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La Gattabuia

#432 of 9,825 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Via del Porto 1, 00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06 584813
12:30 - 23:45
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 23:45
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Midland, Michigan, USA
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This basement restaurant has a nice appearance and was well decorated with antiques. But, the service was only average and the food was below average. Nothing was bad, but nothing was good either and many dishes were too oily. Of the many restaurants we've tried in Trestavere, this is one we cannot recommend and won't go back.

Thank Wolfgang86
Barcelona, Spain
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a delicious lunch here. The food was fresh, service friendly and good and we would definitely go back!

Thank Clare Y
1 review
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant was full with capacity to 100 persons but only a single woman toilet to serve those. Pizzeria was closed....nobody told us explictly why. Sit outside was not possible as well. Finally, service was slow as we were sit on a corner. An experience not to repeat.

Thank Luis M
Phoenix, Arizona
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465 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Transformed from an old papal prison to a restaurant, this was a fun place to eat. Glad to have had our tour director take us there, else we may not have found it. The place is off the beaten track and not large, but it is authentic and one of the dining areas has an entrance to a tunnel to... More 

Thank Violette54
Dundee, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The barman at our hotel recommended this restaurant to us - and we were so glad he did! Tucked away - we would have never found it by ourselves. We hadn't made a reservation but we're lucky to get a table. The restaurant was packed - mostly with Italian customers which was a great indicator that the meal was going... More 

Thank Tigerlilly1967
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Such a delicious meal- wine and pasta were absolutely delicious but the service was not excellent. We waited a long time between ordering and getting the meal. Also a long time between clearing the plates, getting the dessert menu and ordering. Dessert was pre made and average but the pasta was to die for.

Thank Teghutch
San Francisco
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Our lovely waiter struggled away to translate as its not your usual tourist restaurant but if you like great food don't let that put you off. Shared cheese and meat plate to start, followed by Oso bucco, baked aubergine and home made deserts - great local wine too. We arrived at 8:30 on a Monday but it gets really busy... More 

Thank Leakyh
Rome, Italy
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117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is near trastevere and on Sunday at lunch time it is very easy to find parking. Inside is typical roman rustic style but well organised and clean. The service is friendly and available to assist with any request. Gluten-free pasta was available upon request. We booked with a smartbox voucher for lunch but this cannot be booked on... More 

Thank Deborah A
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I happened on this place during our trip to Rome and figured to give it a try. We were seated at a small table near the kitchen in the main hallway. While we were looking at the menu the server told us that they were closing soon and had to order. Mind you no hours posted, didn't... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

You'll find several offal dishes in the anti pasti, some may like. Staff were attentive. An ok experience.

Thank Travellgirl99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$38
Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Porto 1, 00153 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Trastevere
  • Neighbourhood: Trastevere
  • Phone Number: +39 06 584813
"La Gattabuia" is located in old Trastevere, in a splendid tavern 1400 (o 400?) year old. The three rooms match a fine old-fashioned furnishing with terracotta brick walls, arches and vaults.

Among the typical restaurants of the area, "La Gattabuia" is one of the most famous. It is easy to reach, in between the alleys and piazzas. The restaurant was born from the walls of an ancient prison of the Papalin era.

We are glad to welcome you in a pleasant environment filled with natural pigments. Our service has nothing to envy to luxurious restaurants.

The tables are disposed so to have a certain distance from each other. We have an eterogeneous menu, easy to adapt to everybody. A night at "La Gattabuia" will definitely leave you impressed: you will soon be asking for more!

You will find several different dishes, ranging from tasty appetizers, fried and grilled vegetables, typical roman dishes (Carbonara, Gricia, Amatriciana, Cheese and Pepper) among which you will find our "Chef Offers", like Gnocchi with Colonnata Lard and Courgettes pate, Strozzapreti with Boletus and Truffles or Rigatoni with Tail Tomato Sauce.

Delight yourself with our grilled meat (from Argentina and Denmark), our roasts, fillets and steaks. Try our roman tripe, stewed beef tail, Lamb Offal. Our vast selection of Pizzas, baked in our wood stove, will make your mouth water.

Our cellar is filled with an accurate assortment of red wines ordered by region. We have at our disposal more than 80 different wines from Lazio

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Staying in Trastevere

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Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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