La Palanca

Address: Fondamenta del Ponte Piccolo, Giudecca 448, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 5287719

- Mid-range

4.5

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
4.5
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4.7
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.5
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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.

Recommended for

  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation

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