My Favorite Venice Restaurants

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Picking a restaurant in Venice can be somewhat challenging as there are a lot of options. I can attest to the fact that there are some I've tried that were just bad. So, I hope this list gives you a good idea of some safe options.

 

Best Family Dining

Trattoria alla Madonna
I loved this restaurant when I was in Venice. It’s located off the Grand canal, near the Rialto bridge, down a charming little “street.” The menu is heavily seafood, (I highly recommend the clams and linguine!) but they have other options for those who were looking for a vegetarian or meat dish. My wife had a homemade pasta and roast vegetable at the time which was amazing.

Gio’s Restaurant
Gio’s restaurant is located in the swanky hotel St. Regis. It’s near St. Mark’s Square, right on the Grand Canal. While this restaurant could easily be in the View category, it’s because of the wide range of options for families that it landed here. Gio’s focuses on Classic Italian and Venetian dishes, and there’s a wonderful kids menu as well.

Harry’s Bar
During our trip, we had a lot of great food, and Harry’s Bar was no exception. We put it on our list because it’s one of the most famous in the city. It did not disappoint at all. The location is close to St. Mark’s Square and offers dishes like: Pappardelle with ragù, Cheese and spinach ravioli, Free range chicken Veneta style with polenta or Veal piccata with lemon sauce

 

Best Dining with a View

Club del Doge Restaurant – The Gritti Terrace
Whether you order the upscale burger, the pasta with beans (Venetian style), the club sandwich or the sea bass filet, you enjoy the meal with some of the best views in Venice. Located at the Gritti Palace, a high end hotel option in Venice, this restaurant is located right on the canal. The terrace is open April to October, during the other months you can dine in the stunning interior of the restaurant.

Ristorante da’Raffaele
This restaurant was one of my favorites while in Venice. It’s tucked away along side a small canal. It’s quieter than the grand canal, yet you still get to people watch as the gondolas sail past during the meal. The menu features fresh seafood and fresh pasta. There’s also plenty of meat options as well.

Ristorante Lineadombra
This is another side of Venice. Across the grand canal, away from the mega crowds of San Marco, you’ll find Lineadombra. The restaurant’s terrace is a fantastic setting for a romantic dinner with views of the Giudecca Canal. This seafood forward option is a great option for both lunch and dinner.

 

Best Fine Dining

Ristorante Quandri
For those who wanting an intimate high end meal, you should reserve a table here. Located off St. Mark’s Square, the lavish interior is limited to a small number of dinners. You’ll be able to chose from 2 tasting menus or order a la carte.

Ristorante Canova Venezia
Located in the Baglioni Hotel, this option brings an elevated version of Venetian cuisine. The restaurant is a great option because it

Ai Mercanti
This is a special option. The Michelin star rated restaurant is a place to get away. While still near all the touristy sites, this option is located in a labyrinth of tunneled pathways. It has indoor or outdoor dinning.

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