Top Tables

Top Tables: The Best Restaurants in Venice

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Venice, for any occasion.

Note: Reservations in Venice are essential, especially for dinner.

Editors’ Picks: Lunch

Cip’s Club

Cip’s Club

, by Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, has hands-down the best view of Venice. From its alfresco terrace, diners see a gorgeous panorama of the city, including San Marco and its Campanile (clock tower). Cipriani Giudecca, 10, Giudecca

Corte Sconta

Within walking distance of the Arsenale, Corte Sconta serves homemade cucina della nonna in a garden setting. Calle del Pestrin, 3886, Castello

Il Refolo

Late food critic Gael Greene declared Il Refolo to be home to the best pizza in Venice. Santa Croce 1459, Santa Croce

La Zucca

Specializing in creative vegetable dishes (though it’s not all-vegetarian), the small La Zucca is a local favorite. Sestiere Santa Croce 1762, Santa Croce

Local

Local

should be at the top of any foodie’s list and is great for lunch or dinner. All the ingredients on the often-changing menu are sourced from suppliers nearby, and dishes are heavily inspired by traditional Venetian fare but with contemporary touches. Salizzada dei Greci, 3303, Castello

Editor's Pick: Island Dining

Venissa

On the island of Mazzorbo, Venissa celebrates seasonal ingredients and regional specialities with a daily menu—it’s a great spot for lunch when touring the nearby islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello, or for a special dinner (water taxi transfer required). Fondamenta di Santa Caterina, 3, Mazzorbo

Editors’ Picks: Dinner

Al Covo

Diners receive a warm welcome here thanks to owner Diane Rankin’s Texas hospitality, which in turn may be why Al Covo is a perennial favorite with American food writers. But in the end, its popularity is due to its great food, which focuses on fish. Campiello de la Pescaria, 3968, Castello

Antiche Carampane

Arguably Venice’s best neighborhood trattoria, Antiche Carampane has no menu because what’s prepared depends on what looked best at the market that morning (though the emphasis is on fresh seafood.) Rio Terà de le Carampane, 1911, San Polo

Osteria alle Testiere

This small fish restaurant has only eight tables, and the menu reflects the day’s catch. Grilled swordfish and sautéed tuna are brought to exquisite heights by the light touch of the cook and the ultra-fresh fish. Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, Castello

Taverna Al Remer

At the end of a narrow alley, this restaurant is a no-frills fisherman’s tavern. The bar-cum-restaurant is dimly lit, with hardwood floors and wooden seating; there is live music most evenings. Roma de L'oca, 5701, Canareggio

Vini da Arturo

This tiny family-run trattoria with delicious pasta and meat dishes (one of the rare local spots that serves no seafood) is ideal for families with parents who like to eat well with their children in a casual atmosphere. Calle dei Assassini, 3656, San Marco

Editors’ Picks: Coffee & Dessert

Caffe Florian

This classic on the Piazza San Marco has wonderful old world interiors and iconic square-side seating, but is best for just coffee or a drink as it is touristy and expensive. Piazza San Marco, 57, San Marco

Gelateria Nico

Gelateria Nico

is Venice’s “it” gelateria near the Accedemia and Peggy Guggenheim museums. Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, 922, Dorsoduro

Pasticceria Tonolo

Pasticceria Tonolo

is famous for its lemon cookies from Burano. Calle S. Pantalon, 3764, San Polo

Rosa Salva

This off-the-beaten-path café always has a local crowd. Campo S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, 6780, Castello

Editors’ Picks: Cicchetti (Or Tapas)

Cantine del Vino già Schiavi

This ultra-traditional, fun Venetian spot has hearty cicchetti and is a good spot to purchase wine. Fondamenta Nani, 992, Dorsoduro

Cantina Do Spade

Cantina Do Spade

is a local favorite for cicchetti and aperitivo.

Osteria Bancogiro

With both a canal-side terrace and an atmospheric arched dining room, Bancogiro makes for an enjoyable spot for cicchetti and aperitivo. Ponte di Rialto, 122, San Polo

Editors’ Picks: Drinks

Estro Vino e Cucina

Estro Vino e Cucina is a cute wine bar with excellent Italian cuisine (with tasting menus or à la carte options available). Crosera, Calle S. Pantalon, 3778, Dorsoduro

Experimental Bar

In a chic lounge in this modern hotel, Experimental Bar serves inventive cocktails crafted with local ingredients. Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, 1410, Dorsoduro

Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar

is Venice’s classic bar (where the Bellini was invented) that feels like a sojourn into the past—touristy, yes, but also legendary.

Il Mercante

This two-story bar has mid-1900s vibes and tasty cocktails. Fondamenta Frari, 2564, San Polo

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