Looking for a great restaurant or place to eat near Termini Station or Monti in Rome? The good news is, there are tons of really good restaurants and trattorias nearby—you’ve just gotta find them amongst the tourist traps! Look no further. Here are the best restaurants near Termini and Monti.
Top Places To Eat near Termini Station and Monti
Train stations are never really the place to be in European cities, especially at night. If you’re looking for a quick meal near the train station, pick a pizza al taglio place and you’re golden.
If you want to sit down, check out our list below. It’s mostly in Monti except for one super local restaurant named Trattoria dell’OMO, which is for adventurous travelers. You can also use the toggle menu below to check out our recommendations in other areas.
€€ | Casual | Close to Termini
Super close to Termini station but in slightly nicer and less crowded surroundings, this Taverna-style restaurant has incredible reviews and very traditional Roman cuisine.
Don’t expect to be blown away by the latest cooking techniques, but you can have a great time with a group or whoever you are traveling with here. Instead, you will be blown away by the high-quality ingredients, which are the foundation of great Italian food. They are known for their Cacio e Pepe and seafood dishes. Stroll in, grab a seat, and enjoy.
Address: Via del Viminale 7a
Ai Tre Scalini
€€ | Casual Wine Bar | Outdoor Seating | Kids | Monti
Established in 1895, this little winery in the heart of Monti will conquer your heart with its movie-like, intimate atmosphere and an unbeatable selection of over 300 artisanal drinks from wine and beer. Like all the best traditional eateries in Rome, you’ll find the speciality of the day written on a blackboard, all made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.
Famous for the hanging vines that cover the wall and somewhat magically cross the street as well, you simply can’t miss this place. For a great gastronomic experience, go there for happy hour and order a glass of red wine accompanied by a selection of their delectable finger foods and snacks. Try the Gorgonzola cheese with honey and walnuts, truffle sausages, and the ricotta di bufala with truffle honey and freshly cut prosciutto!
Address: Via Panisperna, 251
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€ | Casual | Close to Termini
Close to Termini and want really good food at a low cost? This is the spot! I used to come here all the time. It’s family-owned and operated to an extreme degree. I doubt the Dad is around any longer but he got sick ten years ago and they just closed the restaurant down for two months until he could return and cook. The son, Antonio, runs the place today, and it is an extremely typical Roman restaurant.
They have this dictionary of a menu, but barely anything on it is available. You’ll ask for something and Antonio will respond, “Don’t have it.” You do that two or three times until he finally says, “My mom made gnocchi.”
It’s a cool experience, but zero ambience. You’ll walk in and expect Rocky Balboa to seat you. That said, I’ve eaten here next to some top-level Roman politicians.
Address: Via Vicenza, 18
Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant and Bar
€€€ | Upscale | Rooftop Views | Close to Termini
This is a pretty cool spot near Termini where you can get dinner and or drinks. It has great views and very creative food. You’ll pay a pretty penny, but in this area, you won’t find many classy places to eat. If you’re looking for a special occasion restaurant and you’re in Piazza Repubblica or Termini, this is it.
Address: via Nazionale, 22
La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
€€ – €€€ | Casual | Kids | Monti
With a traditional and warm interior paired with an authentic Roman menu, La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is the perfect place to dine with friends or family. Four generations run this establishment, and you feel that family comfort from the start.
For a starter dish, try the porchetta romana con bruschetta. After that, go for the highly-recommended first-course ravioli di burrata. Next, impress the locals with typical Roman tripe as your second course.
Ready to satisfy your sweet tooth? Get in the Roman spirit with their creamy tiramisu or panna cotta. It’s important to taste the traditions of Rome, and this is certainly the right place to have that experience.
Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti 9
La Casetta Cafe
€ | Cafe | Threshold Seating | Kids | Monti
La Casetta means cottage in English, which is appropriate given the design of this Monti Rome restaurant. Standing alone near the main street in the district, the exterior is completely covered in welcoming ivy. Plus, with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the lively street out front, you’ll have the perfect view to accompany your delicious meal.
Choose from a light panino like tomato, mozzarella, basil, and local olive oil. Or, try the selection of pasta and meat dishes. Just a light snack? You won’t be disappointed with their desserts and energizing coffee—the cheesecake is to die for.
In addition to the quality food and charming decor, you’ll be delighted to know that you can have almond or rice milk in your coffee. Soy milk isn’t hard to find in Rome, but almond or rice are much more difficult to find.
Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti 62
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Il Tettarello Hostaria
€€-€€€ | Casual | Kids | Monti
Another one of the best restaurants in Monti, Il Tettarello caters for pizza lovers and meat enthusiasts alike. This traditional hostaria (a typical Italian eatery) serves some of the best pizza and pasta in Monti Rome. Paper-thin, crunchy, and cooked in a wood-burning oven as the tradition prescribes, choose toppings such as mushrooms, sausage, fried zucchini flowers, and lots of gooey mozzarella cheese.
Il Tettarello also offers a satisfying collection of traditional desserts—all homemade—such as decadent Tiramisu and ricotta cake! Definitely take a trip here to feel like you’re sitting at a real Roman grandma’s kitchen table.
Address:Via Dei Capocci 4/5
€ | Cafe | Outdoor Seating | Kids | Monti
Er Baretto means little bar in English. The outdoor seating is perfectly placed on one of the most charming streets in Monti. Strings of ivy connect one side of the street to the other, and flower trucks set up shop near the outside tables.
For the most charming experience possible, wait for a table outside. However, if you’re in a rush, order and drink your coffee at the bar inside. This is the Italian custom, so you’ll fit right in.
A bar in Italy is not the same thing as a bar in America or England. If you say you’re headed to a bar in Rome, it refers to a place that serves breakfast (or midday) pasticcini and caffè (pastries and coffee). If you’re in the area and find yourself craving the best breakfast in Monti Rome, head here.
This bar also serves a full menu. However, their claim to fame is their artistic coffee. In particular, their cappuccinos with intricate foam designs. Each cup of coffee is presented with a different design, so go with a group of friends and see a variety of them.
To accompany your coffee, order a sweet treat. The Torta della nonna is a local favorite and a good option. With a shortbread-like crust, the pie is filled with thick Italian custard and topped with a generous portion of pine nuts and powdered sugar.
Address: Via del Boschetto 132
€ – €€ | Casual | Outdoor Seating | Kids | Monti
An Italian restaurant guide is never complete without a gelateria. After all, do as the Romans do. And Romans love gelato. A go-to spot in Monti is Il Gelatone for a few reasons: It’s just a minute’s walk from the main square in Monti, Piazza della Madonna dei Monti.
Enjoy your gelato on the steps of the fountain. This gelateria also features a variety of traditional and soy-based flavors. Plus, vegans in Rome can rejoice that this place exists. Normally, vegan gelato exists in many gelaterias, but in the form of sorbet. This is one of the few places in Rome that serves soy-based gelato. Plus, they don’t skimp on the creaminess or flavor.
For vegan flavors, enjoy coconut, strawberry, chocolate, hazelnut, and more! You can even order a gluten-free cone. The 25+ traditional flavors range from pistachio to cheesecake.
Address: Via dei Serpenti 130
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