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Best Restaurants in Rome – Best Places to Eat in Rome

Pasta, pizza, gelato & fantastic Italian wine – well, Rome offers a culinary experience and scene out of the ordinary! The best restaurants in Rome come in so many forms. The best places to eat in Rome can be really varied! Michelin star white dining, hip & trendy concept eateries, family-owned restaurants, and even delicious Italian fast food abound. Coupled with its love for wine and the fine things, Rome knows how to enjoy life to the fullest!

During our last visit to Rome, we tried out three very different yet amazing restaurants, all equally offering unique and personal experiences. In the same fashion, to really see the best restaurants in Rome, we also tried out some fast food places and bars. Read all about the best places to eat in Rome in my review below!

If you want to know more about our days in lovely Rome, read our Travel Stories or the Full Rome Travel Guide. And, if you’re craving a Roman holiday accompanied by a savvy local with great food taste, why not book a tour with HI, HI? In this wonderful site, you can be the guest of a local, who can not just show you around – they’ll take you to the best places!

Etabli – The Hip Restaurant, Cocktail & Coffe Bar

  1. Food: 4
  2. Drinks: 4
  3. Atmosphere: 5
  4. Design: 4
  5. Service: 4

Located near to Piazza Navona, the restaurant, cocktail & coffee bar, Etabli, offers a truly unique style and setting. While elegant, it mixes traditional elements and the latest trends. By the same token, it reflects innovativeness and warmth in one of the best places to eat in Rome.  In general, it’s easy to see why it’s often placed among the best restaurants in Rome.

Etalbi provides a fusion of the modern and the traditional kitchen, with attention to great food and a fantastic selection of wine. The atmosphere is friendly though sophisticated, with locals, tourists,  old and young, all coming to enjoy one of the best places to eat in Rome. The staff provides the true Italian experience with the friendly yet passionate service of the best restaurants in Rome. For a hip dining experience in the vibrant hoods surrounding Via dei Coronari, Etabli is the place! 

Popular Etabli - best restaurants in rome
Popular Etabli

IL Corallo – The Local Authentic Experience


  1. Food: 3
  2. Drinks: 3
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 3
  5. Service: 3

A restaurant most famous for its pizza, the IL Corallo is a typical Italian joint, the type of eatery all lists of the best places to eat in Rome should include. Known to offer one of the best local and authentic experience in the area around Via dei Coronari, Il Corallo offers great traditional Italian food and drinks as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Sit outside in the popular street or inside in the small and cozy restaurant with a design similar to many of the family-owned options. In all, design without any frizz in one of the best places to eat in Rome! The staff are passionate and always on the go in this busy little place! If you want a vibrant start of the night Il Corallo will not let you down! 

A true Italian Experience at IL Corallo
A true Italian Experience

Osteria Fernanda – The Outstanding & Vibrant White Dining Option

  1. Food: 5
  2. Drinks: 5
  3. Atmosphere: 4
  4. Design: 4
  5. Service: 4

The Osteria Fernanda can be difficult to locate if one is new to the city, but once found, you’ll find one of the best places to eat in Rome. Located close to the Tiber river in the Trastevere area in an apartment building, it is not a place you just run into. However, once you enter this small modern restaurant, it will surprise you in all ways possible. It’s undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Rome!

Overall, the design is highly modern, simplistic yet sophisticated. The restaurant also flaunts magnificently creative and original dishes in a special cooking-in affair, at a considerably reasonable price. Osteria Fernanda offers you a culinary experience and food presentations in line with the best places to eat in Rome. In addition, the context is much more vibrant and relaxed.

A majority of the guests are locals enjoying a night out after work, when they want to unwind in one of the best restaurants in Rome. The staff is very friendly and professional, giving you the personal experience you crave from the best places to eat in Rome. Osteria Fernanda is a definite try for everything about the place is just exemplary.


Osteria Fernanda
Osteria Fernanda
Angrypig Biretta e Porchetta – Italian Fast Food at its Best!

A fast food place in the Vatican City that essentially provides street food to the customers, the Angrypig Biretta e Porchetta has the best porchetta paninis in the city. A small but cozy eatery with the friendliest and nicest owners, a quality of the best restaurants in Rome. This is one of the best places to eat in Rome after a long day at the Vatican Museum.

Italy’s cuisine is world-renowned, so you can imagine its capital city is heaven for foodies from all walks of life. On GE YOUR GUIDE, you can find some truly amazing food experiences. Treat yourself to some of the best Fettuccine in town at Alfredo Alla Strofa restaurant for the stars.  If you want to take home the ancient knowledge of pasta and tiramisu, you can learn from local experts in this workshop including dinner!

Lovely Owner of Angrypig

Lovely Owner of Angrypig

Crispy Organic – The Healthy Break!

A small restaurant around the Spanish Steps, the Crispy Organic sells healthy and organic food, a rarity among the best places to eat in Rome. Their offering includes salads, wraps, healthy juices and smoothies, and you can either eat there or get takeaway.

After a couple of days of delicious Italian food, we needed a break and then Crispy Organic is a perfect choice. The restaurant also fits a boutique full of healthy food in all forms, making it one of the best places to eat in Rome. Bring big bags as you probably want to bring home a bit of one of the best restaurants in Rome!

Crispy Organic
Crispy Organic
healthy & tasty food in rome
Healthy & Tasty

Bar del Fico – The Popular Late Nighter

A bar is a good place to hang out after a busy day and to sip on drink, all the while enjoying a nice and companionable evening. A cozy and eclectic place with an open kitchen, Bar del Fico is one of the most popular in the hood and a  great place to end the evening. You can’t go wrong when dropping by the best restaurants in Rome!

Salotto 42 – The Stylish Cocktail Expert

A very stylish and trendy cocktail bar located right behind the Pantheon, the Salotto 42 is well known for its assortment of drinks. Great cocktails and a sophisticated view help make this one of the best restaurants in Rome!

Fatamorgana – The Ice Cream Star

A treat on the streets of Trastevere is a lovely ice cream parlor Fatamorgana which provides amazing desserts and ice cream to die for. This is one of the most popular eateries among the best places to eat in Rome. When we arrived late in the evening there was a queue far down on the street!

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