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.