The restaurant has a warm feel to it. The various pieces of art throughout the establishment are nice to look at. The staff are friendly and the service is good. I think the next time I visit Florence I will return and try a more traditional Italian dish. I ordered the Florentine Clam Chowder and it was unbelievably good. I grew up on Manhattan Clam Chowder, but always enjoyed a good bowl of New England Clam Chowder. This is creamy like New England with a little bit of spice. I don't mean hot spice, I mean I've never had anything like this it's delicious spice! I also ordered the NY steak with veggies and garlic mash. Being Italian and having an allergy to garlic is a bit of a cosmic joke. So, I try to avoid my garlic intake, or at least limit it. Instead of the garlic mash I subbed the chowder and paid extra for crab on top of the steak. The presentation was pretty sloppy it was like everything had slid around on the plate before I got it. The squash was good and cooked just enough leaving a little bit of snap to the vegetable. The crab was shredded, dry and tasted a little well, a lot fishy... not like crab, The steak I ordered medium rare. When I cut into it, it had quite a bit of gristle and fat on the edges, and was tough. I needed to cut quite a bit off in order to get to the medium rare portion of the steak. I put some of the clam chowder on the crab and steak as gravy and it definitely made a difference. Here's the twist to the steak review! The steak was not that great in the restaurant, but I took it to go anyway and let it rest for a bit. It was so much better when I went to finish it. The steak needed to rest a little longer before being plated. It was a 12oz cut and a chef needs a strong handle on the art of cooking a steak if they're going to serve one. Overall I'd try another dish at this restaurant again. I feel like I ordered a dish that wasn't their most ordered item. Every restaurant has one or two. I would definitely order the chowder again.
Sat outside which was nice with the great weather. Listened to a violinist play across the street while eating. Had the chicken Parmesan sandwich and salad which was very good. Kids had the pizza and that was excellent as well. Unfortunately our waitress was poor and we feel a server can make or break an experience. We had a party of four and when we received the bill she put on an automatic 20 percent gratuity? When I inquired what size party has an automatic gratuity she told me four was the policy ? I have never heard of that so I asked the manager and she told me that was incorrect. She offered very nicely to take off the gratuity but I just wanted her to know about how the server was and lying to her customers. Food was great but service not so good. Would highly recommend pizza!
The Restobar is one of my favorite places to eat in Florence. They have the best pizza in town. Their regular menu is also top notch. You can't go wrong here as it treads the line perfectly between fancy and casual. Great introduction to Florence dining.
Awesome place to eat, great atmosphere and really good food. We have been several times and I keep having to order a calzone, its so good and the marinara is also so tasty. Some of the best clam chowder I have ever had, if not the best. Also really good salads, their house dressing is so good.
Good place to eat Italian. They were super super busy, so we had to wait a little while for the food, but it was really good! Friendly staff and cool restaurant too!
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