Planning a romantic evening in Florence this year? It seems like the Valentine’s Day dinner options are endless but I am here to help.
I have been married to a Florentine for over 10 years now. I thus, consider myself pretty qualified to recommend the best restaurants for a Valentine’s dinner in Florence, Italy.
All of these restaurants are chosen based on first hand experience although only some have specific preset Valentine’s Day menus.
Important Tip: Although Valentine’s Day in Italy isn’t as popular as in the US, it’s important to pre-book your table far in advance. That means yesterday!
Keep in mind that most of my recommendations can cater to dietary restrictions and needs as long as you are in touch with them PRIOR to your reservation.
For tips on booking your restaurant, ordering food and more read How To Order Food In Italian – Phrases, Tips & Guides From A Local, What Time Do Italians Eat Dinner? + Dinner Info From A Local Living In Italy, Traditional Tuscan Food – A Local’s Tips on Food In Tuscany You Must Try and 10 Foods You Must Try On Your First Visit To Florence (Italy).
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Where To Book Your Valentine’s Dinner in Florence Quick Guide
|Valentine’s Day Menu
|+39 055 273 5891 or online
|4 course meal for €75* per person (beverages excluded) with two different options for each course
|Surprise Valentine’s Day celebration in Florence
|+39 055.27370 or email email@example.com
|5 course meal for €99 with curated wine pairings included
|All inclusive Valentine’s Day dinner in Florence / haute cuisine
|Il Santo Bevitore
|Oltarno (Santo Spirito)
|+39 055 211264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Regular menu including daily Valentine’s Day specials
|Eating with the locals / Vegetarians
|Il Salotto Portinari at Atto di Vito Mollica
|+39 055 535 3555 or online
|5 course meal for €100* per person (beverages excluded)
|Foodies in Florence
|Sesto Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
|Santa Maria Novella
|+39 055 27152783 or online
|À la carte regular menu or Valentine’s Day special selection of oysters, raw fish and dessert
|Valentine’s Day in Florence with a view (and pictures to remember!)
|Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
|+39 055 062 1744 or email email@example.com
|Regular menu with seasonal / daily specials
|Couples looking for a luxury dinner + special gift (shopping and dining)
* Prices subject to change
Best For: Surprise Valentine’s Day celebration in Florence
Irene has a unique Valentine’s Day evening formula that they have been using for years now, bringing back locals time and again and tourists year after year.
So what’s so special? Irene creates a whole evening experience with a special surprise included (I do know what it is but I cannot say!). What I can tell you is that it’s a surprise worth waiting for (and paying for!).
The food at Irene is simple yet sophisticated with attention to seasonal and local ingredients from the surrounding Tuscan hills.
Each year for Valentine’s Day, Irene creates a 4 course meal for €75 euro per person (beverages excluded) with two different options for each course, making it great for couples who don’t like to eat the same things or have different diets.
Best For: All inclusive Valentine’s day dinner in Florence / haut-cuisine in Florence
The restaurant on the top floor of the Brunelleschi hotel makes celebrating Valentine’s Day in Florence a snap. Their all-inclusive 5 course meal (all wine pairings, water and coffee included) is a no-brainer. You can preview their special Valentine’s Day menu online.
For an extra special treat, book yourself a night here and don’t worry about getting from one place to another on Valentine’s Day. Go from the comforts of your 4 star hotel room to a full rooftop dining experience without braving the cold or crowds.
The restaurant has been awarded 2 Michelin stars, making it my top pick for haute cuisine as well in Florence. Chef Rocco De Santis’ dishes are thoughtful, creative and always changing based on what inspires him in the moment.
Il Santo Bevitore
Best For: Dining with the locals / Vegetarians
Il Santo Bevitore is for those of you wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Florence elbow to elbow with the locals. This Michelin Guide Florentine favorite has been around for over a decade now and since it first opened, it has been a local hangout.
Their cuisine is curated but always keeping traditional Tuscan cuisine close to heart. Think dishes like ribollita or pappa al pomodoro but with a new and modern spin. They also boast an extensive and well curated wine list.
The dining room is elegant and the mood is romantic, making it the perfect off the beaten track corner of Florence for a tête-à-tête.
Good To Know: The menu at Il Santo Bevitore can accommodate celiac and vegetarian travelers.
Il Salotto Portinari at Atto di Vito Mollica
Best For: Foodies in Italy
The Atto di Vito Mollica is perhaps Florence’s most interesting and new addition to the restaurant scene.
It’s quite expensive but it’s worth it. Chef Mollica defines each dish he creates as an act or atto of love, also representing his act of responsibility towards the land that gives him all he needs to be creative in the kitchen.
This restaurant and bar complex located in Corte Cosimo I in Via del Corso is actually three dining experiences in one: the Atto Restaurant, Il Salotto Portinari and the Eye bar.
For Valentine’s Day, they offer a special 5 course menu including both seafood and wild game (beverages not included) for €100.00 per person. You can preview their menu online.
Best For: Valentine’s Day in Florence with a view (and pictures to remember!)
Sesto is my top pick for a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration with a 360 view of Florence and an epic view of the Duomo.
The large rooftop space is moderna chic characterized by glass windows overlooking the city.
You can order from their regular à la carte menu or choose from their Valentine’s Day special selection of oysters, raw fish and dessert.
Don’t miss the opportunity to go outside on the open terrace to get your couples picture with Florence as your backdrop!
Best For: Couples who want luxury dinner + special gift (shopping and dining)
Located right in Piazza della Repubblica, the Michelin guide Gucci Osteria is my top pick for couples who want a luxury shopping and dining experience all in one for Valentine’s Day.
I recommend Gucci Osteria for Valentine’s Day in Florence if you want a really stylish experience, food included. The dishes are modern and chic, mirroring the lavish dining room and shop next door.
Choose from their 5 course or 7 course menu.
Chocolate Lovers: Don’t miss their Valentine’s Day Cremini chocolates for sale, only for Valentine’s Day.
Bonus: Breakfast In Bed & Valentine’s Day Cake
Not up for going out to eat or you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Florence with other acts of love besides a meal together? Choose from these foodie options as well:
Melaleuca Bakery + Bistrot
Best For: Saying ti amo or “I love you” from afar. If you can’t be together, add this to the delivered flowers!
One of Florence’s most popular spots for brunch, coffee and breakfast along the Arno is now offering delivered baked goods in celebration of Valentine’s Day in Florence this year.
Choose from treats like red velvet cupcakes and chocolate Guinness cake to have delivered to your loved ones. Of course, you can choose items from their regular breakfast menu (bagels, croissants, etc.) to have delivered as well.
Send your special Valentine’ s Day orders via email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Pasticceria Dolci e Dolcezze
Best For: A sweet surprise at home
Some of Florence’s best cakes are available for purchase and pre order in celebration of Valentine’s Day at Dolci & Dolcezze. This bakery (and cafe) has some of the best pastry in all of Florence and they never miss a beat.
For Valentine’s Day they make a selection of special love inspired cakes decorated in hearts and flavored with red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. Choose from small or large cakes and pick them up for an extra special treat for your boo.
Call +39 055 234 5458 or be in touch via Instagram @dolci_e_dolcezze for more information, prices and availability.
Helpful Information For Dining: Dining in Italy can be different from what you are used to. Consider reading Tipping In Italy – When & How Much From A Local and What Is A Coperto? All About Italy’s Cover Charge.