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Buca Mario

#106 of 2,069 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
Santa Maria Novella
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P.zza Ottaviani, 16r, Florence, Italy
+39 055 214179
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19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The outstanding service here was only matched by the incredible food! My wife and I were looking for a place to have Bistecca alla Fiorentina while in Florence. We ran into a street vendor, who recommended Buca Mario as the best place to get it. Wow was he right! The place was a very short walk from our hotel in... More 

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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely restaurant with great food! From appetizers to dessert, our meal was delicious. As Florence is a famous city of the world, the prices are apropos but not over the top. The quality of the food and wine is very good. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank PSU82
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic spot! My fiancé and I went here for our last 'big' night in Tuscany. We winced at the menu prices as we walked past the previous night. However, after reading rave reviews we decided to splash out. We ordered the famous bistecca all Fiorentina... it was huge!!! I don't how we managed to finish it as we... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is an institution. Service is excellent. It's pricey but food is very good. Try the Bistecca alla Fiorentina - we ordered the portion for 3, being three hungry adults and one steak-loving child but struggled to get through the vast portion. Limoncello on the house at the end. We heard that Tom Hanks had been in the night... More 

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Sliema, Malta
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I, on holiday in Florence, got a tip from our Hotel to visit this Restaurant; we were advised that this is not the standard Osteria, but a bit on the fine-dining side. We arrived at the Restaurant for Dinner, and as the name states - BUCA MARIO - Buca means 'hole' literally; and the place was mainly... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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132 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant came highly recommended from other tourists and from some of the local people. This place may have a little bit higher prices but it is well worth it. We ate Chicken, Wild Boar, Pasta and a Great Big T-Bone Steak. The house wine is excellent and the side dishes are great. Service here is outstanding. I suggest you... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cozy old world charm, impeccable service, big servings, EVERYTHING was delicious (even the desserts and coffee)! may have been a little above the usual restaurant prices but totally worth it. This is quite possibly the best meal I've had in Italy. Florentine cuisine at its finest!

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Mentor, Oh.
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I decided that we should have a traditional Florentine steak. After asking both locals and fellow tourists we gave Buca Mario a whirl. I owned and operated a restaurant for 25 years and know something about service. Buca Mario was a masterpiece of traditional service always making the customer feel relaxed and happy. The Pasta with fresh... More 

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Islip
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been visiting this restaurant for over 20 years. The food is constantly great. The steaks are thick and rare. The staff took special care if my grandchild making sure she had a wonderful first visit. Pasta is delicious.

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Thank DinomomIslip
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

had the calamari, spicy rigatoni and steak. €100 plus 😳for 2 and we didn't even had wine yet. I think there are other better local restos here.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$57 - US$86
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 22:00
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
19:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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