Venice Restaurants

Dining options in Venice range from the ultra-high end, where jackets and ties are a must, to the very casual. Once staunchly traditional, many restaurants have renovated their menus along with their dining rooms, creating dishes that blend classic Venetian elements with ingredients less common to the lagoon environs.Mid-range r
Dining options in Venice range from the ultra-high end, where jackets and ties are a must, to the very casual. Once staunchly traditional, many restaurants have renovated their menus along with their dining rooms, creating dishes that blend classic Venetian elements wit
Dining options in Venice range from the ultra-high end, where jackets and ties are a must, to the very casual. Once stau

Dining options in Venice range from the ultra-high end, where jackets and ties are a must, to the very casual. Once staunchly traditional, many restaurants have renovated their menus along with their dining rooms, creating dishes that blend classic Venetian elements with ingredients less common to the lagoon environs.

Mid-range restaurants are often more willing to make the break, offering innovative options while keeping traditional dishes available as mainstays. Restaurants are often quite small with limited seating, so make sure to reserve ahead. It's not uncommon for restaurants to have two seatings per evening, one at 7 and one at 9.

There's no getting around the fact that Venice has more than its share of overpriced, mediocre eateries that prey on tourists. Avoid places with cajoling waiters standing outside, and beware of restaurants that don't display their prices. At the other end of the spectrum, showy menu turistico (tourist menu) boards make offerings clear in a dozen languages, but for the same €15–€20 you'd spend at such places you could do better at a bacaro making a meal of cicchetti (savory snacks).

Budget-conscious travelers might want to take their main meal at lunch, when restaurant prices tend to be lower. Also keep an eye out for cafés and trattorias that offer meals prepared for operai (workers); they’ll have daily specials designed for those who have to eat and run, which anyone is welcome to partake in. Bacari offer lighter fare, usually eaten at the bar (prices are higher if you sit at a table) and wine lists that offer myriad choices by the glass.

Although pizzerias are not hard to find, Venice is not much of a pizza town—standards aren't what they are elsewhere in Italy, and local laws impede the use of wood-burning ovens. Seek out recommended pizzerias, or opt for a bacaro snack instead of a soggy slice of pizza al volo, which is too commonly precooked and reheated. Tramezzini, the triangular white-bread sandwiches served in bars all over Italy, however, are almost an art form in Venice. The bread is white but doesn’t at all resemble the "Wonder" of your youth; many bars here still make their own mayonnaise, and few skimp on the fillings.

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  • 1. Al Paradiso

    $$$ | San Polo | Italian

    In a small dining room made warm and cozy by its pleasing and unpretentious decor, proprietor Giordano makes all diners feel like honored guests...Read More

  • 2. Alle Testiere

    $$$ | Castello | Italian

    The name is a reference to the old headboards that adorn the walls of this tiny, informal restaurant, but the food (not the decor) is undoubtedly...Read More

  • 3. Caffè Florian

    $$ | San Marco | Café

    Florian is not only Italy's first café (1720), but also one of its most beautiful, with glittering, neo-baroque decor and 19th-century wall...Read More

  • 4. Cantinone già Schiavi

    $ | Dorsoduro | Wine Bar

    A mainstay for anyone living or working in the area, this beautiful family-run 19th-century bacaro across from the squero (gondola repair...Read More

  • 5. Harry's Bar

    $$$$ | San Marco | Italian

    For those who can afford it, lunch or dinner at Harry's Bar is as much a part of a visit to Venice as a walk across the Piazza San Marco or...Read More

  • 6. Il Ridotto

    $$$$ | Castello | Italian

    Longtime restaurateur Gianni Bonaccorsi (proprietor of the popular Aciugheta nearby) has established an eatery where he can pamper a limited...Read More

  • 7. Impronta Cafe

    $$ | Dorsoduro | Italian

    This sleek café is a favorite lunchtime haunt for professors from the nearby university and local businesspeople; unlike in more traditional...Read More

  • 8. La Bitta

    $$ | Dorsoduro | Italian

    The decor is more discreet, the dining hours longer, and the service friendlier and more efficient here than in many small restaurants in Venice...Read More

  • 9. Osteria alla Bifora

    $$ | Dorsoduro | Italian

    A beautiful and atmospheric bacaro, Alla Bifora has such ample, satisfying fare that most Venetians consider it a full-fledged restaurant. Offerings...Read More

  • 10. Osteria Da Fiore

    $$$$ | San Polo | Italian

    The understated atmosphere, simple decor, and quiet elegance featured alongside Da Fiore's modern take on traditional Venetian cuisine certainly...Read More

  • 11. Osteria di Santa Marina

    $$$ | Castello | Italian

    The candlelit tables on this romantic campo are inviting enough, but it's the intimate restaurant's imaginative kitchen that's likely to win...Read More

  • 12. Venissa

    $$$$ | Italian

    Stroll across the bridge from Burano to the islet of Mazzorbo to see some of the Venetian islands' only working vineyards, amid which sits this...Read More

  • 13. Vini da Gigio

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    A brother-sister team run this refined trattoria, where you're made to feel as if you've been personally invited to lunch or dinner. Indulge...Read More

  • 14. Aciugheta

    $$ | Castello | Wine Bar

    Almost an institution, the "Tiny Anchovy" (as the name translates) doubles as a pizzeria-trattoria, but the real reason for coming is the bar...Read More

  • 15. Acquastanca

    $$ | Italian

    Grab a seat among locals at this charming, intimate eatery—the perfect place to pop in for a lunchtime primo or to embark on a romantic evening...Read More

  • 16. Al Covo

    $$$ | Castello | Italian

    For years, Diane and Cesare Binelli's Al Covo has set the standard of excellence for traditional, refined Venetian cuisine; the Binellis are...Read More

  • 17. Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero

    $$ | Seafood

    Around since 1965, Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero offers the best fish on Burano. No matter what you order, though, you'll savor the pride the owner...Read More

  • 18. Al Mercà

    $ | San Polo | Wine Bar

    It's easy to spot this tiny bacaro shoved into corner of the campo just beyond the Rialto Market: it's the one mobbed with chatty patrons—dressed...Read More

  • 19. Al Nono Risorto

    $$ | Santa Croce | Italian

    Although in the Santa Croce neighborhood, this friendly trattoria popular with the locals is really only a short walk from the Rialto Market...Read More

  • 20. Al Prosecco

    $$ | Santa Croce | Wine Bar

    Locals drop into this friendly bacaro to explore wines from this region and elsewhere in Italy. They accompany a carefully chosen selection...Read More

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