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Buca Mario

#114 of 1,990 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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Woodinville, Washington
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the Cappellacci (filled with ricotta cheese and spinach) with butter and fresh sager our primo course. It was delicious! We could have stopped there. For our secondo, we had their recommended specialty the steak. It was good, but I don't think I would order it again. Frankly, I make better steaks myself on the grill at home. For... More 

Thank Richard M
Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This traditional Florence cellar restaurant is a must visit for us whenever we make it to Florence. And it didn't disappoint this year. If you've never seen or never tried a true Florentine steak you don't know what your missing! And Buca Mario does it very well. Also the boar sauce pasta is excellent. Wine is very fairly priced and... More 

Thank Arnie C
Dallas, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

6 adults and 5 kids had dinner here on August 5th to celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary. We had a separate room with a sitting area which was perfect for the kids. The service was exceptional and the food fantastic. We had eaten here 15 years ago--loved it then and were not disappointed this time.

Thank Paul S
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Slightly over priced but not bad. Florentine steaks are huge and the desert trolley is a must. The atmosphere is pleasant but the restaurant has a strange vibe to it and is quite vast. The waiters are pleasant and fluent linguists. The service is as one might expect for the price however the price is slightly higher than average for... More 

Thank Ludolf G
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food is simply outstanding, especially the “bisteca fiorentina”. And the wine list is comprehensive and enticing. The waiters are extremely professional and service is courteous and effective. The only issue is that there are noisy groups that visit this well-known restaurant and the owner has second thoughts about policing the noisy bunches who had too much wine. If you’re... More 

Lexington, North Carolina
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice restaurant with excellent service. Try the zucchini flowers as a side with your steak. We had a great evening there. Would definitely return if in Florence.

Thank ppawlowski
Alameda, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At the recommendation of our hotel, we enjoyed dinner here. The service was a little odd (quirky waiters and kind of cheesy/kitchsy vibe) but the food was great, especially the lamb chops which were cooked perfectly. The portions were very large so arrive hungry. The only reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 is because the restaurant is so... More 

Thank princesspupule
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377 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel staff. Easy to find but its in a basement so when the weather is so nice it is off putting. Tables are Close together they pack people in. We ate early and when we were leaving there was a queue to get in. It seemed like it was mainly visitors. The wine... More 

Thank Sophia P
Kearny, New Jersey
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302 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great restaurant that I had visited a number of years before. We had to return and this time with our daughter and her husband. The places is cavernous but, fills up quickly. The food is amazing as is the service! I'd recommend something but, everything is good. Avoid the steak unless you like it really rare. Everything... More 

Thank fheagle
Croton on Hudson, New York
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were an hour early for our reservations, but we were sitted and attended to immediately. Our waiter Roberto made some great dining recommendations. The atmosphere, the service and the food made the our dinner there fabulous.

Thank David G

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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
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • 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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