The Marco Polo guide to Venice restaurants

Buon appetito.

by Rashmi Chugani

While Marco Polo was a great explorer, he called Venice home. The quaint city boasts gondola rides, art, and beautiful scenery. While you’re visiting, make sure you eat well. Delicious food in Venice is plentiful, so here are some spots Marco would approve.

Osteria alle Testiere 92

Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801

Very small, very special fish and seafood restaurant in the alley on the other side of the canal from the front of Santa Maria Formosa, with ever- changing menu and a superb wine selection.

- Rough Guide

L'Osteria di Santa Marina 81

Campo Santa Marina 5911

This upmarket osteria in pretty campo Santa Marina has the kind of professional service and standards that are too often lacking in Venice.

- Time Out

Harry's Bar 81

Calle Vallaresso San Marco 1323

Well-heeled tourists and visiting celebrities have been coming to Harry's Bar, a Venice institution, since Giuseppe Cipriani opened it right on the St. Mark's waterfront in 1931.

- Travel + Leisure

Fiaschetteria Toscana 81

Sal S Giovanni Grisostomo

They care about quality here, draping choice San Daniele prosciutto over slices of ripe melon or figs, stuffing ravioli with seafood and coating it with a light parsley sauce.

- Frommer's

Corte Sconta 81

piazza Candiani, 17

This trailblazing seafood restaurant is such a firm favourite on the well-informed tourist circuit that it is a good idea to book well in advance.

- Time Out

Ristorante Quadri 85

Piazza San Marco San Marco 121

With its ornate stucco mouldings, 18th-century murals, huge mirrors and polished wooden furniture, Quadri is every inch the caffè storico.

- Time Out

Vini da Gigio 84

Sestiere Cannaregio, 3628/A

You will find a rustic ambience and informal service in this osteria popular with locals. Fish is prepared in a variety of ways, including marinated and grilled choices.

- Michelin Guide

La Zucca 82

Sotoportego del Tintor 1

Vegetable-centric, seasonal small plates bring Venetian spice-trade influences to local produce: zucchini with ginger zing, cinnamon-tinged pumpkin flan, and raspberry spice cake.

- Lonely Planet

Il Ridotto 84

Castello 4509

When the octopus starter looks so beautiful that it elicits gasps, there's no questioning how this small, elegant restaurant gained its Michelin star

- Lonely Planet

Osteria Da Fiore 84

Sestiere San Polo 2202

The understated atmosphere, simple decor, and quiet elegance featured alongside Da Fiore's modern take on traditional Venetian cuisine certainly merit its international reputation.

- Fodor's

Antiche Carampane 85

Rio Tera de Le Carampane San Polo 1911

This absolutely hidden local favorite is worth finding for its insiders-only, clubby vibe that still somehow maintains an unpretentious air.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Bistrot de Venise 83

Calle Dei Fabbri San Marco 4685

To treat yourself to some of Venice’s best fine dining, come to Bistrot de Venise, where you’ll be waited on hand and foot as you feast on dishes like homemade tagliolini with lagoon scallops.

- Let's Go

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