If you are looking for the best restaurants in Trastevere, Rome to enjoy some authentic Roman cuisine and experience the lively atmosphere of the Eternal City, look no further.
On my last visit to Rome, I met with four Italian friends who took me on a tour of this charming neighborhood. It is located on the west bank of the Tiber River, and it is one of the oldest and most picturesque areas of Rome.
By popular opinion, Trastevere is the best neighborhood to live in and stay for vacation.
Trastevere: A Food Lover’s Paradise in Rome
While walking through the narrow cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and hidden squares that are filled with history, art, and culture, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Rome again. We visited a few restaurants that were too good to keep to myself.
In this post, I’ll share what makes Trastevere especially appealing for food lovers like its abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars, and gelaterias, where you can taste some of the best dishes and drinks that Rome has to offer.
Ristorante Cornucopia Trastevere
📍Piazza in Piscinula, 18, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
If you love seafood, you will love this restaurant. Located in Piazza in Piscinula, near the Isola Tiberina, Ristorante Cornucopia specializes in dishes based on fish and offers the opportunity to taste traditional Roman cuisine.
The restaurant has a beautiful garden, which is perfect for romantic couples who want to treat themselves to a special meal in candlelight. The specialty of the restaurant is fish, but they also have a room with an exposed barbecue, where you can see the meat being cooked.
The wine list is very well stocked, offering the possibility of choosing wines from each Italian region.
📍Via della Paglia, 1/2/3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
📍Piazza di S. Calisto, 7/a, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Both Tonnarello and Nannarella are extremely popular and for good reason. These casual dining spots serve comfort food at its best.
📍Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 13, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
If you want to experience a classic and elegant Italian restaurant, Sabatini is the place for you.
This historic restaurant, founded in 1954, is located in Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the most beautiful squares in Rome.
Sabatini offers a refined and sophisticated menu, featuring dishes from the Roman and Italian tradition, such as pasta, risotto, meat, fish, and desserts.
The restaurant also has a terrace, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and the fountain. Sabatini is a bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.
📍Via Garibaldi, 27/G, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
If you are looking for a casual and fun place to hang out with your friends, Ombre Rosse is a great option. This restaurant and bar is located in Via Garibaldi, one of the main streets of Trastevere, and has a lively and vibrant atmosphere.
You can enjoy some tasty snacks, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas, along with a wide selection of drinks, such as cocktails, beers, wines, and spirits.
Ombre Rosse also hosts live music and DJ sets, making it a popular spot for nightlife in Trastevere.
Mama Eat Roma Trastevere
📍Via di S. Cosimato, 7/9, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
If you have gluten intolerance or simply want to try some delicious gluten-free food, this is the place for you. Mama Eat is a restaurant with an entire menu available with and without gluten, certified by the Italian Celiac Association.
You can choose from a variety of dishes, such as pasta, meats, sandwiches, pizzas, crepes, grill, kebab, sweets, and ice creams, all prepared in separate kitchens to avoid any contamination.
The restaurant also has a cozy and friendly atmosphere, and the staff is very attentive and helpful.
📍Viale di Trastevere, 53-59, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
When we arrived at this pizzeria, the restaurant looked unassuming and didn’t look like much at first glance. However, the pizza I ordered was absolutely unforgettable.
I paid 12.50€ for a large pizza and a Coke. The portion was generous, and I could not finish it so I took the rest back to the hotel in a box.
📍Piazza Trilussa, 46, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
For to-go or quick meals, Trapizzino is fantastic street food! I enjoyed it so much.
The space was small, and the lines were long and a bit unorganized. Service was hectic because they were handling sit-down and walkups. We waited about 15 minutes before our order was ready.
There was not much seating nearby, but we found a nearby bench. There was also seating on the stairs near the piazza’s fountain. The food was incredibly delicious and the suppli was my favorite. A Trapizzino sandwich costs about 5€.
The restaurant may not be easy to spot. It is tucked away in the rear. If you are facing the fountain in the piazza it will be on the left side.
Tavernaccia da Bruno
📍Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese, 63, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
This family-run restaurant is a local favorite for its hearty Roman fare, including a delicious amatriciana made with San Marzano tomatoes and guanciale.
📍Via del Conservatorio, 58, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This popular trattoria is famous for its cacio e pepe, which is made with a blend of pecorino romano and parmesan cheese for an extra creamy sauce.
📍Via del Monte della Farina, 38, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
You can relax with an apertivo just about any place that serves wine. But if you are looking for a place to have a glass and chill, this bar is located near the Trastevere neighborhood on the other side of the river and is recommended by my friends who are locals.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Avoid the restaurants that are close to the best monuments with many menus outside (they are the worst).
- Italians usually dine around 8PM in the evening. Arriving before that time is not recommended if you don’t want to stand out at that “American”.
- Make reservations in advance if you can. The evenings in Trastevere are crowded.
- In my opinion, there is no wrong place for gelato after dinner (because all of them are amazing!). However, my Italian friends recommend Otaleg.
- Don’t be afraid of long lines in front of a restaurant. It’s a good sign and it’s typical for Trastevere.
- Italians love to drink an apertivo before dinner, so try one to awake your appetite.
- Italian wines are great and cost in the range of 6-8€ for a glass.
- Italians love coffee but they don’t like serving cappuccino after Noon; its best enjoyed with breakfast. Again, don’t ask for a cappuccino at the end of dinner. Order an espresso instead.
- Expect a charge for water because it is normally served in a bottle. You may be asked if you want it with gas (sparkling), or without gas (flat).
- If you are gluten free, call before you arrive to inquire about gluten free option (pasta and pizza are full of gluten).
For Your Roman Holiday
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Traveling with kids who wonder about gladiator life? Check out our review of the Rome Gladiator School for a day filled with excitement and a glimpse into ancient Rome.
For culinary enthusiasts, our blog on an unforgettable Italian cooking class in Rome is a must-read. In this hands-on class, I learned the art of Italian cooking in an educational and delicious experience.
I loved it so much that I brought home a taste of Rome with this featured cacio e pepe recipe. This classic transports me back to Rome with each bite.
Lastly, if you’re in Trastevere near the Vatican City, don’t miss our guide to the area’s top eateries. It’s your ticket to the hidden gems in this charming district.
Final Thoughts on the Best Restaurants in Trastevere Rome
These are just some of the best restaurants that travelers rave about. In Trastevere, you should try at least one of them on your next trip to Rome.
Having dinner in front of historical monuments and famous places is dreamy, but if you are searching for authentic cuisine and hidden gems, you will need to steer clear of restaurants in high-traffic areas like the Pantheon.
Prices are almost the same everywhere. However, you will find there is a difference in quality and service.
Of course, there are many more options to explore and discover in this amazing neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to wander around and follow your nose.
You will surely find something to delight your palate and make your visit to Trastevere unforgettable.
Do you have any other favorite restaurants in Trastevere that you would like to recommend? Have you tried any of the ones that I mentioned?
Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
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