If you’re following our blog closely, you’ve already read about many of our favorite restaurants in Rome organized by neighborhood. We tend to hit up the local joints, the places where you can rub shoulders with locals, get a good meal at a great price, where the table wine is served sfuso (from a tap) in a nondescript carafe, and tables are covered either in paper placemats or nothing at all. This is one of our favorite ways to see the city through our stomachs, so to speak. But if you’re looking for something a bit more refined, the kind of place with linen-covered tables, wines curated by the sommelier, and courses upon courses of meticulously plated food, then check out our guide to fine dining in Rome. Discover a world-class food scene that’s bustling with innovation, inspired by the land and the people, and sourced from the best of the best here in Italy.
*Please note that many of these restaurants require a credit card for booking and charge a late and/or cancellation fee for no shows.
Perched atop the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri Hotel on the northern fringe of Rome, La Pergola is the only 3-star Michelin restaurant in the city. Led by star chef Heinz Beck, La Pergola offers a 10- or 7-course tasting menu or an à al carte menu to choose the dishes you wish to explore. Noted for his innovative gastronomy and use of foams, vapors, and other scientific culinary experimentations, Heinz Beck celebrates the sophistication of every ingredient through flavor, aroma and color to indulge every one of the senses. La Pergola is a world-class dining experience with a unique birds-eye-view of the entire city of Rome, making it a perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion.
Tasting menus start at €225 p.p.
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101 – 00136 Rome | Reservations
Il Pagliaccio, which translates to “clown” in Italian, is a name that references the playful nature and inspired dishes by chef Anthony Genovese. Originally born in France to Italian parents, Genovese’s menu is inspired by the many cultures and cuisines he’s experienced throughout his career, starting in France and traveling through Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. Vibrant colors, strong flavors, and complex technique define each plate that’s served by the 2-star Michelin chef. The intimate restaurant tucked away on the quaint street of Via dei Banchi Vecchi seats just a few dozen guests at a time. In this way the staff and kitchen are able to provide each guest with personalized care and attention.
Tasting menus start at €150 p.p. (at lunch a €70 tasting menu is available).
Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129a, Roma | Reservations
One of the most iconic hotels of Rome, the historic Hotel Hassler, has the most privileged location at the top of the Spanish Steps. The rooftop restaurant, Michelin-starred Imàgo offers sweeping views of the Eternal City, views that celebrities and heads of state have enjoyed for decades. The menu proposed by Neopolitan chef Francesco Apreda shows inventiveness but respect and appreciation for tradition. Local ingredients are enhanced through classical cooking technique and paired with imaginative ingredients before being meticulously plated for the guest. Legendary hotelier and Hotel Hassler owner and GM, Roberto E. Wirth took chef Apreda under his wing early on his his career fresh out of culinary school to hone his skills at other world-class Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Le Gavroche in London. Together Wirth and Apreda consult for other fine dining Italian restaurants all over the world, including Vetro in Mumbai and Travertino in New Delhi.
Tasting menus start at €130 p.p.
Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6 – 00187 Rome | Reservations
Just off Via Veneto, the heart of La Dolce Vita, the recently renovated Hotel Eden, a Dorchester Collection Hotel welcomes the well-to-do from around the world. It’s Michelin-starred restaurant La Terrazza boasts sweeping views from its northern vantage point. Chef Fabio Ciervo, like the other chefs behind the fine dining restaurants in Rome uses his experiences traveling around the world to inspire his fresh, colorful, and distinguished dishes. A strong advocate for sourcing top quality ingredients from local vendors, most of his dishes use humble ingredients prepared with classical or innovative culinary techniques to deliver a new flavor experience to each guest.
Tasting menus start at €130 p.p.
Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi 49, 00187 Rome | Reservations
The only fine dining seafood restaurant in Rome, Aqualina is located on the ground floor of the luxury hotel, the First Roma Hotel. Just a few blocks down from Piazza del Popolo, the chic restaurant is perfectly situated among the curated modern art collection style of the hotel. Chef Angelo Troiani harkens from the small region of Le Marche whose shoreline with the Adriatic Sea inspired the young chef for his special appreciation for sea food. Throughout his career Chef Troiani has created multiple cooperatives to share his passion for high quality local cuisine and innovation in its preparation and experience. The curated menu features simple, fresh plates meticulously researched and executed to best present the fish and its origin.
Tasting menus start at €95 p.p.
Via del Vantaggio, 14 – 00186 Roma | Reservations
Offering unarguably the most stunning view of the Colosseum, the experience at the Aroma Restaurant atop the Relais & Chateau Palazzo Manfredi begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. Nothing separates the view of the majestic amphitheater from the restaurant except the unearthed ruins of the ancient gladiator school below. Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio whose Calabrian and Roman roots define his culinary finesse in the kitchen runs the show at the Michelin-starred restaurant in the sky. After honing his skills at starred restaurants in both London and Rome, Aroma represents the chefs first executive chef venture, where he experiments with the highest quality of local ingredients. His passion in his home territory is evident in each plate as the flavors, textures, and colors are meant to inspire and pair with the quintessentially Roman view before the restaurant.
Tasting menus start at €180 p.p.
Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma | Reservations
Don’t let the linen-free tabletops and classy-casual ambience give you the wrong idea, the fine dining experience at Glass Hosteria is in a world-class all its own. Executive chef and owner Cristina Bowerman is an Apulian chef whose career path has taken many turns over the last few decades. She spent many years in the United States, first studying and practicing graphic design until she discovered a passion for the culinary arts working at a coffee shop in San Francisco. After moving to Austin, TX where she gained further classical training she came to Rome and shortly thereafter began running the kitchen at Glass Hosteria. Her inventiveness and open mind are celebrated at the restaurant as well as her un-prejudiced approach to haute cuisine. Today she expresses herself not only at Glass Hosteria but also through a small collection of other restaurants she’s developed through her brand, including Romeo (restaurant and bakery), Cups (street food), and Frigo (gelato).
Tasting menus start at €90 p.p.
Vicolo del Cinque, 58 00153 Roma | Reservations
To explore the other 12 1-star Michelin restaurants in Rome, check out the official Michelin guide website.
Tucked away in one of the most charming squares in Rome, the Costaguti Experience is situated on the piano nobile of the prestigious Palazzo Costaguti. Wake up to museum-quality frescoes overhead by some of the Baroque’s most sought after artists including Nicolò Poussin, Cavalier d’Arpino and Federico and Taddeo Zuccari.
Ten guests can spread out in complete privacy in five bedrooms and six baths, a spacious living room and billiard room. Retreat home after a long day eating your way through the city to relax in your private sauna or have a soak in your tub amidst original gilded ceiling stucchi.
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