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Osteria alle Testiere

Italian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This tiny restaurant is today one of the hottest culinary tickets in Venice. — Time Out

A refined "bacaro", which has wooden tables, simple facilities and nice informal atmosphere; only fish dishes, well prepared and imaginative. — Michelin Guide

This is a guaranteed choice if you are a foodie curious to experience the increasingly interesting Venetian culinary scene without going broke. — Frommer's

Local foodies consider this one of the most refined eateries in the city thanks to chef Bruno Cavagni's gently creative take on classic Venetian fish dishes. — Fodor's

"Book ahead" if you want to experience this "tiny" "true gem" off Campo Santa Maria Formosa, rated No.1 for Food in Venice. — Zagat

Al Covo

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Owned and operated by chef Cesare Benelli and his American wife, Diane (who handles desserts), this civilized gourmet refuge is a foodie treat. — Condé Nast Traveler

For years Diane Rankin and Cesare Benelli have dedicated themselves to the preservation of heritage products and lagoon recipes, which has placed them firmly on the gourmet map. — Lonely Planet

For years this lovely restaurant has been deservingly popular with American food writers, putting it on the short list of every food-loving American tourist. — Frommer's

"Divine fish and seafood", "simply and elegantly prepared", comes "highly recommended" at this "intimate" Castello "gem" run by a Texan pastry chef. — Zagat

This hidden gem tucked away behind the Arsenale boat stop is run by husband and wife team Cesare and Diane Benelli. — DK Eyewitness

Ristorante Quadri

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Now run by the Alajmo family - renowned restaurant owners from Padua - the Quadri is one of Venice's 'gastronomic monuments'. — Michelin Guide

Located above the famed café of the same name sits one of the most legendary restaurants in Italy. — Fodor's

Dine by candlelight with a view across St. Mark's Square. — Frommer's

The lagoon cappuccino appetizer is a concoction of the best of local seafood and dark, creamy squid ink in mashed potato so exquisite you might not even identify it at first bite. — Concierge

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

Antiche Carampane

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A typical trattoria in business for over a century, with a friendly, convivial atmosphere and a menu announced at your table. — Michelin Guide

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

Over the past couple of years the portions have become less generous, but antipasti such as sour eggplant and creamed codfish are among the best in town. — Travel + Leisure

Say goodbye to soggy lasagne and hello to silky, lagoon-fresh crudi , asparagus and granseola (lagoon crab) salad, cloudlike gnocchi, and San Pietro (whitefish) atop grilled radicchio trevisano. — Lonely Planet

It's worth the "trek" to San Polo to experience this little "treasure" dishing out "seriously good" Venetian cooking. — Zagat

Ristorante La Bitta

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

La Bitta, a warm and rustic osteria with a small courtyard, stands out by having virtually no fish on the menu. — Time Out

When eaters "want a break from all the seafood" and are looking to "satisfy [their] meat fix" they head to this dinner-only Dorsoduro Venetian for "reasonable portions" of "homestyle cooking". — Zagat

Innovative fare at a welcoming little osteria that’s remarkable for featuring hardly anything aquatic. — Rough Guide

The daily menu arrives on an artist’s easel, and the hearty rustic fare looks like a still life and tastes like a carnivore's dream. — Lonely Planet

The decor is more discreet, the dining hours longer, and the service friendlier and more efficient here than in many small restaurants in Venice. — Fodor's

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Il Ridotto

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pricey for dinner, it offers an extraordinarily good value for its set lunch menu: following plates of modern cichetti such as shrimp with cauliflower and roasted almonds. — Travel + Leisure

One of the most interesting restaurants in the city. It serves fine, sophisticated cuisine that is nonetheless authentic and free from unnecessary frills. — Michelin Guide

From an open kitchen the size of a closet comes a parade of tasty small plates: a dollop of savoury Tuscan bread pudding, Venetian crudi composed into a glistening mosaic. — Lonely Planet

Longtime restaurateur Gianni Bonaccorsi... has established an eatery where he can pamper a limited number of lucky patrons with his imaginative cuisine and impeccable taste in wine. — Fodor's

This tiny up-market restaurant is always an experience, with engaging chef Gianni Bonaccorsi involving his customers in all his creative angst. — Time Out

Osteria Da Fiore

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An osteria in name only, this restaurant has an elegant ambience, with two romantic tables overlooking the canal. — Michelin Guide

The sashimi-like tuna carpaccio melts in your mouth; pappardelle with oysters is aromatic with the scent of saffron; and the fritto misto (fried seafood) is divine. — Travel + Leisure

Small and chic, this Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant near Campo San Polo is considered by many to be the city’s best. — Insight Guides

"Tops for seafood", this "beautiful" San Polo Italian operated by "warm, friendly" owners offers "outstanding", "creative" dishes elevated by an "impressive" wine list. — Zagat

Chef Mara Martin's creations—many of them reworkings of traditional Venetian dishes—are dependably delicious. — Concierge

Vini da Gigio

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Charming", "cozy" family-run trattoria "a bit off the beaten path" in Cannaregio offering "superior" Venetian cuisine backed by an "intriguing" wine list. — Zagat

Vini da Gigio is strong on Venetian antipasti, including raw sea food; there are also a number of good meat and game options. — Time Out

Here you will find an elegant atmosphere and refined dishes based on seasonal produce. — DK Eyewitness

Paolo and Laura, a brother-sister team, run this refined trattoria as if they've invited you to dinner in their home, while keeping the service professional. — Fodor's

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

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Long a well-respected restaurant, La Zucca was once a vegetarian establishment... but now goes against the Venetian grain by featuring a lot of meat. — Rough Guide

The simple place settings, lattice-wood walls, and mélange of languages make La Zucca (the pumpkin) feel much like a typical, somewhat sophisticated vegetarian restaurant. — Fodor's

If you're in the mood for more varied and slightly exotic dishes, prepared with a lightness of touch, this is the place to go. — Michelin Guide

Locals and travelers looking "to refresh" visit this "charming" eatery in Santa Croce serving "imaginative" "nontraditional" Venetian dishes. — Zagat

Bistrot de Venise

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Paesanos with a hankering for "old, historic recipes" "cooked skillfully" frequent this Venetian "close to San Marco" where they can also sample vino from a large list. — Zagat

This relaxed spot offers indoor and outdoor seating, young English-speaking waiters, and a varied, eclectic menu. — Frommer's

This welcoming restaurant serves traditional Venetian cuisine as well as special dishes based on historic recipes. — DK Eyewitness

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

Diners will enjoy the lengthy wine list (available by the glass) and "historical" cuisine at this restaurant in a location known for its atmosphere. — Michelin Guide

L'Anice Stellato

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set far from the tourist hordes, in the north of the city, this small, relaxed, family-run bacaro is a favorite among locals. — Concierge

If finding this obscure corner of Cannaregio seems like an adventure, wait until dinner arrives. — Lonely Planet

A simple, modern place with a good choice offish at decent prices. — Michelin Guide

Hugely popular with Venetians for the superb, reasonably priced meals and unfussy atmosphere. Situated by one of the northernmost Cannaregio canals, it’s a little too remote for many tourists. — Rough Guide

A favorite spot loved for its menu of the traditional dishes made with the freshest ingredients, aromatic spices, and lots of vegetables. — National Geographic

Corte Sconta

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Secreted in a lane to the east of San Giovanni in Brágora, this restaurant is one of Venice’s finest. — Rough Guide

Pleasant early 20th century trattoria with a hundred year old grapevine in the courtyard, where meals are served in summer; typical seafood and Venetian cuisine. — Michelin Guide

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

Everything is first-class, but the stuffed squid and Venetian-style tuna with white polenta are especially good, as are the fried soft-shelled crabs, in season. — Frommer's

"Superb seafood" stars at this "out-of-the-way" Castello Venetian; the kitchen blends "originality" with "respect" for tradition. — Zagat

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Fiaschetteria Toscana

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Once a depot for Tuscan wine and olive oil, today only a selection of steaks and big Tuscan reds betrays its origins. — Time Out

It was formerly a Tuscan wine-and-oil storehouse, and it's worth a visit for its courteous service, fine, but essentially conventional, no-surprises cooking, and ample cellar. — Fodor's

Along with a superb wine list, the Busatto family serve fresh seafood such as a delicious warm octopus salad, followed by turbot in caper sauce. — DK Eyewitness

A classic that has long maintained quality, the Fiaschetteria Toscana has sought-after super-Tuscan options on the menu of 600 wines, but it’s Venetian where it counts. — Lonely Planet

L'Osteria di Santa Marina

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In a quiet campo near the Rialto, this upmarket osteria with its beamed ceiling and polished dark-wood bar gets all the details right. — Concierge

Highly rated by most Italian food magazines, this is a very slick and very impressive modern-style operation offering imaginative variants on Venetian maritime standards. — Rough Guide

This classy inn is managed by young professionals who serve seafood and traditional dishes, but they also offer some interesting culinary innovations. — Michelin Guide

"A high-end dining experience without the stuffiness" can be had at this Castello Venetian serving "authentic" "home cooking" with "creative" touches. — Zagat

Don’t be fooled by the casual piazza seating: this restaurant is saving up all the drama for your plate. — Lonely Planet

Trattoria alla Madonna

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Roomy, loud and bustling seafood restaurant that’s been going strong for four decades. — Rough Guide

Folks still head here to savor the classic Venetian repertoire and, as most dishes are properly prepared (for the stiff prices, they should be), the rooms here are usually bustling. — Fodor's

Bustling seafood trattoria is a favorite among locals as much as tourists. — Gayot

A sort of high-class canteen, this big, bustling fish trattoria with its friendly (though brisk) service and fair-ish prices has been piling in locals and clued-up tourists for generations. — Time Out

This bright and busy trattoria is a classic and has been packing them in for more than 50 years. — Frommer's

Harry's Bar

Cafés 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Known the world over as Ernest Hemingway’s favourite watering hole in Venice, Harry’s Bar is a hallowed institution as well as a cosy café. — DK Eyewitness

Sometimes described as the most reliable of the city’s gourmet restaurants... though the place’s reputation perhaps has more to do with glamour than with cuisine. — Rough Guide

Try the signature Bellini, a fresh peach nectar and prosecco aperitivo, and the carpaccio, which was also invented here. — Gayot

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

Famed as the birthplace of the Bellini and still "hopping" with "tourists" and others imagining they see "Hemingway at the next table". — Zagat

Boccadoro

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Well-heeled patrons visit this International-Venetian situated "out of [the] main tourist areas" in Cannaregio for a fish-focused menu "prepared with minute attention to detail". — Zagat

The cuisine in this restaurant with pleasantly modern decor is excellent, with a focus on fresh fish - such as tuna tartare or cozze pepate (peppery mussels). — Time Out

Come for the campo, stay for the fare. — Fodor's

Birds sweetly singing in this campo are probably angling for your leftovers, but they don’t stand a chance. — Lonely Planet

This upmarket modern enoteca-osteria serves extremely good – and rather pricy – fresh fish and seafood, and some superb pasta courses as well. — Rough Guide

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Vecio Fritolin

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The name translates as “the old frying-place”, and one of its signature dishes is a succulent fry-up of estuary fish. — Rough Guide

Order handmade langoustine tortelloni like Italian Slow Foodies, or choose today’s special with confidence – all seafood and produce here is hand selected daily from the Rialto Market. — Lonely Planet

This little place has a good reputation and offers dishes based on market produce (try the swordfish tartare with olives and lemon) and delicious pasta made by the owner. — Michelin Guide

Wooden beams, sturdy tables and the long bar at the back of the main dining room set the mood in this old-style bacaro. — Time Out

Set in a "historic" building near the Rialto Bridge, this "rustic" seafooder comes "recommended" for its "very good" fritolini. — Zagat

Ostaria Da Rioba

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This smartly austere osteria is another excellent northern-Cannaregio eatery; often full to bursting, especially in summer, when tables are set beside the canal, but the management always keeps the atmosphere relaxed. — Rough Guide

This pleasant restaurant is set on a lively canalside in the Cannaregio neighbourhood. — DK Eyewitness

Da Rioba is a pleasant place for lunch on warm days, when tables are laid out along the canal. — Time Out

Da Rioba's inventive kitchen turns out exquisite plates as colourful and creative as the artwork on the walls. — Lonely Planet

Located along a pleasant canal, this place oozes Venice. It offers various local favorites on the menu, such as numerous preparations of cod with polenta and fresh squid ink pasta. — Frommer's

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Dalla Marisa

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You'll have whatever Marisa's cooking, but you will be informed that the menu is meat- or fish-based when you book, and house wine is included in the price. — Lonely Planet

Set on an atmospheric canal in the northern stretches of the city, this set-menu spot offers one of the best-quality deals in town. — Condé Nast Traveler

Duck, tripe, beef and pheasant all feature regularly on the menu here – the boss is a butcher’s daughter. — Rough Guide

Signora Marisa is a culinary legend in Venice, with locals calling up days in advance to ask her to prepare ancient recipes such as risotto con le secoe. — Time Out

Carnivores take note! This is one of the few specialist meat restaurants in Venice, and with good reason, as it is run by a family of butchers. — Michelin Guide

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