Where to Eat in Venice

Venetian cuisine may be similar to the rest of Italy in some respects, but there are also strong influences from the east as it has historically been an important trading port. This means that there is a strong emphasis on rice dishes such as risotto, with spices such as nutmeg. Of course Venice’s location on the coast means that seafood is also very popular. While it is possible to find good international restaurants in Venice, the local cuisine is ideal for a romantic post proposal dinner.

Restaurants near the Piazza San Marco

Vino Vino is an intimate and historic restaurant and wine bar offering local specialties such as Venetian style sweet and sour sardines, seafood risotto, and calf liver with onion and polenta, alongside delicious homemade desserts.

Vini da Arturo is a very tiny restaurant near the Piazza San Marco with a fantastic atmosphere and wonderful service. The emphasis is on local meat with steak and green peppercorn sauce a particular specialty.

Le Bistrot de Venise is an elegant and romantic choice, especially if you sit out on the terrace. It offers a delicious menu featuring contemporary interpretations of historic Venetian dishes such as baccalà, which is dried salted cod.

Restaurants in Castello

Trattoria da Remigio is located on Calle Bosello near Scuola San Giorgio dei Greci. It is well known for its simple but perfectly prepared Adriatic dishes, particularly the local seafood specialties.

Al Covo is a small and cozy restaurant with both a la carte and tasting menus that focus on high quality, local, seasonal ingredients. The desserts are truly mouth watering.
Osteria alle Rivetta has a relaxed and informal atmosphere that can make the fantastic food a bit of a surprise. House specialties include the gnocchetti ai calamaretti and the scampi alla busara, and the wine list is superb.

Restaurants around Venice

Ai Tre Spiedi is located on Salizzada San Cazian in the Cannaregio district. It is ideal for fresh seafood dishes and Venetian specialties such as braised eel.

Fiaschetteria Toscana is also located in the Cannaregio district close to the Rialto Bridge, and is a great choice if you’re looking for an authentic Venetian restaurant with a great emphasis on fresh fish from the Venice lagoon.

Taverna San Trovaso is located on Fondamenta Priuli in the Dorsoduro district. It specializes in simple grilled fish, as well as other traditional Venetian dishes and has a fantastic four course menu for that special dinner.