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Osteria alle Testiere

Italian 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The name is a reference to the old headboards that adorn the walls of this tiny, informal restaurant, but the food (not the decor) is undoubtedly the focus. Local foodies consider this... — Fodor's

Piatti del giorno might include sautéed John Dory with lemon and orange, sprinkled with tarragon, and Luca’s homemade ginger-and-vanilla gelato. — Travel + Leisure

Boldly flavored dishes—many of which put new spins on local and seasonal favorites. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

Vini da Gigio

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Both the food and the ambience couldn't be more Venetian in this pleasant canalside restaurant — Lonely Planet

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

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

Al Covo

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Though Al Covo is hidden in an alley behind the riva degli Schiavoni, it's very much on the international gourmet map. — Time Out

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

Al Covo does offer one of the few truly fine meals in the lagoon city. — Concierge

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

Antiche Carampane

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

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

Judging from its rather modest and unremarkable appearance, you wouldn't guess that Piera Bortoluzzi Librai's trattoria is among the finest fish restaurants. — Fodor's

If not the most tourist- friendly place in the city (a semi-jokey notice that tells you there’s a charge for tourist information), the Carampane is a thoroughbred Venetian trattoria. — Rough Guide

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

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

Osteria Da Fiore

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

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

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

An exclusive establishment hidden behind Campo San Polo, Da Fiore is probably the city’s best restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

Ristorante La Bitta

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

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

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

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

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

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Trattoria alla Madonna

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

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

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

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

Not far from the Rialto bridge, this historic Venetian palazzo is spacious and always busy. Its simple decor and lively atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for the typical regional... — Michelin Guide

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

Bistrot de Venise

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Zucca

Italian 83 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

Serving tasty meat dishes, plus vegetarian options, the menu focuses on traditional Veneto cuisine with some international variations. — DK Eyewitness

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 vegetarian—or just tired of Venice's fishy menus—La Zucca ("the Pumpkin") is the place to go. — Concierge

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

Ristorante Quadri

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

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

When it comes to Venetian glamour, nothing beats this historic Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking Piazza San Marco — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

Il Ridotto

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

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

There's hardly room to swing a catfish in this brand-new, five-table gourmet locale behind the Doge's Palace. — Concierge

There are only nine tables at this "excellent" Italian seafooder in Castello, so it's "kind of like being in the chef's house", especially when "he comes over to advise" guests on what to order. — Zagat

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

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

Corte Sconta

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

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

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

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

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Fiaschetteria Toscana

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

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

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

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

The name means “Tuscan Wine Shop”, but the menu at this long-running restaurant is quintessentially Venetian. — Rough Guide

"Despite the name", which reflects its Tuscan wine shop origins, this "warm" "haven" in Cannaregio deals in "sublime" Venetian cuisine fashioned from "local, fresh" ingredients. — Zagat

L'Osteria di Santa Marina

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

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

The candlelit tables on this romantic campo are inviting enough, but it's this intimate restaurant's imaginative kitchen creations that are likely to win you over. — Fodor's

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

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

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

L'Anice Stellato

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

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

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

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

The walk-around bar in this friendly bacaro fills up with cichetari (snacking locals) in the hour before lunch and evening meals. — Time Out

Vecio Fritolin

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

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

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

Part old-fashioned hole-in-the-wall fried-fish joint, part white-tablecloth nouveau seafood spot, Vecio Fritolin started as the former and has expanded to include the latter. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

Harry's Bar

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

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

Lunch or dinner at Harry's Bar is as indispensable to a visit to Venice as a walk across the Piazza San Marco or a vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal. — Fodor's

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

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

This historic watering hole, founded by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1931, has changed little since the days when Ernest Hemingway came here to work on his next hangover. — Time Out

Trattoria da Romano

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

It is advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment since this is the leading restaurant on the island of Burano. — DK Eyewitness

Da Romano have been perfecting its Gò risotto for over a century, and it's got so good at it that the restaurant is now crammed with paintings donated in gratitude by visiting artists. — Lonely Planet

Huge and historic Burano restaurant, whose refined fish and seafood dishes have no lack of local devotees – the fish-broth risotto is famous. — Rough Guide

On the island "of lace", an establishment with more than 100 years of history behind it, papered with pictures by contemporary artists, where you can taste the flavours of the sea. — Michelin Guide

This family-run local favorite "on the main street of Burano" rewards those who make the roughly 40-minute boat trip from Venice with "excellent fish". — Zagat

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Ostaria Da Rioba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dalla Marisa

Italian 80 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

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

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

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

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

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