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Buca Mario

#106 of 1,980 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Maria Novella
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P.zza Ottaviani, 16r, Florence, Italy
055 214179
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff are wonderful at Buca Mario. The food is decent, but lacking in Italians is a warning sign. The tables surrounding us were all tourists. Our children's meals came out in 5 minutes. Way too quick. A quick heat and go job. For me a sign of a great restaurant is can we alter the meal or is the... More 

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Orange, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Basement restaurant that is much larger than it seems. Still, get reservations as it is always crowded. The food is great, and the Florentine steaks are like half a cow.

Thank brian d
North Battleford, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Buca Mario was recommended by our hotel reception. What a great recommendation for a romantic dining experience with Tuscan flair. We had an excellent waiter that joked and sang to us. It was more expensive than we expected but was a real treat and experience we will treasure. Great wine, excellent steak, we should have shared a pasta dish as... More 

Thank mel978
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Buca Marios has been serving high end meals for over a hundred years. The restaurant is like a maze with all sorts of old pictures of Florence. Old pics of the Duomo, churches, and every thing else that makes up Florence. The moment you arrive everyone you pass welcomes you. The selection on both the wine menu and dinner menu... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the second time we were at this restaurant and loved it both times. Yes there were many tourist in the restaurant but it is right in the center of Florence between our hotel and the bus station. I think it would be very difficult to get away from sitting with fellow tourist here. Steak was great----Pasta wonderful. Will... More 

Thank LFA11111
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Best Fiorentine filet in a while. Great service. First restaurant in Firenze as part of our 3 day destination wedding. Super ! Offered us grappa and limoncello. The food was amazing. Just don't ask for mustard !Highly recommended

Thank Evita & Serge N
Winnipeg, Canada
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for dinner here based upon a local's recommendation. It was by far the most we spent on any meal while we were in Italy for 9 days. The food was very good and the service attentive and charming. We didn't hear any Italian being spoken by customers which seems consistent with other TripAdvisor reviews. Most diners were tourists.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I had heard great things about this place from a friend who had recently visited plus it got great reviews. We were expecting amazing food and an authentic Italian experience. It was pretty clear upon being seated that this place is popular with Americans as every table around us was folks from the US or Canada. Staff... More 

Thank ScottPDT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't mind eating a great Italian meal surrounded by Asian and American tourists, then the food here is authentic and divine, and worth it. Of course the Florentine steak, but also the ravioli. Seasonal dishes like squash blossoms were really well executed. And the waiters are so accommodating and charming, offering free tastes of this and that. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several great places to get the Florentina T-Bone, but this is the best. Our first time to Buca Mario was due to another Trip Adviser review from a Texas patron. Even though he was an Aggie, his review noted it was the best steak he had ever eaten; that is a strong comment from a Texan! And he... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$57 - $86
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
7:30 pm - 1:00 am
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

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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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