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Buca Mario

#109 of 2,063 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Maria Novella
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P.zza Ottaviani, 16r, Florence, Italy
+39 055 214179
19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here 12 years ago and had a great meal and so we had to come back. We were not disappointed food was excellent fantastic service from caring staff. Nothing too much trouble would highly recommend.

Thank Mariogeorgio
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an established restaurant. Very welcoming, the entire staff wishes you buona serra as you walk in. Very attentive service. The menu is established and not seasonally exciting. No specialsseasonal offerings, no perks such as welcoming glass of prosecco or initial taste of something. On the other hand as we left they presented us with a gift which turned... More 

Thank b0risandnatasha
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When I was recommended to go to Buca Mario on our first night and only time in ever in Florence I was so exited. We went with friends from London and family who travelled 600 km from the south of Italy to be with us to celebrate my husbands and friends husbands birthdays. Well we were most disappointed with the... More 

Thank 123sinaluisi
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213 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't be turned off by the neon sign outside. It is a cozy restaurant with several rooms linked by short tunnel-like hallways, all underground. Definitely a place to have the very tasty fiorentina steak, which is enormous. The starters and the pastas were also very good. They also have an extensive wine list (especially reds). The service was very efficient... More 

Thank Ninodebalia
Boston, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We would return. It's a good place to try the famous Florentine Steak, and they had a number of sides to choose from to accompany the steak. It's not cheap, but the quality of the meat was high, the service was very professional. Setting is elegant, but not super formal.

Thank Gamberioni
Seoul, South Korea
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family really enjoyed this place. The steak was huge and tastey. The service was good. Great location. I would recommend it to anybody who loves a good steak.

Thank Sarah C
Riga, Latvia
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hotel staff recommended Buca Mario for me saying that this is the best restaurant in town and it really was a perfection of classical Italian restauration. In the amazing atmosphere of Buca Mario we felt like at home, all of the waiters and were super friendly and careful. All the food was right in time and on the very... More 

Thank dorfman777
San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife, daughter and I dined here one evening on a recent visit to Florence. The food in Florence is always good but Buca Mario is a real treat. Whether you are a vegetarian or a steak lover, this is your place. The servers are very professional and of good humor. You are welcomed at the front door as if... More 

Thank William R
Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfecto! For some reason this restaurant is not on a top 10 list and it should be. The food is wonderful. The staff very friendly. The interior classic Italian style and a maze. They do not open until 7/7:30. The wine selection is excellent. The dishes are al a carte. We had the Bistecca per due. It was too much... More 

Thank 1993zr1
Athens, Greece
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was lovely, great waiters, great hospitality, you have to taste the famous bisteka ala fiorentina, follow the proposal and have it rare. You need a reservation

Thank Johanus13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$57 - US$86
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: P.zza Ottaviani, 16r, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Maria Novella
  • Phone Number: +39 055 214179

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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