selection of food is accompanied by a great selection of wines.
Location: Piazza San Marco 7r.
Ristorante La Giostra
Christy Adams Starnes says:
Ristorante La Giostra on Borgo Pinti. Went there on our second anniversary as recommended to us by our hotel.
Ristorante La Giostra is also recommended by: Martha Routh.
The extensive menu at Ristorante La Giostra includes a wide variety of pasta and meat dishes. A number of vegetarian options are also offered, as well as a tempting array of desserts including tiramisù and gelato.
Location: Via Borgo Pinti 12/r.
Annabelle Crowe says:
Il vegetariano (Via delle Ruote, 30) even though I am not a vegetarian. Great homemade food in a very laid-back atmosphere.
Il Vegetariano is one of Florence’s only purely vegetarian restaurants. Get your food from the self-service style counter and then sit down at one of the communal tables and enjoy. Risotto dishes, hot salads, couscous and more regularly appear on the menu.
Location: Via delle Ruote 30r.
Osteria del Gato e la volpe
Peter De la Torre says:
Gato e la volpe vía ghibelina next to the duomo
The Osteria del Gato e la volpe or the ‘Cat and the Wolf’ restaurant welcomes in a mix of locals and tourists who come to enjoy the reasonably priced Tuscan fare on offer.
Location: Via Ghibellina 151r.