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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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Venissa, Mazzorbo, Venice

A gourmet eating experience it may be, but Venissa must also rank as one of Venice's strangest. For a start, it's on an island—Mazzorbo—that most...more

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Ristorante Quadri, San Marco, Venice

The window tables in the upstairs restaurant at Gran Caffè Quadri—with their peerless views across St. Mark's Square—have been sought after for...more

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Osteria Santa Marina, Castello, Venice

In a quiet campo near the Rialto, this upmarket osteria with its beamed ceiling and polished dark-wood bar gets all the details right: The various breads are...more

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La Zucca, Santa Croce, Venice

If you're vegetarian—or just tired of Venice's fishy menus—La Zucca ("the Pumpkin") is the place to go. Although there are some meat dishes on the...more

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La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi, Cannaregio, Venice

Located in an alley running parallel to and north of busy Strada Nuova, La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi is easy to spot after about 6 pm, when locals begin...more

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Il Ridotto, Castello, Venice

There's hardly room to swing a catfish in this brand-new, five-table gourmet locale behind the Doge's Palace. All the better to enjoy the cuisine, and the...more

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I Figli delle Stelle, Giudecca, Venice

A fresh new arrival on the Giudecca, I Figli di Stelle is run by three friends who met as student activists during Italy's mid-'70s protest years (the name is...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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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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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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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



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