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About the restaurant L'Osteria di Giovanni

GREAT RECEPTION - The restaurant L'Osteria di Giovanni is located in the heart of Florence, near the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It offers an environment with a rustic, characteristic furniture, embellished by a warm, friendly and always very relaxing.

REGIONAL CUISINE - The restaurant's menu is full of typical Tuscan specialities, with a prevalence of meat dishes. There is no lack fish courses, prepared based on the daily availability. Very good the homemade desserts, such as the pistachio parfait.

DISHES TO TRY - Do not miss the ribollita, pici with sausage and cabbage sauce, sliced beef with porcini mushrooms sautéed and milk-fed veal ossobuco with potatoes.

Restaurant prices

Average à la carte price
€40.00
(average à la carte price based on a two-course meal excluding drinks)

Drink prices

  • €3.00
    Bottle of mineral water
  • €6.00
    Glass of wine
  • €15.00
    Bottle of wine
  • €2.00
    Coffee
Prices and menu can change. Those prices don't take into account any promotion and are VAT included.

How to get to the restaurant L'Osteria di Giovanni

How to get there?

  • Public transports
    We are very close to the main station square (Piazza della Stazione) so all buses and trains that go via that square are good!
  • Specific directions to get there
    L'Osteria di Giovanni lies in a very narrow side street that runs from Piazza Santa Maria Novella right the way down to the Arno River. It's just one car wide and has tiny sidewalks - don't be discouraged! We are on the left hand side as you walk towards
  • Car park We strongly advise that you don't bring a car. Public transport or a taxi are much the best options. If you do bring a car, a private car park or the station car park are your best options. Legal street parking is impossible!

Services

Excellent
9,5 /10
Only clients who have dined at the restaurant, after booking on TheFork, can leave their opinion.
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Food
9,5
Service
9,5
Setting
9,3
Value for price
Interesting
Noise level
Moderate
Waiting time
Fast
488/1273 reviews
Raul F.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 23 Feb 2020
One of the best dinner in Florence. I highly recommend it. The meat was perfectly done and the staff was very kind and attentive to our needs. To make it a perfect night they offer also a wide selection of wines.
Daniel T.
Foodie
(30 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 13 Feb 2020
Best dining experience ever in Italy. We booked via fork. But due to schedule we were coming later. It was no problem. The food and drink was truly amazing. I wonder how to write this post and do the evening justice. it started with a free Prosecco and fried bread. Both were great and it was an indication of what was coming. They served two cold bottles of water natural and sparkling which was refilled constantly. For food they had 4 daily specials en starters and mains. All sounded great. We chose pici with sausage and kale (classic) and the pasta with butter and March truffle to share with 4. We love every bite and the plate was cleaned totally. I wanted to try the ribolita but I was firmly advised not to. Of course I followed his suggestion. As mains we chose the bistecca. They had 2 types. The L bone or the t bone/pOrterhouse. I wanted the porterhouse because of the filet. These cuts are huge and starts at minimal of 1,5 kg. Ours was 1,9kg. This is enough for 3/4 persons. Ofcourse we could not refuse the suckling pig! As our second main. The bistecca was simply amazing. So tender and flavorful. Best steak I florence and at least equal to peter Lugers. I love the Sirloin more then the filet side. Due to the slight line of fat. The fat was so tasty I don’t know how but we ate everything. When the owner came buy and said the best was the meat left on the bone, we attacked that too till it was totally clean. As it was the birthday of my friend they came out with a chocolate cake with candles and singing. He was totally surprised. We thought we had to eat the cake as dessert, but we were offered to choose the other desserts too. We chose the tiramisu and hot brownie cake. I loved them both.again no problem to share. We were offered dessert wine and cantucci. Loved it. The handmade cantucci was chewy but not hard and wine was not harsh like grappa. We finished it off with limoncello. We also had red wine with the main course. Was delivered as a small bottle. Much better than a full . It was smooth redefine and great for a beginner like me. Remember the riboloita ? We had it in a small taster course. It was really good, but I am glad I listened. When we asked for the bill we were amazed. Not on what was on it, but what was not on the inblik. All the drinks beside the wine was on the house including the water. The bread, the birthday cake and the cantucci too. The end bill just doesn’t do justice to what we received that evening. Around 50€ per person!! Makes this my top 5 dining experiences ever.iman we were all sooo Happy and satisfied when we left.The best part of the place was the service and people there. From the owner to the staff. So good and skilled that we truly enjoyed every minute I was there. So genuinely nice and you fully trust them with there recommendations. All I can say is if you had to eat at 1 place while in tuscany and you love steak. This is the go to place. You will love it too.
Marija T.
Conqueror
(7 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 11 Feb 2020
Excellent restaurant with great
regional food. Great location too. Great, helpfull service, good selection of wine. We had too much food though and I wish we didn't order appetizers - it was just too much...
John E.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 1 Feb 2020
On a Saturday night, tourists and locals enjoy the wonderful food and friendly service of Giovanni. All the Tuscan specialties are offered. Always listen for the specials. Loved it so much, going again in 3 days!
Pavan T.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 1 Feb 2020
Excellent service. Owner even came over for a chat. Free biscotti and grappa at end of meal! Superb food. Romantic setting. Would highly recommend.
Patrick S.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 24 Jan 2020
The staff is friendly, atmosphere is cozy, and the food is absolutely amazing. Reasonably priced as well for the quality. We had a great time here and will come back when we visit again.
Laura M.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 21 Jan 2020
Wonderful food, great ambience and outstanding staff. We very much enjoyed our meal in this lovely Ozeria and will return again. The menu had something for everyone and all of our dishes were delicious.
Li Ting C.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 18 Jan 2020
Had my dinner there last night, service was prompt, staff were friendly and most well versed in English as well. Food was amazing, and the raw artichoke salad with parmesan cheese recommended by the waiter was exceptional! Will definitely visit again :) One downside though: Service was great overall, but inconsistent as other tables were being offered to have their coats hung while mine wasn’t :(
Maria G.
Adventurer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 7 Jan 2020
It' the best food in Firenza.and best service.always full with italians.book for advance
Maria G.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 4 Jan 2020
Everything is perfect!!!
Dishes,service,compliments
Piroon S.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 28 Dec 2019
Best steak ever
Lene S.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 27 Dec 2019
Personal, welcome and great food. ????
Michelle H.
(1 review)
Average Rating
9 /10
Food
10
Service
8
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 22 Dec 2019
This restaurant was recommended by a friend for the steak, which is what I had, with poached pears for dessert. All the food was delicious. Busy place, so reservations may be necessary.
Alexandra Nicole S.
Explorer
(4 reviews)
Average Rating
9 /10
Food
8
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 22 Dec 2019
The restaurant was very classy, the staff pleasing and the atmosphere family-friendly. The only thing I would have changed was the pork cut. It had a good flavor, but it was dark meat.
Brett J.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 21 Dec 2019
Excellent food and superb service. The waiter was very knowledgeable and offered great advice and information about the menu. Would highly recommend the bistecca alla fiorentina.
Tanya C.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 19 Dec 2019
Very attentive staff, excellent variety on the menu, great suggestions by waiter and sommelier, fantastic dinner and wine.
Francesco G.
Explorer
(3 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 18 Dec 2019
Perfetto
Howard J.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 15 Dec 2019
Excellent meal and great service. House wine was terrific and great value . Best food we eat in Florence.
Alexander E.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 12 Dec 2019
Very good food and attentive service!
Marina V.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 9 Dec 2019
Mr. Giovanny was personally welcoming us and other guests too. And it was a great pleasure talking to him. We were celebrating my birthday with my husband so we've got a glass of prosecco and a piece of bithday cake each as a compliment from the place. Do not miss an opportunity to taste wonderful fiorentine steak here. Greate location, wonderful atmosphere - highly recommended to visit!
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