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Restaurants near Rome Pantheon - know where to go!

Looking for restaurants near Rome pantheon? This may be one of the most restaurant-dense areas in Rome.

people sitting on the piazza Rotunda in front of the Rome pantheonLooking for the top restaurants near the pantheon? Know where to go!

How do you know which ones are good? 

Restaurants Near Rome Pantheon By Type

On this page you'll find my favorite:

First, a word about outside dining near or in front of the Pantheon:

Restaurants near Rome Pantheon with outdoor dining

There are many restaurants near Rome pantheon where you can eat outside.

If you eat on the piazza where the Pantheon is, you will pay for the privilege. And the food is not likely to be anything great.

Piazza della Rotonda with tables with view of the Pantheon in RomePiazza della Rotonda with tables with a perfect view of the Rome Pantheon

But I know it can be special to eat while gazing at this amazing building. So by all means if you feel like doing it, you should!

Restaurants near Rome Pantheon - Roman trattorias

You can easily find traditional Roman cuisine near the Pantheon. Plenty of Romans live in the historic center, and a lot of typical Rome restaurants near Rome pantheon have a local clientele.

Yes, you will run into other tourists, especially if you go on the early side (7 or 7:30pm). But if you book on the later side, when Romans eat (2-ish for lunch and after 9 for dinner), you will not only be eating where the Romans eat, but also with them.

Armando al Pantheon

Established in 1961 by Armando Gargioli (whose sons Claudio and Fabrizio now run the place), Armando al Pantheon is one of the most traditional restaurants near Rome Pantheon.

It does not get much more traditional Roman than chicken with peppers. Simple is key.

They have all the classic Roman pastas, along with wonderful, simple soups.

No matter what you do, save room for dessert and get the ricotta pie. It is out of this world.

Do NOT miss the ricotta pie at Armando. You will thank me.

Details: 

  • Address: 00186 Salita dè Crescenzi, 31
  • Phone: +39 06 6880 3034
  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 12:20-15:00, 19:00-23:00 | Sunday: CLOSED
  • CLOSED most of Augustand over the Christmas/New Year holidays
  • About 40-45 Euros per person
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations are a must, and usually days in advance. You may have an easier time getting a booking for lunch. (A caveat: Dinner bookings are for 7 or 7:30pm, or 9:30 pm or later.)

How to get there: Facing the pantheon up close, with the fountain to your back, look to your right. That is Salita dè Crecenzi.

Osteria del Sostegno

This cozy trattoria is not only one of my favorite restaurants near Rome Pantheon, it is one of my favorite places to eat in Rome.

tagliolini with truffles at del sostegnoThis half-portion of tagliolini with truffles at Del Sostegno is one of the dishes I get here almost every time. I cannot resist!

My go-to dish here is their chicken cacciatora, made the old-fashioned way: no tomatoes, just white wine, rosemary, garlic, and vinegar. 

chicken cacciatora at osteria del sostegnoThis traditional version of chicken cacciatora, with oven-roasted potatoes, is one of the reasons I love Osteria Del Sostegno so much!

A caveat: Be prepared for the Roman way of slow service: they get very busy especially in high season, so you might feel ignored. Just relax and enjoy the food.

Details: 

  • Address: 00186 Via delle Colonnelle, 5
  • Phone: +39 06 679 3842
  • Opening hours: Monday CLOSED | Tuesday-Saturday: 12:30-15:00, 19:30-23:30 | Sunday: 12:30-15:00
  • About 35-40 Euros per person
  • Reservations strongly recommended, especially in high season and on weekends. One nice thing is they do NOT engage in the 2-seating schedule, so you can book the time you want.
  • May be closed during August - call to confirm
  • There is outdoor seating but . . . you either sit in the covered space next to the main restaurant, which is not really outside (except people feel they can smoke, and do), or you can sit at one of the two-top tables they put along the alley leading up to the restaurant.

How to get there: With your back to the Pantheon, walk a little ways up the street that leads directly away from the pantheon on the right side, Via del Pantheon. At Piazza della Maddalena, take a right onto Via delle Colonnelle. You can spot Del Sostegno by the green neon sign that says simply "Trattoria."

Settimio Al Pantheon

One of the last of the truly old-fashioned restaurants near Rome pantheon, Settimio is a hidden gem. Next door to Del Sostegno (above), you'd almost walk by it if you didn't know it was there.

settimio al pantheonSettimio al Pantheon is a Rome institution. And I love the old-fashioned signage outside!

At Settimio, you will find a family-run place with a delicious, Roman menu, including some typical fall-winter items like game and polenta. They are also known for their pasta with white truffles (it is amazing!) 

settimio himself slicing truffles onto pastaSettimio himself sliced my white truffles onto that steaming pasta. What a treat!

But you can find plenty of lighter fare as well.

Sadly Settimio himself passed away a few of years ago, at the age of 91. But his wife and son are still there, and the quality of the food has not changed. 

Details: 

How to get there: See the directions for Del Sostegno (above), Settimio is next door.

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Da Fortunato

Da Fortunato has been a fixture on the local must-eat-at scene since 1975.

One of the last of the original restaurants near Rome Pantheon (along with Armando, Da Gino and Settimio to name a few), Da Fortunato is frequented by politicians, Roman elite, and in-the-know long-term visitors to Rome.

view of the pantheon from Da FortunatoThe killer view from Da Fortunato, with the pantheon literally next-door.

The old-school waiters are gracious, unobtrusive and professional.

But let's talk about the food: I have almost melted over their pasta with white truffles (about 45 Euros, although that is what real white truffles cost). They specialize in fish, but they also have plenty of meat and veggie choices.

And of course they are experts at Roman cuisine like carbonara (which is reasonably priced, as it should be.)

Details: 

  • Address: 00186 Via del Pantheon, 55
  • Phone: +39 06 679 2788
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 12:30-16:00, 18:30-23:30
  • About 35-45 Euros per person
  • Outdoor seating with a (partial) view of the Pantheon!
  • Reservations strongly recommended, especially for outdoor dining.

How to get there: With your back to the Pantheon, walk a little ways up the street that leads directly away from the pantheon on the right side, Via del Pantheon.

Dal Cavalier Gino

It does not get much more Roman than this.

They only take cash (trust me that is very Roman.)

But come for the food and the friendly service. And the bustling ambiance, and the kitschy décor!

Interior of Dal Cavalier GinoHow fun is the interior of Dal Cavalier Gino?

This is another one of the best restaurants near Rome pantheon for basic Roman dishes like spaghetti cacio e pepeamatriciana or carbonara.  On Fridays they have classic Roman fish specialties, like oven- baked baccalà (cod) with potatoes.

baccalà al forno con le patate at Dal Cavalier GinoI love this Roman classic at Dal Cavalier Gino: oven baked cod - baccalà - with potatoes. Yum!

You will also find old-style dishes like squid with peas, oven-baked rabbit, involtino alla romana, and my personal favorite, baked anchovies gratin.

entrance to dal cavalier ginoThe entrance to Dal Cavalier Gino is on a tiny alleyway not far from Parliament. You will have to look for it.

The prices are very reasonable.

Details: 

  • Address: 00186 Vicolo Rosini, 4
  • Phone: +39 06 687 3434
  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 13:00-15:00, 20:00-22:30 | Sunday CLOSED all day
  • Closed Sundays and most of August and Christmas holidays
  • About 30 Euros per person
  • No outdoor seating
  • Booking is an absolute must, even at lunch. Dinner reservations are for either 20:00 when they open (and often they tell you you must be done by 21:30), or 21:30 or later.

How to get there: With your back to the Pantheon, walk straight away from it up Via del Pantheon, and continue past Piazza della Maddalena. At the end of this street make a quick right onto Via degli Uffici del Vicario, and then left again on Via di Campo Marzio. Walk almost to the end, and you will see a tiny alley on your left, Vicolo Rosini. About a 5 minute walk from the Pantheon.

Inexpensive Restaurants Near Rome Pantheon

While you can easily eat quite cheaply near the Pantheon at the abundant gelato and pizza by the slice spots in the area, there are a few good restaurants near Rome Pantheon that are affordable.

The restaurant above, Da Gino al Cavaliere also belongs in this category. Here are a few more of my favorite spots:

Enoteca DI Sardegna PIGNA

Enoteca di Sardegna Pigna is a tiny shop specialising in Sardinian food products. The owner Stefano (who is Roman but loves Sardinia) also has 3-4 little tables where you can plop down and sample some food.

enoteca di sardegna pignaOutdoor seating at this little shop/wine bar...a lovely informal place to eat near the pantheon.

And Sardinian wine! While it's not a restaurant, you can try some yummy, carby, cheesy treats. Read more about them on my lunch page.

buffalo mozzarella with bottarga at enoteca pignaBuffalo mozzarella with bottarga...on a plastic plate, with Sardinian wine! Yum!

Details: 

How to get there: Facing the Pantheon, walk straight ahead of you down the street on the left side of the pantheon, Via dei Cestari. Pass Piazza della Minerva. Keep walking until you come to a small street on your left, Via della Pigna.

ANTICO FORNO LA STELLETTA

As its name suggests, Antico Forno is an old-style Roman bakery, selling specialty and seasonal products along with breads, savory pizza, and pastries. 

Antico Forno la Stelletta is the perfect stop for a quick delicious sweet or savory take-away snack.

One of my favourite things about it is the aroma that wafts down the street as you approach it. I always visit it while shopping along via della Stelletta.

pizza at antico forno la stellettaFor a quick, delicious, inexpensive snack near the pantheon, you can't go wrong with a slice of pizza from Antico Forno La Stelletta

Details: 

How to get there: Facing the Pantheon, you see to your right Salita dei Crescenzi. Take this short street to the end and turn right onto Via della Dogana Vecchia. After about 100 yds/meters, the street name changes to Via della Scrofa. Antico Forno della Stelletta is on the corner of via della Scrofa and via della Stelletta.

Enoteca Corsi

Enoteca Corsi is one of those simple, casual, inexpensive restaurants near Rome pantheon that's perfect for lunch in between sight-seeing. The food is simple, good, and affordable.

enoteca corsi near rome pantheonEnoteca Corsi is one of the best options for an inexpensive, casual lunch near the pantheon

Details: 

  • Address: 00186 Via del Gesù, 87/88
  • Phone: +39 06 679 0821
  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 12:00-15:30, 19:00-22:30 | Saturday: 12:00-15:30 | Sunday: CLOSED
  • No outdoor seating
  • Booking not necessary, but you may have to wait in line

How to get there: Facing the Pantheon, walk straight down the street on the left side, Via dei Cestari. Pass Piazza della Minerva and keep going until you come to a small street on your left, Via della Pigna. Take this street to the end and you will see Enoteca Corsi on the cross street in front of you, Via del Gesù.

Ciao Checca

Ciao Checca is a great spot for bio/organic/healthy food to go. Excellent also for vegans and vegetarians.

Stop by Ciao Checca for a quick and healthy meal to go.

Details: 

How to get there: With your back to the Pantheon, walk straight away from it. Keep walking straight on Via della Maddalena to the end. Make a quick left onto Via degli Uffici del Vicario, and then a quick right again and keep going on Via Metastasio until you reach Piazza di Firenze. 


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Romantic Restaurants near Rome pantheon

Casa Bleve

With its high ceilings, widely spaced tables, and soft warm light glowing from the stained glass on the ceiling, Casa Bleve is one of the most romantic restaurants near Rome pantheon.

casa bleveCasa Bleve is one of my favorite restaurants near Rome Pantheon for a romantic evening, or just for sampling some excellent wines.

Eating at Casa Bleve is a sublime experience for the gorgeous ambiance and wine options alone, but the food is also very good. It's a little pricey, but worth it if you want a special dinner. 

Details: 

How to get there: Facing the Pantheon, close up to it, make a right and walk along Salita dè Crescenzi. At the end of this very short street, turn left onto Via della Dogana Vecchia. Keep going a bit until the street changes name to via del Teatro Valle.

Osteria dell'Ingegno

This is one of the best overall restaurants near Rome pantheon for ambiance, location, and food.

Lovely interior of Osteria dell'IngegnoI love the soft look and soothing, warm colors of Osteria dell'Ingegno
Mezze maniche alla gricia at Osteria dell'Ingegno - they are also very good at slightly re-touched Roman recipes

I love Osteria dell'Ingegno for these reasons:

  1. Their food is innovative, and always fresh and delicious.
  2. Their location is wonderful, right on the piazza overlooking Hadrian's palace. If you sit in the front section (or outside when they have outdoor seating), you can see this ruin just outside.
  3. They are one of the few restaurants in Rome that get lighting, ambiance, and music just right. 
  4. They have a pastry chef. Trust me when I tell you not to miss dessert here!
view of Hadrian's temple from Osteria dell'IngegnoOsteria dell'Ingegno sits right on Piazza di Pietra - a stunning view day or night!

Details: 

How to get there: Facing the Pantheon, look to your left. You will see Via dei Pastini. Walk down this street all the way until you come to Piazza di Pietra. You can't miss it. There is a huge ruin (Hadrian's Temple) on the right side. Osteria dell'Ingegno is on the far left end.

Restaurants near Rome Pantheon - something different

If you are looking for more innovative or unusual restaurants near Rome pantheon, try these options for something different.

Retrobottega

Retrobottega is one of the most inventive restaurants near Rome pantheon.

Chicken cacciatore dumplings with peanuts, another scrumptious invention from the culinary geniuses at Retrobottega

Billed as a "laboratory where food happens", the chefs cook behind an open counter, visible to everyone.

chefs in open kitchen at retrobottegaMaking food happen in the open kitchen at Retrobottega

There is nothing "simple" or "plain old..." about anything here.

innovative pasta dish at RetrobottegaPasta with eggplant (I don't see it but it's in there), topped with ricotta salata, coriander and lime. Heaven!

Details: 

How to get there: With the Pantheon behind you, walk straight away from it. Keep walking straight until the end. Make a small left and keep following the street around until you come to Via della Stelletta. A five minute walk.

ObiCà

Can you imagine going to a bar for mozzarella tastings? Did you even know there could be so many kinds of mozzarella that it would warrant a "tasting" experience?

buffalo mozzarella at obicàYou came to Italy for this, didn't you? Buffalo mozzarella at its finest!

There is cow's milk mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, smoked mozzarella . . . and oh so many more! It's a mozzarella bonanza!

There is also a regular menu with pastas and other dishes.

The best part (in my humble opinion)?

In summer, you get a little chocolate-covered ice-cream treat with your coffee. I'd come just for this!

cold coffee and ice cream at obicaCold coffee with a little ice-cream treat at Obica

Obicà is a Slow Food restaurant, which means you can count on the quality, origin, and freshness of everything they serve.

This is one of the restaurants near Rome pantheon that has it all - typical Roman food, healthy, bio, great options for vegans and vegetarians, slow food, fair prices, and covered, outdoor dining!

Details: 

  • Address: 00186 Piazza di Firenze, 28
  • Phone: +39 06 683 2630
  • Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00-23:30| Friday-Sunday: 11:00-24:00 (They serve coffee and pastries in the morning.)
  • Daily happy hour from 18:00
  • About 30-40 Euros per person
  • Outdoor seating: they have a fairly big covered piazza, with cooling fans in summer
  • Booking is usually not necessary

How to get there: With your back to the Pantheon, walk straight away from it. Keep walking straight on Via della Maddalena to the end. Make a quick left onto Via degli Uffici del Vicario, and then a quick right again and keep going on Via Metastasio until you reach Piazza di Firenze.

Ginger

Ginger first came on the Rome scene when they opened on via Borgognona near the Spanish Steps.

As modern as it is, I mostly find Italians eating there.

Italians often are looking for new/modern, and often for healthy/light things to eat, especially at lunch.

They have a second outpost on piazza Sant'Eustachio, where you can also find Sant'Eustachio coffee, ZaZa Pizza, and Punto Gelato.

Details: 


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