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“Outstanding food, stellar service--still going to extremes for customers!”
Review of 1285 Restobar

1285 Restobar
Ranked #4 of 94 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
417 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, stellar service--still going to extremes for customers!”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

We ambushed a family member with a surprise birthday luncheon at Restobar on a Tuesday during their very busy tourist season. They were happy to take our reservation a week in advance and arranged a great patio table for the 6 of us. They were fine with us bringing in an armload of gifts and balloons. Very accommodating

Many in the group decided to have halibut for lunch. It is one of my favorites at Restobar, always moist and well seasoned. Lunch portions were very nice! All 4 who had the halibut were very happy with their selections.

i decided to try their oysters and was pleased when the waitress was able to get the chef to make both styles they serve into one order (they do go the distance to please!). The oysters were perfect--terrific coating that pan fried up to encase the oyster and keep each one hot. Flavor was exceptional as well. The regular coating enhanced the sweetness of the oysters without covering the delicate flavor of the oyster. The spicy version was a great added burst of flavor, especially with the contrast of the aiole that came with it. i was glad i got to try both versions, and was especially glad i tried the regular first. i give their oysters my highest recommendation and would suggest You try both types too.

i remembered the exceptional taste of their San Marzano pasta sauce and had their pasta as a side to the oysters. Excellent pairing. Only problem was deciding which taste would be the final one to the lunch. What a happy dilemma!

My wife had their meatballs for her lunch. They came covered in the San Marzano sauce. Big, juicy perfect meatballs. She was very happy!

The patio is a very nice place to dine. Ample room between tables, lots of plants and lots sunlight coming through the transparent fiberglass cover. Interesting art decorations and plenty of colorful blankets if the weather is too cool.

Our server was very professional and very fun to work with. The desserts she brought round to tempt the birthday boy were huge pieces of cake that might have required all 6 of us to finish any of the single pieces. i remember thinking that the double chocolate fudge looked very tempting, but the tiramisu especially looked incredible. Unfortunately, all of us were so filled from lunch that we decided not to share any cake.

We have now had dinner there twice and lunch once. Never been disappointed by the food. Always been amazed at the complexity of the flavors. When they are busy, the food takes a bit longer to arrive-but that is true of any restaurant.

One thing i can tell You-the food they present is well worth the wait. Prices are reasonable, food is excellent. Staff is very skilled. Their bread basket comes with a nice cup of pesto and butter-if it looks like there may be a wait due to the restaurant being full, that is an excellent starter. Or try their version of clam chowder with spinach. It is outstanding!

As for me, i can't wait for my next trip to Florence to revisit the Restobar version of oysters. They were something special!

  • Visited August 2012
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Cleburne, Texas
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food, but very slow.”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

We recently ate lunch at the 1285 Restobar in Old Town Florence. The place was packed with what seemed to be mostly locals, which is always a good sign. The food was very good, but the staff seemed overwhelmed by the crowd. In all fairness, they had told us it would be slow, but we had no idea it would be that slow. Quite a few people there were eating pizza, and we were told that it was excellent, and it did look good. I would definitely recommend this place if it's not too crowded.

  • Visited August 2012
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“lunch with my gradaughter”
Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

Had lunch with my granddaughter. Wonderful food. Great service nice menue to choose from. Definitely recommend this place

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“Great overall place”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

For the price and experience you cannot beat this restaurant. A very open kitchen that was quite fun to watch.

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Kyle, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great Little Restaurant”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Restaurant was recommended by our hotel staff and it did not disappoint. We ordered a pizza that was outstanding along with a couple of local beers. Get there early since it gets packed.

Visited July 2012
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