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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Caffè Bar Ai Artisti

    $ | Dorsoduro | Café

    Caffè Ai Artisti gives locals, students, and travelers alike good reason to pause and refuel. The location is central, pleasant, and sunny—perfect...Read More

  • 6. Gelateria Il Doge

    $ | Dorsoduro | Café

    This popular take-away gelateria, just off Campo Santa Margherita, offers a wide selection of flavors, from a few low-calorie options including...Read More

  • 7. Gelateria Nico

    $ | Dorsoduro | Café

    Enjoy the Zattere's most scrumptious treat—Nico's famous gianduiotto, a slab of chocolate-hazelnut ice cream floating on a cloud of whipped...Read More

  • 8. Nico

    $ | Dorsoduro | Café

    With an enviable terrace on the Zattere, Nico is the city's gelateria with a view. The house specialty is the gianduiotto, a brick of dark...Read More

  • 9. Pasticceria Tonolo

    $ | Dorsoduro | Bakery

    Join students and profs from nearby Università di Ca' Foscari at the counter here, which makes for a sweet break while traversing the Frari...Read More

  • 10. Pasticceria Tonolo

    $ | Dorsoduro | Bakery

    Venice's premier confectionery has been in operation since 1886. During Carnevale it's still one of the best places in town for frittelle,...Read More

  • 11. Ristorante Riviera

    $$$$ | Dorsoduro | Italian

    The impressive panorama from their Zattare terrace attracts travelers yearning for a view, and the Riviera certainly offers that. Choose from...Read More

  • 12. Taverna San Trovaso

    $ | Dorsoduro | Italian

    A wide choice of Venetian dishes served in robust portions, economical fixed-price menus, pizzas, and house wine by the glass or pitcher keep...Read More

  • 13. L'Incontro

    $$$$ | Italian

    This trattoria between San Barnaba and Campo Santa Margherita has a faithful clientele of Venetians and visitors, attracted by flavorful Sardinian...Read More

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