Must-see restaurants in Venice

  • Gatto Bero in Venice

    Trattoria al Gatto Nero

    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    Don't expect fancy tricks from this 'Black Cat' – just excellent, traditional fare. Once you’ve tried the homemade tagliolini (ribbon pasta) with spider…

  • Osteria Bakan in Venice

    Osteria Bakán


    A strange mix of local drinking den and surprisingly adventurous restaurant, Bakán has bucketloads of atmosphere – with old beams and soft jazz inside,…

  • Cantine del Vino già Schiavi: Legendary tavern with floor-to-ceiling bottles lining the walls, with wines by the glass & snacks.

    Cantine del Vino già Schiavi


    It may look like a wine shop and function as a bar, but this legendary canalside spot also serves the best cicheti (Venetian tapas) on this side of the…

  • La Palanca

    Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

    Locals of all ages pour into this humble bar for cicheti (Venetian tapas), coffee and a spritz (prosecco cocktail). However, it's at lunchtime that it…

  • Osteria Boccadoro


    The sweetly singing birds in this campo (square) are probably angling for your leftovers, but they don’t stand a chance. Chef-owner Luciano and son Simone…

  • Osteria Trefanti

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    La Serenissima's spice trade lives on at simple, elegant Trefanti, where gnocchi might get an intriguing kick from cinnamon, and turbot is flavoured with…

  • Suso


    Suso’s gelati are locally made and free of artificial colours. Indulge in rich, original seasonal flavours such as marscapone cream with fig sauce and…

  • Trattoria Corte Sconta in Venice

    Trattoria Corte Sconta


    Well-informed visitors and celebrating locals seek out this vine-covered corte sconta (hidden courtyard) for its trademark seafood antipasti and…

  • Zanze XVI:  Polished eatery presenting reimagined local fare such as pasta, fish & meat dishes, plus wine.

    Zanze XVI

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    These sophisticated culinary adventurers offer a contemporary spin on Venetian traditions. Opt for a 'surprise' five-course mare (seafood; €70) or terra …

  • Anice Stellato.

    Anice Stellato


    Tin lamps, unadorned rustic tables and a small wooden bar set the scene for quality seafood and other Venetian specialities at this excellent canalside…

  • Taverna La Fenice: Traditional Italian cuisine served in an elegant, stuccoed dining room with plant-filled terrace.

    Taverna La Fenice


    Step back in time at this historic dining room with a coffered wooden ceiling, gleaming terrazzo floors and red-and-gold wallpaper. The official caterers…

  • Ristorante Quadri

    Ristorante Quadri


    When it comes to Venetian glamour, nothing beats this historic Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking Piazza San Marco. A small swarm of servers greets…

  • Da Codroma stands on a picturesque canal side

    Da Codroma


    In a city plagued by high prices and indifferent eating experiences, the shared wooden tables at Da Codroma are the antidote. Chef Nicola faithfully…

  • Ristorante Glam Venice. Intimate, acclaimed venue at a luxe hotel with a leafy courtyard presenting imaginative dishes.


    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Step out of your water taxi into the canalside garden of this inventive Michelin-starred restaurant in the Hotel Palazzo Venart. The contemporary menu…

  • Bistrot de Venise: Elegant restaurant serving updates of traditional Venetian dishes, plus over 60 wines by the glass.

    Bistrot de Venise


    Indulge in some culinary time travel in the red-and-gilt dining room at this fine-dining bistro reviving the recipes of Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi…

  • Salvmeria


    Fashioned from an old deli, Marco Ginepri’s cool cichetteria serves accomplished food and excellent Veneto wines by the glass. Gourmet cicheti (Venetian…

  • Pasticceria Dal Mas


    This historic Venetian bakery-cafe sparkles with mirrors, marble and metal trim, fitting for the pastries displayed within. Despite the perpetual morning…

  • Ossi di Seppia


    It’s worth going the extra mile to find this osteria (casual tavern) where Venetian neighbours gather to gossip over good glasses of Valpolicella and…

  • Local


    Although he’s cooked in fine-dining establishments such as Noma, chef Matteo Tagliapietra grew up on the fishing island of Burano. As such, his simple,…

  • Met


    The Hotel Metropole's Michelin-starred restaurant offers an intriguing proposition: at each stage of its multicourse menu you can order a traditional…

  • Ristorante da Guido


    Dine beneath the umbrella pines in Guido's garden which supplies the raw materials for the restaurant's refined dishes. At this family-run restaurant,…

  • Ai Promessi Sposi


    Bantering Venetians thronging the bar are the only permanent fixtures at this neighbourhood osteria (casual tavern), where ever-changing menus feature…

  • CoVino


    Tiny CoVino has only 14 seats but demonstrates bags of ambition with its inventive, seasonal menu inspired by the Venetian terroir. Speciality products…

  • Trattoria Maddalena

    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    Just a footbridge away from Burano’s photo-snapping crowds, this pretty Mazzorbo restaurant is a great place for a lazy seafood lunch. Relax by the canal…

  • Al Covo


    Chef-owner Cesare Benelli has long been dedicated to the preservation of heritage products and lagoon recipes. Only the freshest seasonal fish gets the…

  • Enoteca ai Artisti


    Dishes might include a lightly curried rabbit maltagliati (cut pasta) or beef cheeks with polenta chips at this elegant enoteca (wine-orientated bistro),…

  • Il Ridotto


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

  • Trattoria Altanella

    Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

    Founded by fisherfolk in 1920 and still run by the same family, this cosy restaurant serves classic Venetian fare such as potato gnocchi with cuttlefish,…

  • Estro


    Estro is anything you want it to be: wine bar, aperitivo pit stop or sit-down degustation restaurant. The vast selection of wine was chosen by young-gun…

  • Trattoria Vini Da Arturo


    Everyone in this corridor-sized restaurant comes for the same reason: the fantastic array of salads and Arturo's vinegar-soaked pork chop. For more than…

  • Osteria al Duomo

    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    Opened in 1903 by the parish priest as a co-op grocery shop, this osteria (casual tavern) is still collectively owned by 50 Muranese families. Don't be…

  • Trattoria da Bepi Già '54'


    Much better than it looks, Da Bepi is a traditional trattoria in the very best sense. The interior is a warm, wood-panelled cocoon, and service is…

  • Bacaro Vintidò 22


    Daniela and Ruggero really make this little tavern feel like a home, with worn carpets, a ramshackle bookshelf and an exceedingly warm welcome offered to…

  • Venissa Osteria

    Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

    A more affordable companion piece to its Michelin-starred sister, this upmarket osteria offers updates on Venetian classics such as marinated fish, duck…

  • Osteria da Rioba


    Taking the lead with fresh seafood and herbs pulled from the family's Sant'Erasmo farm, Da Rioba's inventive kitchen turns out plates as colourful and…

  • Ristorante da Omar


    Cap off a day in designer beachwear with white-linen dining at Lido di Jesolo's best restaurant. Duck and veal play supporting roles but seafood is the…

  • Trattoria Da Fiore


    Rustic-chic decor sets the scene for excellent Venetian dishes composed of carefully selected seasonal ingredients from small Veneto producers. The…

  • Trattoria ai Cacciatori

    Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

    If you hadn't guessed from the oversized gun hanging from the ceiling beams, the restaurant is named for the hunters who once bagged lagoon waterfowl…

  • Gelateria Ca' d'Oro


    Foot traffic stops here for spectacularly creamy gelato made in-house daily. For a summer pick-me-up, try the granita di caffe con panna (coffee shaved…

  • The entrance to the pizzeria on busy Barbaria de le Tole

    Pizzeria alla Strega


    This hugely popular pizzeria and cichetteria has been feeding locals for years. Although best known as a pizza parlour, you can also enjoy a wide range of…

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