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“Fabulous dining experience”

Ristorante Buca Mario
Ranked #130 of 2,712 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $57 - $86
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
New York City, New York
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous dining experience”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Buca Mario is quite surprising as you enter. From the outside, it looks like a tiny little place on a side street not far from Santa Maria Novella, but once you enter, there are rooms and rooms in what turns out to be quite a large restaurant. As we were a large party of 2 families, we had the added pleasure of being escorted to an upstairs private room, replete with leather couches and fireplace. No doubt this added a great deal to our dining experience, but both the service and the food was excellent. They specialize in meats, but the pastas were good as well, and I even had a wonderful salmon.

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fine cuisine in a lively atmosphere”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

A very enjoyable meal, with an excellent range of primi and secondi plates, as well as an extensive wine list.
Service was friendly and efficient at all times.
The cost was rather higher than other trattorias in the area, but the overall experience was good value.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“This is what Fine Dining is All About”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

An incredible dining experience. I was looking for a restaurant close to my hotel at the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, and happened to find a gem -- Buca Mario. From the outside it was a few short steps down to the crowded restaurant, which is a very good sign. As a solo traveller/diner, it's somewhat problematic as to getting a table after a certain hour (20:00), but I had no difficulty. I was greeted warmly and escorted to a table within a minute. My waiter couldn't have been nicer. This is an old-world ristorante with new-world charm. Upon leaving, I was given a box of their biscuits by a lady who recognized me on a street in Florence. By the way, the food is great. Definitely, give it a try.

  • Visited April 2014
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Spokane, Washington
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“Best pasta ever!”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Hotel recommended. Right off of Santa Maria novella square. The ricotta and spinach ravioli was unbelievable. Worth the trip to Italy. Wonderful attentive service. Giano is a great waiter. Nice Tuscan menu.

  • Visited April 2014
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Bruges, Belgium
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“One of the better places in Florence!”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Recommended by our hotel. We couldn't have found it by ourselves. Great service and everyone was extremely friendly. The menu was varied and the food was good but nothing really special. The price was rather on the high side (we spent € 150 for 2 persons including a bottle of rosé wine of €25). The meal was not one of the best that we have had in this city, but the restaurant itself is full of character and and we even got a little present from the hostes on leaving.

  • Visited April 2014
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