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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bar all'Angolo

    $ | San Marco | Café

    This corner of Campo Santo Stefano is a pleasant place to sit and watch the Venetian world go by. The café staff are in constant motion, so...Read More

  • 4. Bar Gelateria Paolin

    $ | San Marco | Bakery

    The morning sun draws crowds of all ages and nationalities to take a seat on busy Campo Santo Stefano and enjoy a little cup at this favorite...Read More

  • 5. Caffè Centrale

    $$$ | San Marco | International

    Sleek and elegant in the glowing, brick-lined ground floor of a 16th-century palazzo, the Caffè Centrale has vastly improved since it came under...Read More

  • 6. Caffè Florian

    $ | San Marco | Café

    Venice's oldest café, continuously in business since 1720, has served coffee to the likes of Wagner, Casanova, Charles Dickens, and Marcel Proust...Read More

  • 7. Caffè Quadri

    $ | San Marco | Café

    In the Procuratie Vecchie, Caffè Quadri exudes almost as much history as Florian across the way, and is similarly pricey. It was shunned by...Read More

  • 8. Dal Col

    $ | San Marco | Bakery

    This is a good spot near Piazza San Marco for coffee and pastry on the run, with bar (coffee and beverage) service at the counter. Open every day. ...Read More

  • 9. Enoteca al Volto

    $$ | San Marco | Italian

    A short walk from the Ponte di Rialto, this bar has been around since 1936, and the satisfying cicheti and primi have a lot to do with its staying...Read More

  • 10. Harry's Bar

    $$$$ | San Marco | Italian

    If you'd like to attend happy hour with the ghosts of Ernest Hemingway, Aristotle Onassis, and Orson Welles, head to Harry's Bar. Despite...Read More

  • 11. Le Café

    $ | San Marco | Café

    On Campo Santo Stefano across from Paolin, Le Café has see-and-be-seen tables outside year-round. It also has bar service and afternoon tea...Read More

  • 12. Millevoglie

    $ | San Polo | Café

    The creamy, homemade gelato here satisfies the ad-hoc voglie (yearnings) of mille (thousands) passersby as they crisscross between the Frari...Read More

  • 13. Ristorante Quadri

    $$$$ | San Marco | Italian

    Although the lavish interior has been updated by designer Philippe Starck, this restaurant above the famed café of the same name is still steeped...Read More

  • 14. Rosa Salva

    $ | San Marco | Bakery

    There are several branches to this venerable pasticceria in town; the headquarters is a small shop on Calle Fiubera in San Marco with a wide...Read More

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