Restaurants in Venice

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Though they run the gamut in price and style, most restaurants in Venice concentrate on what the lagoon has always delivered best: Fresh fish, caught... Read More

Though they run the gamut in price and style, most restaurants in Venice concentrate on what the lagoon has always delivered best: Fresh fish, caught in the early hours, sold in the morning at the Rialto market, and plated up the same evening at household names like Antico Martini and Il Ridotto. Venetian food isn’t your typical “Italian” cuisine—locals prefer polenta to pasta, and iconic dishes include fegato alla veneziana (liver and onions), sarde in saor (sardines with raisins, onions, and pine nuts, served cold) and flash-fried moeche, soft-shell crabs from the lagoon. Prices have historically been on the high side, but in recent years, a new generation of affordable restaurants has appeared, like Pizzeria Oke, on the Zattere. For a lunch on the run, stop at a bacaro—these traditional bars often do great homemade food, as well as snacks. After dinner, we recommend a walk to Pasticceria Tonolo, a bakery that's been whipping up delicious cakes topped with crystallized fruits for more than 120 years.

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  • Ai Mercanti Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Ai Mercanti
    Ai Mercanti

    Not a trattoria nor a restaurant, but a "gastrosteria"—a cross between the two—this under-the-radar little place serves imaginative food in an informal... Read More

  • Ai Quaranta Ladroni Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of www.pearlspotting.com
    Ai Quaranta Ladroni

    No problem if you're on a tight schedule, here—locals love this busy trattoria for its fast service. The food is simple but great (gnocchi with crab is... Read More

  • Anice Stellato Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Anice Stellato
    Anice Stellato

    Venetians flock to this canalside spot in Cannaregio for its delicate flavors—they clamor for paper-thin tagliatelle with shrimp and spring zucchini... Read More

  • Ristorante Antico Martini in Venice Alamy
    Antico Martini

    One of those venerable Venetian grande dames, everyone from Richard Burton to Gina Lollobrigida, Charlie Chaplin and Arturo Toscanini has come here for... Read More

  • Busa alla Torre da Lele Restaurant in Venice Cedric Angeles
    Busa alla Torre Da Lele

    Lagoon specialties such as moeche (soft shell crab) and granseola (spider crab) fill the menu at this Murano institution, but it's the eponymous Lele,... Read More

  • Alla Vedova Restaurant in Venice Andrea Wyner
    Ca' d'Oro alla Vedova

    Venice’s most authentic osteria. Inside, patrons fill up on Venetian cicheti such as lightly spiced meatballs, a pre-dinner favorite. Read More

  • Dopo Lavoro Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of JW Marriott, Venice
    Dopolavoro

    It took a mere six months from opening for Dopolavoro, the flagship restaurant of the JW Marriott, to earn its first Michelin star, which was awarded... Read More

  • Gam Gam Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Gam Gam
    Gam Gam

    Overlooking the Cannaregio Canal on the edge of the Ghetto, and run by the local rabbi for the past two decades, this wonderful kosher restaurant is a... Read More

  • Il Ridotto Restaurant in Venice Simon Watson
    Il Ridotto

    Il Ridotto isn't your average Venetian restaurant—either in its modern looks (all exposed brick, contemporary furniture, and mirrored walls to expand... Read More

  • L'orto dei Mori Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Osteria L'orto dei Mori
    L'Orto dei Mori

    Beloved by locals for its fusion of Sicilian and Venetian cuisine, this lovely little restaurant near the Madonna dell'Orto church in Cannaregio offers... Read More

  • Oke Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Oke
    Oke

    Its waterfront patio on the Zattere is, naturally, spectacular, but Oke's location in a converted warehouse near San Basilio means that its interior is... Read More

  • Rosa Rossa Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Rosa Rossa
    Rosa Rossa

    This modern pizzeria owned by two brothers hit the headlines in 2010 when Johnny Depp became a regular while shooting The Tourist (the doodles he drew... Read More

  • Terrazza Danieli Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Hotel Danieli
    Terrazza Danieli

    Few restaurants enjoy knock-out views like those of the Terrazza Danieli, styled by Jacques Garcia and perched on the rooftop of the venerable hotel. A... Read More

  • Terrazza dei Nobili Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Terrazza dei Nobili
    Terrazza dei Nobili

    Few places are more idyllic in summer than the Casino dei Nobili's terrace, cantilevered out over the Giudecca canal by the Zattere vaporetto stop. The... Read More

  • Vinaria Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Vinaria
    Vinaria

    A new sibling for Birraria La Corte, as well as a counterpoint: While the Birraria specializes in beer, Vinaria is all about wine—especially local wine.... Read More

  • Vino Vino Restaurant in Venice Courtesy of Vino Vino
    Vinovino

    Here's a tip. If grande dame restaurant Antico Martini's out of your budget, try Vinovino, the osteria next door. There's an art nouveau-style frieze... Read More

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