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. 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. 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

  • 6. Acquastanca

    $$ | Italian

    Grab a seat among locals at this charming, intimate eatery—the perfect place to pop in for a lunchtime primo or to embark on a romantic evening...Read More

  • 7. Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero

    $$ | Seafood

    Around since 1965, Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero offers the best fish on Burano. No matter what you order, though, you'll savor the pride the owner...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Al Prosecco

    $$ | Santa Croce | Wine Bar

    Locals drop into this friendly bacaro to explore wines from this region and elsewhere in Italy. They accompany a carefully chosen selection...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Antica Besseta

    $$ | Santa Croce | Seafood

    Tucked away in a quiet corner of Santa Croce, with a few tables under an ivy shelter, the Antica Besseta dates from the 19th century, and it...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Il Refolo

    $$ | Santa Croce | Pizza

    This elegant pizzeria is run by the same family who own "Da Fiore." Besides serving excellent versions of classic pizzas, this elegant pizzeria...Read More

  • 17. La Palanca

    $$ | Italian

    It's all about the views at this classic wine bar–restaurant, where tables perched on the water’s edge are often filled with both locals and...Read More

  • 18. La Zucca

    $$ | Santa Croce | Italian

    Simple place settings, wood lattice walls, and a mélange of languages make La Zucca (The Pumpkin) feel much like a typical, somewhat sophisticated...Read More

  • 19. 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

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