Where to Eat in Florence: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 21, 2017 Darleen Reid

Florence is an art historian’s dream. The Galleria dell'Accademia bursts with works by Michelangelo, who is entombed within the frescoed walls of the Basilica di Santa Croce. Budding photographers can snap pics of the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and serious shoppers can spend a blissful afternoon wandering the shops of Piazza Santo Spirito. Tuscan cuisine pays homage to the region’s bounty. Swipe a hunk of crusty bread across a pool of local olive oil and you’ll be instantly transported to your happiest place.
Things to do in Florence

1. La Buchetta Food & Wine restaurant

Via De' Benci 3/3a, 50122, Florence, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$275 +39 055 217833
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

La Buchetta Food & Wine restaurant

Visit the first Brunelleschi Palazzo, in the hearth of Florence, and experience a Gourmet's lounge with a flavour of contemporary art. Open from 12.00 To 15.00 and from 19.00 to 23.00 , lunch and dinner. You can teste our traditional and creative cousine. is better to reserve a table thank you soo much.

Reviewed By AndreVidalPinheiro - London, United Kingdom

We checked tripadvisor for a lunch nearby and La Buchetta came up with great reviews. What a flop. Clearly a place that is over-reaching in its creativity but not in a good way. The antipasto was prosciutto (actually good) with stracciatella, with the aim of differentiating from the classical mozzarella combo. But guess what, would be better off with the original instead of the runny and more milkier-tasting option. As mains we had one pasta that was so memorable I can’t even recall after less than a week and another tagliatelle with duck ragu and cocoa. I remember that one because the duck in the beef ragu was boiled to death and the cocoa powder sprinkle didn’t work at all. For desert, the red berries mousse was good, light and not too rich. If the meal was priced in line with other classic osterias I would have given it a break but being overpriced just tipped my scale to a full 3 stars. Enjoy any of the more affordable let-downs instead.

2. Amici di Ponte Vecchio Da Stefano

Via Dei Bardi 39, 50125, Florence, Italy Seating, Takeout, Wine and Beer Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch HK$16 - HK$47 +39 055 285301
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Amici di Ponte Vecchio Da Stefano

Reviewed By Gareth_A_2007

Came because of the reviews and left happy. The porchetta Sandwich was delicious with tomatoes. Great seasoning stuffed into the pork. Just the right amount of roast pork for a filling lunch.
Couple of stools inside and outside on the curb. Makes a great Takeout place.

3. Salumeria Verdi - Pino's Sandwiches

Via Giuseppe Verdi 36, 50122, Florence, Italy Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +39 055 244517
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Salumeria Verdi - Pino's Sandwiches

Gastronomic delicatessen,wine shop, panini shop,tuscan focaccia bread. Two huge dining rooms. We serve pasta dishes,and meat or vegetarian dishes. A very diverse menu. We use Italian and Tuscan products chosen personally by the owner Pino with his twenty yeàrs of expertise.

Reviewed By LGBarto - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I was a student in Florence 9 years ago and returned back for a vacation with my husband. Pino's was the FIRST meal I insisted we have upon arriving and it was truly better than I remember. Pino is still there, as charming and welcoming as ever (English speaking welcome), and serves what I consider the best panini I have ever had. Crisp, salty bread, delicious ingredients and so affordable. Lunch for two is 9 euros! Whatever Sandwich you order, make sure to add his pesto!!! It's out of this world good. A MUST STOP IN Florence!

4. Il Bufalo Trippone

Via dell'Anguillara, 48R, 50122, Florence, Italy Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch HK$31 - HK$94 +39 055 290518
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Il Bufalo Trippone

We are a cozy activity in the historic center of Florence. We mainly deal with Tuscan products, especially small agricultural productions, which differentiate us from large commercial distribution. In our shop we make cutting boards and panini / schiacciate with quality gastronomic products from Tuscany (Cheese, Ham, Cold cuts) that we have even for direct sale. You can drink also good wine touscanian too. If you also want to have something nice and traditional you should come at Bufalo Trippone

Reviewed By Cilia193 - Island of Malta, Malta

Guys it is a must to visit this small but very cozy shop, while in Florence! Food is glorious and prices are very reasonable. The owners are very charming. It was a very nice experience to eat our food inside this shop, surrounded by Tuscany's specialties such as wine bottles, olive oil etc.
On our last day, we asked the owners to prepare for us the best of their best that included cuts of different types of cheese and cold cuts accompanied by bread and bruscettas with typical sauces. This was simply amazing and financially worth it!
Cheers From Malta!

5. Snack Bar Anna

Via De' Ginori 26, 50123, Florence, Italy Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +39 055 238 1143
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 133 reviews

Snack Bar Anna

Reviewed By chillyj159 - Manchester, United Kingdom

Proper bar which don't seem to exist to the naked eye. Reasonable prices seen as its right in the centre. It's a small place full of locals but made to feel welcome. One problem it shuts at 8pm not sure if this is because it's winter. Loved it!

6. Pane e Toscana

Borgo Degli Albizi 31/R, 50122, Florence, Italy Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$16 - HK$47 +39 345 123 5540
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pane e Toscana

SANDWICHES and SUPER TUSCAN CRUSHED! High quality products and sauces REALLY CRAFT. Pairings created special "no accident" and other classics. All seasoned KINDNESS, Low Price and CLEANING

Reviewed By Becbe22 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

For incredible fresh Tuscan meat, fresh Tuscan cheese, fresh veg and fresh focaccia... this place is a must!
It is quite hidden in the streets of Florence and from the outside you might not spot it but it’s worth the search.
The food is amazing, the owner will help you go through the menu and nothing takes your fancy he will offer suggestions for you.
I had focaccia with Tuscan ham, pecorino, fried white onions, honey, and balsamic.... for €3.00... incredible.
The place is not fancy but for a pit stop whilst exploring Florence it is absolutely ideal.
The locals were all coming to get their lunches before going back to work in their shops... I think that says it all!

7. Due Sorsi & Un Boccone

Via Degli Alfani 105, 50121, Florence, Italy Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Takeout Italian, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast HK$31 - HK$94 +39 334 264 0931
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 179 reviews

Due Sorsi & Un Boccone

Creperia: sweet and savory French crepes Schiacciateria: sandwiches made from typical Tuscan bread and filled according to taste with cold cuts, cheeses, spreads and vegetables Beveria: wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages

Reviewed By Jay N - Charlottetown, Canada

We went here on a recommendation from our B&B host. Excellent choice. As others have said before, the gentleman working was exceptionally friendly and the English menu was helpful for us. All that, however, was just icing on the cake for what was a delicious Sandwich. We each had a different Sandwich and both were excellent. I ordered the Sandwich of the day and everything about it was fantastic. The meat (sliced right in front of you), cheese, sauce and bread all fantastic. Not only was the food great, the price (4 a Sandwich with 1.50 glass of wine) was unbeatable.

8. SandwiChic

Via San Gallo 3/r, 50129, Florence, Italy Free Wifi, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Fast Food, Street Food Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$39 +39 055 281157
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

SandwiChic

Reviewed By Audrie S

We came here because it was recommended by someone who used to live in Florence. Sandwiches with artisanal cold cuts and unique sauces from local farms and vendors. Staff took special care to explain menu and make recomendations. My salame picante artigianale with crema of eggplant and pecorino was fantastic. The local wine served from a barrel (in plastic cups) made it even better and we forgot that we were perched on a bench to eat (mostly takeaway, with some bench seating).

9. La Bottega del Buon Caffe

Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 69/R, 50125, Florence, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$385 - HK$1,114 +39 055 553 5677
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 750 reviews

La Bottega del Buon Caffe

At La Bottega del Buon Caffe we have been producing seasonal authentic Florentine dishes for years. Yet, our new location in the heart of Florencce marks the start of a new era as the La Bottega team launch a selection of exciting new organic and gourmet concepts. In collaboration with the restaurant's new owners, Claus and Jeanette Thottrup, La Bottega del Buon Caffe's head chef, Antonello Sardi, has successfully developed fresh and innovative gourmet menus which are now available both at lunch and dinner and which have earned him his first Michelin Star. With the emphasis on natural locally sourced ingredients, La Bottega offers authentic Tuscan food that creatively combines the best of classic and contemporary cuisine. Authenticity and honesty is at the heart of all we create at La Bottega and our menus are created individually according to the season. Today's catch of fresh fish is delivered from the Mediterranean daily, free-range meats are supplied by local artisan farmers and our vegetables, fruit, herbs and honey are bought from our farm in the country. Respecting our Florentine location our menus are designed to reflect the region's unique gastronomic heritage and vibrant culinary culture.

Reviewed By elle_dddz - Bangkok, Thailand

we have chosen this restaurant for a special reunion with friends from Bangkok & cannes.
four of us are not big eaters so we asked if we could share 2 entrees before our main courses. the manager (in suits) said that he will ask the chef if our request is possible & never returned to our table.
the waiter who took care of our table was much more pleasant than the manager.
ended up, we were charged with 4 entrees instead of 2 without being told. we only found out about this after we left the restaurant!!
the food is good but it is a real pity when you are not very straight forward to your clients!!

10. Nobile Bistro

Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini 13/R, 50123, Florence, Italy Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Cafe, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +39 338 967 0207
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Nobile Bistro

Reviewed By Ashlyn114 - Honolulu

Walked all over Florence looking for this tiny place and the walk was worth it! Huge, delicious Sandwich that was more than filling- it was the first thing we ate in Florence and was lovely and fresh, and service was super quick. Wish we had visited more than once.

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