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Restaurants - San Gimignano

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The cruise traveler planning to explore San Gimignano independently (DIY or on your own) will find that San Gimignano is a small town and that, in reality, it doesn't take long to explore most of its attractions. Unless you wish to visit every single highlight and all the corners of every museum, the cruise traveler will have time to sit down for lunch and taste exclusive and tasty delicacies only to be found in this region of Tuscany.

If on a tour, the cruise passenger will not have that much time to savour the exclusive delicacies of San Gimignano but, even so, the editor strongly recommends a short stop for a glass of wine with some cured meats and or cheese. On this page, you will find some of the best restaurants in San Gimignano with a particular emphasis on those that offer al fresco settings or panoramic views.

Bel Soggiorno - ($$$)

Editor Points: The restaurant of the hotel Bel Soggiorno has a wonderful view. The restaurant is on the main street of San Gimignano and has a wonderful panoramic terrace from which you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. A fabulous setting to enjoy rich and traditional dishes in an elegant and typical ambience.

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San Gimignano - Bel Soggiorno

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WHERE Historical Centre - south area.
Address: Via San Giovanni, 91
Phone: (0577) 943149
Website: Official Website
Open: Lunch: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Dinner: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Closed: Wednesdays
Prices: Between $35.00 and $50.00

Dorando - ($$$$)

Editor Points: Dorando is a restaurant that is definitely worth the splurge in this 14th century building. It consists of three private rooms with vaulted ceilings, imposing stone walls, furnished in an elegant style and adorned with works by local painters. The menu not only lists dishes but provides their history. When the seasonal dishes arrive, they are served on alabaster platters by knowledge waiters. Try the 'cibreo' if it is offered and definitely save room for dessert.

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San Gimignano - Dorando

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WHERE Historical Centre - just off of the Piazza Duomo
Address: Vicolo dell'Oro, 2
Phone: (0577) 941862
Website: Restaurant Dorando
Open: Lunch: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm | Dinner: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Closed: Mondays - although it is always open from Easter to October

Gustavo - ($)

Editor Points: Enoteca Gustavo, a quaint little wine bar right on Via San Matteo, is the perfect place to sit back with a glass of San Gimignano’s famous Vernaccia and enjoy a crostini or cheese plate. One of the Editor's favorite places for brunch - an abundant board of meat cuts and cheese for € 20:00 does it.

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San Gimignano - Enoteca Gustavo

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WHERE Historical Centre
Address: Via San Matteo 29
Phone: (0577) 940057
Open: 10:00 am until late

La Mangiatoia - $$$

Editor Points: La Mangiatoia’s atmosphere may be eclectic, but the food served here is always spot-on. Specialties include the gnocchi deliziose, tagliatelle dell’amore, and cervo in dolce et forte. The desserts are all excellent.

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San Gimignano - La Mangiatoia

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WHERE Historical Centre - north side, off Via San Matteo
Address: Via Mainardi, 5
Phone: (0577) 941528
Prices: $30.00 to $45.00

Le Terrazze - ($$$)

Editor Points: Le Terrazze is located on the first floor of La Cisterna Hotel, on the homonymous square. Family-run since 1918, it has two large terracotta paved covered terraces overlooking the stunning Tuscan landscape. Between April and October, La Terraza also serves al fresco Tuscan delicacies in the outdoor tables in the Cisterna square. The cuisine is famous for its freshness and truffles but also vegetarian and kids menus.

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San Gimignano - Le Terrazze

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WHERE Historical Centre
Address: Piazza della Cisterna, 23
Phone: (0577) 940328
Website: Official Site
Open: Lunch: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Dinner: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Closed: NA
Prices: Between: $25.00 and $45.00

Le Vecchie Mura - ($$$)

Editor Points: Although the cruise ship passenger will find a cozy atmosphere inside - with terra-cotta bricks and vaulted ceiling - try to get a seat on the terrace in the summer to enjoy absolutly amazing views. The specialties include the traditional ribollita, tagliatelle al cinghiale (pasta with wild boar), cinghiale all vernaccia (wild boar marinated in vernaccia wine) and cervo in bianco (venison in white-wine sauce).

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San Gimignano - La Vecchie Mura

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WHERE Historical Centre - north side, off Via San Matteo
Address: Via Piandornella, 15
Phone: (0577) 940270
Website: Official Site
Open: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday

Osteria delle Catene - $$

Editor Points: The Osteria delle Catene is a small restaurant that serves traditional dishes and an affordable selection of wines. Specialties include the piatto misto di prosciutto, formaggi toscani, penne al porro, pipe coi broccoli, salsicce con fagioli all’uccelletto, and stracotto al chianti.

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San Gimignano - Osteria delle Catene

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WHERE Historical Centre - north side, off Via San Matteo
Address: Via Mainardi, 18
Phone: (0577) 574998
Website: Official Website
Open: Lunch: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Dinner: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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Cum Quibus - $$$$

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Average Price: above €60.00 per person. Notes: Considered one of the top 10 restaurants in Italy. Closed on Tuesday.
Where: Via S. Martino, 17
Phone: 0577 943199
Website: Official Website

Dulcisinfundo - $$$$

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High quality, typical Tuscan cuisine, all prepared in house - including ice cream.
Where: Vicolo degl Innocenti
Phone: 0577- 941919
Website: Official Page

D!Vineria - $$

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Relaxed, affordable, outside seating for a light fare with great wines. On small square behind the Collegiatta (Duomo)
Where: Piazza delle Erbe
Phone: 0577 943041
Website: Official Page

Perucà - $$

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San Gimignano - Perucà

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Average price: €25.00. Notes: The restaurant is housed in the cellars of one of the oldest buildings in San Gimigano.
Where: Via Capassi, 16
Website: Official Page


Cured Meats

San Gimignano is famous for its cured meats and if the cruise traveler has a soft spot for these, here you have some only to be found in San Gimignano, which pairs perfectly with equally and exclusive wines and cheeses from the region.

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San Gimignano - D Vineria

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Prosciutto Toscano Dop - typicaly aromatic flavored and a must taste.
Spalla (shoulder ham).
Salame toscano (Tuscan Salami) - produced with the most valuable parts of the pig.
Finocchiona - similar to salami with smoother mixture.
Soprassata - produced with the less valuable parts of the pig but the most savoury ones.
Buristo - a type of salami where pork blood is cooked with the meat.
Salsiccioli - traditional sausages to be tasted grilled or with beans (fagioli all'uccelletto).
Cinta senese (white-belted breed pig) - unique to the region and documented in many medieval artworks. Almost extinct, the population started to increase ten years ago. The meat is particularly savoury, very good for roasting, excellent for cured meats: ham, salami, bacon, lard.


Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG: first mentioned in 1276, it is the most famous of all wines in the region. It has a golden, straw-yellow colour with fruity and flowery aromas in an elegant bouquet.

San Gimignano Rosso DOC: red produced with Sangiovese grapes, is ruby red, dense, powerful and with a great capacity for aging.

San Gimignano Rosato DOC: rosé produced with Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes, has cherry color, floral aromas and ripe fruit.


Will the Cruise Traveler have time for lunch?
The short answer is YES. But it should be said that if you wish to visit as much as possible, maybe the cruise traveler should look into the small enotecas or al fresco light fares.

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Last Update: February 9, 2016

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