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“Brilliant Dining Experience!”
Review of Targa - CLOSED

Targa
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We were staying at the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo and we came across this hidden gem through our phone's GPS map and decided to give it a go on our first night in Florence. We had a very lovely short walk along the river Arno from the hotel, and as we went inside the restaurant, it just lighten up to us this is going to be a great night. The restaurant's decor is very characteristic, with lots of wood, plants, and a range of vintage radio collection. The place wasn't too busy (we got there for about 8pm on a friday), and we were given a great table next to the window overlooking the river with an English menu. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and the chef came out to say hello during half time and talks to his customers which's said a lot about the restaurant!

Both me and my fiance loved all the dishes, including the infamous bean soup, braised octopus with potato mash, tempura cod with vegetables, Tortelloni with beef ragu, and a very lovely crepes with lemon custard to share. The highlight for us was definitely the starters and the dessert, main dishes are very nice but only hope we have been more adventurous, especially if I wasn't pregnant coz I was too wary of what not to eat just in case. On top of these great dishes, my fiance had a big bottle of local beer (he said it's very very nice) and I had the probably the best orange juice I've ever had in my life so far. All come to a bill of 100euro, maybe a bit expensive comparing to some other restaurants in town but it's worth every penny!!! If we were to visit Florence again, definitely will go back!

PS: It seems to us that Italian starts dinner quite late around 8-9pm in general. So if you want to have a quiet dinner, try to arrive for 7-8pm, which will ensure you a good seat and before all other customers rushing in.

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Thank Berni_1234
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We felt a bit lazy on our last night in Florence and didn't want to walk more towards the center so we searched for a restaurant closer to our hotel and came upon Targa. So glad we did - a wonderful ambiance, open kitchen, tons of plants, right on the water.
The chef came by to discuss the menu with us and we told him we are vegetarian & he was super helpful in letting us know options we could have, mentioning that he too tends to eat mostly vegetarian. They had a nice selection of vegetable contori. The bean soup was the BEST we had in all of Italy and the rest of our food was fantastic as well! Seems like it would be a great place for a group or party as well - had a nice, open & airy feeling to it.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

One of the best restaurant experiences I've had in all my life. The restaurant was recommended by the staff at the hotel we were staying at, and they surely didn't let us down. We booked a table at 19:00, instead of the usual arrival time of 20:00-, this turned out to be really smart, as the owner of the restaurant sat next to us, and explained all the dishes on the menu for us, had a nice chat, and found the wine that would suit our food from their extraordinarily large wine book, and he sure did hit the jackpot on everything. It's the best starters any of us have ever had. The main course was great, and the dessert didn't let us down either. The wine he picked out was just fantastic for what we had to eat.

We are looking at taking a weekend in Florence, and this restaurant is one of the main reasons for us wanting to go back!

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

It took three hours for dinner and was very hot and stuffy inside. To many plants. They are trying hard to be an upscale restaurant however they aren't. The food was average. Reviews said the dessert were works of art however rhere is nothing special on the menu - crepes, now hard to do. Better places to go in Florence. Would not go back. If you go plan on a long evening.

Thank Ktsv
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We ate here on our last night in Florence and were not disappointed. It is a good 20 minute walk from the city centre along the river, but well worth it, or take a taxi, around 10 euro again from the city centre.
The restaurant is situated right on the bank of the river and is quite popular with locals. I would advice you to book a table, as it can get quite busy. The interior design is very chic and trendy. The staff are very welcoming and will do their very best to help you with your selection. The wine list just seems to go on for ever, but staff are on hand to advice you, if needed. The dining is very casual, but the food is quite something else. The presentation and flavour of the dishes were fabulous, do expect to pay a little more here, but it is worth it.
The whole experience was most enjoyable and the food was even better, treat yourself, especially if you want a very intimate and romantic meal for two.

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Thank BertieGB
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