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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. All'Arco

    $ | San Polo | Café

    Just because it's noon and you only have enough time between sights for a sandwich doesn't mean that it can't be a satisfying, even awe-inspiring...Read More

  • 6. Alla Madonna

    $ | San Polo | Italian

    The Madonna" used to be world-famous as "the" classic Venetian trattoria, but in recent decades has settled into middle age. Owned and operated...Read More

  • 7. Antiche Carampane

    $$$ | San Polo | Italian

    Judging by its rather modest and unremarkable appearance, you wouldn't guess that Piera Bortoluzzi Librai's trattoria is among the finest fish...Read More

  • 8. Cantina Do Mori

    $ | San Polo | Wine Bar

    This is the original bacaro, in business continually since 1462; cramped but warm and cozy under hanging antique copper pots, it has served...Read More

  • 9. Dai Zemei

    $ | San Polo | Wine Bar

    Loads of travelers happily "discover" this relatively new arrival on the bacaro scene traversing west from the Rialto, and a fortunate find...Read More

  • 10. Rizzardini

    $ | San Polo | Bakery

    This is the tiniest and prettiest pastry shop in Venice, with a counter dating from the late 18th century. Try the Zurigo (light, flakey apple...Read More

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