Wondering what the best places to eat in Trastevere are? We have you covered! This guide to the best restaurants in Trastevere will get you started. Travestere is arguably the most charming neighborhood in all of Rome. Located ‘just across the Tiber River’ as its name suggests, its narrow cobblestone streets, ancient buildings and beautiful scenic corners steal the hearts of locals and tourists alike. Buon Appetito!
In the 5th century B.C., fishermen inhabited Trastevere for the abundance of fish in the Tiber river. Today, there are still many great Italian seafood restaurants in Trastevere. These local eateries pride themselves by using fresh produce from their local area.
Whether you visit Trastevere during the day or night, there are plenty of places to find great food. Grab an afternoon snack, an early evening aperitivo or a full-on Roman dinner. Here are some of the best places to eat in Trastevere.
Freni e Frizioni
Translated as “The Breaks & Clutches”, Freni e Frizione is a mixology shop with one of the most abundant aperitivi! It also has spacious outdoor seating and perfect pre-dinner drinks! This former mechanic shop and now the local bar has the perfect cool and relaxing atmosphere. It invites young and older people alike to relax, enjoy a drink, and people-watch on a night out. Along with the purchase of your drink, you get access to the buffet of pasta, vegetables, and other delicacies. Make sure to stop by Freni before dinner for a specially crafted cocktail and delicious snack!
Attention all meat lovers! Stop what you are doing right now and make a reservation at this local gem in Trastevere. This restaurant is always packed with locals who love the authentic Roman cuisine. The menu changes daily according to the season and chefs 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 3 Michelin star ristorante.
Address: Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese, 63, 00153 Roma | Phone: +39 06 581 2792 | Hours: Sun-Mon 1:00pm-3:00pm, 7:30pm-11:00pm (Closed Wednesday) | Price: $$$ | Website | RSVP: Reservations available by phone | Outdoor Seating: No, Sorry!
If you’re looking for a great place in Trastevere to unwind and people watch, Pimms Good is the place to go. This casual restaurant is known for its wide selection of seafood. It also has some of the best cocktails in town. If you are coming for a bite, don’t bother waiting for someone to take your order. Just walk right up to the window! Like most authentic Italian seafood places, the servers bring your food over as it’s ready and not all at once.
Address: Via di Santa Dorotea 8, 00153 Rome, Italy | Phone: +39 06 9727 7979 | Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00am-2:00am | Price: $$ | Website | RSVP: Reservations available by phone | Outdoor Seating: Yes! Yes! Yes!
Le Mani in Pasta
Rightfully translated as “Hands in the Pasta,” Le Mani in Pasta is one the top places 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. If you trust the waiters, you might be in for the best meal of your life!
Address: Via Dei Genovesi 37, 00153 Rome, Italy | Phone: +39 06 5816017 | Hours: Tues-Sun 12:30pm-3:00pm, 7:30pm-11:30pm (Closed Mondays) | Price: $$$$ | Website | RSVP: Reservations available by phone | Outdoor Seating: No sorry!
Da Enzo al 29
Looking for the best pasta in Rome? Da Enzo is definitely an option to try! Quality is everything in Italia. Da Enzo al 29 is a popular restaurant in Trastevere for mastering the art of Italian cuisine. With pasta shops and pizzerias at every corner, it is important to filter through the ones that are not authentic. Roman cooking here is simple, nutritious, healthy, and always delicious. Da Enzo al 29 will definitely take anyone visiting Rome to gastronomic heaven with their traditional Italian dishes. Make a reservation days in advance because the word has definitely spread that it’s one of the best restaurants in Roma.
Address: Via dei Vascellari, 29, Roma RM | Phone: +39 06 581 2260 | Hours: Mon- Sat 12:30pm-3:00pm, 7:30pm-11:00pm Closed Sundays | Price: $$ | Website | RSVP: Reservations available by phone | Outdoor Seating: Yes!!
Want to taste some traditional Roman food in beautiful Trastevere?
Your best bet for discovering the best places to eat in Trastevere is by joining The Roman Guy’s local Trastevere food tour. Plus, it’s a great way to taste some of the local specialties on your first night in Rome! You’ll learn interesting facts about the history of Rome’s food, discover the Trastevere neighborhood and get some insight into where to go for the rest of your vacation in Italy.
- For more foodie tips on where to eat in Rome head over to The Roman Foodie.
- For cool info on what you can do and see in this neighborhood, watch our Trastevere in a Day YouTube video.
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated in January 2018.