The 10 Best Restaurants In Dorsoduro, Venice

Dorsoduro is one of the six sestieri in Venice, and is situated along the Giudecca canal, one of the most beautiful canals in the city. Major tourist attractions, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Gallerie dell’Accademia, are also located in this part of Venice, making it a great place to explore. The area also boasts numerous fantastic restaurants, here we name the very best Dorsoduro has to offer.

Giudecca | © Maëlick/Flickr

Osteria All’Arco

Bar, Diner, Market, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Wine, Beer, Seafood
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Osteria All'Arco
Osteria All'Arco | © AnetteDubois/Flickr

A father and son run this little osteria, and dining here is a great way to experience the Italian style of eating in Venice’s Dorsoduro neighborhood. Visitors have to stand in this tiny establishment whilst they eat lunch or diner, which will consist of a variety of delicious snacks combined with a great wine selection. During the summer months there is a small outdoor terrace, and tourists eat side-by-side with the locals. The quirky environment and delicious food make this one of the best restaurants in the whole of Venice.

Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti is an informal restaurant that has an excellent daily menu, which changes, depending on the fresh produce that the owners find in the markets nearby. The menu is limited, reflecting that all the ingredients are in season and that the food is made with care and attention. In summer there is outdoor seating by the canal, which visitors will undoubtedly appreciate.

Cantina dal Vino Già Schiavi

Bar, Pub Grub, Italian
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Cantine del Vino gia Schiavi in Venice
Cantine del Vino già Schiavi has a great selection of wines and spirits | © Trippin' Out / Alamy Stock Photo
Bacariare bars that serve ciccheti,the Italian equivalent of tapas. They are plentiful in Dorsoduro, and visitors with a light appetite can visit one or two, whilst those with a greater appetite can explore several of them. It is a great way of getting to know the area, and Cantina dal Vino Già Schiavi, or Al Bottegon, as it is also known, is one of the top bacari in the area. They have a fantastic wine selection and the atmosphere is very lively, you’ll be glad you stopped here.

Osteria al Squero

A few steps away from Cantina dal Vino Già Schavi visitors will find Osteria al Squero, another great bacari that everyone should visit when in Venice. The prices are even more affordable than those at the nearby bars, and the quality of the food is still excellent. The selection of crostini is varied, and all of them are delicious. To top it all off it is situated across from a gondola workshop, so visitors are truly immersed in Venetian culture whilst dining at this special place.

Address: Dorsoduro 943-944, Venice, Italy + 39 335 600 7513

Ai Cugnai

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Spaghetti alle vongole
Spaghetti alle vongole | © LarryHoffman/Flickr
Situated a few steps away from the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Ai Cugnai is a great restaurant that serves excellent dishes, well presented and with a friendly service. The owner has opted for a simple, no-fuss approach to the decoration, which focuses the diners’ attention to the food. The restaurant gets crowded with both tourists and locals, so the atmosphere is always buzzing. There are tables outside in the summer where visitors can enjoy the tasty meals.

Ai Gondolieri

Restaurant, Italian, European, Vegetarian, $$$
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Ai Gondolieri
Ai Gondolieri | © Courtesy of restaurant
Ai Gondolieri‘s location makes it a great stop for tourists who have just been visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and it is also a favorite amongst the locals. They serve traditional Venetian dishes, mostly meat-based, but they also have vegetarian hamburgers, salads, and pasta. It is possible to get the food to go, so those who are in a rush can quickly order their meal whilst those who are looking for a relaxed lunch or dinner can stay at the restaurant. They have a lunch menu and a degustation menu, both of which are delightful.

Pane Vino e San Daniele

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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This eatery is frequented by art students and professors, not only because of its original wood-beamed interior, but also because of the exquisite plates. Pane Vino e San Daniele is a great option for those looking to eat in an authentic Italian restaurant in the Dorsoduro area. Visitors should try the San Daniele specialties, such as the ham with mushrooms, watercress and Parmesan, or the ham with goat’s cheese, eggplant and marinated tomatoes. The first and second courses are also delicious, completing an excellent menu.


Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Lineadombra is one of Venice’s most elegant restaurants. It has a sleek terrace overlooking the water, and a modern interior with wooden ceilings and a minimalist decor. Their wine list is excellent and the seafood dishes are some of the best in the city. The presentation is very sophisticated and the professional attitude of the waiters compliments this singular culinary experience. Burrata with artichokes, cod-filled ravioli or wines costing hundreds of euros are amongst the many options on the menu at this unique restaurant.

Impronta Café

Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Seafood, Vegetarian, Italian, $$$
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Impronta Café
Impronta Café | © dvdbramhall/Flickr
There are not many restaurants like Impronta Café in Venice, open all day, and serving vegetarian options as well as more traditional dishes, such as seafood, duck, and pasta. They take great care of the presentation and the service, making all aspects of the meal impressive. The modern interior may not be unique, but it compliments the clean-cut feel of the place, and is unpretentious. Options at this bistro include gourmet sandwiches, salads, panini, or a cappuccino with a croissant.

Al Profeta

Located in a cobbled street in the Dorsoduro area, Al Profeta is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood. After having eaten many Venetian seafood meals, visitors who want a taste of meat-based dishes should head to this locale. Duck bigoli, mince-stuffed olives, pizzas and other dishes will satisfy the craving, and for those who do not want such meaty dishes there are other options on offer, such as scallops and salads.
Address: Dorsoduro 2671, Venice, Italy + 39 0415237466