The Best Local Restaurants In Venice, Italy

Photo of Riley Londres
9 February 2017

Venice is well-known for classic seafood dishes and delicious cicchetti, both of which can be found at any number of restaurants around the city. Here is a list of must visit restaurants that are popular among the locals and offer superb selections of Venetian dishes.


Osteria alle Testiere

This tiny Venetian seafood restaurant in located a short walk from the well-known St. Mark’s Square. The atmosphere of Osteria alle Testiere is bustling and due to its popularity, it’s best to reserve a table in advance. The staff are very efficient and helpful, and proud to serve classic Venetian dishes amongst traditional decor. Open Tuesday to Saturday 12-3pm/7-11pm.

Da Ivo

Located along one of the canals, Da Ivo is a quiet and peaceful spot to spend a romantic night out. The restaurant serves classic Tuscan and Venetian food, and guests can try a range of dishes such as spaghetti and clams, cuttlefish risotto or veal medallions. Each meal can be perfectly accented with one of their fine wine recommendations. Open Monday to Saturday 12-2:30pm and 7-11pm.

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Located in the Rialto section of Venice, All’Arco is a great place to enjoy an early afternoon lunch surrounded by history. The restaurant provides a chance for guests to sit outside and people watch while trying one of their cicchetti selections from their reasonably priced menu. Guests can order prosecco by the glass to accompany their meal. Open Monday to Saturday 8am-2:30pm.

Cantina Do Mori

Located in a building that dates back to 1462, Cantina Do Mori is full of history and charm. The decor is rustic, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere to sit back and relax, and the servers are patient and helpful. Customers can sit at one of the bar stools and try some sparkling red wine, along with classic Venetian cicchetti. Open Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm.


Fiaschetteria Toscana

A former wine shop located near Rialto Bridge during the late 1800s, Fiaschetteria Toscana now proudly features a classic Venetian menu with a focus on seafood. Each dish is prepared from local Venetian produce, giving customers the chance to try the flavors of the city, and can be paired with one of their 600 wines. To finish the meal, try the Rovesciata di Mele al Carnello for dessert. Open Wednesday to Monday 12:30-2:30pm and 7:30-10:30pm.

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