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Hostaria il Desco

#177 of 2,041 Restaurants in Florence
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Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 294882
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12:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 293
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    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 5
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good menu, great service, fine food

The restaurant is very inauspicious, but the menu is quite extensive , the service was pretty good and the food was fine, although my gnocchi could have tasted a bit more Gorgonzola - ish. My one complaint was that we were seated squashed up to another table where a Brit held court and droned on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Rolling Hills Estates
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Rolling Hills Estates
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The restaurant is very inauspicious, but the menu is quite extensive , the service was pretty good and the food was fine, although my gnocchi could have tasted a bit more Gorgonzola - ish. My one complaint was that we were seated squashed up to another table where a Brit held court and droned on relentlessly for 2 hours barely... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by an Italian with whom I work and is clearly enjoyed by many other Italians. When we arrived it was already quite full and within 30 minutes it was packed but not by tourists. It is tucked away and probably not a restaurant that you would call in because you were passing. The food was all... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Rather noisy and hassly at lunchtime, turns into a cozy and fine place at dinner time. Reasonable house wine.

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New York City, New York
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30 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The restaurant is in the old town, nice location, close to the Old bridge. Cozy, nice, comfortable ambiance. The service was excellent. The food was delicious, with variety of options, representing local and global taste. We had a great time. They recommended great Tuscan wine from the list and we loved it.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had two meals at this restaurant during our recent visit to Florence, a lunch and a dinner a day later. The variety of offerings, the quality of the food, the excellent service and the cozy ambience made us want to have more than one meal. There are specials offered for both meals. At lunch the restaurant is filled with... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was recommended by frequent travelers to Florence. We were not disappointed. Easily located and quaint. We had the steak, of course, and it was excellent. It was pouring rain and the cab company could not me reached by phone. Lines were busy. The manager stood at the door and flagged a cab for us. Would definitely go back.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We have dined here in a previous visit to Florence we discovered this time that consistency in service and meal quality is the same which is very good, the ambience here is lovely the wait staff are friendly and also have a good sense of humour too! Hosteria il Desco is a popular restaurant with Florentines which I say is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Rubbish. Don't bother trying to go. Booked a table for 7pm. Dutifully arrived at 6.55 in the pouring rain. Was left outside 20 minutes whilst the waiter lit candles and realigned cutlery. He watched us for 20 minutes and found all sorts of irrelevant jobs. Didn't let us in and we ended up finding somewhere else to eat. Rude!

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

centrally located and less crowded than most tourist resto's food decent but not more waiters not overly friendly much better places are around in firenze

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Niskayuna, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My wife and I made a point to go to dinner at Hostaria il Desco on a recent trip to Florence at the urging of my wife's employer who had originally gotten a recommendation to go there from a friend of hers who lived in Florence. Well, my wife's employer will always be owed a debt that can never be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
  • Phone Number: +39 055 294882

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 38
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?