Locanda Cipriani

Price guide: Expensive

Piazza Santa Fosca 29, Torcello, Venice

Price guide: Expensive

Locanda Cipriani

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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#23 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Locanda Cipriani

A glorious time-warp of a restaurant offers old-fashioned charm on the island of Torcello.

Not to be confused with the luxe hotel of the same name, the charming Locanda Cipriani on the tiny island of Torcello is a marvellous time-warp of a place set in a glorious garden. As well as a handful of simple rooms, the Locanda has a rather pricey restaurant which is open to non-residents. The food is reassuringly old-fashioned, like the attentive and very respectful service.

Food and drink: 

I find it quaintly comforting how nothing much ever changes at this lagoon classic where royals, A-list film stars, artists, musicians from Cole Porter to Mick Jagger and a host of other celebs have dined happily on Cipriani classics such as carpaccio (raw beef sliced paper-thin), risotto alla torcellana (with seasonal vegetables) and pesce sampietro (John Dory) fillet with tomatoes and capers. The desserts, in particular, are wonderfully reminiscent of special treats in an old-style children’s nursery.

Ambience: 

The two inside dining rooms are simply elegant, their tables done out with crisp linen and heavy silver cutlery. In fine weather there’s more seating under a vine terrace in the garden, with views across to the lovely round church of Santa Fosca.

Service: 

Charmingly discreet.

Location: 

On the all-but-deserted lagoon island of Torcello, this old-style inn with its beautiful garden is surrounded by green.

Price advice: 

Expect to pay around €80 for a three-course meal without wine.

More information on Locanda Cipriani:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
Piazza Santa Fosca 29, Torcello, Venice
Telephone:
041 730150
Website:
http://www.locandacipriani.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Noon-3pm, 7-9pm. Closed Tue. Closed Jan.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

Have you been to Locanda Cipriani? Would you recommended it?