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Salvmeria

Fashioned from an old deli, Marco Ginepri’s cool cichetteria serves accomplished food and excellent Veneto wines by the glass. Gourmet cicheti (Venetian tapas) include fluffy baccalá (cod) on polenta, marinated...

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La Palanca

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 really comes into its own, serving surprisingly sophisticated...

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Riviera

Riviera

A former rock musician, GP Cremonini now focuses his considerable talents on ensuring his top-end restaurant – Dorsoduro's finest – delivers exemplary service and perfectly cooked seafood: think homemade pasta...

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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 crush, the efficient team dispenses top-notch coffee and...

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Trattoria Corte Sconta

Trattoria Corte Sconta

Well-informed visitors and celebrating locals seek out this vine-covered corte sconta (hidden courtyard) for its trademark seafood antipasti and imaginative house-made pasta. Inventive flavour pairings transform...

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Trattoria al Gatto Nero

Don't expect fancy tricks from this 'Black Cat' – just excellent, traditional fare. Once you’ve tried the homemade tagliolini (ribbon pasta) with spider crab, whole grilled fish and perfect house-baked biscuits,...

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Zanze XVI

Zanze XVI

These sophisticated culinary adventurers offer a contemporary spin on Venetian traditions. Opt for a 'surprise' five-course mare (seafood; €70) or terra (meat and local produce; €50) menu, or leap straight into...

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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 bacaro (bar). You can munch on cicheti (Venetian tapas) or...

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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, fish arrives daily from Caorle and the Upper Adriatic where...

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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's creative crudi (raw seafood) are two-bite delights, and...

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CoVino

Tiny CoVino has only 14 seats but demonstrates bags of ambition with its inventive, seasonal menu inspired by the Venetian terroir. Speciality products are selected from Slow Food Foundation producers, and the...

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Trattoria Maddalena

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 or in the garden out the back, sampling fresh fish dishes...

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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 for La Fenice banquets, Taverna La Fenice serves a refined...

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Trattoria Altanella

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, stuffed squid and perfectly grilled fish. The vintage...

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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 you as you're shown to your table in a room decked out with...

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Osteria al Duomo

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 surprised, then, by the friendly vibe, honest bowls of pasta...

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Osteria Trefanti

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 almond and coconut. Seafood is the focus; try the 'doge's...

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Glam

Step out of your water taxi into the canalside garden of this inventive Michelin-starred restaurant in the Hotel Palazzo Venart. The contemporary menu focuses on local ingredients, pepping up Veneto favourites...

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Venissa Osteria

A more affordable companion piece to its Michelin-starred sister, this upmarket osteria offers updates on Venetian classics such as marinated fish, duck tagliatelle and bigoli (thick wholemeal pasta with...

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Osteria Bakán

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, and tables on a tucked-away courtyard. The homemade pasta is...