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Restaurants Near Spanish Steps

spanish stepsSpanish Steps in Rome


Looking for some good restaurants near Spanish Steps?

This area is really known as Rome's Shopping Zone.

At night it quiets down a lot, and doesn't have a lot of ambiance for after-dinner strolling.

But of course, there are some excellent spots for eating around the Spanish Steps.

So whether you want a lunch break while shopping here, or you are staying in the area and want a quiet dinner in a local trattoria, you've come to the right place.



Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - quite a lot to choose from

So despite what I said about the area around the Spanish Steps being mostly known as a shopping area, there are indeed a lot of places to eat:

I've tried many more restaurants near Spanish Steps that I don't include here. Either I find them mediocre, overly touristy, or just not memorable enough to go back.

The places on this page are among my favorites (most for the food, and a few for the special ambiance, where noted.)

Restaurants Near Spanish Steps Map

Here is a map you can open to see all the places I recommend on this page. You can select one of the four categories above to see only those restaurants. All are within easy walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.

Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Lunch

When I think of restaurants near Spanish Steps, it's for lunch. I think that's because it's the meal I eat most often in this area of Rome. It's where I find myself meeting friends, trying new places, and going back over and again to the best ones.

Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Favorite Lunch Spots

These are my favorite spots for lunch. You might even consider some of these places for dinner as well - just note the opening hours.

Gina

gina interiorThe cozy interior of Gina restaurant - a great lunch stop near the Spanish Steps

Gina is one of the best restaurants near Spanish Steps for a salad or other light lunch. They are not a trattoria, and they don't have big main courses. What they do have is a clean, bright cozy atmosphere (think white shabby chic minimalist), an amazing array of "big salads", and lots of other light dishes like fresh panini, cold pasta plates and oh yeah, those not-so-light desserts...rich layered chocolate cake, American apple pie, and cheesecake!

big salad at ginaThe "Zighidi" salad at Gina
gina chocolate cakeDecadent chocolate cake at Gina

Bonus! Gina also prepares to-go picnic baskets, along with straw rolled mats, so you can go have a picnic in the Borghese park nearby! You should order in advance.

Address and phone: via San Sebastianello , 7/A; tel: 06 6780251; reservations strongly recommended, especially on weekends in high season. No outside dining.

Hours: Open daily from 11am - 8pm

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La Buvette

La Buvette has been one of my go-to lunch restaurants near Spanish Steps for years. It's not even that special food-wise, although I always like everything I eat there, including cous-cous seafood salad, tagliatelle with truffles and their gorgeous salade niçoise.

I just like the atmosphere, sitting outside but not in chaos, sipping a glass of wine with my lunch, and watching the Roman shoppers go by.

It can be tough to get a table at prime lunch hour during nice weather, because it's one of the few places you can have a nice lunch outside near the Spanish Steps but not be inundated by crowds and tourists. Try going on the early side, like noon.

salade nicoise at buvetteSalade niçoise at La Buvette

Address and phone: Via Vittoria, 44 00187; tel: 06 679 0383; reservations not accepted. Outside dining available.

Hours: Open daily from 8am through 11pm

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Buccone

Buccone wine barBuccone wine shop and lunch spot


How would you like to eat lunch inside a wine shop, surrounded by gourmet foods and bottles of wine, eating some simple, homemade Roman food?

At first glance, Buccone seems to be a wine emporium, but look near the entrance and you will spot the daily specials written on a little chalkboard easel. This is one of the best restaurants near Spanish Steps for a cozy, simple, homemade lunch. 

They also make their own crostate, or fruit jam tortes, daily. Simple and delicious!


baccalà al popdoro at bucconeSimple wine-bar lunch of baccalà with tomato at Buccone

Address and phone: Via di Ripetta 19; tel: 06 3612154; reservations not accepted. No outside dining.

Hours: Open Mon-Sat 12:30 - 3pm; 7:30pm - 11:30pm; Closed Sundays

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Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Big buffet, with outdoor tables to boot!

Alla Rampa

alla rampa tables outsideAlla Rampa, a great shady spot for an outdoor lunch near the Spanish Steps

Alla Rampa is may be one of the best overall choices of restaurants near Spanish Steps for lunch: they have a fabulous, varied buffet with excellent fresh food; you can sit outside, and in the shade during summer; and the waiters are all old-school, so a bit funny, friendly and always professional.

lunch buffet at Alla RampaPart of the varied lunch buffet at Alla Rampa

They have a regular menu with plenty of Roman specialties as well. But the lunch buffet for 10€ (not including beverages) is a real bargain. It's valid for only one trip to the buffet, but I have never been able to eat more than one plateful anyway.

buffet lunch plate at alla rampaMy lunch plate at Alla Rampa, more then enough for me!

Address and phone: Piazza Mignanelli, 18; tel: 06 678 2621; reservations accepted but not necessary.

Hours: Open Mon-Sat 12 - 3pm; 6 - 11pm; Closed Sundays

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Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - A few more interesting lunch spots

Ciampini at the top of the Spanish Steps

The Ciampini family are local Rome restauranteurs. They started with the very famed Caffe in Piazza Navona, "I Tre Scalini" (still there today, and serving one of the most outrageous chocolate concoctions in the world, the tartufo.)

They eventually opened their location in Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina (which I also recommend on this and other pages for a gelato stop, and for pizza, and certainly for a lovely and very local place to site and people watch.)

view from ciampiniThe view from Caffè Ciampini at the top of the Spanish Steps. Not too shabby!

The Ciampini I am referring to here, which was opened by one of the sons, is at the top of the Spanish Steps, on Piazza Trinità dei Monti. And the reason I recommend it for lunch is not for the food (which is fine but not that special.) It's for the ambiance, the turtle fountain and the view.

outside dining at ciampiniWhat a lovely ambiance for a quiet lunch (with a view) at Caffè Ciampini. See the fountain in the middle? There are turtles in there!

Address and phone: Piazza Trinita dei Monti; tel: 06 678 5678; reservations accepted but not necessary.

Hours: Open Mon - Sat 8am - 11pm; Closed Sundays; Closed winter

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Ginger

Do you really want to eat where the Romans eat? It's not always about the rustic trattoria with the old-fashioned waiters and the fried artichokes.

ginger restaurant near spanish stepsGinger - where Romans go for healthy eating near the Spanish Steps

Modern Romans flock to Ginger for its bright, cheery atmosphere, and hip selection of fruity healthy choices on the menu. They (and I) love the giant fruit concoctions, smoothies and cheese plates. Ginger also serves some traditional Roman pastas so there is something for everyone.

fruit plate at gingerOne of the gorgeous fruit concoctions at Ginger restaurant in Rome

Address and phone: Via Borgognona, 43-44; Tel: 06 6994 0836; Reservations accepted but not necessary.

Hours: Open daily from 10am - 11pm.

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Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Authentic Trattorias

Of course you may also have lunch at any of the below restaurants as well. In fact, I have only had lunch at the first two. But I know a lot of people want to eat at an authentic, non-touristy Roman trattoria for dinner, and these definitely fit the bill.


Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Favorite Roman Trattorias

The next two restaurants are among my favorite trattorias in Rome. If you are looking for a really local spot, with authentic, fresh, Roman cuisine, try one of these:

Settimio All'Arancio

Settimio all'Arancio is one of those old-time, traditional Roman trattorias where the fish is on display on ice when you walk in, the owner is sometimes eating lunch alone at one of the tables by the cash register, and, at a late lunch hour, you see all Italian businessmen in suits discussing something important while using their hands to make their point, between forkfuls.

Settimio is one of a family of 3 siblings that own three restaurants in Rome, with this one being the oldest. You can have everything from typical Roman pastas, to in-season-only artichokes, to seafood to steak. A good wine list and courteous, professional waiters round out the experience.

Address and phone: Via dell'Arancio, 50; tel: 06 687 6119; reservations strongly recommended. Outside dining available.

Hours: Open Mon - Sat for lunch and dinner; Closed Sundays; Closed August

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Arancio d'Oro

Arancio d'Oro is run by Settimio's brother, and around the corner from them. This is fantastic Roman trattoria dining in a simpler fashion, but just as good as big brother. 

roman artichoke at arancia d'oroRoman artichoke at Arancio D'Oro
Simple grilled salmon for lunch

The restaurant is more casual, the dishes are a bit less expensive than at Settimio and it always feels like you are eating with locals who live just upstairs.

spaghetti with clams and bottarga at arancia d'oroOne of my favorite simple dishes at Arancio D'Oro - spaghetti with clams and bottarga (cured fish eggs)

Arancio d'Oro also has a wood-burning oven, which means superb focaccia as your bread option but it also means you can have an excellent pizza here! For more places to have pizza near the Spanish Steps, see below.

Address and phone: Via di Monte D'Oro, 17; tel: 06 686 5026; reservations recommended. Outside dining available.

Hours: Open Tue - Sun for lunch and dinner; Closed Mondays; Closed August

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The third sibling of this family is Mara, who with her husband runs the wonderful Piccolo Arancio near the Trevi Fountain. It's another one of my go-to restaurants in Rome.

Al Gran Sasso

Al Gran Sasso doesn't seem that interesting from the street, but they serve excellent Roman and also Abruzzese cuisine, at very reasonable prices. The upstairs has very little space, and few tables but there are more downstairs.

Address and phone: Via di Ripetta, 32; tel: 06 321 4883; it's a small place and reservations are pretty much a must. No outside dining.

Hours: Open Sun - Mon 12:30-14:30pm; 7:30-11:30pm; closed Saturday

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Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Other Good Choices

Otello alla Concordia

Otello Alla Concordia is a simple trattoria serving all the classic Roman fare: amatriciana, cacio e pepe, artichokes, fried zucchini flowers, lamb, etc. The food is fine, the prices are pretty good, and it's in an excellent location just near the bottom of the Spanish Steps. I am not giving it a rave review but do include it here because it's a consistent crowd pleaser.

Address and phone: Via della Croce, 81; tel: 06 679 1178; reservations not accepted; No outside dining.

Hours: Open Mon - Sat 12:30 - 3pm; 7:30 - 11pm; Closed Sundays

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Nino

Nino is a classic Tuscan restaurant in Rome. They have all the typical Tuscan treats like white beans in olive oil, ribollita, pappardelle with hare sauce, and of course Florentine steaks. Nino was the "it" spot in Rome for the posh crowd in the 60's and 70's.

I just like it for the dark, cozy old-fashioned ambiance, with the high wood-paneled walls, the waiters in their white jackets and ties, and the yummy food. A tad on the expensive side.

Address and phone: Via Borgognona, 11; tel: 06 678 6752; reservations recommended; No outside dining.

Hours: Open Mon - Sat 1pm - 11pm; Closed Sundays; Closed August

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Il Brillo Parlante

il brillo parlanteEating outside at Il Brillo Parlante

Il Brillo Parlante is one of those restaurants near Spanish Steps you go when you have a larger crowd; when you are not sure where else to go; when you want to eat when other restaurants are closed (in August, or late at night, or Sunday). The food is ok (I do love you can get a mini-pizza as I often cannot finish a whole one), but we go just because it's often an easy choice for a group.

amatricianaMezze maniche all'amatriciana
mini pizza napoliMini pizza at Brillo Parlante

Address and phone: Via della Fontanella, 12; tel: 06 324 3334; reservations recommended but not necessary. Outside dining available.

Hours: Open daily from noon until 01:30am

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Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Pizza

Finding good pizza in the Spanish Steps area is pretty difficult. It's just not the area of Rome known for this.

You'll find lots more options for pizza behind Piazza Navona, and in other neighborhoods in Rome like Testaccio, Trastevere, San Lorenzo and out on the Tuscolana. But if you find yourself craving pizza and you are near the Spanish Steps, try these:

Pizzeria il Leoncino

This is definitely the spot for thin-crust Roman style pizza near the Spanish Steps. In fact, that's just about all they serve. There are no fried antipasti here, and only some basic bruschette and salads. Just stick with the wood-burning oven pizza, which you can see being made in the open kitchen. It's just perfect.

Address and phone: Via del Leoncino, 28; tel: 06 686 7757. Reservations recommended or get there when they open at 7pm.

Hours: Open Thu - Tue 12:30-2:30pm; 7 - 11:30pm. Closed Wednesdays

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Ciampini Bistro

In 2013, the Ciampini family opened the Ciampini Bistro around the corner from their famous Ciampini Caffe (in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina.) It's become a very local hangout spot for the local Roman crowd (I mean local, people who literally live in this area.) And, surprisingly, they make very good pizza. If you really want to hang with the (posh) locals, in a hip, vibrant yet tiny spot right near the Spanish Steps, this is it.

fiori di zucca pizza ciampini bistrotFiori di zucca pizza with anchovies
fresh margherita pizza ciampini bistrotFresh margherita pizza

Address and phone: Via del Leoncino, 43; tel: 06.681.35108. Reservations accepted. Outside dining available.

Hours: Open Mon - Sat 8am - 11pm; Closed Sundays

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Want to know about more places for pizza in Rome? Check out my page all about this here.

Restaurants Near Spanish Steps - Brunch

RistorArte Margutta

ristorarte marguttaGetting ready for an outdoor brunch at Ristorarte Margutta

RistorArte Margutta is one of the restaurants near Spanish Steps you can enjoy for a lot of different reasons: the menu is vegetarian (vegan also available), with the best organic products; they have a nice open, modern space inside, and cozy tables outside for enjoying in nice weather.

And, they have a great brunch buffet. The brunch buffet is actually available daily from 12:30-3:30pm, So we could put them in the lunch category as well. Oh yeah, and free wifi.

The brunch buffet food is varied and fresh, and during the evening, you can also enjoy more traditional dishes from the menu.

Address and phone: Via Margutta 118; tel: 06. 32650577. Reservations welcome

Hours: Open daily year round, including August. 12:30 - 3:30pm; 7-11:30pm

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All'Oro

All'Oro is without a doubt one of the most special restaurants near Spanish Steps. A 1-star Michelin restaurant inside the Luxury First Art Hotel, All'Oro offers inside dining in a minimalist yet cozy all-white dining room. Or, enjoy the magical and original creations by chef Riccardo Di Giacinto with a special Sunday brunch on the roof garden with spectacular views.

Address and phone: Via del Vantaggio, 14; tel: 06.97.99.69.07. Reservations recommended

Hours: The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Brunch only Sunday

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