Where To Wine & Dine in Venice

Venice requires a little more research into your restaurant choices than most Italian cities, due to mass tourism, but good food is available, in some cases very good, but usually not at bargain prices. The dining scene has improved drastically the last ten years. There are now eight restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars and probably another couple that soon will be. Not bad for a town of only 60,000 people! Don’t be fooled by people who say they eat only in places not frequented by tourists. There are so many restaurants in Venice, and competitive pressures being what they are, I doubt that a single restaurant can afford to say they don’t cater to tourists. I have read far too many restaurant guides telling their readers to avoid any restaurant that has a multilingual menu. Funny, though, that this advice doesn’t apply if the menu is translated just into English, just not French, German, Spanish, or anything else! In Venice, just accept that at least in high season, a good portion of your fellow dinners will be tourists, including most of the Italian speaking ones(Venetians rarely speak Italian with each other, they prefer their own Venetian dialect). Your goal here is to find the places that discerning diners frequent, local or tourist. Also, if price is not a deciding factor in your choice of restaurants, don’t even discount the better hotel restaurants, some of which are excellent, and would be considered so in any major city in the world. I propose that you can eat very, very well in Venice, and have a wonderfully fun time doing so. 

 

Please keep in mind that the following list is aimed at Specialty Cruise & Villa clients. We are not Trip Advisor or Yelp, and are not interested here in mass market, sustenance, budget or just ordinary dining. We are looking for restaurants that deliver an experience of some type. Our philosophy of travel is all about experience and memories. In any case, you can't go wrong at any of our suggestions below. We have tried to limit our list to what we feel are the 40 or so best dining experiences available in Venice today.

Acqua Pazza

Phone

+39 041 277 0688

Web

www.veniceacquapazza.com 

Address

Campo Sant’Angelo

San Marco 3808
30124 Venezia, Italia

This hideaway is stylish and popular with both locals and visitors. Located in one of the prettiest squares in Venice with lots of tables outside on the terrace, this is the place to dine alfresco in fine weather, though the interior is nice also. The food is from the Campania and Amalfi Coast. The pizza, made by Antonio, is arguably the best in Venice.

 

Moderate prices

Ai Artisti

Phone

+39 041 5238944

Web

http://www.enotecaartisti.com/

Address

Fondamenta della Toletta
1169 / A
30123, Venezia

This unpretentious, family-owned osteria enoteca is one of the best dining experiences in Venice, with a menu that changes daily according to what’s available at the market(because the fish market is closed on Monday, no fish is served that day). 

 

Closed: Sunday and Monday | Guest can choose between two dining times, 19.00 or 21.30 | Moderate prices.

Alle Testiere

Phone

+39 041 5227220

Webhttp://www.osterialletestiere.it

Address

Calle del Mondo Novo, Castello 5801 – 30122 Venezia

A refined "bacaro", which has wooden tables, simple facilities and nice informal atmosphere; only fish dishes, well prepared and imaginative. Only seats about 25, so be sure to reserve (at least a month in advance in the summer) 

 

Closed: Sunday and Monday | Reservations open 60 days prior to visit and can only be made by email (info@osterialletestiere.it) | Upper moderate prices.

Anice Stellato

Phone

+39 041 720744

Web

www.osterianicestellato.com

Address

Fondamenta della Sensa 3272, Cannaregio

Delicious fried fish and vegetables, as well as other tasty seafood specialties are served in this restaurant, which is slightly off the beaten track and always full of Venetians. The wine bottles on display add to the attractive and informal ambience.

 

Moderate prices

Antica Osteria Cera

Phone

+39 041 518 5009

Web

www.osteriacera.it/cantina.asp

Address

Via Marghera 24 30010 Lughetto

2 Michelin  stars.  Located 11 miles from central Venice, on the mainland. Wonderfully and simply prepared seafood. This is about as good as seafood gets.

 

Expensive at dinner, but almost moderate at lunch.

Antiche Carampane

Phone

+39 041 5240165

Web

www.antichecarampane.com

Address

San Polo, 1911

A typical trattoria, very highly regarded by locals, in business for over a century, with a friendly, convivial atmosphere and a menu announced at your table. This restaurant has seen an increase in quality over recent years, while still remaining faithful to the same Venetian fish dishes, including the house speciality, spaghetti in cassopipa (spaghetti in a spicy shellfish sauce).

 

Upper Moderate.

Arva

Phone

+39 041 270 7333

Web

www.aman.com/resorts/aman-venice/dining-arva

Address

Calle Tiepolo 1364

The restaurant is located on the second floor of the beautiful 16th building which houses the Aman Hotel. It’s a destination in itself, though a well-kept secret among hotel guests (the wonderful views of the palazzo and the ‘hidden’ garden terrace makes this a very special place). The restaurant serves inventive Italian cooking, using locally-sourced ingredients. Beautiful ornate decor details (such as the ceiling) with Rococo gilding, mirrors and frescoes – all of which create a general feeling of grandeur and understated opulence. The tables are well-spaced. Executive chef Dario Ossola and consultant chef Davide Oldani have brought a new dining concept to Arva. Using only local ingredients and the freshest seafood, the ethos here is seasonal, sociable and sustainably sourced. The pasta dishes are second to none. The tables directly overlooking the Grand Canal are unbeatable. There are only a few of these, so be sure to reserve well in advance.

 

Open for lunch and dinner | Expensive to Very Expensive

Chat Qui Rit-Calle

Phone

+39 041 522 9086

Web

 https://chatquirit.it

Address

Tron San Marco, 1131  30124 Venezia

airly new Italian Bistrot. Very stylish design. Sophisticated like a fine dining restaurant, comfy like a bistro, jazzy like a cocktail bar. Very extensive wine list with some true rarities, though mark-up is quite high for Italy. Champagne list is amazing.

 

Upper moderate to expensive 

Corta Sconta

Phone

+39 041 522 7024

Web

www.cortescontavenezia.it

Address

Calle del Pestrin Castello, 3886

Included in most Venetians short list of top restaurants. It's always a pleasure to return to this flag bearer of Venetian seafood cuisine in the residential lanes of eastern Castello, not far from the Arsenale. Part of the attraction is the vine-covered inner courtyard – one of the nicest places in town for an al fresco meal – but I also really enjoy the formula. The best part of a Venetian meal are often the starters, and here they've turned these antipasti into the star turn, bringing plate after plate of seafood nibbles like schie (small grey shrimps) with polenta, granseola (spider crab), canoce (mantis prawns) and other Adriatic delights. These will arrive of their own accord if you opt for the antipasti tasting menu. My advice is to wait until the endless procession has come to an end before ordering anything else, as you may not be able to fit in a pasta dish (like gnocchetti with angler fish and fresh peas), let alone a secondo. I generally skip straight to a dessert of zabaglione and Venetian biscuits.

 

Expensive

CoVino

Phone

+39 041 2412705

Web

www.covinovenezia.com

Address

Calle del Pestrin Castello,

3829a-3829 30122

Tiny CoVino has only 14 seats but demonstrates bags of ambition with its inventive, seasonal menu inspired by the Venetian terroir. Specialty products are selected from Slow Food Foundation producers, and the charming waiters make enthusiastic recommendations from the interesting wine list. Only the set menu is available at dinner, but there's an à la carte selection at lunch.

 

Moderate prices

Da Fiore

Phone

+39 041 721308

Web

www.dafiore.net/en/restaurant/

Address

Alle del Scaleter 2202/A, San Polo 30125

One Michelin star.  One of the leading restaurants in Venice. Venetian seafood specialties  For all its style (no shorts or tank tops, please), this is still a family-run place, with chef Mara Martin turning out perfectly gauged gourmet creations anchored in local ingredients and traditions – like wild sea bass in balsamic vinegar with Emperor apples. The wine list is as stellar as you would expect. There are evening taster menus beginning at €120, and a lunch time deal at €50 which includes a glass of wine. To bag one of the two highly sought-after tables with a canal view at the end of the dining room, book well in advance. 

 

Closed Sundays & Mondays | Very expensive.

Do Forni

Phone

+39 041 523 2148 

Web

www.doforni.it  

Address

Calle dei Specchieri, San Marco 468

They serve excellent Venetian seafood specialties in two dining rooms, one of which is nicer than the other. It is often frequented by Venetians.

 

It can be a little pricey but worth it!

Estro Vino & Cucina

Phone

+39 041 476 4914

Web

www.estrovenezia.com

Address

Dorsoduro 3778

A wonderful wine bar and restaurant, set in a welcoming informal space, beautifully designed, serving really good food and wine. This is an exciting foodie destination which is not heaving with tourists. Note that it is open for snacks and sandwiches too. There are two rooms to the restaurant as well as an original sandwich section at the front. Sit in the main restaurant area near to the wine selection. A lively and fun place to be. It is open all day from 11:30 AM. This being a wine bar, the wine is excellent – and all the bottles are presented on the restaurant floor in a sort of ‘shop’ style exhibition. The sommelier will happily guide you through all the quality labels, which have been selected by the producers. We especially like that they will open any bottle of wine for two glasses.

 

Closed Tuesday. Moderate pricing

Glam Enrico Bartolini

Phone

+39 041 523 5676

Web

www.palazzovenart.com

Address

Calle Tron 1961

Santa Croce, 30124

Chef Bartolini's creative cuisine has arrived in Venice and just won a Michelin Star, The restaurant is showcased in a splendid period palazzo with an elegant dining room for the winter and an unforgettable garden with magnolia trees and a view of the Grand Canal for the summer. Richly imaginative, the cuisine focuses on fresh market produce with an emphasis on fish specialties. Regional recipes reinterpreted as only the master knows how!

 

Expensive, but still probably the most reasonable Michelin starred restaurant in Venice.

Il Paradiso Perduto

Phone

+39 041 720581

Web

https://ilparadisoperduto.wordpress.com 

Address

Fondamente della Misericordia 2540

ne of Venice’s unique restaurants. Don’t expect white tablecloths and candles at this more hip and cool place with a very local feel. A seat at the long table inside or at one of the tables outside along the canal is highly coveted and reservations are recommended. It’s buzzy and raucous and chaotic, and the proprietor, Maurizio, is a local legend. Some evenings feature live music. The real star is the cacio e pepe pasta which is made on a trolley by your table. Macaroni-like tubes of spaghetti are added to a 40kg wheel of Pecorino until the pasta becomes coated with the cheese. The waiter then crushes whole peppercorns in a big pestle and mortar, all right under your nose. Follow that up with a dish of mixed fried seafood and you have a quite a meal.

 

Lower moderate pricing

Il Ridotto

Phone

+39 041 520 8280

Web

https://www.ilridotto.com/en/home-en/

Address

Castello 4509, 30122 Venice

One Michelin Star. This gourmet restaurant is housed in a simple, minimalist dining room and is a far cry from the usual tourist clichés. It focuses all its attention on the quality of its cuisine and serves reinterpretations of classic Venetian dishes with an emphasis on fish. Seats only 18 diners. Chefs come and go (it seems to act as something of a boot camp for Michelin-star-chasing talents) but the quality stays high. The menu is ever-changing but you might find creations such as roast scallops on a bed of creamed carrot or delicate, flavorsome variations on the humble baccalà (salt cod). The two five-course evening tasting menus, one seafood-only and the other alternating fish with meat (both €85), are among Venice's great dining bargains.

 

Expensive

La Bitta

Phone

+39 041 523 0531

Address

C. Lunga S. Barnaba, 2753/A,

30123 Venezia, Italy

Had about as much fish and seafood as you can take? Then head for this attractive Dorsoduro trattoria, which swims against the Venetian tide in offering only meat and vegetable dishes in the Veneto regional tradition. These might include potato gnocchi with pumpkin and smoked ricotta (a good vegetarian option), or pork fillet roasted with plums. They have an excellent cheese board, and in winter and early spring do great things with a vegetable that reaches its apotheosis in this part of the world, radicchio di Treviso. Wine is another strong point: ask co-host Debora to recommend a good bottle from the list, which also includes several by-the-glass options. Very informal with paper napkins.  It's a popular place so book ahead, preferably a day or so in advance.

La Palanca

Phone

+39 041 528 77 19

Web

https://www.facebook.com/LaPalancaGiudecca

Address

Isola della giudecca 448 
Venice, Italy 30133

One of the cheapest meals-with-a-view in Venice is on offer at this hugely friendly bar- trattoria on the Giudecca quay. It’s a lunch-only place: the rest of the day (7am-9pm) it operates as a bar. Sit at a quayside table and order from a good-value menu that includes some surprisingly gourmet options: tagliatelle with prawns and funghi porcini, or tuna steaks in balsamic and sesame. Finish up with a delicious chocolate mousse with candied fruit.

La Zucca

Phone

+39 041 524 1570

Web

www.lazucca.it

Address

Sotoportego del Tintor 1 | Sestiere Santa Croce 1762, 30135 Venice

La Zucca's name means ‘pumpkin’ in Italian, and of course that is the main ingredient for many of their dishes. It is a small yet charming restaurant located in the Santa Croce district and serves many innovative Venetian dishes at affordable prices. It has a great variety of vegetarian options, something that is quite rare in Italy. La Zucca prides itself on its fresh and natural ingredients. Visitors to the area should definitely head over to this restaurant, which is one of the best in Venice.

 

Moderate prices

Le Bistrot de Venise

Phone

+39 041 5236651

Web

www.bistrotdevenise.com

Address

4685 Calle dei Fabbri

Primarily Venetian food and specializing in historical recipes from the 14th to 18th century. Beautiful traditional decor and service. Great wine list(many wines by the glass) From the outside you might think it looks touristy, but the food is amazing.

 

Upper moderate to expensive.

L'Osteria di Santa Marina

Phone

+39 041 528 5239 

Web

www.osteriadisantamarina.com

Address

Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy 

(Castello)

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

 

Upper moderate to Expensive. 

Met Restaurant

Phone

+39 041 524 0034

Web

www.metrestaurantvenice.com

Address

Riva degli Schiavoni 4149 30122 Venice

One Michelin Star.  At the Hotel Metropole. Very creative cuisine, based on Venetian traditions,  served, in fair weather in the hotels beautiful garden.

 

Very Expensive

Oro Restaurant

Phone

+39 041 240801

Web

https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/italy/venice/belmond-hotel-cipriani/dining

Address

Guidecca Island

Gorgeous food, in a gorgeous room, with a gorgeous view. Chef Davide Bisetto, the only Italian chef to win two Michelin stars in France is now cooking a creative and sophisticated version of Venetian cuisine at Oro restaurant in the Cipriani Hotel. He has added some signature dishes, conceived for the venue, utilizing fresh fish from the lagoon, organic herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s gardens and organic meats from local producers, and has already earned one Michelin Star here. The service is beyond professional, and the wine selection is superb. Great for a special occasion.

 

Very expensive.

Osteria Enoteca San Marco

Phone

+39 041 528 52 42

Web

http://www.osteriasanmarco.it/en

Address

Frezzeria, San Marco 1610

30124 Venezia

Italy

Four Venetian friends with a passion for travelling came across this old trattoria from the ’40s. With these premises, in 2002 Carlo, Fabio, Luca and Massimo gave birth to a cool wine restaurant with an international flair and sophisticated interior design.The cuisine is international, in the most typically Venetian way. With its rich trade routes, Venice was, in fact, the first Western metropolis offering a “cosmopolitan” cuisine made of a solid base of local ingredients mixed with the best products and spices from other countries. This is what Osteria San Marco is about: always pushing for quality and unique, never predictable, flavors. Located just a few steps from Piazza San Marco.

 

Upper moderate to Expensive.

Osteria Orto dei Mori

Phone

+39 041 524 3677

Web

https://www.facebook.com/steriaortodeimori/

Address

Campo dei Mori, 3386, 30121 Venezia

Italy

A small, very pretty restaurant in Cannaregio, one of those wonderful, quiet and authentic areas of Venice, located in the former shop of Giovanni Battista Robusti, the father of Tintoretto, one of the greatest painters of 16th-century, who was born just two doors away in 1519. Book a table by the golden wall inside, or in summer in the adjacent Campo dei Mori square.

 

Upper moderate pricing

PG’s

Phone

+39 041 528 4644

Web

www.palazzinagrassi.com 

Address

San Marco 3247

30124 Venice

Beautiful space in the Palazzina G Hotel designed by Philippe Starck and loved by the globe “elite”. After admiring the decor, take a seat, either at the counter overlooking the kitchen or at one of the polished, wooden tables with leather sofas and armchairs (there are even a few rocking chairs). If you feel like a nightcap, go to the inviting cocktail bar and perch on one of the high stools to watch the excellent mixologists at work. Open until after midnight, this is one of Venice’s very few late-night spots. Also, Brunch: every Sunday from 12.30 with DJ Set (set menu 45 euro including a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne. During summertime, enjoy dinner on the exclusive Krug Terrace. The menu is a contemporary take on traditional, classic dishes. A brief but eclectic menu of pasta, meat and fish. 

 

Expensive

Ristorante Alle Corone

Phone

+39 041 5232222  

Web

www.ristoranteallecorone.com 

Address

Hotel Ai Reali

5527 Calle de la Fava

Castello, Venezia

The luxurious dining room is perfect for an elegant soirée or a elegant lunch, and visitors can expect to enjoy a lovely meal with excellent service. 

Trip Advisor readers are currently rating this as the best fine dining restaurant in the city. I wouldn’t go that far, though it is quite good. It has a seasonal menu, which provides freshness and exquisite taste all year round, along with an incredible wine selection. Its dishes are based on Venetian classics but they are made in a particularly sophisticated way, giving them a special touch, so even visitors who are very familiar with Venetian cuisine will discover something new. Make sure to book a table in advance

 

Expensive.

Ristorante al Covo

Phone

+39 041 522 3812 

Web

www.ristorantealcovo.com

Address

Castello 3968

Owned and operated by chef Cesare Benelli and his American wife, Diane (who handles desserts), this civilized gourmet refuge is a foodie treat. In dishes like seafood-sauced pastas and fish and meat mains, the restaurant combines perfectly sourced ingredients with consummate skill: Slow Food since before the term existed. Has been on a number of best restaurants in Italy lists. It has only a few outside tables, but, in summer especially, its air-conditioned rooms are a welcome retreat.

 

Expensive

Ristorante al Giubagio

Phone

+39 041 52 36 084  

Web

www.algiubagio.net   

Address

Fondamenta Nuove, Cannareggio 5039

rom a small bar to a charming and romantic restaurant with its elegant and refined design, attention to every detail is a "must" for the welcoming staff of the Giubagiò Restaurant. Warm and intimate, located along the water on the north side of the lagoon facing toward the Islands of Murano and Burano, during summer you can take advantage of the attractive terrace with great views of Venice Lagoon. Nice wine list and tasting menus.

 

Upper Moderate prices

Ristorante Lineadombra

Phone

+39 041 241 1881 

Web

http://www.ristorantelineadombra.com

Address

Dorsoduro 19, 30123, Venezia

Fine Dining in a chic atmosphere with very good service. Set on the canal, it is the perfect location for sunset drinks and alfresco dining. Should the weather force you inside, the interior is equally impressive. The menu is predominately fish, with the option to choose your own live lobster. Suggested dishes include Adriatic fish soup, squid stuffed with asparagus, trio of fish tartare, sea bass in a salt crust, almond tart and blueberry tiramisu.

 

Very extensive wine list | Upper moderate to expensive pricing.

Ristorante Local

Phone

+39 041 522 2170

Web

www.ristorantelocal.com 

Address

Salizada dei Greci 3303

Newly opened restaurant run by and made for lovers of good food, traditions and for everything that's local. The dishes will represent the seasons, the farmers and the ecosystem of the Venetian lagoon. The wines will express the perfect imperfections of the terroir and the soul of the winemakers. 

 

Upper moderate pricing  

Ristorante Quadri

Phone

+39 041 528 9299 

Web

www.alajmo.it

Address

Piazza San Marco 121

Above Quadri Cafe on St Mark's Square. One Michelin star. Now run by the Alajmo family - renowned restaurant owners from Padua(earned three Michelin stars there) - the Quadri is one of Venice's 'gastronomic monuments'. It is housed in one of the most photographed palazzi in the city and adorned with stucco decor, Murano glass and fine fabrics. Beautifully presented, creative cuisine made from the best quality ingredients. Modern interpretations of Venetian classics. Almost perfect service. This is one of Venice's best. Get dressed up and go for the great food, atmosphere and experience, but beware if you're on a budget. The cafe downstairs, though touristy, now serves probably the best cocktails in Venice.

 

Very expensive, but if you plan in advance, you can sometimes reserve to have one of their tasting menus for lunch, at half price, by visiting their web page.

Riviera

Phone

+39 041 522 7621

Web

www.ristoranteriviera.it

Address

Fondamenta zattere al ponte longo, 1473,
30123 venezia, italy

A true passion for food meets expertise in this classy restaurant with pavement tables overlooking the Giudecca canal. There can be few more romantic places for a meal. A fantastic choice for lunch with its expansive canal-side setting. Riviera is hugely popular with anyone who values cuisine which manages to be excellent and very refined without tipping over into pretension. The menu is dictated by what's fresh and seasonal. The raw seafood antipasti melt in the mouth, the fish is cooked to perfection. They do mouth-watering things with meat and game too, but options for vegetarians are limited. If you're looking to push the boat out, the seven-course Venezia seafood tasting menu (€105 a head without wine) is a real treat. To top it all off, the service from owner GP Cremonini and his team is friendly but extremely professional and the wine list contains some gems. A former musician, GP arranges occasional live music in the small, homely interior: check the restaurant's Facebook page or call for details.

Vecio Fritolin

Phone

+39 041 522 2881

Web

www.veciofritolin.it 

Address

Calle della Regina 2262 Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135

Creative seafood preparations. They also keep up the tradition of offering "scartosso di pesse", a paper cone full of hot, freshly fried fish. For only 10 Euro to go.  Restaurant in the expensive range.

Vina da Gigio

Phone

+39 041 528 5140

Web

www.vinidagigio.com/index.php

Address

Fondamenta San Felice, Cannaregio 3628/A

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. Deservedly popular with Venetians and visitors alike, it's one of the best values in the city. Indulge in pastas such as rigatoni with duck sauce and arugula-stuffed ravioli. The seafood risotto, made to order, has the patrons raving. Fish is well represented—try the sesame-encrusted tuna—but the meat dishes steal the show. The steak with red-pepper sauce and the tagliata di agnello (sautéed lamb fillet with a light, crusty coating) are both superb, and you'll never enjoy a better fegato alla veneziana (Venetian-style liver with onions). This is a place for wine connoisseurs, as the cellar is one of the best in the city. Come at lunch or for the second sitting in the evening for more relaxed service.

 

Moderate prices

Zanze XVI

Phone

+39 041 715394

Web

https://zanze.it/?lang=en

Address

Santa Croce 231

30135

The restaurant claims to introduce a new concept; the elegant Osteria, where the liveliness of a typical Venetian restaurant is combined with sophisticated cuisine.  And I think they may have succeeded; sophisticated local food meets an informal cozy, friendly Venetian atmosphere. Well worth a try.

 

There are nice tasting menus starting at 50 Euro. Good wine pairings are also available. Lunch menus from 25 Euro.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dining Throughout The Lagoon...

Acquastanca

Phone

+39 041  319 5125  

Web

www.acquastanca.it/homepage-en/

Address

Fondamenta Manin 48 Murano Island

A modern sensibility imbues both the decor and the menu at this wonderful little restaurant. A knowing array of old-fashioned Murano mirrors adorns a wall, while birds perch on artfully arranged twigs on another. Seafood features prominently on a menu that includes fresh flavour-filled takes on the classic Venetian bean soup, octopus with chickpeas and a panoply of pasta.

 

Moderate prices

Al Gatta Nero

Phone

+39 041  730 120 

Web

http://gattonero.com

Address

Fondamenta Giudecca 88, 30142

Burano Island

It's not just the photogenic canalside location that marks out this long-running Burano trattoria. For half a century now they've fed everyone from the local postman to famous Burano resident Philippe Starck by selecting the best and the freshest of the morning seafood catch and using it to make perfect versions of local specialities like risotto con i gò ('gò' are gobies, a small but tasty Adriatic fish) or a fritto misto (mixed seafood fry-up) so light it could almost convert me to fried food. The interior is charmingly unreconstructed, but in warm weather the few outside tables are the ones to book. For such a humble place, the wine list is surprisingly well structured.

Locanda Cipriani

Phone

+39 041 730 150 

Web

locandacipriani.com

Address

Piazza Santa Fosca 29 30142 Torcello, Venezia Italy

This historic summer lunch destination is one of the few country restaurants in Venice: 'country' being the charmingly rural island of Torcello. It was here in the 1930s that Venetian restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani (founder of the famed Harry's Bar) bought up an old bottle shop and turned it into a rustic-chic locanda frequented by celebs like Ernest Hemingway (who wrote Across the River and Into the Trees here) and the British royal family. It's still a lovely place for an al fresco lunch today, with an army of white-jacketed waiters serving high-class comfort food on a leafy veranda: prawn-filled courgette flowers, risotto alla primavera (with spring vegetables), grilled fish, fegato alla veneziana (Venetian-style calf's liver), all impeccably done. To do things in style, you should start with a Bellini (€10), the peach juice and prosecco cocktail that was invented by Cipriani. It makes a great lunch excursion to visit Torcello, followed by a leisurely lunch here.

 

Upper moderate to expensive.

Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo

Phone

+39 041 730 401 

Web

www.osteriaalpontedeldiavolo.com

Address

Fondamenta Borgognoni 10/11, 30142 Torcello

Another great choice on Torcello. Highly regarded.

 

Moderate prices

Riva Rosa

Phone

+39 041 730 850

Web

https://www.rivarosa.it

Address

Via San Mauro 296, 30142

Burano Island

There are few better places for a romantic lunch in Venice than this delightful seafood restaurant on the lace island of Burano. The family that owns the place is part of the dynasty that owns the Emilia lace brand, and the elegantly feminine décor is a good advertisement for their design sense. The chef takes the day's seafood catch and turns it into excellent, unfussy Venetian dishes like risotto al gò (with goby, a local fish), spaghetti with clams and mussels, turbot baked with potatoes. It's not cheap, but you're paying for the position, the canalside tables, the professional service, and the sheer quality of the ingredients. If you're looking to pop a question – or simply want to impress your better half – they have a panoramic single table for two on the altana, or roof terrace, which can be booked, with dedicated waiter service, for an all-in price of €150 a head, wine included.

Venissa

Phone

+39 041 527 2281

Web

http://venissa.it/en/ristorante/#prenotazioni

Address

Fondamenta Santa Caterina 3, 30142 Isola di Mazzorbo

This, plainly, is a very special place, located on the island of Mazzorbo. It is on the vapporetto line, the stop before Burano. Here vines are grown and wine produced, as well as vegetables.  A piece of rural life, right in Venice. The restaurant uses many of the ingredients produced here and is just excellent. It has, indeed, earned one Michelin star. Not to be missed. Expensive. As an alternative, a more affordable and less formal companion piece to its Michelin-starred sister, Venissa Osteria at the same location is an upmarket osteria offering updates on Venetian classics such as marinated fish, duck pasta and bigoli (thick wholemeal pasta with anchovies). For an extra treat, splash out on a glass of Dorona, the prestigious golden-hued wine varietal only grown here. Make sure you save room for some of Venice's best desserts.

 

Moderate prices at the Osteria.

Versus Meridianem

Phone

+39 041 527 5408 

Web

www.versusmeridianem.com 

Address

Fondamenta Manin 1, 30141

Murano

A newly opened restaurant in a converted glass foundry with a very industrial chic setting and decor, right on the water with great views. When we reviewed this restaurant it had just opened, and was good with a couple issues. Yet after watching the reviews and considering that this place has such potential, we decided to put it on our list. If you are looking for a contemporary moderately priced restaurant with great views after or before checking out the glass foundries on Murano, this might make a great choice.

 

Here is a great video of their grand opening www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhnR-afkvhs

Villa 600

Phone

+39 041 527 2254 

Web

www.villa600.it/it/home.htm 

Address

Fondamenta Borgognoni 10/11, 30142 Torcello

Very popular - Nice food.  

Moderate prices.