The best 20 seafood restaurants by the sea in Tuscany
Magical places to enjoy the full flavour of the sea along the coast
Along the four hundred kilometres of Tuscan coastline (from Marina di Carrara to the mouth of the Chiarone river, below Capalbio), among the most beautiful inlets and coves where you can take a regenerating dip, there are several restaurants, including trattorias, bathing establishments, terraces, and gourmet places that deserve a stop. So, let's start from north to south to discover the ones not to be missed.
Here is an in-depth look at restaurants in Versilia, here is where to eat by the sea in the Maremma, and here is a short guide to the pearls of Castiglioncello and its surroundings!
Viale Italico, 85 (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 880397
A charming ambience on the Versilia beach where you can savour unique and precious flavours, and enjoy a lunch by the sea or a dinner of the freshest fish, illuminated by the glow of candles: this is the magic of Ristorante Gilda, a stone's throw from the centre of Forte dei Marmi. On the table, local dishes and specialities are served according to the canons of international cuisine, but always original, simple and light. The wine list includes a vast selection of local and national labels and champagnes of the best brands.
Viale Italico (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 82878
For over 100 years, Bagno Silvio has been the ideal destination for those in search of tasty fish dishes made with refined, zero-kilometre ingredients. Always run by the Dazzi family who have handed it down from generation to generation, you cannot go to Silvio's without tasting its anchovy, crudo, spaghetti with clams or the memorable imperial fried fish with a regular change of evo oil.
Via della Repubblica, 2a (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 82931
A unique place born from the bet of two brothers. David and Marco Vaiani have, in fact, synergistically combined their passion for cooking, giving rise to a trendy and dynamic reality, and bringing to the table works of art capable of triggering multi-sensory experiences. A new way of looking at cuisine that gives the possibility to freely choose how, what and when to eat and drink. You absolutely must try the sushi, but also the raw food and the exquisite pasta dishes.
Osteria del mare
Viale Franceschi, 4 (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 83661
Close to the historic centre of Forte dei Marmi is the Osteria del Mare. This elegant restaurant serves seafood-flavoured cuisine. Don't miss the tagliolini with red prawns, shelled clams and courgette flowers or the lobster salad with grilled lobster, vegetable crudité, crustacean mayonnaise and orange sauce.
Viale Achille Franceschi, 29 (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 1786241
Simply a corner of paradise on the most exclusive beach, located on the seafront since its beginnings a meeting point for lovers of the Forte, over the years the Maitò restaurant has maintained its characteristics of a typical Versilia restaurant. Menu not only of fish. Among the cult also unmissable meat dishes and more.
Via della Repubblica, 14 (Forte Dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 89879
A unique seafood experience at Ristorante Bistrot. Open kitchen, elegant rooms with a vaguely colonial-inspired design and a cool summer terrace, accompanied by jazz music.
Ristorante La Magnolia
Via Enrico Morin, 46 (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 787052
Inside the Hotel Byron, the La Magnolia restaurant offers an elegant atmosphere and in fine weather provides wonderful lunches and dinners by the pool. The à la carte menu captures the imagination with its simplicity and richness of flavour. New Chef Marco Bernardo is ready to impress with the authentic flavours of local produce. The proximity of the sea, the excellence of the territory and the high level of cuisine create a unique food and wine itinerary.
Via Arenile, 69 (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 1811042
One of Versilia's culinary treasures, thanks to the Bocelli family, which has completely renovated the historic bathing establishment, transforming it into an elegant oasis for its customers. The restaurant, directed by the new chef Mirko Caldino, offers a menu with a strong visual impact and intense flavour: for example, some traditional Tuscan/Versilian dishes revisited in a contemporary key. In addition, an expert sommelier is available to advise guests on the ideal combination of wines and food.
Bagno Santa Maria
Viale Italico, 9 (Forte dei Marmi)
ph. +39 0584 81177
Bagno Santa Maria was purchased by the Pinzauti family who fell in love with this little gem that has remained unchanged over the years. In fact, it retains the Fortemarmian style of the early 1960s with the traditional tamarisk trees and green wooden cabins that protect the interior lounges from the wind. The restaurant offers simple but carefully prepared dishes for a sea-view lunch where there is no shortage of spaghetti with clams.
Ristorante La Bussola - Versilia
Viale Roma, 44 - Marina di Pietrasanta (LU)
ph. +39 349 1993837
Bagno La Bussola's restaurant is part of the famous Bussola di Focette opened in 1955 by Sergio Bernardini. What has been and continues to be the temple of music is now also a reference point for beach cuisine, informal but genuine in its products and in the proposal of its dishes. Fish that is always fresh, vegetables from the restaurant's own garden, homemade breads and desserts. Versilian cuisine, in short. The wine and champagne list is important. To choose a table under the curtains or under the traditional canniccio, it is best to rely on the manager Alessandro.
Bagno Le Forbici
Via Aurelia, 1097A, 57016 (Rosignano Marittimo)
ph. +39 0586 751029
A true oasis of wellbeing, comfortable and peaceful, where you can experience the comfort of the many services offered while respecting nature. The best time to enjoy this marvel is undoubtedly sunset, when people leave their sun loungers to head for the panoramic restaurant where, between a bubbly and a delicious fish dish of the day, they can watch the sun greet the day by diving into the sea.
Ristorante Il Piccinino
Via Aurelia, 672 (Castiglioncello)
ph. +39 0586 373089
At Piccinino, there is no menu that is always the same, but five dishes that change according to the weather and product availability. One of the dishes is the Toscanino, a Tuscan pasta sandwich with fish delicacies. The other two dishes are still two from the sea and two from the land, but without meat, only vegetables. A meeting of colours and flavours not to be missed.
Viale Amerigo Vespucci, 1 (Rosignano Solvay-Castiglioncello)
ph. +39 0586 753192
In the picturesque bay of Castiglioncello, framed by a centuries-old pine forest, is the La Lucciola restaurant located at the historic Bagni Ausonia . Thanks to its favourable position sheltering it from the winds and humidity, it is the ideal place to dine al fresco on clear winter days and warm summer evenings. The restaurant has a large sheltered outdoor area, which at sunset takes on a special charm with the faint light of lanterns and the waving of light gauze curtains. For summer lunch, it offers simple fish dishes, crispy fried food and rich salads, while in the evening the menu develops into seafood dishes with a refined taste, delicate flavours and carefully prepared presentations.
Via dei Cavalleggeri Nord, 27 (Marina di Bibbona)
ph. +39 0586 600016
On the beach of Marina di Bibbona, on the edge of the pine forest with Marina di Cecina, there was a little bar on stilts, next to the La Pineta bathhouse, where more than half a century ago a family thought to prepare some fish dishes for a clientele that had begun to frequent those beaches. Today they do simple and ingenious cooking. Not to be missed.
Ristorante La Baracchina
Lungomare Alberto Sordi - Castiglioncello (LI)
ph. +39 0586 752003
On the most enchanting location in Castiglioncello, at Punta Righini, surrounded by the blue sea and caressed by the fresh sea breeze. Ristorante La Baracchina is not just a restaurant, but a unique location to experience an enchanting day at the sea. Mediterranean menu with traditional dishes revisited and modernised to satisfy even the most demanding palates.
Viale Guglielmo Marconi, 22 (San Vincenzo)
ph: 335 800 1695
In San Vincenzo Fulvietto, Fulvio Pierangelini's son, continues his father's tradition in the restaurant Il Bucaniere. A pile dwelling on the beach with a design by Massimiliano Fuksas that is based on the quality of the raw materials and brings distinct flavours to the table, simple but at the same time tasty. Not to be missed is the sunset, one of the most beautiful on the entire coast.
Vistamare Beach Restaurant
Strada Provinciale delle Rocchette, 98 (Castiglione della Pescaia)
ph. +39 376 1156063
An informal restaurant that conveys its wild soul and welcomes guests by immersing them in the authenticity of the place. It is the encounter between the sea and the land, between fish dishes and the scents of the Mediterranean maquis. Thanks to its panoramic terrace, Vistamare welcomes its guests on the edge of the beach with a quick and informal lunchtime proposal. While in the evening it becomes a magical and intimate place, the soft lighting and breathtaking view are the ideal setting for your aperitif and elegant dinner by the sea.
Via Costiera Antica Snc – (Fiumara, Marina di Grosseto)
ph. +39 0564 34040
Let's head south: in Marina di Grosseto there is Fiumara Beach, in the restaurant with its terrace overlooking the sea, we find plenty of the day's catch. A restaurant with a unique and unmistakable style, the Fiumare offers fish dishes for lunch and dinner and a fabulous aperitif.
Porto Turistico, 11 (Marina di Grosseto)
ph. +39 0564 337812
A philosophy of tailor-made hospitality that of the Gabbiano 3.0 restaurant, one Michelin star, in the centre of the Marina di Grosseto marina. Leading the kitchen is the young Tuscan Alessandro Rossi. His is a proposal linked to the tradition of the territory but completed by contaminations and explorations rich in creativity. High-quality raw materials and careful cooking are the basis of his dishes, both seafood and land-based, which express personality. An experience not to be forgotten.
La perla del mare
Via della Meloria, 9 (San Vincenzo)
ph. +39 0565 702113
The restaurant is located in a charming modern hut of wood and steel, scenically overlooking the beach of San Vincenzo. On the horizon, the outlines of the islands of Capraia, Corsica and Elba stand out. The dishes are prepared by chef Deborah Corsi: a talented woman who seems to paint her dishes with local products, excellent fish, and zero-kilometre vegetables.
La Dogana Capalbio
Via Graticciaia (Chiarone Scalo, Grosseto)
ph. +39 0564 890344
La Dogana Capalbio enjoys a strategic location, just a stone's throw from the beach. Winebar and restaurant, from sunset it becomes a reference point for aperitifs and then for dinner by the sea. Traditional dishes are served in the kitchen: try the pici with red prawns and vegetables and the frittura della Dogana.