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$57 - $86
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Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Florence Historic Center
0.2 miles from Centro Storico
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Reviewed 5 days ago

No where in the world the waiter forces in ur face u to pay tip, this place the waiters do. In addition they go by calling your nationality behind your back in Italian as if we don’t understand when you don’t add more tip -...they did this to my husband and he was very upset. Do not like the place & culture - food was ok and way over priced, tourist trap in full day light. Very bad experience….wish owners stop the waiters behaving this wild in their own resturant. My husband went back and cancelled next day reservation straight away ….then we went to the Florence central market where food and service is exceptiona. The waiters are harassing the paying customers by calling out nationality etc. - how is this acceptable in 21st century. I believe this tourist trap should not be allowed to continue displaying such low standards.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nowhere in the world the waiter forces in ur face u to pay tip - here you go this place the waiters do. In addition they go by calling your nationality in Italian as if we don’t understand when you don’t add more than 10%...tip - I do not like the place & culture - food was ok and way over priced, tourist trap in full day light. Bad experience….wish owners stop the waiters behaving this in their own resturant. I cancelled my next day reservation straight away …. There is no room for such behaviour what waiters are doing to paying customersMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say. Best steak in the city. Lovely friendly staff in a superb location. Make sure you book it's busy and you can tell why!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly a 5 star experience from start to finish. Amazing service, food, & atmosphere. Definitely recommend! Huge steaks and reasonably priced. Good value for the quality of food you are getting. Recommend making a reservation.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A classic old school restaurant in Florence. Beautiful room. Great staff. Food excellent. Gnocchi. Bifsteka were my picks. First class.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Classic white table top Tuscan restaurant. Extensive menu featuring many pastas and steaks. I started with the shaved artichoke salad with arugula and Parmesan. Undressed, I added oil and balsamic. Simple and delicious. I then had a large ravioli filled with spinach with a butter...sauce covered with a thick layer of truffles. The dish was extraordinary, melding pasta, spinach, truffles. Attentive, helpful service,More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 8, 2024

Everything I had was the best I’ve had of that dish. The steak was amazing, the truffle ravioli was out of this world, the desert cart was awesome and overall ambiance and staff was so welcoming and made me feel right at home. Would return...and recommend to anyone visiting Florence, although pricey, worth it as it is by far the best place to get the famous T-bone. Was recommended to come here by a local and it did not disappoint.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed January 4, 2024

The staff was very helpful and nice. We wanted to try the restaurant and we were really looking forward to this experience especially after we heard about the famous steak they serve and we weren’t disappointed at all. Amazing place and amazing food. The waiter...was so kind and helpful. The manager also assured that everything was ok.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024 via mobile

This is a must. Get a reservation I will always come back here The service and the food are a must. Get here early the line is down the street even with reservations.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024

Fantastic experience. Wife and I dined here on a recent trip to Florence as it had been recommended to us by a few friends. Nando was our waiter and he was fabulous. Recommended a nice wine to go with the truffle pasta and the famous...steak. The truffle potatoes are also amazing - we were so full but we were struggling to stop eating the potatoes. The steak was done beautifully. Overall, I would recommend Buca Mario. The steak is a must.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 8, 2023 via mobile

Bland with a B. I was really looking forward to the meal here after receiving review and reading the reviews I was totally shocked number one they put me in the way back, which was sort of insulting, but it was fine. I ordered the...lasagna which was so bland that I had to return it for the Bolognese, which was also bland, I really think this was my worst meal in Italy. I am a foodie. I’ve been around the world and I was really disappointed in this restaurant I had the steak it was fine at best. I would not recommend it. There are so many better restaurants in FirenzeMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 9, 2023

If you are looking for an overpriced restaurant in Florence that caters to the American tourist, you've found you perfect place for dinner. The food is OK, but twice the cost of the same meal at more authentic Italian restaurants patronized by locals. There is...so much great food in Florence......don't waste time on an AMEX recommended tourist trap.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 5, 2023

Is it possible that our group of 6 was unlucky enough that Buca Mario ran out of that fabulous Florentine steak that everyone in the reviews raves about -- and sourced some extras from the local low end "butcher"? We over-ordered -- and our server...didn't find it necessary to advise us otherwise. Perhaps our doing so emboldened him to send TWO of the toughest steaks any of us had ever had to our table. No one wanted to embarass our friend who had recommended Buca Mario -- so no one spoke out during the dinner. On our way out I expressed our disapleasure discreetly to the server and he referred me to management -- resulting in two managers shrugging their shoulders -- no disappointment or surprise visible in their expression. Our appetizers were delicious. The sides also good as were the desserts. Sorry I can't remember what we ordered because the Classic Florentine Steak was such a disappointment that's really all I can remember. And that is why we went there -- prepared to pay a premium for what we were told by friends was the best steak in Florence. In hindsight, perhaps we should have sent the steaks back...wish we had. They obviously didn't think much of us to have served those steaks at those prices. Sending it back could not have lowered their regard for us. In this age of online reviews, I thought the days of treating tourists differently because they were unlikely to return were long gone. Sadly, I was mistaken.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023

Definitely lives up to the hype! We had to make our reservation over a month before our trip to Florence and I’m sooo glad we did!!! Amazing and romantic!! It was our 40th wedding anniversary and they made it ver special. Food was spectacular and...service off the charts. We felt pampered and every bite was divine!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 21, 2023

First you line up like a nightclub. Then they sit the crowd and the try to serve a 100 people at the same time. Loud, rushed, mediocre food and expensive. Much much better options in Firenze

Date of visit: October 2023
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Sorry for the delay! Dress code is basically anything goes. I'd suggest business casual - avoid T-shirt's and shorts. The service is quite classy, so I like showing a little respect by dressing up a tad. Nothing fancy... More
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It was very big, and very filling. I'd recommend splitting it and trying other items on the menu. The Osso Bucco and gravy were fantastic, as was the soup.
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Ristorante Buca Mario is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4