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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Boutique del Gelato

    $ | Castello | Bakery

    Even though you'll find newer, shinier gelaterie all up and down the salizzada , good value and marvelous flavors give this artisanal enterprise...Read More

  • 7. CoVino

    $$$ | Castello | Italian

    A charming new concept in Venetian eateries, diminutive CoVino offers a fixed-priced, three-course menu, from which you'll choose among several...Read More

  • 8. Didovich

    $ | Castello | Bakery

    At this favorite, family-run locale, you'll find all the usual amenities of a pasticceria, and also some sublime vegetable tortes. Enjoy a primo...Read More

  • 9. El Rèfolo

    $$ | Castello | Wine Bar

    At this contemporary cantina and hip hangout in a very Venetian neighborhood, the owner pairs enthusiastically chosen wines and artisanal beers...Read More

  • 10. Enoiteca Mascareta

    $ | Castello | Wine Bar

    We're just here for the wine. What it lacks in supreme cuisine, Mascareta more than makes up for with its broad and adventurous wine selection...Read More

  • 11. La Trattoria ai Tosi

    $ | Castello | Italian

    Getting off the beaten track to find good, basic local cuisine isn't easy in Venice, but La Trattoria ai Tosi (aka Ai Tosi Piccoli) fills the...Read More

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