Food and drink
If I eat here, I come at lunch time for the well-priced buffet (€20). In the evening, things get more expensive… and you won’t realise how much you’re paying until the bill arrives because the menu is recited, not printed – a habit in some Venetian restaurants that I object to. The cooking, moreover, is competent but unexciting. More often than not, I just drop by for a drink because there are few finer places to nurse a spritz than in the delightful campiello, watching the boating activity on the Grand Canal. There are all the usual cicheti (bar snacks) to help your aperitivo or nightcap go down.
Until recently very locals-only, the Taverna is now firmly on the trail of those adventurous tourists who take the trouble to find it. There’s live music most evenings.
Despite the generally welcoming ambience, table serving staff can be slow and not always terribly friendly.
A challenge to find, the Taverna is in a tiny square right on the Grand Canal, with a view across to the Rialto markets and left to the Rialto bridge: head west from Campo San Giovanni Cristostomo.
The lunch buffet costs €20. There’s a 5.30pm-7.30pm happy hour buffet when a glass of wine plus snacks costs from €4, depending on what you’re drinking. If you eat à la carte, expect to pay upwards of €40 a head for a full meal.
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
- People watching