Outdoor Dining in Florence: 7 Spots to Try

There’s something romantic and glamorous about outdoor dining in Florence. We’ve all seen the Golden Age movies with well-dressed stars in their sunglasses and headscarves sipping cocktails al fresco. Why not embrace your own main character energy when you enjoy a drink or a meal outside in Florence? 

Wooden tables and chairs at a sidewalk cafe in Italy
Outdoor dining in Italy is the perfect way to experience a bit of la dolce vita. Photo credit: Gabriella Claire Marino

You’ll notice tables outside in nearly every piazza, but it’s hard to know which outdoor dining restaurants are worth a stop. Read on for seven of our favorite spots for outdoor dining in Florence, as well as what you should order when you visit. Ready, set, action! 

Expert’s Tip: Don’t be surprised to see a cover charge or coperto of around €1–3 per person on your bill. This is customary when you receive table service, especially at an outdoor dining restaurant. 

Fattoria Rossi 

Fattoria Rossi is the very definition of farm-to-table dining right in the heart of Florence. While they have a number of outdoor tables in their covered seating area, you’ll want to pop your head inside to be transported by the Tuscan farmhouse vibes.  

The family-run Fattoria Rossi began on a farm over 150 years ago. To this day the farm still produces high-quality products such as parmigiano reggiano cheese and salami that you can try for yourself at the restaurant. 

Prosciutto, olives, asparagus, cheese, and bread on a wooden serving board
Locally sourced charcuterie and cheese is always a good idea. Photo credit: David B. Townsend

Santarosa Bistrot 

You’ll forget you’re in Florence when you visit this Oltrarno oasis. Santarosa Bistrot is open continuously for all three meals so you can park yourself and your kids at any one of their many outdoor tables for a few hours. 

The menu features Tuscan classics along with a few wild cards like Caesar salad or fish poke. Their well-equipped bar staff can mix up any cocktail you like or even make a pour-over coffee. 

2 yellow cocktails in martini glasses garnished with herbs on a bar top.
The creative team behind the bar at Santarosa mixes some of the best cocktails this side of the Arno. Photo credit: Ralph (Ravi) Kayden

La Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo 

A restaurant with a view, La Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo is worth the climb up the hills surrounding the city.  

The panoramic view of the city center makes for a highly scenic backdrop for a romantic dinner in Florence. Enjoy typical Florentine dishes like crostini neri or cheese ravioli with butter and sage. 

View over the city of Florence, Italy at sunset
La Loggia is located atop Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll catch views that look like they’re straight off a postcard. Photo credit: Sergei Wing

Auditore 

Sharing a name with the main character of the Assassin’s Creed video games, Auditore (Piazza del Grano, 13R) serves traditional Tuscan dishes just a few steps behind the Uffizi Gallery. 

Despite being so near a tourist hotspot, the outdoor seating area of Auditore is a lively corner without being overly crowded or noisy. Stop by for lunch or an aperitivo cocktail, and you might just stay for a dinner of Florentine steak! 

Exterior of a restaurant with a sign above the door reading Auditore Ristorante Braceria
Auditore serves up some of Florence’s best steak in an unbeatable location. Photo credit: Auditore

Fedora 

With a lush and spacious outdoor courtyard, the Fedora School Pastry Shop is a great spot to enjoy a quiet meal just a 2-minute walk from the Duomo. 

The rotating lunch and dinner menu is planned and prepared by the talented chefs-in-training of the APICIUS International Hospitality School. If you’re lucky, there might be a dish with fresh orange marmalade made from oranges grown right in the courtyard.  

B-Roof 

Feel on top of the world in every sense at B-Roof, the fine dining restaurant atop the historic Hotel Baglioni. 

A quick walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, B-Roof serves elevated Tuscan cuisine. The bar is staffed with knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, making it a great spot for a picture perfect cocktail hour. 

View of the Florence cathedral dome from a rooftop bar at night
B-Roof offers one of the most enviable views of Florence and excellent food. Photo credit: B-Roof

Enoteca Le Barrique 

Enoteca Le Barrique serves up typical Tuscan dishes and seafood in their romantic garden dining area. 

Their extensive list of Italian wines is organized by region and features dozens of reasonably priced bottles. This spot is a must-visit for the wine lover who likes to pair the food with the wine rather than the other way around!