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Hostaria il Desco

#191 of 1,878 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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 298
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  • 178
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 14
    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
Post Museum Dinner

We were looking for a little Italian restaurant after enjoying the museums. We found this place on a friend's recommendation. We were the first ones in there at 6:55pm. But at 7:00 it was half full and by 7:45 it was full. Small place. Very reasonable price if you order the daily special and order... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Helena, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Good food in a pleasant bistro setting. Nothing exceptional in the food or the service, but nothing to complain about either. We were there toward the later part of the lunch hour and I felt they were anxious for us to leave.

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DCF74, Owner at Hostaria il Desco, responded to this review

Thanks for your appreciations and I'm sorry if you feel anxiety but we don't. The kitchen close at 14:30 so from that time we start just to clean and prepares for the dinner, just this, we don't want that our guest leave faster. Thanks More 

Houston, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a little Italian restaurant after enjoying the museums. We found this place on a friend's recommendation. We were the first ones in there at 6:55pm. But at 7:00 it was half full and by 7:45 it was full. Small place. Very reasonable price if you order the daily special and order the house wine. Good food.... More 

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Albany, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

We are on 10 day Italy trip and this is the best food we had while in Florence. It is small place on quiet street near Ponte Vecchio bridge. Very good selection even for vegetarians. Will definetly go back again.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

After traveling by train from Basel, Switzerland to Florence, we checked into the hotel and immediately walked less than a block to this small, but delightful venue. The food and wine were delicious and the atmosphere was comfortable. Highly recommend this restaurant when in the area.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Excellent food and great value. Hostaria il Desco is located vin a small lane off the main street. Good service since 2007.

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Surrey
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Good choice of food at reasonable prices however we were disappointed with the service. Perhaps they don't like the English, all other diners coming in after us were offered 3 different menus, ie menu of the Day, Set menu and A la carte. We were offered only a la carte. We both chose primo plates and second plates, specifically asking... More 

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vancouver
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148 reviews 148 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We had dinner twice at this restaurant and enjoyed a very different menu. Loved the gnocchi in Gorgonzola. They were like eating tiny clouds as they were so light. I had the lamb the first time and it was good and the last time tried the pork millefeuille. Very tasty but the latter is quite heavy. My partner had the... More 

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Rolling Hills Estates
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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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 17 - 39
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?