12 Mar 2021

Don’t Know Where To Eat? The 13 Best Restaurants In Rome

We’ve found the 13 best restaurants in Rome for any food lover. Anyone travelling to Rome is bound to be looking forward to some of Italy’s finest cuisine. From classic dishes, authentic trattorias, breakfast spots and contemporary dining, these are the only recommendations you’ll need! We’ve also snuck in some extras for all you gastro-loving travellers…

Read on for the best restaurants in Rome, with insights into prices, bookings and types of cuisine!

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Breakfast

The most important meal of the day? Not to the Romans! Most of the city grab something quick like a coffee and pastry on the go. Here are our recommendations for that classic ‘at the bar’ breakfast, and some that cater to a sit-down breakfast.

Bakery and coffee takeaway, alternative to a sit-down restaurant in Rome

Bar Benaco – This bar/deli in the Triste neighbourhood is well worth the visit for travellers staying nearby. Start your day with the classic espresso and cornetti combo that Roman’s seem to adore. For only a few euros each, this is one breakfast you can afford to have each morning!

Barnum Café – This café in the heart of the city offers a bistro feel, with speciality coffee and a modern take on café food. The perfect place to grab a coffee and breakfast, and if you love it make sure to back for Barnum’s lunch and cocktails. Only a 15 minute walk to the Pantheon – a great spot to kick off a day of sightseeing around Rome.

Roscioli Caffé – In the centre of Rome, this café has a reputation for coffee and the best pastries. Service is mainly at the bar with some table service available, great for travellers heading to an early morning tour of Rome. Its sister restaurants in Rome (read on to hear our thoughts) also offer a great dinner.

The item you have to try? The mini-marritozo, small buns with cream.

Honourable mention – Brunch

Look, we’re not sure if Ancient Romans would agree with brunch, but if you’re a fan…

In a country with endless food rules – don’t you dare attempt to order a cappuccino after lunch – brunch seems like a total no-go. But if you can’t kick the habit and want to celebrate a special occasion with a stack of pancakes, here are the restaurants in Rome to visit.

a stack of pancakes at brunch

Marigold – Owned by an Italian-Danish duo, this café and micro-bakery offers up a full brunch and more. With a menu that features fluffy brioche, Swedish cinnamon rolls and even hot cross buns (we see you UK travellers) it’s positively drool-worthy. You might not expect a dose of Hygge comfort in Rome which makes Marigold’s a must visit.

HomebakedThis brunch spot seems a world away from traditional Italian food. Enjoy American style offerings of waffles, pancakes and French toast sandwiches, and what’s even better, the breakfast is served all day! Homebaked is bound to soothe that sugar craving, just maybe don’t tell your Italian grandmother?

Bar Necci Dal 1924 – This wine bar offers an Italian brunch, if such a thing really exists. The vintage-styled bar leads to a spacious green terrace, the perfect place to delve into some small plates. If you love it as much as we think you do, come back in the evening for a cocktail.

Lunch

Look forward to lunch to perk you up after a busy morning roaming in Rome! Whether you’re looking for pizza-by-the-slice or the cacio e pepe of your dreams, here are the must-visit eateries.

Lunch in a restaurant in Rome

Altrove RistoranteThis restaurant in Rome offers Italian-Mediterranean gastro delights, in a calm, chic setting. With a diverse menu and plenty of great options for vegetarians, it’s a great option for a sit-down lunch in the midst of a jam-packed trip. We also love Altrove Ristorante because it’s a social enterprise, influencing the future of Rome’s foodie scene.

Caffe Colbert – Whether you’re on a romantic trip or looking to add some luxury to your day, Caffe Colbert is where you should go. Near the Spanish Steps, on the second floor of the Villa Medici, enjoy its picturesque view of Rome as a backdrop for your lunch time visit.

Mato Street FoodA cheaper option than the above, but still delicious authentic Italian food. Offering everything from breakfast to sit-down meals, we’ve chosen it for the must-have pizza and on-the-go lunch options.

Vegan foodies, try the chickpea cream focaccia.

Picnic at Villa Borghese – Ok, so this isn’t technically a restaurant but have your lunch al fresco in the heart of Rome. Freestyle your dream lunch, with street food along the way, or olives and bread from the local supermercato.

For art lovers, pair your idyllic picnic with a visit to one of the best art collections in Rome at Villa Borghese. Try a skip-the-line tour, for travellers with no time to waste and enjoy spectacular views from the Pincio Terrace.

Food markets in Rome

Like brunch, food markets might be in opposition to the traditional Italian meal with several courses, but great for busy travellers. If you’d rather snack your way through pop-up stalls and vendors head to one of the following markets.

Italy food market

Mercato Testaccio – This market has over 100 stalls with rotating seasonal produce. Expect to find bread, meat, olives and regional delicacies among its takeaway stalls. You’ll find a mix of shoppers looking for traditional produce, as well as students and young people getting a lunch-time street food fix. Recommended for travellers passing through the city without time for a long lunch. For food lovers looking for a taste of everything, this is a must-see.

Mercato Centrale RomaThe Rome Central Market is home to over twenty stalls as well as a dedicated restaurant. Its arty atmosphere is pleasant to walk around, and the market is easily in reach of Termini’s train station. Check the website for tasting events before your visit for a unique food experience!

EatalyThis is Rome’s fine dining food market. A multi-level foodie paradise, offering gastro delights and exquisite cuisine at every corner. Travellers can pick up gifts here for family back home, or indulge themselves in some of Rome’s best produce. We recommend splitting a pizza for two from a food stand! On a romantic holiday? Take a cooking class for two.

PlebiscitoThis upscale food hall is fairly new to the Roman gastro scene, but it’s the commitment to food and Italian authenticity which has already helped it make such a large impact. With changing pop-ups and menus, there is bound to be something for any visitor to enjoy. The check tiled floor and stylish offerings will make any visit seem special.

Dinner

After a long day of sightseeing and rushing around Rome, it’s time to indulge in dinner. From the traditional to the newer experimental restaurants, the capital’s food scene has it all! A lot of restaurants in Rome require reservations for dinner, so make sure to book and not miss out on a special evening.

Santa Palato – With bowls of yolk-rich carbonara, and punchy cacio e pepe this restaurant is a must-visit for pasta lovers. We love it for the seasonal menu and ever-changing specials. Its bright yet classic interior makes a fresh setting for any dinner party.

Alle CaretteThis restaurant in the centre of Rome is perfect for any traveller looking for a taste of Italian cuisine and a thin crispy pizza. Tucked away on a street not far from the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the warm atmosphere is a welcoming sight after a long day of seeing the best Rome has to offer.

Roscioli – If you’re looking for a taste of modern Italian head to Roscioli. Top tip? Reservations are a must. Try one of Roscoli’s cocktails or something from the expansive wine list to compliment your meal.

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