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Trastevere is a really cool area that feels really local and youthful. It’s cobblestone streets and bright pastel buildings. There are still tons of Italians living there but the area has popularized so much in the last ten or so years that it is very hard to find an authentic local meal.
Our list helps you filter out the not-so-great places from the so-great. We also have breakfast and gelato picks at the bottom. Enjoy our list of the best restaurants and places to eat in Trastevere.
Le Mani in Pasta
€€€ | Upscale
Rightfully translated as “Hands in the Pasta,” Le Mani in Pasta is one the best restaurants to try in Trastevere. Actually, this must be one of the best restaurants in Rome! Each of their mouth-watering dishes is unlike anything else you will try in Rome.
While this ristorante is famous for its fish, they also serve traditional Italian pasta and meats. Le Mani in Pasta has guests wanting to abandon their forks and eat with their hands because of their adventurous meals and tasty desserts. We recommend trying a classic Italian pasta dish, cacio e pepe.
If you trust the waiters, you might be in for the best meal of your life!
Miraggio Ristorante Pizzeria €€
€ – €€ | Casual | Some Outdoor Seating | Kids
Local alert! This is one of my favorite restaurants in Trastevere. It’s just on the outskirt so it’s never fully embraced the tourist traffic of other restaurants.
Great food comes at a price and I am not talking price tags. Expect service to be what I call “Roman”. Don’t ask many questions and be ready to order when they are. Don’t even think about asking to swap out ingredients, but that is a no no in all of Italy.
When I go here, I eat the Paccheri allo Scoglio. Larger than large smooth rigatoni like pasta with shellfish in a dry red-sauce.
€€€| Fine Dining | Some Outdoor Seating
This restaurant arguably sits on the border of Trastevere and Monteverde. The restaurants have earned a Michelin Plate due to its fantastic dishes and presentation. It is unlikely you will see another visitor in this restaurant as it is a local favorite for those who truly love to eat.
You’ll want to take a taxi up unless you’re looking to be really hungry by the time you reach the top of Gianicolo. Walking down is definitely an option as you’ll pass by Acqua Paola and into Trastevere.
Address: Piazza di S. Calisto, 5| Phone: +39 06 581 5378 | Daily: 11 am – 1 am | RSVP
€€ | Casual | Outdoor Seating | Kids
While a Roman Osteria used to be much more basic than today, you can expect typical Roman cuisine at low prices in most top rated Osteria in town. Nannarella is a good find in Trastevere, which as beautiful as it is can be hit or miss for good food these days.
Super casual dining, good food, and tons of outdoor seating. Stick with the Roman dishes or ask your waiter for definite good advice.
This place is in the center so don’t expect many locals to be dining here but that is Trastevere these days. That doesn’t always mean the food isn’t great. It just means the area has been taken over by tourists.
Address: Piazza di S. Calisto, 5| Phone: +39 06 581 5378 | Daily: 11 am – 1 am
Pizzeria Ai Marmi
€ | Pizza & Beer | Outdoor Seating | Kids
This is another more “internet famous” pizzeria in Trastevere, but this place is better – they just don’t know how to use Facebook.
This pizzeria is on a busy road in Trastevere so the view is nice, but not Roman Holiday nice. This is more of a pizza joint and you go there for great pizza, table wine, or ideally Italian beer at a super low price before a soccer (calcio) match.
I remember I showed up here one night when they opened around 6:30 or 7 pm. Nobody was there but they were preparing pizza after pizza to be thrown in the oven like the photo above. I was thinking, why are they making all those pizzas – nobody is here?
Then all of a sudden it’s packed inside and out in an instant and the pizzas started going into their wood oven. Great pizza and great prices. Grab some appetizers too. Try Fried Zucchini Flowers or something else that you wouldn’t normally get at home.
Address: Viale Trastevere 53 – 59| Phone: +39 06 580 0919 | Hours: Sun-Mon 6:30pm-2:30am
€€€ | Upscale
When people think Italian food, they think pizza, pasta and everything in red sauce. They are not wrong, but they are missing most of the picture. Italian and Roman food is about gamey meat that we just don’t appreciate enough in North America. I am talking about lamb, rabbit, pork, and wild boar.
If you want to have a great Italian carnivorous adventure, head here and order something that is not beef or chicken. This restaurant is always packed with locals who love the authentic Roman cuisine.
The menu changes daily according to the season and chef’s choice, but it’s never limited in options! The specialty dishes are their suckling pork, oxtail, and lasagna plates. It’s a rustic-looking restaurant that can accommodate large groups.
La Tavernaccia feels like a family-owned spot but has the food quality of a Michelin star ristorante.
€€€ | Contemporary Local | Outdoor Garden Seating
This is not quite in “Trastevere” but its close and a super cool place if you want to impress your dinner guests. You’ll want to take a taxi and bring your checkbook. The building is the former palace of architect Giuseppe Momo who is known for the spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums.
This is probably one of the trendiest restaurants in Trastevere and a great place to eat high-end Italian cuts of meat. They have great food but consider this an experience. You could be sitting near the whos who of Rome.
Da Enzo al 29 €€
€ – €€ | Casual | Outdoor Seating | Kids
Looking for a classic in Rome? Da Enzo is definitely an option to try! Quality is everything in Italia. Da Enzo al 29 is a popular restaurant in Trastevere for mastering the art of Italian cuisine.
With pasta shops and pizzerias at every corner, it is important to filter through the ones that are not authentic. Roman cooking here is simple, nutritious, healthy, and always delicious.
Da Enzo al 29 will definitely take anyone visiting Rome to gastronomic heaven with their traditional Italian dishes. Make a reservation a day in advance because the word has definitely spread that it’s one of the best restaurants in Trastevere.
Address: Via dei Vascellari, 29, Roma RM | Phone: +39 06 581 2260 | Hours: Mon- Sat 12:30pm-3:00pm, 7:30pm-11:00pm Closed Sundays | RSVP
€ | Casual | Outdoor Seating | Kids | Coffee & Breakfast
It’s no institution. They aren’t reinventing the wheel. Its really good coffee and exceptional pastries to make for a great start to the day. It is not the best restaurant in Trastevere but instead a local place to get a cappuccino, macchiato, or espresso with a delicious cornetto in Trastevere, you just found it.
Remember, sitting down is always more expensive, but they won’t charge an arm and a leg here to eat your food seated. You can also grab a quick gelato if you’re traveling with your kids and want something tasty.
Address: Viale di Trastevere 50 | Opens at 6 am
€ | Casual | Outdoor Seating | Kids | Gelato
Now, Fatamorgana would be considered an institution of Gelato. Everyone has their pick of the best and many local Romans and “would knowers” of Roman cuisine point to Fatamorgana. Their Trastevere location is not the first one they opened but just as good as all the rest. That makes it possibly the best gelato in Trastevere.
Come in and try it out for yourself.
Address: Via Roma Libera, 11 | Hours: 12:30 – 9:30 pm Daily
Need to Know About Dining in Rome
RSVP? You can and probably will work, but most inexpensive restaurants treat RSVPs loosely due to the number of no-shows. Ask for a glass of wine while you wait.
Service? Don’t get up in arms if it takes a while for the waiter to come over or if you can’t get their attention. Enjoy your time not being in a rush.
Tipping? A few euros per person is great. If you want to give your 10 to 20% be our guest but not necessary. That said, everyone likes more money.