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“Excellent restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ristorante Riflessi

Ristorante Riflessi
Ranked #1,093 of 2,660 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $36 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: San Marco
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Good restaurant with a refined cuisine and exceptional wines.Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.Recommended for a night on the couple.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank George D
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“A huge disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

This place was recommended by our hotel, since they have a special deal with them. I was suspicious and checked the reviews - the place seemed fantastic! We were excited to go. The ambiance is okay, they're in a big hotel. Our waiter was extremely friendly, assured us that we would have a real "Tuscan" experience. This was my third time in Italy, and I can safely say this was probably one of the worst meals I've had anywhere, let alone Tuscany. I mean, comically bad, to the point where we actually enjoyed the experience the way you enjoy watching a car wreck. We had a cheese and meats plate as an appetizer, which consisted of a couple of pieces of salami and a bland piece of Swiss (?) cheese. Our other appetizer was spinach risotto "dumplings" which was really clumps of overcooked rice that tasted like bitter spinach-flavored paste. Plus, it was cold! We sent it back, and the waiter offered to replace it with another risotto dish, free of charge. This time it was an undercooked bowl of ragout-flavored rice. Bland, but at least it was hot.

The main entrees were tiny, especially given the price - 22 and 20 euros for filet and salt cod, respectively. The filet mignon was about as far from medium rare as Torino is from Rome. A tiny, rubbery piece of meat flanked by limp potatoes that tasted like they had spent a couple of days in the fridge. The salt cod was also totally overlooked, the delicate taste of the fish totally overwhelmed by herbs and salt. Tasted like cod jerky that had spent a holiday in the bathtub of an unwashed gondola driver. Served with cold stewed tomatoes! Which means, of course,that the tomatoes were from a can!

Since we had the fixed-price menu, it was time for dessert. The tiramisu was watery and overly sweet, what a contrast to the one we had for lunch in San Marco plaza earlier that afternoon. The other dessert was truly momentous - a semi-frozen bar of snickers-like fudge, covered in a gelatinous, gooey white substance that would not qualify as ice cream in the Kalahari, surrounded by four syrupy slices of peach. At this point I had to ask the waiter the next time he came back: "are those peaches from a can?" Our waiter had suddenly lost his previously perfect grasp of English, and nervously asked me what I meant, twice. Finally, hanging his head slightly, he admitted that they were not fresh. I felt bad for the guy. I think he knew how awful the food was. Not his fault, but still no excuse.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Betenor
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Cairo, Egypt
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438 reviews
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“Elegant and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Our party of four was staying at the Hotel Giglio on Cavour across the street from this restaurant. The recommended restaurant "Tito" was booked so they referred us across the street. The Riflessi is adjoined to the Hotel Antheneaum, which makes it easy to find.

It is elegant contemporary and not particularly busy the evening we dined, which was a Friday evening. Pietro was our waiter and recommended a number of Tuscan dishes, which the chef really excelled at. The recommended wine was perfect, too. Pietro appears to be well versed in the regional wines and recommended a couple of wine bars as well.

The dinner with wine and tip came to about $50 a plate. Well worth a very pleasant dining experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Douglas A
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Florence, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A touch of class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

A friend invited me to Ristorante Riflessi or sadly I would have missed it.
Located in a hotel, I would have never thought to go there. The atmosphere was calm, simple elegance, our waiter treated us like queens and the food was wonderful. The menu was Italian, but above and beyond the normal. If you want a quiet, relaxing evening with friends and great food, you wont be disappointed!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LaurainFlorence
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good food and pleasant environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Good choice of food and friendly staff. We went at lunchtime and it was quiet - service was excellent

Visited March 2013
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Thank Malcolm C
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