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Venice restaurants

You can eat very badly in Venice—try any restaurant with a menu turistico in six languages and a persuasive hassler out front, and you'll find out just how badly. But you can also eat very well, if you know what to look for. As befits a maritime republic, Venetian cooking is focused on fresh seafood, and there are lots of trattorias and restaurants to choose from (our recommendations follow). Just keep in mind that a full-fledged meal will likely set you back more than it will anywhere else in Italy.

If you want to keep your tab down and still eat well, bacari—bars with rustic back-room trattorias—are a great choice. Most bacari serve menus of tapaslike snacks called cicchetti: brandade-topped toast, folpeti (baby octopus), polpette (spicy meatballs), and bovoleti (tiny snails). If you're still hungry after a few small plates (and ombre—glasses of wine), you can order more substantial fare at one of the back tables.

For a note on Venetian addresses, see our Fact Sheet.

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Al Covo, Castello, Venice

A recent visit confirmed that the civilized gourmet refuge of Cesare Benelli and his American wife, Diane, is a foodie treat to rival the better-known Da Fiore....more

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Alla Botte, San Marco, Venice

Campo San Bartolomeo is fast being overtaken by the Rialto market area as the city's nightlife hub, but this busy little bacaro tucked just off the square has...more

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Alla Palanca, Giudecca, Venice

The Giudecca is a strange island, with a jolly resident community of tough old boat builders and dreadlocked types seemingly untouched by the tourism of Venice...more

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Alle Testiere, Castello, Venice

Nabbing one of the eight tables at this tiny, cramped restaurant near the Santa Maria Formosa church is a major coup; despite a few recent negative reviews (by...more

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Anice Stellato, Cannaregio, Venice

Set far from the tourist hordes, in the north of the city, this small, relaxed, family-run bacaro is a favorite among locals. The menu of simply yet elegantly...more

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Antica Birraria La Corte, San Polo, Venice

Pizza isn't Venice's thing, so you'll find nothing in the lagoon city to match the pizzerie of Rome or Naples. But this contemporary space on airy Campo San...more

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Around the Rialto Market, San Polo, Venice

The market at the northwestern foot of the Rialto Bridge throbs in the morning as crowds of homemakers and restaurateurs fight to nab the freshest produce....more

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Corte Sconta, Castello, Venice

Marco Proietto's seafood restaurant near the shipyards of Castello is no secret, so you'll likely have to share it with crowds of reveling tourists and local...more

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Da Fiore, San Polo, Venice

The release of the 2003 Da Fiore Cookbook catapulted this restaurant into the spotlight (though it had been around for 30 years), and it's been a hot spot ever...more

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Grand Cafés, San Marco, Venice

Facing off across St. Mark's Square, the highly competitive cafés Florian and Quadri are almost as iconic as the piazza they overlook. When Venice was...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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