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Hostaria il Desco

#131 of 2,069 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Via delle Terme 23/R, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 294882
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is great if you have celiac. They had complimentary gluten free bread and gluten free biscotti. The house wine was the best of our trip. The lamb with the raspberry source was excellent. The gluten free gnocchi was excellent. However, two of us had salmon which was over cooked. They had nice touches of complimentary Proseco, delicious bean... More 

Thank Janet H
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food is not bad but what really stands out is the friendly service. The people really went out of their way to provide us with more vegetarian alternatives.

Thank S S
Denver, CO
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are there twice, Monday and Friday because we liked the food so much. When you sit down, you are offered a complimentary glass of Proseco and followed up with a complimentary small appetizer. The restaurant has an inventive menu and everything is very tastey. The prices are very reasonable. We would go back a third time but we are... More 

Thank Steve_Denver_9
Belo Horizonte, MG
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166 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate at this restaurant three times, because it was so good, twice for lunch, solo, and once for dinner, with friends. Every dish was so nicely presented and so tasty! For lunch, there is a special menu option that offers primo, secondo, water, coffee, a glass of house wine, and dessert, all for €14. I added a small, mixed-green... More 

1 Thank Andy B
Brussels, Belgium
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551 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small restaurant that you can easily miss. There is quite a variety of choices of local food from traditional recipes. The taste is very good, the service is quick and the price is reasonable. So avoid the touristic choices on the main streets and enjoy here.

Thank Alice Man Kwan C
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We just happened upon this restaurant on our last night in Florence. What a find! Welcoming and extremely clean. An aperitif, some liquor, was served. The beginning of a great meal. Lamb and salmon were delicious. Lemon sorbet to complete. Fabulous biscotti as well. Too bad we are leaving.

Thank EJaneG
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Friends that stayed in Florence (one is gluten free) recommended this to us as their favorite restaurant. So glad we took their advice! The service was personable and attentive, much more so than most places we visited in Florence. The ambiance we loved. Modern but not contemporary. It's mostly white which allowed us to focus on our company and food... More 

1 Thank Lee G
Rome, Italy
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Fresh meat meals, cooked in real tuscany manner. Little restaurant with pleasant athmosphere. Careful service.

Thank 8Linux
Dunshaughlin, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Menu on the night was fantastic and the gluten free bread and food was delicious. Return trip planned for our final night in Florence. Francesca and her mother were excellent hosts on our evening in their Hostaria. Tom from Ireland.

Thank TomHogan
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

I was so impressed with this place that I ate there two nights in a row! Their gluten free menu is fabulous - not just gluten free entrees (and the gnocchi and risotto were fabulous), but also complimentary gluten free bread bowl and gluten free biscotti! Plus, complimentary soup and Prosecco, all for a really reasonable price. Lovely atmosphere. My... More 

Thank Michaela D
Francesca d, Proprietario at Hostaria il Desco, responded to this review

Many thanks for your appreciations! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Francesca More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 38
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via delle Terme 23/R, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Uffizi
  • Neighbourhood: Uffizi
  • Phone Number: +39 055 294882

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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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Every visitor coming to Florence for the first time will immediately identify with Uffizi. As in past times, passing through Via dei Calzaiuoli, you can reach the city center, the Florence that everybody dreams of. In just a few steps, visitors can experience the rare beauty of the capital of the Renaissance. walking delighted across Palazzo Vecchio and overlooking Piazza della Signoria, up to the Loggia of the Uffizi where it is possible to fully taste the talent of the best artists who animated Florence over the centuries. When the sun goes down, there’s nothing better than a walk along the river Arno up to the ancient bridge, Ponte Vecchio. It is full of jewels and decorated by the colors captured in postcards.
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