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Antico Caffe Santamaria

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Piazza S. Maria Maggiore, 7A, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 446 5863
5:00 am - 2:00 am
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Kent, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It seems that this café has the innate knack of summing up the tourist pretty quickly and, like true predator's, go straight for the wallet. Leave this place to the locals and find alternative refreshments. 2 sandwiches, 2 coffee's and a few chips came to the eye-watering sum of 40Euros. With the pound and Euro at almost equivalent value, that... More 

Thank Steve C
Berlin, Germany
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A coffe and a pastry for 10 euros? I did not even bother arguing with such people they might get you into a fight. Just don't go there is a theft. (and toilets are creepy too).

Thank AlbertoLorusso
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67 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate at this café twice since it was next door to my hotel ( Mecenate Palace) and much cheaper than the hotel restaurant. The food I found to be good, prices were again better than the hotel. The pizza was good, as was the tuna panini I had. I didn't get any drinks except a coke, and at 7... More 

Thank JessieNoelle
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow 8 euros for a coffee what a complete rip off, don't waste your time!!!!! Would not go back or recommend this place to anyone, you can get a decent coffee for 2 euros around the corner!!!!!

Thank Ricardo N
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my friends just arrived and we decided to have some coffee and sweets and it was good and fresh..but before we decided to go in we check our TripAdvisor, we read all the reviews and after that, we decided to have our coffee because we are curious for the reviews and honestly it was all opposite,all of these... More 

Thank Fcayden
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

From the get go the waiter (a little rude, unwelcoming guy) tried to sell us coffee, water, wine and appetizers. He seemed offended when we ended up sharing a gelato. The price was 12 euros (quite expensive) and the gelato was mediocre at best. When presented with the check the waiter insisted that a 10% service fee was to be... More 

Thank Christian M
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017 via mobile

People, don't go there! They charged us 72 euros for dry bread and coffee + one beer. Service was rude and agressive. I really don't understand, how it is allowed to treat customers like that. I feel sorry for those, who fall into this tourist trap.

Thank Gerli K
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212 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

I paid 6€ for a tea (yes, a TEA), 8€ for a medium sized sandwich and 7€ for a shot of Fernet (I paid 2€ in other place, it's an italian tipical liquor). Only after I left that I checked the Tripadvisor's opinions. In the future, I'll never enter again a place without check it. My god!

Thank RuiSRodrigues
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

The place looks nice but it's such a bloody rip off. Don't go there unless you have lots of money and don't care about wasting it. Two cappacinos for €14 and a sandwich and croissant which all came to a cost of €27. The menu said the cappacino was €3 each and when asked about that they said that that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

Located just outside Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. It was mid afternoon and the place was empty. We sat inside, on first floor and decided to have a late lunch. The service was actually great, but the food was bellow average, The Veal was grossly over salted and the Pasta was quite watery. Both dishes were just reheated. Something that I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:00 am - 2:00 am
5:00 am - 2:00 am
5:00 am - 2:00 am
5:00 am - 2:00 am
5:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza S. Maria Maggiore, 7A, 00186 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Esquilino
  • Neighborhood: Esquilino
  • Phone Number: +39 06 446 5863

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Neighborhood Profile
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighborhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighborhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic center. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
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