Top Tables

Editors’ Picks: The Best Restaurants in Florence

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Florence, for any occasion.

Editors’ Picks: Lunch

Coquinarius

This bistro-chic restaurant on a quiet street just behind the Duomo serves classic, deliciously prepared Italian food. Via delle Oche, 15r, Historic Center

‘Ino

This is a charming spot for a light lunch or afternoon apéritif, where you can order cheese and meat plates, sandwiches made with homemade focaccia and local wines by the glass. Via dei Georgofili, 3r/7r, Historic Center

Trattoria 13 Gobbi

One of the city’s most beloved trattorias, this restaurant captures a classic Florence ambience (and the rigatoni is a must). Via del Porcellana, 9R, Historic Center

Trattoria Mario

Open for lunch only, Trattoria Mario is a real Florentine experience, with communal tables. The trattoria is cash only and travelers should arrive early or be prepared to wait for a table. Via Rosina, 2r, Historic Center

Trattoria Sergio Gozzi

A simple, homely spot, this trattoria serves authentic Tuscan cuisine, like Florentine steak and mushroom pastas. Piazza di San Lorenzo, 8R, Historic Center

Trattoria Sostanza

No-frills Sostanza, also known as Il Troia, is legendary, and while it may be known for Florentine steak, it is famous for butter chicken. The restaurant only accepts cash and a reservation is necessary. Via del Porcellana, 25r, Historic Center

Gustapizza

Known for soft-crust, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, this popular spot almost always has a line. Via Maggio, 46r, Oltrarno

Il Santo Bevitore

This modern, spacious restaurant and wine bar has dark-wood tables, walls lined with wine bottles and a convivial atmosphere provided by the hip local patrons who flock here. It’s a good choice for lunch or a laid-back dinner. Via Santo Spirito, 64/66r, Oltrarno

Quattro Leoni

This traditional, family-friendly Florentine trattoria has a nice courtyard that makes it a great lunch option when the weather is nice. Via de'Velllutini, 1, Oltrarno

Editors’ Picks: Dinner

Buca Lapi

Frequented by the Florentine elite and considered the oldest run restaurant in Florence, Buca Lapi is one of the city’s best places for Florentine steaks. Via del Trebbio, 1r, Historic Center

Enoteca Pinchiorri

The Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri is a grand experience, with a bevy of servers per table and an avant-garde nine-course tasting menu—however, the highlight here is the wine. Via Ghibellina, 87, Historic Center

Enoteca Spontanea

This food and wine jewel has a hip and inviting atmosphere and a menu that changes daily. Via Maggio, 61r, Oltrarno

La Giostra

Though this iconic spot has grown more touristy over the years, it is still a classic Tuscan trattoria with good pasta dishes. Borgo Pinti, 10, Historic Center

Nugolo

Nugolo’s

limited menu is crafted around organic and seasonal ingredients and product research, and dishes are served in a dining room with an open-kitchen concept and a greenhouse vibe. Via della Mattonaia, 27r, Historic Center

Ristorante Il Profeta

Recognizable by its sleek yellow tablecloths, this elegant restaurant has a small terrace and serves Tuscan dishes. Borgo Ognissanti, 93/r, Historic Center

Vini e Vecchi Sapori

Delicious homemade pastas are paired with an enthusiastic staff at this popular osteria. Via dei Magazzini, 3/r, Historic Center

Gune

Blending Lucanian and Tuscan traditions, the fine cuisine here is memorable and creative and served in a sophisticated, modern setting. Via del Drago d’Oro, 1r, Oltrarno

iO - Osteria Personale

Tucked away in Borgo San Frediano (one of the most authentic neighborhoods remaining in the Oltrarno), this foodie favorite only has about 15 tables, so reserve ahead of time. Borgo S. Frediano, 167R, Oltrarno

Osteria Cinghiale Bianco

Here, traditional Tuscan dishes are served in an unassuming environment by a warm staff. Borgo S. Jacopo, 43, Oltrarno

Editors’ Picks: Drinks & Dessert

Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

This is a great little wine bar across the piazza from the Pitti Palace that does wine tastings and serves small plates. Piazza Pitti, 16, Oltrarno

Gelateria dei Neri

This unique gelateria is built on more than 30 years of history and serves seasonal flavors alongside the classics. Via dei Neri, 9/11R, Historic Center

Locale

Matteo, the bartender at this hot spot, is considered to be the best mixologist in town. Via delle Seggiole, 12, Historic Center

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