La Palanca

Price guide: Mid-range

Fondamenta del Ponte Piccolo, Giudecca 448, Venice

Price guide: Mid-range

Outside tables at La Palanca

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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#7 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, Relaxation

Best for Value for money - Expert review of La Palanca

This neighbourhood bar with great views on the Giudecca island goes gourmet at lunch time.

La Palanca is primarily a friendly neighbourhood bar, and outside lunch hour it returns to its core business. For a couple of hours in the middle of the day, however, it becomes one of my very favourite places to grab some surprisingly good food.

Food and drink: 

What hits the few tables between noon and 2.30pm is high-quality cooking with a fishy slant and a gourmet touch here and there. The seafood antipasto couldn’t be fresher and is big enough for two, the inky squid risotto is excellent and the grilled tuna with balsamic vinegar a treat. I always try to leave room for the chocolate mousse with candied fruit.

Ambience: 

Loud with bantering locals and remarkably welcoming.

Service: 

Very friendly.

Location: 

On the long Venice-facing fondamenta (canal-side walk) on the Giudecca island. There are a few tables inside, but I always try to grab one on the fondamenta outside, with magnificent views across to the Zattere on the far side of the Giudecca canal.

Price advice: 

At about 30 euros a head for a three-course meal, this is true value.

Tables to book: 

Outside on the fondamenta.

More information on La Palanca:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
Fondamenta del Ponte Piccolo, Giudecca 448, Venice
Telephone:
041 5287719
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
7am-8.30pm. Lunch is served noon-2.30pm. Closed Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

Have you been to La Palanca? Would you recommended it?