Most romantic meal in Venice?

Jun 12th, 2000, 04:17 PM
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Most romantic meal in Venice?


We have only one day and a night in Venice during our cruise. Does anyone have any great ideas for a totally romantic, wonderful and delicious meal (lunch or dinner) in Venice? Price is not an issue. This is just for the experience of it.
 
Jun 13th, 2000, 02:43 AM
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Best atmosphere: Dinner at the Gritti Palace's terrace restaurant. Incredible view of the Grand Canal, good food.
Best food: Osteria da Fiore has really terrific seafood. Even my then thirteen year old daughter remembers the place.
Most overrated: Harry's Bar has quite a reputation. It has one good room with views of the Canal. Then there are the windowless overcrowded rooms for average tourists (that's me). My family wouldn't let me forget the mediocre meal we had which cost over $100 pre person.
 
Jun 13th, 2000, 07:38 AM
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I also vote for the Gritti Palace's terrace restaurant. 2nd choice would be the Terrace of Grand Hotel Europe & Canale Grande, a bit closer to Piazza San Marco, great view, good food, smaller and more intimate than the Gritti's terrace.
 
Jun 13th, 2000, 11:46 AM
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Agree with Vosaki, but my personal choice would be a dinner at da Fiore - seafood only, reservations required (+39 041/721308), closed on Sundays/Mondays and most of August.

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Jun 13th, 2000, 11:58 AM
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Hate to differ but Harry's Bar is where its at. Best Balinis and the pasta and sights are great. Only place in Venice you can find a gorgeous model, eating alone with her dog. It's an experience - not the most gourmet or economic meal - but if I had one dinner in Venice I'd have drinks on the terrace at Gritti and dinner at Harrys.
 
Jun 13th, 2000, 02:44 PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies.
 
Jun 14th, 2000, 04:48 AM
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We stayed at the Cipriani hotel...and the best thing about it was the dining and the pool.

I would recommend the main dining room @ Cipriani. Take the hotel boat over(romantic ride), eat by the water's edge(request table by water), languish in the atmosphere, view, and sunset; then stroll through the gardens and by the pool!
 
Jun 14th, 2000, 05:23 PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Great advice!!
 
Jun 16th, 2000, 05:41 PM
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When you arrive, visit the Gritti and Grand restaurants, and also the terrace restaurant at the Danieli Hotel. They're all within a couple of minutes of San Marco Square. My wife and I have tried them all and prefer the Danieli. We agree that Harry's Bar is greatly overrated.
 
Jun 20th, 2000, 01:56 AM
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Paulo, is the seafood at 'da fiore' very expensive...approx how much Lira per head do you think... Thanks... Also, any idea if it will be snowing in Venice in early November? Thanks all...
 
Jun 20th, 2000, 07:15 AM
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There should be no snow in early November, Debbie. The seafood at da Fiore is on the expensive side. A complete dinner (pane, acqua, antipasto, primo, secondo, insalata, dolce/frutta and expresso) would run about Lit 120,000/person (educated guess . To that you'd have to add the wine. When we were there last, 3 years ago, we spent Lit 200,000 (US$ 120 at the time) including a good bottle of wine.

Paulo

 
Jun 20th, 2000, 11:05 PM
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Ciao Paulo... Grazie e mille...Debbie Lee...
 
Jun 20th, 2000, 11:12 PM
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Sorry Paulo... Me again.. Can you or anyone else suggest somewhere in Venice that is very romantic but perhaps not quite so expensive? All suggestions gratefully accepted... Debbie Lee...
 
Jun 21st, 2000, 04:13 AM
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Food in Venice seemed to be very expensive and NOT very good! My best choice (sacrilege! a cultural polar opposite!)was the Shri Ganesh, a little Indian restaurant located on a quiet canal. Grab a table under starry Venetian skies with candlelight flickering on the face of your loved one , the canal eddying by slowly... its a grand experience!
 
Jun 21st, 2000, 08:47 AM
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I don't know if my interpretation of a romantic setting is the same as yours. For many people, romantic is a setting with a view. I'm more for a calm place with a quaint decoration, appropriate lighting, etc.

Now, it's very difficult to sort out a place in Venice that has this romantic atmosphere, good cuisine, and relatively low price, specially if one is considering a fish entree. As you may know, fish is sold by weight and is considerably more expensive than beef. Depending on the fish, one's "buying" it all (you choose, it's weighted and prepared). More often than not, this means that it'll have to be shared by both of you. Of course, Venetian cuisine has many dishes where seafood is a component (pasta, etc.). These are much cheaper than fish.

I've been to two places that may fit your requirements in the distant past. I have no idea on prices nowadays:

Poste Vecie (Pescheria di Rialto, San Polo 1608, tel. 041 721822, reservations required, closed Tuesdays). This is one of, if not, the oldest restaurants in Venice, secluded in the fish market (to get there one must go over a small private bridge). Two very charming and intimate dining rooms and a small courtyard. I had a very good "seppie con polenta" and my wife a pasta with squid ink. Both of us also had a shellfish salad. Wine included the price tag at the time was US 50 (which I would estimate at US$ 80 today).

Ai tre Piedi (Salizzada San Cazian, Cannaregio 5906, tel. 041 5208035, closed Mondays) Some 7 years ago, we were surprised for the very nice ambience, good food and low prices. Dinner for 2 ran about US$ 35 (I would guess that today it would cost US$ 50).

The next time in Venice, we will experiment the Arcimboldo (Calle dei Furiani, Castello 3219, tel. 041 5286569, closed Tuesdays). Friends that went to Venice last year raved about the place. The setting should be very charming and the ambience intimate and romantic. The Venetian cuisine is supposed to be very good and the price very reasonable (our friends spent Lit 150,000 with a bottle of wine).

Paulo

 
Jun 21st, 2000, 10:16 AM
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Using Paulo's definition of romantic, we really liked Vini da Gigio, in the Canareggio. It's small and charming, and the service and food were very good. I believe we paid about $70 for the two of us, and that included a glass of prosecco each before dinner, two courses, a bottle of wine, and a dessert to split.
 
Jun 21st, 2000, 12:52 PM
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If you want experience, get lost in the city. Some of the tiny lil' streets have the best restaurants. The view might not the best of the canals, but the people there are great characters. I agree with others. Harry's Bar is too tourist oriented. Get lost in Venice to get the most out of the city.
 
Jul 28th, 2000, 05:01 PM
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To the top for Karen
 
Apr 2nd, 2001, 06:02 PM
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topping... the old-fashioned way... for Mally...
 
Apr 2nd, 2001, 06:14 PM
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I'm with Paulo...
Da Fiore and if you CAN book the ONLY window seat which is a window seat in that it has the fabric covered bench against the wall, for two, to watch the gondoliers maneuver their way silently through widning canals and arched bridges...and the pupkin and cheese stuffed ravioli..... La Grola wine to boot!
 

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