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 11 seafood restaurants in Rome to feel back on the Italian coast!
Via di S. Croce in Gerusalemme, 9 (San Giovanni)
Mon – Sat 7.30pm – 12am
Step inside this restaurant in the San Giovanni neighborhood to immerse yourself in an elegant setting with an old fashion vibe. Service is top-notch but nothing beats the extraordinary quality of the seafood selection. Start with the extra fresh seafood cruditè: the shrimp and prawns platter with Ottavio’e tasty olive oil and lemon sauce is heaven on a plate. The first courses are A-listers too, with the lobster pasta high on the list. But the star of the show is the catalana di astice e mazzancolle. Wine lovers, the extensive wine list will surely not disappoint. Reservations are musts.
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. Starting with the produce, which is always very fresh, local, and hand-chosen directly by the Mare Nostrum staff every day. Thanks to the chef and 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 seafood institution in Rome. Fish is super fresh and arrives on a daily basis. 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 footsteps from Piazza Navona is a guarantee when it comes to seafood. The setting is simple and 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 musts.
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 a few tables in 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 will take extra special care of you 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 – 12am
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.
Vicolo della Renella 94 (Trastevere)
Mon – Sat 7.30pm – 12am
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This seafood restaurant in Trastevere run by the gregarious chef Fabio di Felice and his wife, specializes in fresh fish, raw and cooked, from the Gulf of Terracina. Start with an antipasto of raw fish, definitely try the pacchero con crostacei – an authentic pasta dish with shellfish – or gnocchi with red prawns and Roman Pecorino cheese and finish with one of their delectable homemade cakes. To accompany your meal there are over 100 wine labels, both Italian and French. Best night to indulge? Friday, when they put on live music.
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 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 neighborbood 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 a friendly service. Order the delicious seabass carpaccio with truffle shavings and the octopus salad with potatoes to start. If you’re a carbohydrate 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 definitely musts.
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 tastes 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.