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Il Francescano

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Santa Croce
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Via S Giuseppe, 50122, Florence, Italy
+39 055 241605
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We went on a quiet rainy October night . I think we may have been the only tourists in the place. The food was really good, tasty but homely too. Lots of strong flavours and very filling. Not the cheapest meal we've had during our stay but I guess you'd pay a bit more for the location. A really good... More 

Thank Lucy S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Ate here our last night in Florence. What a wonderful meal to finish our trip to Italy. Had the osso buco, and a glass of chianti.

Thank Marc P
Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Beside the Basilica Santa Croce, a block from the Piazza is a trattoria/osteria that serve local foods to local people. Bread soup, tripe, florentine steak. The owner will tell you what is good, help pick a local wine. Not the fanciest meal we ate in Firenze, but probably the best.

1 Thank dhlc416
Florence, Italy
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153 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Next to the church of Santa Croce this is an old traditional trattoria. Excellent food, friendly service and food arrives within an acceptable limit. During lunch there are groups of tourists but for dinner things slow down

Thank CriticallyMe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Il Francescano was recommended to us by our hotel. Just next to Basilica Croce they serve local Tuscany specialties at fair prices. Quality of food is outstanding as is service and atmosphere. You have to book in advance, this place is frequently booked out, lots of locals having lunch and dinner here. Portions are splendid and variety is certainly serving... More 

Thank christopher_NL
Venetia, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We were given this restaurant as a recommendation of our Hotel (Plaza Hotel Luchessi). This restaurant was extremely wonderful! The atmosphere is very typical Italian, where the owner to the staff was friendly, polite and very proud of their cuisine. We were greeted by the owner and seated. We than were served by many people who took their time and... More 

1 Thank Johnandjoanne1971
Hermosa Beach, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

My husband and I spent a week in Florence at the end of August. I did a lot of research on restaurants but out hotel, Villa Sul'Arno recommended II Francescano we trust that our hotel and eights several times during our trip because it was simply one of the best restaurants we have been. The owners were so fun and... More 

1 Thank stellabrac
Leeds, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel as traditional Florentine food. It was nice, although the children struggled as the pasta and pizza options were not there for them. We had the steak and it was perfectly cooked in a lovely sauce. The staff were lovely and recommended a traditional starter that although not to everyone's taste was an... More 

Thank espanayorks
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Waiters are discreet and friendly. The place is really cozy and warm. About the food... The best experience in Italy! Home cooked food for all the tastes! Their tiramisu? Delightful!

Thank Lilly B
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and i stumbled upon this place by accident. The style is very cute with small chandeliers everywhere. Chianti bottle decorating the place. We ordered the pepper chicken and beef stew in wine sauce. Sooo good. This is the type of food you think of when you want to visit Italy. And the tiramisu!! I was in heaven! We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via S Giuseppe, 50122, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Croce
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Croce
  • Phone Number: +39 055 241605

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Croce

Neighbourhood Profile
Santa Croce
Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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