Osteria Santa Marina

Address: Campo Santa Marina, Castello 5911, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 5285239

- Expensive

4.5

Great seafood, attention to detail and tables on a pretty square.

It’s the thought given to detail that sets this rustic-elegant restaurant apart for me. The ingredients are fresh-this-morning, bread is home made, and the spaces between courses are, more often than not, filled with little amuse-bouche surprises.

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Value for money
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Location
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Food and drink

The emphasis here is on fish, and the seven-course fish taster menu at 80 euros is a good option if you’re flummoxed by the choice on the à la carte menu, where Venetian classics get some special treatment. (The six-course classic menu at 75 euros is meatier.) Raw fish looms large among the antipasti; the sweet-and-sour scampi in saor, made with leeks and ginger rather than the more traditional onions and sultanas, is one of my favourites. Rather than a risotto, try an orzotto – the same idea but made with orzo (barley). Fans return again and again for the hot chocolate flan.

Ambience

Welcoming and low-key. There are tables outside in pretty Campo Santa Marina, but remember to book if you want to be sure of a table outside or in.

Service

Charmingly attentive.

Location

Not far from the Rialto, this osteria is located on a pretty square.

Price advice

A three-course meal will cost you about 55 euros a head.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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