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Hostaria il Desco

#191 of 2,023 Restaurants in Florence
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Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
055 294882
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Quality and Good Price

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Judy S
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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87 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
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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41 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
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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Moraga, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My family stopped in to Hostaria il Desco for lunch this past December. They welcomed our party of six in and helped us to a warm table. I got a kick out of the dry sense of humor that our server had, and it seemed like there were more Italians dining than tourists, so the atmosphere was perfect. My son... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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119 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

To be fair, reviewing anywhere on New Year's Eve is hardly fair..but we certainly were glad to be able to have a sane dinner at a sane price (no set menu @ inflated prices)---that MUST be said! Tucked away in an unimportant street only minutes from Ponte Veccio, with its narrow entry il Desco seems almost not to be there...but... More 

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South Dakota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I found this restaurant on TripAdvisor recommending their gluten free menu, and Hostaria il Desco did not disappoint! I enjoyed one of the best meals of my life here in Florence! I had the Menu Tuscano, which included champagne, wine, water, bread, cold salad, salami and cheese tray, pasta Bolognese, wild boar, cheesecake, and biscotti. All of my food was... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Party of six. One meal served after 20 minutes. The rest of the meals staggered in over the next hour. There were no explanations, nor apologies. We regret that we hung around, but we were trying to be polite. We're just not used to such horrid service and food.

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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: 055 294882

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 44
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?