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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Updated 06/22/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/22/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Twenty years ago, the Hapsburg Lorena princes decided to open a restaurant in Florence: La Giostra. The new of a noble family managing with dishes and napkins made headlines, but it was not a surprise to everyone. The friends who were accustomed to gathering around the table of the prince at the castle of Barberino Val d'Elsa, in Chianti, had often suggested him to do that. The restaurants that were supplied with olive oil, wine and other products of the family estate had always been feared of the idea ,as many of their best recipes they had drawn from the Prince own mouth.The son Soldano personally supervises the cellar, and he knew that passion would eventually infect and involve it in a full
PRICE RANGE
$61 - $101,906,200
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cute! Very cute, traditional, intimate Tuscan restaurant. We celebrated birthday of my boyfriend with friends and it was great. The service, the food, the atmosphere. Even the fact that our table was close to the toilet didn’t spoiled it. The space is a bit of...the problem. The tables are very close to each other. But I would still recommend it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked in advance to come after reviewing this place on trip advisor and it was worth it. Incredible service, amazing wine selection and the food was magnificent. The straciatella burata for entree was so delicious and we shared three pastas with the macaroni with...mozzarella and red pesto being our favorites. Couldn’t fault anything we ordered. It’s a must when in Florence.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Once again Excellent restaurant with amazing service and food in the heart of Florence. No celebrity sightings on this trip but we'll keep coming back for more.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is something to be said for human decency and kindness. I have heard wonderful things about the food here. Celebrity pictures all over the wall, they are very proud of their clientele. They close in an hour and re-open for dinner, and having not...had lunch and seeing all the open tables I asked if I could grab a quick bite. Everybody “had to check with their colleagues.” I’m dressed more formal today and was very appreciative of them considering seating me. Bottom line is they had me wait 15 minutes while they still looked for “the colleague” - There are so many amazing places in Florence I would not bother with this one. Staff treats each other horribly from what I could see.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard other people mentioned this as THE place to eat in Florence. However, after so many fabulous meals all over the city this one just didn’t live up to what I was expecting. We were greeted with complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres. That’s...always nice. But the food that we actually ordered wasn’t any better than the food we ate in less expensive places (but this place isn’t very expensive either.) The best thing about this place was the atmosphere but, again, there are many other options in Florence. Even though tipping it isn’t necessary in Italy we did leave a little extra and were a but put off by our waitress, who stood there and counted it in front of us.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The decor is nice and so were the staff. The food was terrible and even our neighbors were terribly disappointed how can one eat sooo bad in Italy? I knew it was wron from the moment they give you to many complimentary things

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friend had told me to get a reservation here so we did but I would not go again or suggest it. Nothing was bad. Just not good either. We spent a lot of money and no one finished half their meals. And we were...hungry. We ordered the steak, boars bolognese, and carbonara. The one good thing was the buffalo mozzarella appetizer!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had been to this restaurant on a previous trip to Florence and enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant so I made an online reservation a month in advance of my recent trip this June. When we arrived to the restaurant for our reservation, the...host told us that they did not have our name on the reservation list. We explained the we made an online reservation and provided the date it was made and the contact information for the reservation and the host was uninterested. He did not apologize for the mistake/inconvenience and did not offer to squeeze us in or give us a later time to come back. We asked if we could make a reservation for another night and were told the restaurant was fully booked for the remainder of the week. The restaurant is charming and I do recall the food being good from previous experience but there are PLENTY of other good, if not better, places to eat in Florence that respect and make accommodations for their customers.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2022 via mobile

Good mixed green salad. Delicious pastas and good wine selection. Always a pretty restaurant and service was good. I would recommend it.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022 via mobile

After looking forward to this booking we were disappointed in the quality of service and in the food. Whilst the majority of the staff were pleasant in serving us, we had a bit of an issue with our server. We ordered a bottle of wine...when ordering our meal. This never arrived at the table. While itself a simple oversight (which could be put down to many innocuous things), the way this was dealt with left us uncomfortable. My wife is Portuguese, and therefore whilst not being able to say much in Italian, is able to understand more than may be obvious. After starters were collected from the table, we asked about the wine which hadn’t been brought to the table. Our server, whilst within quite obvious earshot (we could have touched him from the table) of us both, made some exasperated comments about our enquiry (we can only assume he didn’t realise that we would have understood to some extent what was being said). Someone else came over to inform us that it would be a few minutes. The wine never arrived, but was on our bill, which we had to ask to be removed. I would say that our meal was underwhelming. We ordered carpaccio as a starter, which was fine but not particularly exciting; my wife informs that her steak was pleasant enough, but I would say that my own steak was underwhelming. We didn’t order anything else, so I can’t speak for the desserts. Considering we paid close to €100 for a shared starter and two mains (and no drinks), I would say that the food is disappointing, and the service (in our case at least) doesn’t live up to the expectation set by the price point. Don’t waste your money in this tourist trap.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022

The food, service, and ambiance were impeccable. I know for a fact if I ever go back to Florence, La Giostra will be the first reservation I make. My friends and I dream about the pear ravioli because of how amazing it was. The balsamic...steak was fantastic, and the burrata was to die for. The complimentary Prosecco and bruschetta plate was an incredible wow factor for us. The service we received was great, they were attentive and constantly making sure we were satisfied with the food. La Giostra created an unforgettable experience and memory for my friends and I.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022 via mobile

I’m not a huge reviewer on Trip Advisor but feel compelled to write due to the recent “hate” reviews being posted. Not sure what restaurant they visited. We had a great time. Service was friendly and efficient. Dishes were very good. I would recommend to...my friends. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022

We were eating in your restaurant the other day..all great. But most of all the service together with the food of course. Our waiter Simone was of a unique kindness and professionalism. Nice and always available and detached at the right point without exaggerating. If...I were to open a restaurant I will try to steal it from you.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022 via mobile

Mediocre food at best. I would have given it one star if it weren’t for the attentive service. I wouldn’t waste your time eating here when there are so many good restaurants around.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022 via mobile

Chose this restaurant based on reviews seen on Trip Advisor. It is very popular so make a table reservation prior to visiting. We did not have one but staff told us to come back after 30 min and then managed to find us a table....It is a small restaurant with an intimate setting, lots of fairy lights. We were offered a glass of complimentary Prosecco once seated which was a nice touch. We decided to go for steak Fiorentine (shared between 2 people), 1.5kg T bone steak. Once ordered we had to wait for over an hour for our food. When we told the waiter we were still waiting, he kept saying it will be ready in 5 min. Well it wasn't. We felt ignored by waiting staff who should have picked up on the long wait, and chased the kitchen. Once the food arrived it was average, definately not worth the wait or the price..More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Allowed yes, but it's usually fully booked.
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how many dogs? well if they well behaved and can sit under table not a problem...
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Yes, La Giostra is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

La Giostra is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5