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. 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

  • 2. Algiubagiò

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Algiubagiò has a dual personality: at lunch it serves big salads (a better bet than the pizza) and other light fare; at dinner, heartier primi...Read More

  • 3. Anice Stellato

    $$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Off the main concourse, on one of the most romantic fondamente (canal-side streets) of Cannaregio, this family-run bacaro-trattoria is the...Read More

  • 4. Bentigodi di Chef Domenico

    $$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Many claim that owner Domenico Iacuzio is one of Venice's best chefs, even though he hails from Italy's deep south. The chef marries delicious...Read More

  • 5. Botteghe di Promessi Sposi

    $$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Join locals at the banco (counter) premeal for an ombra (small glass of wine) and cicheti like polpette or violet eggplant rounds, or reserve...Read More

  • 6. Da Marisa

    $ | Cannaregio | Italian

    It doesn't get any more Venetian than this. At Marisa, a beloved Cannaregio institution, don't expect a menu, tourist or otherwise: what Marisa...Read More

  • 7. Dal Mas

    $ | Cannaregio | Bakery

    Crisp croissants, pastries such as kranz (a braided pastry filled with almond paste and raisins) and strudel from the Friuli region, and bar...Read More

  • 8. Enoteca Do Colonne

    $ | Cannaregio | Wine Bar

    Venetians from this working-class neighborhood frequent this friendly bacaro, not just for a glass of very drinkable wine, but also because...Read More

  • 9. Gelateria Ca' d'Oro

    $ | Cannaregio | Bakery

    Here you'll find the usual array of flavors, which change with the seasons, plus a few more-inventive ones. You can also enjoy a granita (regular...Read More

  • 10. Gelatone

    $ | Cannaregio | Café

    Though it's changed hands, new owners try to adhere to the tradition that kept locals devoted. The flavors are inspired and the servings ample. ...Read More

  • 11. Ostaria Boccadoro

    $$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Come for the campo, stay for the fare. Boccadoro's spacious patio graces the peaceful Campo Widman; both join forces to provide a most relaxing...Read More

  • 12. Osteria alla Frasca

    $ | Cannaregio | Seafood

    For a taste of tagliata di calimaro (sliced grilled squid) with arugula or pomodorini tomatoes with strawberries and violet artichokes,...Read More

  • 13. Osteria Ca' D'Oro (alla Vedova)

    $ | Cannaregio | Italian

    The best polpette in town," you'll hear fans of the venerable Vedova say, and that explains why it's an obligatory stop on any giro d'ombra...Read More

  • 14. Osteria Orto dei Mori

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    This small, popular neighborhood osteria—located canalside, just under the nose of the campo's famous corner statue—specializes in creative...Read More

  • 15. Panificio Giovanni Volpe

    $ | Cannaregio | Bakery

    This is the only place in town that still bakes traditional Venetian-Jewish pastry and delicious pane azimo (matzo bread) all year round,...Read More

  • 16. Tiziano

    $ | Cannaregio | Italian

    A fine variety of excellent tramezzini lines the display cases at this tavola calda (roughly the Italian equivalent of a cafeteria) on the...Read More

  • 17. Fiaschetteria Toscana

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Contrary to what the name suggests, there's nothing Tuscan about this restaurant's menu. It was formerly a Tuscan wine-and-oil storehouse, and...Read More

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