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“Disappointing”
Review of Il Santo Bevitore

Il Santo Bevitore
Ranked #260 of 2,811 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $46 - $53
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santo Spirito / San Frediano
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Went to have lunch yesterday because we heard some good things about this restaurant. When we got in there was just 4 tables occupied out of 40/50, so we asked if we could sit near the window, seemed that those tables were all booked and we got the smallest and worst table of the restaurant, don't have to say that when we left the restaurant half of the tables were still empty including all tables near the windows what pissed us off a lot (seemed that somebody need to teach management team some basic rules in hospitality) . Anyway with a bad start followed a bad experience; server gave us the menu with just 3 choices of starters and main courses, asked the pici with ragu.... And instead of pici( kind of pasta ) was served bucatini (complete different pasta) Do not know if tourist will note any difference but it is not what is in the menu and I 've lived in Florence for 3 years.. My couple ordered risotto that was just no right, plus they brought it suspiciously too fast. Main course was chicken curry with rice that was actually not that bad (very italian dish by the way) . Never had any dessert or coffe but when we got the bill we realize that we got charged 2 euros for TAP WATER....... Are u kidding me ???? Anyway 50 euros for that lunch is an experience that will never happen again....

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Even though we hadn't booked, and we had to leave by 9 in time for the second seating, we did not feel rushed. The service was very attentive and the food very tasty. In hindsight, I should have chosen something else than the tartare. I like my steak rare, but this was a step further! Looking at the food served everything looked delicious.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Great mix of lively atmosphere, without ever being rowdy - we were there on a Friday night at busiest time, it was fun and lively, but large tables and spacious setting still ensure privacy. Food is very special - everything we tried was great, innovative mix of flavours and prices very reasonable - particularly recommend the risotto, the crispy octopus and the dark chocolate flan with orange sorbet (which was the best thing we ate in Italy!).

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We're accidentally stopped by after seeing a long line at the entrance.
The food was great and so was the service!

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

My husband and I went for our anniversary as we were looking for something a little more quiet and romantic, but that wasn't too hard on our budget. We made reservations ahead of time, which is a must as the restaurant filled very quickly after opening.
The ambiance was very nice and relaxing - tables were candle-lit and far enough apart to feel quite private. The service was very friendly and attentive and although we attempted to speak in Italian as much as possible, it wasn't necessary at all. We dressed up a little extra for the occasion, but the atmosphere is relaxed enough that pants and t-shirts (the weather was warm) would have been fine.
Our meals were excellent - we especially enjoyed our appetizer which was a selection of cheese with a pear glaze that I would love to have again! I'm glad we selected it for our anniversary.

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