The best seafood restaurants in Rome
Are you nostalgic of the sea and craving fresh seafood dishes? Not to worry! While Rome isn’t exactly on the seaside, its proximity to the sea makes its seafood selection super fresh. From indulging in different types of oysters, raw shrimps, prawns and tuna; to savouring top-quality seafood pastas and juicy fish cooked to perfection, Rome is a great place for seafood lovers. Treat yourself to one of these 19 seafood restaurants in Rome to feel back on the Italian coast!
Via Aldo Manunzio, 28 (Testaccio)
Mon-Wed 7:30pm-10:30pm; Thurs-Sat 12:30pm-3pm | 7:30pm-10:30pm; Sun 12:30pm-3pm
Large windows, an open kitchen, and soft lights are the distinctive features of Acquasanta. The daily catch is purchased at the Anzio auction, and is the basis of the contemporary menu which is simple and with few frills, developed by Chef Enrico Camponeschi. Tuna, bread and tomato; San Massimo risotto, shrimps, friggitello (peppers) stuffed with pesto ‘alla Trapanese’ are some of the creations to order. There is also an à la carte option and many tasting menus available: “Sapore di Mare” in 7 courses chosen by the chef and “Te li ricordi i ricordi?” with 5 historical dishes of Camponeschi.
47 Circus Roof Garden
Via Luigi Petroselli, 47 (piazza Venezia)
Open daily 12pm-12:30am
A slice of the South within the culinary experience of Rome can be found at 47 Circus Roof Garden, the restaurant on the top floor of the Boutique Hotel FortySeven on via Petroselli. Set between the Bocca della Verità and the Foro Boario, and between the Lungotevere and the Circus Maximus, 47 Circus is a restaurant with a panoramic terrace in the heart of Rome. It amazes with the increasingly convincing cuisine of the good Antonio Gentile. It amazes guests with its increasingly captivating cuisine of chef Antonio Gentile. There are two tasting options, respectively offering 4 and 6 courses. Do not miss the aperitif with the chef’s finger foods, snacks, and more à la carte appetizers to accompany the excellent cocktails.
Vicolo del Malpasso 9, Roma (Via Giulia)
Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm; 7.30pm-10pm
Per Me is a Michelin Star restaurant located the heart of Rome, between cobblestones and climbing plants. Here, thanks to the chef and patron Giulio Terrinoni, ethical and sustainable tasting menus are developed slowly and curiously. In a precise and contemporary setting, with dark tones and essential lines, the tastes are wild, elegant, and unique.
Via Vodice, 29 (Prati)
Mon – Sat 12.30pm-3pm; 8pm-10.30pm
Since May 2018, in the quieter streets of the Prati district of Rome, Acciuga has stood out as a new pole of fine dining with a seafood theme. The restaurant, decorated with a minimalist style, is comfortable and hospitable. The chef and patron Federico Delmonte has created a sincere gastronomic proposal; concrete, creative, and reflective of his personality. Here he experiments with fish unconventional to the season and smaller in size– taken directly from the fish shop next door to the restaurant.
Via dei Chiavari 4/5 (Centro Storico)
Sat & Mon 7.30pm-11.45pm | Tue-Fri 12.45pm-2.45pm; 7.30pm-11.45pm
Il Sanlorenzo is located within the narrow streets of the beautiful Campo De ‘Fiori, in via dei Chiavari 4. Recognized by many, if not all, as the best seafood restaurant in Rome, Il Sanlorenzo seeks out the best Lazio fish, fresh from Ponza or Civitavecchia. The fish is served in its most fresh and pure form with a simple technique, allowing ample room for the seafood’s truest taste. Try the raw catch of the day, with offerings such as ‘carpaccio’ and tartare, spaghetti with sea urchins, or anchovies from Ponza. Note the fine selection of Champagne on the wine list to accompany your meal!
Piazza Zama, 34 (San Giovanni)
Tuesday 8pm-10.30pm | Wed – Sun 12:30pm-2:30pm; 8pm-10:30pm
A young couple of not even thirty, Gabriele Di Lecce and Alessandra Serramondi, opened Dogma in February 2022. This small seafood restaurant revolves around the fire, offering fish that is strictly grilled. Gabriele is in the kitchen, while Alessandra owns the dining room, both amaze clientele with delicious dishes and a sparkling welcome. Gabriele’s cuisine is both create and down to earth. There is great attention to local fish, accompanied by vegetables from the family’s garden, and homemade desserts featuring Sicilian home-milled flour.
Via del Vantaggio, 14 (Centro Storico)
Open daily 8pm- 1am
Acquaroof Terrazza Molinari is the rooftop of The First Roma Arte, just a stone’s throw from Piazza del Popolo. It will win you over with its simple but impactful seafood cuisine. In a contemporary and minimalist environment, layered between white marble and bare wooden tables and dark glass, Acquaroof experiments with the seafood cuisine of Daniele Lippi, chef of Acquolina– a starred restaurant also located inside the same building.
Via di Boccea, 350/A | Via Pompeo Neri, 42 (Vigna Clara)
Mon – Sat 7.30pm- 12am
A bistro, oyster shop. and fish shop, Meglio Fresco is the ideal place to eat and drink quality ingredients in a novel and informal context. With two locations, in Boccea and Vigna Clara, Meglio Fresco surprises clients with simple preparations made to perfection. Try the raw platter steamed with various types of prawns, oysters, sea truffles, and mussels. Or try the octopus salad with Gaeta olives, carrots, celery, and vinegar– and of course, the specials of the day, including fresh squid.
Via Virginia Agnelli, 91/93 (Monteverde)
Open from Tuesday to Saturday: Gastronomy 8:30am-2pm; 4pm-8pm | Bistrot 12:30pm-3pm; 7:30pm-10:30pm
Il Pescatorio contains two souls: the fish market and the restaurant. Here, the raw seafood is selected with obsessive care and you can embark on a journey through flavors of seafood, wine, champagne, and oysters. This makes Il Pescatorio one of the most exciting fish companies in Rome, also offering a wide array of take-away options, and pre-prepared seafood dishes from the in-house market.
Via Valenziani, 19 (Salario)
Tue – Sun 12.30pm- 2.30pm; 7pm-10.30pm
A family story made up of traditions and love for fish is that of Chinappi. Out of the historic restaurant Formia ten years ago formed a new restaurant in the capital, the first in Piazza Barberini and then in Porta Pia, Chinappi brings the sea to the city. All of this is thanks to Stefano Chinappi whose knowledge of seafood is infinite from his days spent at the family fish market. In a small room with an intimate and classic atmosphere, you can savor a fresh cuisine made of rediscovered flavors and combinations dictated by tradition.
Mare Nostrum Seafood
Via Aurelio Saffi, 7 (Trastevere/Monteverde)
Tue – Sun 7.30pm – 10.30pm (lunch on weekends)
Mare Nostrum Seafood is in Trastevere by circumstance, Sicilian by origin, and Mediterranean by choice, for it welcomes all cultures and traditions that the Mediterranean touches. Rome, while not being a city directly by the sea, certainly doesn’t lack seafood restaurants. And yet, Mare Nostrum is truly one of a kind.
The recipes are relatively simple (“relatively” is up for interpretation depending on the dish here!), but able to stir the soul and spark emotions. The produce is always very fresh, local, and hand-chosen directly by the Mare Nostrum staff each day. Thanks to the chef, cooks and their flair, the creations of the dishes reach delicate balances and unique juxtapositions.
The starters alone are enough to make you drool in anticipation, with various choices of raw fish, cooked fish, and mixes. In the main courses, the must-have is La Sicilia In Tavola: a tasty tuna fillet in sesame crust, sfoglia di caponata, and lemongrass mousse. They have wines from everywhere in Italy and many are biological.
Il Tempio di Iside
Via Labicana, 1 (Colosseum)
Mon – Sat 12pm – 3pm, 7.30pm – 12am
A stone’s throw away from the Colosseum, Il Tempio di Iside is another charming seafood institution in Rome. The fish is fresh and arrives daily. The seafood cruditè is exceptional, from the tuna tartare to the carpaccio and the red prawns. Oyster lovers, this is the place to indulge! And don’t get me started on the delicious pasta with shrimp and pecorino or the spaghetti alle vongole with truffle shavings. The wine selection is spectacular, as is the service and setting. To finish off your meal, a selection of “fruttini di gelato” is an absolute must. Reservations are essential.
Piazza Nicosia, 24 (Centro Storico)
Mon – Sat 12.30pm – 3pm, 7.30pm – 12am
This dining spot is just footsteps from Piazza Navona and is a guarantee when it comes to seafood. The setting is simple, elegant, and has remained the same through the decades. Order the tuna tartare with avocado as a starter, followed by the juicy spigola in crosta di patate. The wine selection is spectacular, with the best of Italian wine labels to choose from. The atmosphere, the food and the friendly service make it a must-stop for seafood lovers. Reservations are a must.
Dar Sor Duilio
Via Agri, 9 (Trieste)
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 8am – 11.30pm; Thur 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Doubling as a restaurant and Pescheria, this spot in the Trieste neighborhood is a great find for seafood lovers. As you step inside, a large fish counter (where you can also purchase fresh fish!) awaits you, followed by few tables and a simple setting. Order the red prawn carpaccio with pistachios, the swordfish tatare and the pesce all’amo in crosta di zucchine. To accompany your meal a great Italian, French and international wine selection awaits you. Reservations are recommended.
Da Benito e Gilberto
Via del Falco, 19 (Prati)
Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm
Da Benito e Gilberto serves a mouth-watering array of raw and cooked seafood and pasta dishes, as well as a selection of French and Irish oysters. Carrying on the tradition started by their grandfather, Gilberto’s daughters provide excellent service both in the kitchen and in the cosy, nautically themed dining room. Neatly lining the walls are photos of smiling celebrities taken over the last 40 years, a reminder as you enjoy every morsel of fresh seafood that you’re in good company. Be sure to save room for the housemade crostata.[Paragraph by: Joanne Bergamin]
Piazza de’ Ricci, 144 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Daily 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 11.30pm
A favorite of A-list celebrities and moguls like Charlize Theron, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jamie Foxx, Pierluigi is where to go if you want to see and be seen. Besides its impressive clientele, the restaurant is also known for its outdoor seating on the historic Piazza de Ricci, as well as a spectacular menu that specializes in seafood. Both a restaurant and cocktail bar, this fine-dining spot focuses its menu on top quality seafood straight from the ports nearest Rome. Order the raw seafood platter or the soppressata of wild octopus. To continue, the yellow fin tuna cutlet with glazed onions and tossed salicornia is a must. Reservations are essential.
Via Belsiana, 30 (Centro Storico)
Daily 12.30pm – 3.30pm, 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Taste terrific fresh fish from the Lazio coast at this modern and refined seafood restaurant just a stone’s throw away from Piazza di Spagna. The concept is simple: nature dictates the availability of seafood, and they cook it with modern cooking techniques. You can order raw seafood platters at their fish bar for aperitivo or indulge in yummy primi or secondi cooked in their Pira charcoal oven for lunch and dinner (which gives off a particular aroma of herbs, seaweed and spices to the fish). Pair your seafood dishes with contemporary cocktails and wines produced with modern enology techniques!
Le Mani in Pasta
Via dei Genovesi, 37 (Trastevere)
Tue – Sun 12pm – 3.30pm, 7.30pm – 11pm
This osteria in the Trastevere neighborhood isn’t just one of the best traditional restaurants in town, it’s also one of Rome’s best seafood restaurants. An informal osteria on two floors with an open kitchen and friendly service. Order the delicious seabass carpaccio with truffle shavings and the octopus salad with potatoes to start. If you’re a carb-lover, you can’t go wrong with the tagliolini with cherry tomatoes, shrimp and sea bream. If not, go for the spigola al sale! Keep in mind that the kitchen is very small so it may take a bit until you get served. Reservations are a must.
Via Emilio Faà Di Bruno, 63 (Prati)
Tue – Sun 12.30pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am
At this fish bar in the Prati neighborhood, the love for genuine taste is paired with the aromas of the sea takes you back to those Italian seaside towns you’ve been dreaming of. In the first room, a striking bar with a raw fish station awaits you – the perfect place for an aperitivo. Must-tries are the seafood cruditè coming directly for their fish bar, and the sensational “Rosso di Mazara”, red shrimp with datterino tomato and ginger soup, fresh burrata, caramelized lime zest and black vanilla salt flakes. The pastas are great too, as are the fish burgers! Reservations are recommended.