The dining scene in Florence is as romantic and gloriously historical as the rest of the city. Many of the top offerings allow you to enjoy expertly crafted Italian dishes in elegant settings. However, there is quite a bit of variety available, including modern bistros serving innovative international cuisine. It’s worth noting that the trend among the best restaurants in Florence is towards fine dining and mealtimes as a memorable experience, rather than just fuelling your body, making it worth a bit of extra expense.

    With the help of travel app Live2Leave and the community which uses it, we’ve picked out some of the most highly recommended restaurants in Florence. Each comes with the promise of providing a first-class meal and is vouched for by fellow travellers and local experts.

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    La Bottega Del Buon Caffé

    by @Lydia

    "This place is excellent for fine dining. The service is wonderful and the food is divine. The staff are knowledgeable, attentive and know the menu extraordinarily well. "

    Location: Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 69/R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: 7.30pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +39 055 553 5677

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    by @elisehm

    "Innovative food in a cool setting!"

    Location: Via dei Conti, 8r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Breakfast from 7.30am to 10.30am, Lunch from 12pm to 3pm, Dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm and Cocktail Bar from 5.30pm

    Phone: +39 055 238 1189

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    Zeb Gastronomia

    by @fab

    "Look out for this 'on the bar' gastronomic bistro. The hosts are simply delightful and the food is as simple as it is amazing. Highly recommended. Do make a reservation. "

    Location: Via S. Miniato, 2/r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Lunch from 12pm to 3.30pm, Dinner from 7.30pm to 10.30pm Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (closed on Wednesday) From April to October also open Monday and Tuesday evening

    Phone: +39 055 234 2864

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    Osteria Buongustai

    by @zoejessicad

    "Perfect place to go if you want a really authentic homely Italian lunch time. Small, cosy, family run, with delicious pasta and risotto – the menu changes daily with the fresh produce. Be prepared to share a table!"

    Location: Via dei Cerchi, 15/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm, Saturday 8am to 11pm

    Phone: +39 055 291304

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    Olio & Convivium

    by @holly

    "Olio & Convivium is a great spot for a truly gourmet Tuscan meal with fabulous cheeses and wines."

    Location: Via di Santo Spirito, 4, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Tuesday - Sunday from 10am to 2.30pm

    Phone: +39 055 265 8198

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    The Westin Excelsior

    by @Lea

    "Stunning views from the rooftop of the Westin hotel where you can admire the entire city while enjoying an aperol Spritz and a great aperitivo. Perfect for a light dinner, or as a pre-dinner drink!"

    Location: Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm, Dinner from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and Bar from 12.00pm to 1.30am (Aperitivo 7pm until 9pm)

    Phone: +39 390 552 7151

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    Trattoria Cammillo

    by @TravelingYogi

    "This is a lively, classic Tuscan place that’s been around for years! Frequented by local regulars (so you know it’s good!)… as well as tourists."

    Location: Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: 12pm to 2.30pm and 7.30pm to 10.30pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +39 055 212427

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    by @TravelingYogi

    "One of the best places I went to for lunch in Florence. Get there before 1;30pm – all freshly made menu on the day, and seasonal too. Must try: the pear tortellini!"

    Location: Via delle Oche, 11R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Mon - Sun 12.30pm to 3pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +39 055 230 2153

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    Trattoria Ruggero

    by @Victordillard

    "Delicious trattoria on the outskirts. Must book. Gets very busy. The papa al pomodoro is SPECTACULAR."

    Location: Via Senese, 89/R, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: 12pm to 3.00pm and 5.30pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +39 055 220542

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    Ristorante Parione

    by @holly

    "Il Parione on Via del Parione has the best cheesecake dessert you will ever put in your mouth, and the dinner is excellent too!"

    Location: Via del Parione, 74/76 r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    Open: Daily from 12.30pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm

    Phone: +39 055 214005

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