Where to eat with a view in Florence
During your trip to Florence, not dining at a restaurant with a view would be kind like not visiting the Duomo, don’t you think? We certainly do. While it surely comes with a higher price tag, dining at a panoramic restaurant in Florence is certainly worth it. Plus, there are a variety of views to choose from, from those of the Florentine rooftops to those of the Tuscan countryside. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, here is our selection of the best restaurants with a view in and around Florence.
Via Mantellini, 2B (Fiesole)
Yes, Coquinarius Fiesole is the sister restaurant of the ristorante of the same name in Florence. But this one is complete with two dining areas and a beautiful terrace that overlooks the Tuscan countryside. Located on the hill that goes up to Fiesole, this restaurant is the perfect lunch escape, a place where you’ll taste some traditional Tuscan cuisine with an innovative twist. We recommend opting for the burrata ravioli with pistachio and red onion or the Chianina beef tartare with wild mushrooms and chestnut cream – divine. The wine selection is also something to look forward to.
Piazza Ognissanti, 3
SE-STO is the restaurant of the famed Westin Excelsior hotel on the Arno. And as you’d imagine, it offers one of the best views of Florence. As you step foot inside, you’re surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a sensational view of the city and the Arno river. Inside, you’ll find a bar, a restaurant and even a lounge area, not to mention two terraces. Classic Tuscan dishes are on the menu, but if you want to opt for a more budget friendly option without doing away with the location and view we recommend stopping by for drinks.
Piazza dell’Unità italiana, 6
On the fifth floor of the Grand Hotel Baglioni, B-Roof offers the perfect mix of sophisticated cuisine and outstanding panoramic views of Florence. Here, you’ll get a taste of the scents and flavors of Tuscany with a twist. In addition to the four-course tasting menu, you can order from a vast a la carte selection. Note – the pigeon is to die for. And during the summer months, don’t miss out on B-Green, the floral terrace complete with an American bar – perfect for pre and after dinner drinks.
Borgo San Jacopo
Borgo San Jacopo, 62/R
This one Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the banks of the Arno is definitely a place to save for a special occasion. It offers a phenomenal dining experience mixed with an unforgettable view of Ponte Vecchio, immersing guests in an atmosphere of intimacy. Captained by executive chef Claudio Mengoni, the menu mixes Italian ingredients with French techniques. You can opt for two tasting menus or order a la carte. Either way, the raw and cooked seasonal vegetables, porcini mushroom ice cream and fib molasses and the milk-fed porchetta with black salsify, port-reduced shallots and dijon mustard are unmissable dishes. To make the experience extra special, make sure to reserve one of the very few romantic tables on the balcony.
Golden View Firenze
Via de Bardi, 58r
Step inside Golden View Firenze – a restaurant, cafè and wine bar spread out on 650 square meters offering a sensational view of Ponte Vecchio and the Arno river. Not surprisingly, the best area to stay at this venue is the panoramic hall, with its large windows overlooking the Vasari Corridor, the Uffizi, the Arno river and the famed bridge. To pair with the romantic view, order from a vast a la carte menu featuring seafood and meat dishes and Mediterranean specialties (not to mention an exceptional wine list with over 600 wine labels).
Il Conventino a Marignolle
Via Santa Maria a Marignolle, 10
This luxurious restaurant nestled inside the Villa Tolomei Hotel & Resort estate is located just 5 minutes from the historic center of Florence. A dreamy place surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and orchards, where you’ll not only get a unique view but also taste some high quality cuisine. The menu is a triumph of seasonal products from the Tuscan countryside and pays homage to Tuscan specialties as well as mains of Italian cuisine. It’s the perfect restaurant to escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and indulge in a multisensory experience.
Ristorante Caffetteria La Loggia
Piazzale Michelangelo, 1
La Loggia is an historic restaurant in Florence with an exceptional location, to say the least. A meeting place for famous intellectuals, the restaurant right above Piazzale Michelangelo offers a wow view of the city and its masterpieces, from the Duomo to Ponte Vecchio. It’s a unique concentration of art and a variety of dishes ranging from Tuscan tradition (go for the bistecca alla fiorentina) to the most refined international cuisine (such as Rossini-style fillet, or the lobster Catalana).
La Leggenda dei Frati
Costa San Giorgio, 6/A
Situated in the Bardini Gardens, La Leggenda dei Frati welcomes you with an elegant and romantic atmosphere worthy of a night to remember. The menu is a triumph of creative and modern flavors, which continuously change according to Chef Filippo Saporito’s experiments. Special attention is given to local gastronomy and a scrupulous selection of raw materials, mostly from sustainable producers. The cherry on top of the cake is the romantic summer terrace surrounded by plants and scents of aromatic herbs while, in the background, you’ll get a glimpse of the Basilica of Santa Croce. On the menu, you can choose from three tasting menus or go for the a la carte selection.
La Terrazza del Principe
Viale Machiavelli, 1
Immersed in one of the most evocative landscapes in Florence, La Terrazza del Principe offers an unforgettable culinary experience among the authentic flavors of Sicilian cuisine and the delicacy of Tuscan dishes. As you’re escorted to your hand-decorated lava stone table, you can admire the incredible view of the valley of ancient trees, medieval walls and the noble palaces of the Boboli Gardens. It’s the best place to treat yourself to a moment of peace while enjoying the chef’s delicious dishes and fine wines from the cellar.
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