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“Exceptional seafood and service”

Ristorante Portofino
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Ranked #1,060 of 2,821 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Sea Food Specialities with selection of Raw Fish and a large Oyster variety
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We stayed just out of the tourist district close to Campo di Matre station and found this restaurant by chance during our frequent walks around the area. Florence is not a big city and the taxi and bus transport is good so all places are easy to get to. The restaurant has an exceptional reputation for great fish, they say unreservedly the best fish restaurant in the city and I'd agree. From the moment you enter the premises you feel like you are in a special place with beautifully appointed furnishings and tables. The venue is exceptionally clean and classy and the service was perfect with great waiters who have an intimate knowledge of the foods and wine on offer. There is no language barrier, English is spoken by all staff with that beautiful mix of Italian so you feel and know you are in the middle of this wonderful city, "Firenze". Every portion of the meal was bordering on perfection from the breads to the gratis aperitif to the main course. The menu is heavily seafood, that's their specialty and they do it magnificently. So now the best part, the price. With all this you might expect to pay handsomely but not in reality. I thought the cost was more than reasonable for the type of restaurant and I'd go there again without hesitation. It was the benchmark restaurant on our trip to Firenze. And you are given a complimentary glass of their own Prosecco on arrival just to get the mood going.

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Thank Barry P
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

The best fish in Florence as we say in America it was off the hook The place is clean the food is unbelievable it's elegant and the services is fantastic

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We found ourselves in the 'Philosophers District' of Firenze visiting a relative who referred us to this Restaurant Portofino which was very good.

Off the Beaten Tourist Track of Central Firenze but well worth the Short Walk.

The Atmosphäre and Service is Five Stars, the Mixed Seafood entre sublime and the Bass Fish cooked Whole in a Thick Crust of Salt crystals and egg Whites was fabulous. We let the waiter recommend a Glass of local white wine which was superb.

Given your most likely to be travelling it will be a Real treat and Resonanable value (70-80 euros Head three courses) to eat at the mostly florentine locals only restaurant .....a meal you will not forget....Michelin Star Territory.

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Thank DAL188107
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

The place is away from the main strem of Florence craziness...... so someone might need to give you a tip or something. Leonardo the owner is really there to welcome you . He is a perfectionist and every detail is really well studied. They serve fish and do it well!!!
The little bread they serve you and some complimentary servings really make a good start. Let them choose some good wine and the dinner will be superb.
A must while in Firenze

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Thank Adam S
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

i love this restaurant. there are not many places all around the world,where i have eaten,which can give you a high-quality fresh fish menue. in my oppinion the best fish-restaurant in firenze ,and one of the best in whole toscany. the best thing is,that it's 5 minutes away from the very touristy centro and so you get high quality for fair prices.that does'ny mean ,that it's cheap,but you pay what you get.leonardo,the owner ,is a great guy and you will have for sure a great dinner,in a romantic atmosphere ,without the typical tourist-food.i love these guys.grazie leonardo

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Thank gate23
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