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. 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

  • 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. Vini da Gigio

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    A brother-sister team run this refined trattoria, where you're made to feel as if you've been personally invited to lunch or dinner. Indulge...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. Algiubagiò

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Algiubagiò has a dual personality: at lunch it serves big salads (a better bet than the pizza) and other light fare; at dinner, heartier primi...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. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Locanda Cipriani Restaurant

    $$$ | Italian

    A nearly legendary restaurant—Hemingway came here often to eat, drink, and brood under the green veranda—established by a nephew of Giuseppe...Read More

  • 11. Muro Pizzeria con Cucina

    $$$ | Santa Croce | Italian

    Don't let the name pizzeria con cucina fool you: Muro offers its mostly youthful clientele a varied menu and uses high-quality ingredients...Read More

  • 12. Osteria Orto dei Mori

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    This small, popular neighborhood osteria—located canalside, just under the nose of the campo's famous corner statue—specializes in creative...Read More

  • 13. Fiaschetteria Toscana

    $$$ | Cannaregio | Italian

    Contrary to what the name suggests, there's nothing Tuscan about this restaurant's menu. It was formerly a Tuscan wine-and-oil storehouse, and...Read More

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