Taste the Best of the Best at These Restaurants in Florence

Florence has recently become a small mecca for delicious fine dining restaurants over the past few years. A title once head only by Rome, Florence is now making a name for itself with its welcoming atmosphere and growing number of fine dining establishments.

You might want to think about making a reservation at Taverna del Bronzino, where you can find many excellent wines and a wonderful staff, as well. You'll find that many restaurants in Florence like to stick to the same classic recipes they have been making for years. There's a certain wisdom to their way of thinking--why would you mess with something that still works. At Taverna del Bronzino, you get the best of the classic Italian dishes and some new recipes.

Alle Murate is another local favorite where you can dine with a sense of history. Not only are the meals top-class, but there are still remnants of frescoes on the wall where you can feel like you are back in a Medieval setting. The food is also incredibly indulgent, and you can find more than enough wine options to keep you satisfied throughout the night. Wherever you might choose your fine dining options, know that you will be treated with the utmost care as you enjoy your dinner the Italian way.


This warm, welcoming restaurant offers guests the feeling of a home-cooked meal with all the class of a fine dining experience. You'll be greeted at the door by a wonderful staff willing to talk you through the many specials available and to sometimes offer you a free bottle of prosecco and bread. You'll find plenty of options available here if you are considering trying some traditional Tuscan foods, including a fabulous steak Fiorentina. Make sure to ask for the wine list and to talk to your waiter about any recommendations he or she might have--the staff is extremely knowledgable and helpful.

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Il Santo Bevitore is located near the church of Santo Spirito and serves up an ever-changing and exciting menu. A favorite local place to go, they pride themselves on a sophisticated Italian menu that you can't help but love. It is also a bit less expensive than many fine-dining spots in the city. When at this restaurant, simple is sometimes the best--the fresh ingredients and cared used are all you really need for a wonderful time and the opportunity to enjoy your meal. Because the menu changes so often, a personal recommendation from the staff is usually a good idea.

For a little bit of Roman style and just outside the main drag of the city center, La Baraonda is a newer restaurant dedicated to serving their food with a bit of flair. Fish is served here with a variety of different options, and both a full size and partial size are available for those looking to save room for dessert. You'll find a wide selection of wines and incredible service as you decide whether you want to go with a classic meal option or try something new like pigeon. However you choose to spend your night here, you are up for a treat.


Located on the other side of the Arno, Trattoria 4 Leoni offers visitors to Florence a chance to get away from the bustling city center. You'll find fantastic outdoor dining here with many options for those looking for a quiet break. Classic Tuscan fare is the main attraction here, as well as a good wine list and staff. The pasta and salads are the main dishes you might want to consider, they offer some updated recipes with trying out. This is also a good place to take children when you are looking for a spot that serves up fine-dining options but is also family-friendly.

This cozy, hidden restaurant only a few steps away from the Uffizi offers plenty of different items to taste. You'll find wonderful vegetarian options or local favorites, as well as classic staples. The large menu makes up for the small area of the restaurant, and the selection of food available is reason to book alone. They also serve big portions, so there's no need to feel like you will go hungry after eating here. It's very important to make a reservation for this place well in advance because the building is so small and tables are in such high demand.

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For an authentic spot where you can find simple dishes, you might want to consider Cibreo-Cibreino. Think about getting a reservation at this local hangout where the food takes center stage and there are plenty of different menu items to keep everyone in your party satisfied. The service is also worth mentioning--everyone here is friendly and knows what is going on in the kitchen. You'll find dishes like stuff rabbit and other local Tuscan cuisine at this spot. It might be a bit on the pricey side, but the meal you will have here is one that you will never forget.

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A newcomer to the fine dining scene, Alle Murate has made a name for itself by providing beautiful décor and food options that are nearly unrivaled in Florence. You'll want to consider ordering the taster menu--it allows you a full sampling of some of the area's best recipes while not overwhelming you. Their dishes are also worth looking into if you have worked up an appetite from walking around the city. Between the effort that they have put into creating a quiet, romantic spot and the food, you'll want to enjoy this little restaurant again and again with the people you love.

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Presentation is important to most restaurants in Italy, but at Enoteca Pinchiorri, the quality and taste of the food is the most important aspect of your meal. Though a bit on the pricy side, you'll find plenty of menu options to satisfy both you, and surprisingly, your children. Think about asking about some of the wine that is available here--you are given a wide selection featuring some of the best from the area. Without feeling too formal, this spot is one of the best to sit back and enjoy your meal while knowing everything you order will be delicious and beautifully presented.

Located in the "buca," or cellar, this friendly restaurant tends to attract both the local crowd and those visiting Florence. You'll find classic staples for a more than reasonable price considering the location and the excellent décor you'll find at this spot. More often than not, you'll also find a line waiting to get in, so reservations are necessary in order to get a table. Make sure sure to ask about the specials and the wine selection--it's one of the best in the city, and you'll find dozens of bottles to try if you want that memorable bottle of chianti.

In a city where pasta is king and you are expected to order a meat dish, it can be refreshing to head to this spot specializing in fish. Not only will you receive a quality meal where you have some of the best chefs in Florence working on your food, but you also have a high-class atmosphere and plenty of different food options to choose from. If you are searching for something a little bit different, you might consider Taverna del Bronzino for a night free from heavy pasta dishes and some amazing, unique meals centered around fish for a change.


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