Top Tables

Top Tables: Venice’s Best Restaurants

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.

Top Tables: 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

Corte Sconta


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

Il Refolo

Santa Croce

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

La Zucca

Santa Croce

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



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

Top Tables: Island Dining



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

Top Tables: 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

Antiche Carampane

San Polo

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

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

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

Vini da Arturo

San Marco

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

Top Tables: Coffee & Dessert

Caffè Florian

San Marco

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

Gelateria Nico


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

Pasticceria Tonolo

San Polo

Pasticceria Tonolo is famous for its lemon cookies from Burano. Calle S. Pantalon, 3764

Rosa Salva


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

Top Tables: 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

Cantina Do Spade

Cantina Do Spade is a local favorite for cicchetti and aperitivo. San Polo, 859

Osteria Bancogiro

San Polo

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

Top Tables: 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

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

Harry’s Bar

San Marco

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. Calle Vallaresso, 1323

Il Mercante

San Polo

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

Explore our full list of recommended restaurants in the Floating City. For help securing reservations at your top picks, contact Indagare or your trip designer.

Published onFebruary 27, 2024

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