Where to eat in Monte Argentario in Tuscany

Just like many other famous seaside locations, Monte Argentario’s restaurants are notorious for their high prices and not-so-often good quality. So if you’re planning on dining somewhere, make sure you know where you’re going! I go to Monte Argentario when we visit my boyfriend’s family in the summer.  While I’m not a regular in this place, his parents are. And if there’s one thing Luca’s parents are known for is their impeccable taste in choosing only delicious restaurants.

So buckle up. High prices?  Kind of (in line with Argentario) but low quality definitely NO.

Alicina Hostaria

My friend Flavia recommended this restaurant in Porto Ercole near the port and I decided to take Luca there for his birthday dinner. The food and setting are absolutely fantastic. Make sure to reserve in this beautiful outdoor space filled with string lights and colorful tables rather than inside. If you’re a wine lover like me and Luca, you’ll get lost in their fabulous wine selection. But let’s get to the food: we started off with a seafood cruditè and a red prawn catalana which were exceptional. Followed by spaghetti with clams and sea urchins (wow) and gnocchi with bread, anchovies and butter (best dish). The dessert was also yummy (ricotta cream with a fig sauce and crunchy cialda). Just a note, the service needs improvement. We had three different people serve us (two of them were very nice) – towards the end of dinner there was no one checking up on us, except for this one lady who was very rude and inattentive, it really seemed like she was bothered by us and didn’t want to do her job. Since it was Luca’s birthday I had asked the previous two people who were serving us if they could put a candle on the dessert, unfortunately the dessert order was then taken by the rude server, and when the dessert arrived, there was no candle. Apart from this last part of the evening which was very annoying, I still recommend this restaurant as the food was phenomenal and the setting gorgeous. You can also opt for the 7-dish tasting menu for €45 p.p.

Address: Via S. Sebastiano 54, Porto Ercole
Lunch Opening Hours:  Wednesday – Monday from 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner Opening Hours:  Wednesday – Monday from 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Average price: 60 + EUR
Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard
Reservation: +390564832630

the best restaurants in Tuscany's Monte Argentario
the best restaurants in Tuscany's Monte Argentario

La Pinta

Flavia also recommended this restaurant in Porto Ercole with a lovely view. It has an outdoor space right on the harbour, really cute tableware and a yummy menu. The wine selection is made up of just a few wines. I started out with the polpettine di alici which were delicious, followed by pasta with clams, which was PERFECT – creamy and al dente. I know it’s a simple dish but the simplest dishes are the hardest ones, and they nailed it. Luca ordered the fregola sarda ai frutti di mare which was amazing. I have to say it didn’t look amazing but it really was. To finish off we had a torta caprese.

Address: Lungomare Strozzi 24, Porto Ercole
Dinner Opening Hours:  Daily 7.30pm – 11pm
Average price: 45 + EUR
Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard
Reservation: +390564 835164

the best restaurants in Tuscany's Monte Argentario
the best restaurants in Tuscany's Monte Argentario

Vivo Ristorante

the best restaurants in Tuscany's Monte Argentario

In the La Torba area, just a 20-minute drive from Porto Ercole, you will find Vivo, an outstanding seafood restaurant just off Ansedonia. Seafood lovers, this place is truly a must-try. The fish is extremely fresh and they only serve the catch of the day so the menu changes every day! What you HAVE to order at this restaurant is the seafood cruditè: it’s heaven on a plate! From fresh red shrimp and different types of oysters and seafood truffles to prawns and tuna tartares, this place will make your jaw-drop! The wine selection is great and the atmosphere is laid back! Don’t expect anything fancy – the location isn’t wow but the food is: this restaurant is all about serving top quality food and they definitely know how!

Always make a reservation (only online on their website) !

Address: Località la Torba, Capalbio
Lunch Opening Hours:  Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm – 2.45pm
Dinner Opening Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday from 7.45pm – 10.45pm
Average price: 40 + EUR
Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard
Reservation: Online by clicking here

La Fontanina

Only a 10-minute drive from the dynamic Porto Santo Stefano you will find this hidden gem with a lovely summer terrace overlooking the sea and the hills. With its dimmed lights,  soothing breeze and the sounds of nature all throughout, La Fontanina is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a family outing or a delicious meal with your friends.

The food is good. If you want to order a main course, I’d suggest you try the outstanding pici di mare, a thick homemade pasta with a seafood ragout, simply yummy. Otherwise, the chitarroni scampi e alghe di mare are also wonderful.

If you want a second course, you have to go with the sea bream with roasted potatoes, or any of the fish of the day. And to accompany your meal a remarkable wine selection, including international and Italian wines, couldn’t be missing.  While for dessert, if you want to try something incredible (and with a bit of kick), ask for the sgroppino with lemon sorbet, basil and vodka, it is the only place where I’ve tried it and I can tell you it’s great, but you must specifically ask for it! Don’t forget to make a reservation (in advance during the weekend)!

Address: Località San Pietro – Porto Santo Stefano
Phone Number: +39 0564 825261
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Monday from 12.30pm – 2.30pm / 7.30pm – 10pm
Average price: 60+ EUR
Accepted credit cards: Visa, American Express and MasterCard

Osteria dei Nobili Santi

the best restaurants in Tuscany's Monte ArgentarioWhile this restaurant used to be immersed in the green gardens of the Argentario Polo Club, it has now relocated to the Marsiliana area. It’s not quite in Monte Argentario, but inland, about a 30-minute drive away from Porto Ercole or Porto Santo Stefano. I know it may seem like a long way, but I’ve heard the food is still spectacular, the only thing that has changed is the location. If that’s the case, the 30-minute car ride is definitely worth it!

Osteria dei Nobili Santi’s strong point is its food. With its wide selection of seafood, meat and pasta dishes, as well as a 10-course tasting menu, it’s impossible you won’t be satisfied. If you are a raw fish lover, don’t miss out on the crudi di mare dish.  While if you prefer to try something cooked, the outstanding fiori di zucca farciti con pesce bandiera are a must as a starter. To continue, I suggest you try one of the delicious homemade pasta dishes, my personal favorites are the homemade gnocchi alla crema di scampi (gnocchi with prawn cream) and the homemade pasta with granciporro e granseola (pasta with crab and spider crab).

But anything you order at this restaurant is going to tingle your taste buds. To accompany your meal, there is an excellent wine selection with a range of international and Italian wines. The desserts are also exceptional, the semifreddo alle more (blackberry semifreddo) is something that cannot be missed! Make a reservation in advance during the summer!

Address: Località Banditella, Marsiliana
Phone Number: +39 380 692 5459
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Average price: 50+ EUR
Accepted credit cards: Visa, American Express and MasterCard

Other restaurants

Other restaurants which were recommended by my friend Flavia were I Due Pini at Porto Santo Stefano and Il Cantuccio at Orbetello (for traditional Tuscan cuisine – not seafood). While my aunt recommended Al Cartello restaurant in Ansedonia, great for sunset dinner! Two friends from university recommended Gourmet Con Gusto at Villa Domizia. I haven’t been to any of these yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I go! If you’re staying a few days in this lovely Tuscan seaside retreat, make sure to read my guide to to Monte Argentario and Porto Ercole.


I'm the daughter of an Italian family of diplomats, the second of three children, and a global citizen. I've lived in 7 cities around the world, I have a gigantic crush on Italy and my name has been mispronounced more times than I can remember.

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