Restaurants in Venice

Venice can be a difficult place to find a decent meal; it is filled with often awful restaurants offering 'tourist' menus. However, it’s not impossible to find good quality food and you don’t have to travel too far from the famous Piazza San Marco to do so. There are a number of very good restaurants in the Castello area with great food and atmosphere. If budget is not an issue, there are also a number of excellent restaurants, many with terraces on the canals or in private gardens.

The Venice restaurants have been priced into three categories and have also been rated out of 5:
Expensive (over €100)
Moderate (€50 to €100)
Cheap (up to €50)
These Venetian restaurant prices include a three course meal for one, at least one glass of wine and taxes and service charges. It is customary in Italy to add an extra 10% tip to your bill if you’ve received a good service.

Il Canova

Price: Expensive
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Mediterrenean

As part of the Baglioni chain of hotels, diners at Il Canova know how exquisite their experience will be before they even arrive. This particular restaurant boasts one of the grandest dining rooms in Venice but offers an intimate setting (there’s room for only 65 guests) and personal service that is second to none. The food is a true reflection of the Mediterranean and the wine collection is chosen to complement each course.

Address: San Marco 1243, 30124 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 528 9840.

Fortuny Restaurant

Price: Expensive
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Italian

Enjoying an intimate dinner with a loved one at the Cipriani's signature restaurant is the quintessential Venice experience. The hotel boasts two terraces with Grand Canal views and dinner is served by lantern light during the darker months. The menu reflects the local cuisine, with a variety of seafood on the menu. Complimentary transportation on the hotel's private launch from Piazza San Marco adds to the glamour of it all.

Address: Giudecca 10, 30133 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 520 7744.

L'Osteria di Santa Marina

Price: Expensive
Rating: 3
Cuisine: Italian

The menu at this charming osteria, offers a wide range of appetizers, among which soused, boiled or "saor" (classic Venetian specialty) raw fish. Hand-made pasta is served with seasonal fruits of the gardens of the Veneto region, while main courses range from fried foods to grilled fish.

Address: Castello (Campo Santa Marina), 5911 – 30122 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 528 5239.

Ristorante Acqua Pazza

Price: Moderate
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Fish and seafood

Amalfi cuisine is served seated on the outdoor terrace, just around the corner from the La Fenice theatre and Gallerie dell’Accademia. The menu focuses on fish and seafood including lobster, stuffed calamari and tuna.

Address: San Marco 3808 Campo S. Angelo- 30124 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 277 0688.

Trattoria Antica Besseta

Price: Moderate
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Mediterrenean

One of the oldest Venetian trattoria is located a few minutes from Piazzale Roma station but is definitely off the beaten tourist track. This trattoria is a favourite among the locals and the food is simple but delicious Mediterranean fare.

Address: Salizada de Cà Zusto, Santa Croce 1395 30121 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 524 0428.

Osteria Oliva Nera

Price: Moderate
Rating: 5
Cuisine: Italian

Run by the friendly husband and wife team of Isabella and Dino, this fine restaurant offers local fish and seafood and classic Venetian dishes like delicious stuffed fried zucchini flowers. The owners go out of their way to make every guest feel welcome and the restaurant's own olive oil makes an excellent memento of a meal there.

Address: Castello, 3417, 3447 30122 , Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 522 2170.

Ristorante Giorgione

Price: Cheap
Rating: 3
Cuisine: Italian

Spaghetti alla busera con scampi and spaghetti vongole are two of the best dishes served in this bustling restaurant where most diners sit outside watching the action on the wide Via Garibaldi.

Address: Via Garibaldi, 1533, Castello, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 522 8727.

Al Giardinetto da Severino

Price: Cheap
Rating: 3
Cuisine: Italian

Conveniently located for Piazza San Marco and the Rialto, this friendly and intimate restaurant is popular with local gondoliers and has been run by the same family for over half a century. Housed in the 15th-century chapel of the Zorzi family, Al Giardinetto boasts vaulted ceilings and a frescoed fireplace. The restaurant offers dining in the vineyard courtyard during summer. Venetian staples dominate the menu, such as sardelle in saor (sardines with raisins, pinenuts and onions).

Address: Ruga Giuffa, Castello 4928, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 528 5332.

Trattoria alla Madonna

Price: Cheap
Rating: 3
Cuisine: Italian

Near the Rialto Bridge, this large bustling trattoria is good value and a favourite with locals and visitors alike. In the daytime, the long tables laid out across the terracotta floor are a great informal place to tuck into a bowl of pasta with fagioli beans. In the evening, the more serious dining gets under way, with seafood specialities such as black squid with polenta and octopus on the menu. The restaurant also offers good meat choices including liver, veal and beef.

Address: Calle della Madonna, San Polo 594, Venice, Italy
Telephone: (041) 522 3824.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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