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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
0.1 miles from Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fabulous food and service. Gerardo was our waiter and made the whole meal so much fun for our family. Highly recommend and make reservations!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came to Buca Mario as it was recommended by a friend who had gone a couple of years ago. The recommendation was well warranted. If you don’t have a reservation, I don’t think there is much chance that you will get a table so definitely...secure a spot beforehand. The restaurant itself feels like stepping back in time and just felt truly Florence. The service was impeccable and every server was very friendly and clearly knew how to make the dining experience great. Everything we ordered, from the carpaccio to the pastas, were absolutely delicious. The wines were great as well. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the top 5 in Italy!!!! Had the steak, and my wife had the wild bore pasta. This is the perfect 5 star Dinner stop. Great food, service, owners. If you are staying in Florence , you MUST GO! Big Place, you can get in....Wee never forget the night !More

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

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The vibe was warm and inviting and entertaining to see the staff work together like a machine! The steaks looked amazing. My husband is still talking about Isabella's lasagna. We were served extra...dessert and limoncello. The staff interacted with us a lot by the end of the evening and made our night.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This started out as a lovely anniversary dinner for our 50th with a complimentary wine. After we ordered our stater a plate of chess and main course it became apparent the service was severely lacking. Others that came and placed orders were served well in...advance of us. In fact we were preparing to leave before the main course when the waiter came with the dishes. The food was good but not great. The service staff needs much improvement.More

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

Beautiful restaurant in Florence. I had the best lasagna I've ever had here, ate here three out of four days, and enjoyed many delicious foods and drinks. I was impressed by how friendly the staff were and I would visit again if I go to...Florence again. A place that left many good memories in many ways. I also enjoyed the lemoncello! 피렌체에 있는 아름다운 레스토랑. 여기서 여태 먹었던 라자냐 중 가장 맛있는 라자냐를 먹었다. 피렌체에 있는 사흘동안 삼일을 방문해서 맛잇는 음식과 와인, 맥주를 즐겼다. 직원들이 너무 친절해서 감동받았고 다시 피렌체를 간다면 꼭 다시 가고 싶다. 많은 좋은 추억을 남겨준 곳. 레몬첼로도 잘 마셨어요!💜More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beyond excellent food, this restaurant simply has a joyous vibe. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed. Everyone greeted us with an enthusiastic "buonasera!" as we entered. The hostess (possibly owner?) rocked a flowing pink outfit and wild glasses. Hubby had a prosciutto...and fresh mozzarella app followed by a grilled filet with a cream and green pepper corn sauce. He loved it. I had a mixed salad followed by the shrimp curry dish -- the first curry dish I've seen in Italy. Both delicious. Our waiter was just so warm and charming. One of our most memorable dinners of our 9 nights in Italy so far.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 15, 2024 via mobile

The food was really really really good. Definitely deserves the Michelin stars. I literally crave eating there and would definitely come back and recommend this place !!!!! If you come to Florence, u must visit this restaurant.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 6, 2024 via mobile

We were a party of 10 and they couldn’t have looked after us better. They gave us a room to ourselves- at no extra charge - and the staff were super friendly, attentive but unobtrusive. The food is pricy but worth it - the spaghetti...truffle, in particular, was divine. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 6, 2024

I go to Buca Mario since many years. It’s always a culinary pleasure to go there. Every single plate is delicious and they haven’t lost the quality since many years. If you want real Tuscan food they are the best.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 23, 2024

I visited the restaurant during dinner time. The wait staff asked me to wait outside while they were checking for tables availability. Even though there were multiple empty tables inside, the lady, who seemed to be the owner of the restaurant, seemed to be offended...by our skin color as she told us that the restaurant is full.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 23, 2024

This restaurant was suggested by our hotel and our driver and we were so disappointed. It was probably our worst meal in Florence for the week they were there. The waitstaff was somewhat rude and one of the waiters gave my daughter the dirtiest look…...it was very off putting. The food was mediocre compared to other restaurants in Florence and was more expensive than most places. Definitely disappointed that it was our last meal in FlorenceMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 19, 2024 via mobile

Having read the previous reviews, both positive and negative, I have to say that some elements of both are true. Is this place a tourist trap? Well I’m not sure. It is almost 100% tourists, and it is fantastically over priced. However, and it’s significant,...everything for tourists is over priced, and this restaurant does have a lovely vibrant atmosphere and delivers good food. Contrary to what others have said, we found the waiting staff to be lovely, as was everyone else we encountered. It wasn’t the best steak I’ve ever eaten but it was very nice. Of note, the wine list is NOT over priced and decent bottles can be had below €40. It’s very busy and has a fairly fast turnover but the liveliness really makes it an interesting place. Loud enough that you don’t have to whisper and that your conversation isn’t overheard, but at just the right level where you don’t need to raise your voice. Do the waiters talk about customers away from the table? Probably. But every waiter in every restaurant in the world does. If you’ve had good service, leave a tip. We tipped 12.5% and the waiter was kind enough to thank us, you don’t see that at most places in England or the USA, it’s taken for granted. It loses some marks for the outrageous line to get in, even with reservations and also for the seeming encouragement of people filming and taking pictures of everything. It’s free marketing but I cannot stand it. Also I’d say the prices are at the very very top of the realms of acceptable, but just. €360 including tip for three people, three courses plus wine. It’s very pricey, but a good bit of theatre and once only thing, so I don’t feel ripped off.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 16, 2024

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner here; we let them know in the reservation and when we arrived they gave us each a glass of complimentary prosecco. Service was friendly and the Florentine Steak was fantastic. It wonderfully paired with a Chianti the waiter recommended.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 26, 2024

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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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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