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Da Bonifacio

Price guide: Free
#21/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

This wonderful bakery also does a great spritz.

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Al Mercà

Price guide: Budget
#22/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A hole in the wall (literally) bar with a cool crowd drinking outside.

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Locanda Cipriani

Price guide: Expensive
#23/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

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

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#24/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Simple, relaxed and serving surprisingly good food this close to the busy Strada Nuova.

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Antica Adelaide

Price guide: Mid-range
#25/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Convivial atmosphere and lots going on at this osteria where culinary traditions are revived.

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La Zucca

Price guide: Mid-range
#26/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Best for Dining alone -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Good vegetarian and meat options in this long-running boho-chic trat.

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Vecio Fritolin

Price guide: Mid-range
#27/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Old-fashioned charm meets some creative twists in the kitchen.

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#28/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Great classic gelato flavours very close to the Rialto.

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Rosa Salva

Price guide: Budget
#29/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

The Rosa Salva family’s flagship café is a good place for caffè, cakes, aperitivi and gelati.

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Birraria La Corte

Price guide: Budget
#30/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Good pizza and a quick turn-over in this huge space with tables on Campo San Polo.

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#31/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

A stunning panorama across Venice as you sip cocktails in this chic rooftop bar.

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Anice Stellato

Price guide: Mid-range
#32/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

A chic crowd hangs out for aperitivi and meals at this nouveau-bàcaro in the far north-west.

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Caffè Florian

Price guide: Mid-range
#33/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

This classic St Mark’s Square café is classy and atmospheric… but costly.

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Algiubagiò

Price guide: Mid-range
#34/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

A buzzing restaurant and bar perfectly placed for a bite before visiting the islands.

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Gran Caffè Quadri

Price guide: Expensive
#35/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Classic café offers old-world elegance and a spectacular view across St Mark’s Square.

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Al Diporto

Price guide: Mid-range
#36/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Hearty fare for drydock workers and locals in an eastern residential neighbourhood.

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Al Portego

Price guide: Mid-range
#37/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Young Venetians love this haunt with good cheap wine and great bar snacks.

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Dai Tosi

Price guide: Budget
#38/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Good pizzas and friendly local ambience at this inexpensive trat in the eastern suburbs.

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Naranzaria

Price guide: Mid-range
#39/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Great sushi and a lot of attitude in this beautiful people’s hang-out in the trendy Erbaria.

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Harry's Bar

Price guide: Expensive
#40/40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:3.5 (out of 5)

Venice’s most famous watering hole is great for people watching but tough on the wallet.

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There’s a myth that says you can’t eat well in Venice: you can – extremely well in fact, though you’ll have to be prepared to pay rather more than elsewhere. In order to eat well, however, you must follow one, crucial rule: don’t take pot luck. More than anywhere else in Italy, following your nose in La Serenissima is likely to lead you to over-priced tourist-trap disappointment. Stick to the places I recommend, consult the best foody guide books or obtain tips from reliable, disinterested locals.

Drinking, on the other hand, can bring you pleasurably close to the locals and be very cheap indeed.

Rules to remember:

  • The words ‘café’ and ‘bar’ mean more or less the same: a place where you can have everything from breakfast cappuccino and pastries through sandwiches at lunch time to aperitivi in the evening. Meals are not generally served in cafés.
  • If you plan to occupy a table at a café or bar, sit down and wait to be served. You will be charged a surplus for the privilege – a hefty one if you’re sitting in a scenic location.
  • If you don’t wish to sit down, decide what you want to consume, pay for it at the till, then present the receipt when you order at the counter. You should not then take your food and/or drink to a table.
  • The bacaro (the stress is on the first A) is a Venetian institution and can be anything from a dark drinking den to a trat with a handful of tables and great food.
  • The counter in a bacaro will be piled high with cicheti (bar snacks, like tapas). Each generally costs about 1 euro to 2.50 euros. Keep a count as you eat. A selection of these can easily replace a meal.
  • Many bacari prepare a couple of simple pasta dishes and a main course or two at meal times: you can eat these standing at the counter or pay more and occupy a table where, however, you’ll be expected to eat a proper meal.
  • Favourite Venetian aperitivo drinks are spritz (white wine, Campari and selzer or sparkling water – you can replace the Campari with low-alcohol Aperol); a small glass of wine known as an ombra – specify di bianco (white) or di rosso (red); and prosecco, a dry white wine which generally has bubbles though the spento version does not. Standing at the counter, in a regular bar frequented by locals, any of these should cost about 2 euros.
  • Venetians dine earlier than most Italians so be prepared to eat lunch from noon and dinner from 7pm. Simpler (cheaper) restaurants will rarely serve after 9pm.
  • Unless you stick to snacking at counters, eating out in Venice is more expensive than elsewhere in Italy. A pasta course, a main course and a dessert is unlikely to cost much less than 30 euros a head without wine even in the humblest eaterie, so budget accordingly.
  • You’ll have no trouble taking your children to Venetian restaurants, most of which will provide a high-chair (seggiolone) on request.
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Many of the restaurants, cafés and bars listed here are my favourite places, which I return to time and time again because I feel they offer great food, a special atmosphere or, in some cases, just unforgettable views. Others are well-known establishments, much visited by tourists or locals or both, and therefore which I felt should be included here. Some of these, I admit, are not places I’m particularly fond of and I have stated why in my reviews. In both cases, I would welcome your feedback.