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Buca Mario

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Santa Maria Novella
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P.zza Ottaviani, 16r, Florence, Italy
055 214179
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7:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 196
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  • 83
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  • 57
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent steak

Very tight seating but excellent service and food. I ordered the steak for two and be warned, they only come in medium (which is on the rare side for US standards). Great flavor on the steak that comes with fantastic service from the waiters. Try the flan before you leave!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very tight seating but excellent service and food. I ordered the steak for two and be warned, they only come in medium (which is on the rare side for US standards). Great flavor on the steak that comes with fantastic service from the waiters. Try the flan before you leave!

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Thank kai hong y
Sao Paulo, SP
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In my first time in Florence, my hotel's concierge recommended me Buca Mario for traditional italian food and for trying the Bisteca a Fiorentina ( traditional food from Florence). It was very near my hotel and also the centre so we could go walking in a summer night. Its not the cheapest restaurant but its worth the visit

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Thank SabrinaPilnik
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited Buca mario last night with my wife. Only few hours ago. We orderd T-bone steak(2people), Mushroom risotto(server's suggestion), mixed salads and a bottle of wine. Even if steak was hard to chew partially, totally taste was good. And server was kind basically in my opinion. But I was found one very short wood stick. (shorter than 1cm and... More 

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Thank 원석 최
cary
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a group of 10 family and friends so we booked the private dining room. It was very comfortable and had a warm and cozy atmosphere. We shared appetizers and spent time visiting at our dining table and on the two leather couches in the room. The food was excellent and the variety made choosing rather difficult. Pasta was... More 

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Thank Elaineaus
New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Buca Mario. Our hotel recommended the restaurant and we were not disappointed. We had steaks, pasta and wonderful desserts!

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Thank Lisa D
Perth, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Family meal was awful.We ordered two Florentine steaks that came out swimming with blood on the plate. We understand that they should be bloody but this was ridiculous. The plate was literally swimming in blood. The roast potatoes were soggy and when pressed the oil just came out of them. Lamb chops were not good, overall the meal was terrible.

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Thank Debbie A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was referred to me by the excellent concierge at The St Regis Hotel, food was great and quality and taste was amazing, would definitely visit again.

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Thank HifaGlobal
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu is excellent - this restaurant has been in existence since the 1800's and its culture reveals that. The food is very finely prepared, from pastas to the famous Toscana T-Bone steaks, large enough to feed an army. Wine list was phenomenal in terms of quality of their offerings.

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Thank ASD28
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found this restaurant near my hotel and it is amazing. The service and food were above and beyond expectations. I highly recommend this place! It is such a welcoming environment and even though I was alone I didn't feel uncomfortable in any way. If you're in Florence definitely pay a visit to Buca Mario!

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Thank Brittani T
Boca Raton, Florida
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly in the basement, this hidden jem was one of our favorite gastric experiences in Florence. Great, friendly, attentive staff, service, food and wine.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: P.zza Ottaviani, 16r, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella
  • Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
  • Phone Number: 055 214179

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 57 - 86
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
7:30 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Maria Novella

Neighborhood Profile
Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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