Between the gondolas and the endless romance, Venice seems to have just about anything that tourists may be looking for. However, as the saying goes: ‘one cannot live on love alone’. That is why it is important to have a few great places to eat as well – luckily, Venice has you covered in that regard too. We have narrowed down a list of some of the best places that you are going to find in all of Venice.
Osteria alle Testiere
There is limited seating available (it only seats 24 patrons) but it is a great place to explore the Venetian culinary scene without having to break the bank. There is a carefully chosen wine list and the staff is young and relaxed.
This is perhaps the only hotel restaurant in Venice that warrants a spot on this list. The view once you sit down is certainly one of the reasons a reservation here is highly sought after, a terrace right on the Grand Canal. There is a special page on the menu reserved for items that the chef will make from ingredients he found on the market that morning.
A family affair, this used to be the social center of the neighborhood as a wine outlet and even today they would not dare change the name (even though the menu is now fish based and strictly traditional Venetian). The quality here is immaculate and they serve generous portions.
Though it is not cheap, you can expect this Venetian fish restaurant to be busy practically all the time. The massive menu truly promises all the bounty of the sea. If you are interested in exploring what the nearby waters hold, this is the place to be.
The location across from the opera house, its reputation, and the quality of the food come at a hefty price, but that is not to say it is not worth it. You can find many Venetian specialties (such as fegato alla Veneziana and di frutti di mare) prepared to perfection here.
Ai Tre Spiedi
This used to be one of the best-kept secrets in all of Venice. This is the place where Venetians would take their friends to make a great impression (a bella figura) without having to spend too much money. It truly is one of the most reasonable choices if you are looking for fresh fish or an authentic Venetian dinner.
Even though the food here is very good, it is the European and local wines (sold by the glass or the bottle) that are the main draw. Considering that this is mostly a wine bar, expect them to run out of food at around 10:30 PM, so make sure that you are not too late to grab a bite.
Le Bistrot de Venise
A varied, eclectic menu, young English-speaking waiters, and both outdoor and indoor seating make this is a popular place for tourists. You can find many local favorites on the menu here and there is always something going on in the back, whether it be poetry readings, wine tasting, or art exhibits.
Cantina do Mori
This has been the favorite place to go for many Venetians in the market area since 1462. Legend has it that even Casanova himself regularly made an appearance here. There are no tables here, so expect to stand. You can find guaranteed fresh combinations of vegetables, cheeses, tuna, and thinly sliced meats.
This place has become so popular with American tourists that there are nights where it seems there is nothing but English spoken here. The co-owner is from Texas, and they will explain the fish-studded menu in detail with anyone who would like to learn a little more. The quality is amazing and it is a charming gem of a restaurant.
Finding the perfect place to stay – Hotel Danieli
Finding a great place to eat is one thing, but finding the best place to rest your head is another. Right in the heart of Venice, you are going to find Hotel Danieli. This offers a magnificent atmosphere, supreme comfort, and utter convenience of being in the heart of the action of Venice.
The hotel has the perfect placement, being located along Riva degli Schiavoni. Guests are able to walk out the front door and walk directly into St. Mark’s Square. There are three historical palazzos that make up the hotel, which includes the Palazzo Dandolo, which dates back all the way to the 14th century. The opulently furnished guestrooms are adorned with fine tapestries, Oriental rugs, Murano glass, and antiques that would not look out of place in a museum.
The amenities offered here are generous as well. If you are staying in one of the Suites or the Deluxe Lagoon View Rooms, you are able to have massages arranged in the room. Even though we did not mention it before, the international menu offered at Terrazza Danieli is also certainly worth the time, especially because you are able to overlook the lagoon while enjoying your meal.