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.
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.)
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.
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.
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 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!
The "Zighidi" salad at Gina
Decadent chocolate cake at Gina
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
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.
Address and phone: Via Vittoria, 44 00187; tel: 06 679 0383; reservations not accepted. Outside dining available.
Hours: Open daily from 8am through 11pm
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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
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.
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.
Address and phone: Via Borgognona, 43-44; Tel: 06 6994 0836; Reservations accepted but not necessary.
Hours: Open daily from 10am - 11pm.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Mezze maniche all'amatriciana
Mini 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
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:
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
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 with anchovies
Fresh 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
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
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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