Best Restaurants in Venice
While Venice''s cuisine can''t compare with many other Italian
destinations, it does have some wonderful restaurants featuring the
cuisine of the
. Near the Rialto Bridge, there is a string of
restaurants with tables along the canal, where you can enjoy the
quintessential Venetian practice of dining by the canal lights. The
Dorsoduro area has the highest concentration of places where
locals, especially students, go to eat.
One of Venetian cuisine''s most celebrated ingredients is
cuttlefish, and its ink. This powerful black ink serves as an
ingredient and a sauce in polenta (corn meal), risotto (rice), and
pasta dishes. Despite the intensity in colour, the ink has an
unexpectedly mild taste. Also popular in Venetian restaurants and
(Italian tapas), which is usually made up of
small servings of fish, little sandwiches, plates of olives or even
very small servings of regular full-course meals.
For fresh fruit, including chilled coconut, visit the street
market stalls. If self-catering, the Rialto food markets are the
best place to find fruit, vegetables and cheese; and a huge range
of seafood, most of it fresh out of the lagoon.
Travellers looking for authentic Venetian cuisine and prices
should avoid establishments with menus in six different languages
displayed in the windows, and rather head away from the tourist
centre to look for quaint and welcoming eateries tucked away in the
city''s nooks and crannies.
Enjoy sitting outside on a starry night, taking in a beautiful
view of the Giudecca from the deck at Lineadombra, one of Venice's
most modern restaurants. The bass fillet with potatoes and vanilla
perfume comes highly recommended.
Address: Ponte dell'Umilta, Dorsoduro, 19
This cosy pizzeria is located alongside the canal where diners
can pull their boats in, sit under an umbrella at a shady table and
feast on homemade crusted pies filled with roasted figs with
prosciutto, amongst other exotic flavour combinations. Open for
lunch and dinner from April to October.
Address: 1459 Santa Croce, Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio
Not somewhere many tourists would know about, unless escorted
here by a local, La Cantina is run and owned by the passionate
Francesco who is temperamental yet obsessive about food. Come here
for some indulgent and lip-smacking crostini piled with tongue,
chopped pickle, smoked ricotta and layers of fresh horseradish
shavings, washed down with a glass of local wine. Open when the
owner feels like it - usually closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Address: Campo San Felice (Strada Nuova), Cannaregio
This essential Venice restaurant is famous for its great wine
selection from the Veneto region and for its flagship dish,
(Italian tapas) made up of wedges of
Mortadella sausage speared with curly, piquant Tuscan peppers and
crostini topped with creamy tuna and shredded leeks. Cantinone-gi?
Schiavi's lively atmosphere and warm and friendly locals is what
Venice dining is all about. Travellers will love the food, prices
and authentic Italian cuisine at one of Venice's best kept
Address: 992 Fondamenta San Trovaso, near the Accademia
Ristorante Ai Quattro Rusteghi
The airy spaciousness of this Venetian restaurant owned by the
local Rossi family, coupled with its wonderfully varied menu
creates a wonderful dining experience. Located in the heart of the
vity's Jewish 'Ghetto' of the Cannaregio district, this eatery is
popular with both locals and tourists alike. Try the delicious
homemade pastas with mouth-watering sauces, or the
fish baked with tomatoes, olives, capers, potatoes,
and white wine in parchment paper and then folded to look like a
gondola. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Open daily for lunch
Address: Campo del Ghetto Novo, Canareggio 2888
Located in Calle Vallaresso, this elegant restaurant belongs to
the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal, and serves traditional Venetian
cuisine, including seafood and fresh vegetables. Celebrities such
as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been spotted dining here and,
only a few metres from the Vaporetto stop, the location is both
convenient and appealing, with a very romantic terrace to sit
Address: Hotel Monaco, Calle Vallaresso, 1325
Ca' d'Oro (Alla Vedova)
Located away from Venice's tourists hub, you know Alla Vedova
must be good because this is where all the locals eat. With marble
counters, charismatic furniture, a cosy atmosphere and some of the
tastiest Venetian cuisine in town, diners can feast on dishes such
as the delicately grilled cuttlefish
(lasagna with sausage, radicchio,
and b?©chamel sauce).
Address: Calle del Pistor, Cannaregio
Trattoria alla Rivetta
This bustling seafood eatery serves some of the most authentic
Venetian cuisine and for the right price. Locals and tourists alike
flock to this restaurant for delicious pastas, seafood and other
mouth-watering Italian fare. Even in off-season there can be a
waiting list. Open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Closed Mondays. Reservation recommended.
Address: Castello 4625, Salizzada San Provolo
Popular with tourists and featuring grand paintings that occupy
entire walls, Persian carpets and beautiful views onto the square
of the Fenice theatre, Antico Martini is one of the oldest
restaurants in Venice, steeped in almost 300 years' history. The
superb cuisine will not disappoint and is always made form the
freshest ingredients. Open daily from 10.00am to midnight.
Address: Campo San Fantin (on the same square as La Fenice opera
Trattoria Altanella has been in the same family for over a
hundred years and the French president, Fran?§ois Mitterrand, used
to dine here whenever he was in Venice. However, the real
attraction to this ambient
is the sumptuous
, which is homemade and served with tomatoes or
Address: Calle delle Erbe, 268, Giudecca
Located next to the Antico Martini, Vino Vino is a wine
bar-cum-restaurant boasting the largest selection of top-quality
Italian and imported wines. The food's not bad either, where dishes
such as Scallops with cocoa butter and zucchini flowers, carpaccio
with pink grapefruit and edible flowers, Sea Bass risotto and
strawberry honey flavoured duck breasts with croquettes flavoured
with tonka beans, are paired with a delicious selection of wines.
Specials can be found scrawled on the blackboard or displayed under
the glass counter. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations
Address: Campo Teatro 2007, St Marks Square. On Ponte delle
Oozing with old-fashioned romance and elegance coupled with
breathtaking views across St Mark's Square, Ristorante Quadri lays
it on thick when it comes to fine dining and style. Try the steamed
Sea-bass in rosemary flavour with vegetable ratatouille or the lamb
cutlets and loin flavoured with thyme and parsley and seved with a
foundant of potatoe and eggplant. This restaurant might be
perceived as being kitsch, but it definitely doesn't disappoint.
Open daily, closed on Mondays between 1 November and 31 March.
Address: Piazza San Marco 120
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