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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: You won't find a more welcoming staff at this spot near the city center.
Alexa's expert tip: Be sure to try some of their menu items with truffles--they have it mastered.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: You'll find some of the best Tuscan favorites here for a wonderful price.
Alexa's expert tip: The seasonal dishes are definitely worth looking into at this spot.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: You'll find delicious menu options and large portions in a beautiful setting.
Alexa's expert tip: This is a great place to try a new kind of wine if you're interested.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: You'll find upscale dining at this spot tucked away from the busy city center.
Alexa's expert tip: As the staff what they would recommend here.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Those looking for a modern setting and a great meal will love this little restaurant.
Alexa's expert tip: Think about stopping here after a long day at the Uffizi.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: You'll find a wide variety of things to try and an amazing staff.
Alexa's expert tip: Order some simple dishes here--you won't be disappointed.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: This is the spot to be if you love decor along with your dining experience.
Alexa's expert tip: Try the tasting menu for a sample of some of the best dishes around.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Old-world charm and amazing food can be found at this favorite spot in the city.
Alexa's expert tip: Ask if you can sit outside on their lovely patio.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: You'll find classic dishes as well as some new favorites.
Alexa's expert tip: Make reservations several months in advance here.
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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Taverna del Bronzino offers wonderful fish meals with great service and style.
Alexa's expert tip: Think about gelato after--the dessert menu can be a little small.