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“Very nice and open for early dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Golden View Open Bar

Golden View Open Bar
Via de Bardi, 58/r, Florence, Italy
+39 055214502
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Ranked #368 of 1,967 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $0 - $123
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Hempstead, Texas
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“Very nice and open for early dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We ate here, 7:30pm, which is a bit early for European dining. Service is terrific and no crowds at this time. I had the filet and my husband had prawns. Both were delicious. The view is great, of course, and I cannot say anything except good stuff about this restaurant. Enjoy!

And the bar was alive and modern with a younger crowd. The dining area is separate and quite with modern clean decor.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Best Restaurant of 24-Day Vacation in Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We asked a friend of ours, a waiter in an Italian restaurant near where we live who is a native of Florence, for a recommendation for a great Florentine restaurant. His one and only suggestion was Golden View Open Bar. We could not agree more. We have been to Italy, and to Florence, quite a few times, and we were looking for something special. Although we haven’t been to every restaurant in Florence, it’s hard to imagine that any restaurant, anywhere, could surpass our experience with Golden View Open Bar.

The restaurant is just across the Ponte Vecchio (toward the Pitti Palace) and is right next to the Arno River. We were fortunate to get reservations, and our table was absolutely perfect – right next to a window overlooking the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio. With a liter of red wine, we split antipasti of “Bruschetta al Pomodoro” (toasted bread with tomatoes, garlic, and basil) and “Crostini Quattro Formaggi al Tartufo” (crostini with four cheeses and truffle cream). My wife had “Gnocchi Con Salsiccia, Funghi Porcini e Gorgonzola D.O.P.” (gnocchi with sausage, porcini mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese and cream); and I had “Scaloppina di Vitella Ai Funghi Porchini” (veal escalope with porcini mushrooms). We shared orders of “Misto di Verdure Alla Griglia (Melazane, Peperoni, Zucchine e Radicchio)” [assorted grilled vegetables (eggplants, peppers, zucchini, red-leafed chicory). My wife had panna cotta for dessert; and I ordered a Caffe Macchiato. All of the food was extraordinary, absolutely wonderful, fabulous.

While we were sitting at our table, we observed people rowing what looked like canoes or kayaks on the river and what appeared to be a large wedding reception taking place on a beach on the other side of the Arno River.

With my arm practically hanging out of the window of the restaurant to take pictures because the view fantastic – almost as though we were floating on the river, I was able to fully capture the evening light as it played on the wedding guests and their activities, but, in the end, it was all these things that made it special, the languid sunlight, the wedding party across the river, the boats drifting by, the sounds in the restaurant, everything was just perfect, it seemed. The bar and piano area nearby added a jazz background edge to the later part of our dinner when the light was beginning to fade.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palmer, Alaska
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“Wonderful Ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Our first night in Florence was made perfect by dining at Golden View, We were seated on the balcony overlooking the Arno River. Dinner was served at dusk by a very attentive staff and lasted until early evening when we were rewarded by almost a full Moon rising over the river. For these seventy year olds it was a night to be remembered not just for the ourstanding cusine.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food, excellent views, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We chanced to go to Golden View because it was across the street from our apartment, and were well rewarded. It is a modern, bright place just half a block upstream from Ponte Vecchio on the Oltrarno side of the river, with big windows looking at the bridge, and the Uffizi on the opposite bank. The service was good, friendly, and helpful. The food was not only attractive, but delicious, and the specialty drinks were beautifully made, too! (Try the Spritz) The appetizers were good, and the pasta was excellent. We also had a small assortment of yummy little sweets for dessert. It would be worth reserving ahead if you want to be sure of a window table. It is somewhat pricey, but worth it for a splurge.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Late night dining in Florence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

It was after 10;30 PM and my daughter and I were looking to dine. The hotel recommended THE golden View, within walking distance to accommodations.
Although it was late when we arrived the staff was very accommodating and pleasant for a late Wednesday evening dine.
Jazz was playing in the background (perhaps a bit too loud) and we were promptly showed our table.
A nice, not expensive, bottle of Italian Rose Spumonte was enjoyed with some incredible appetizers of Buffalo de Mozzarella and an exquisite Parmigiano.
Then a nice risotto with fresh prawns.
Followed by the classic Bistecca Florentine.
My criticism: Thought the Parmesan was a little pricey, the risotto a bit too "al dente" for my taste, but that is subjective.
Service was fine, unobtrusive, informed and helpful. although it was past midnight when we finished there was no pressure to leave and we had to request the check.
BTW, the seafood display in the window is always fantastic.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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