Venice is full of fine dining restaurants, specializing in traditional Venetian cuisine and offering many varieties of Italian wines. Here are the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Venice that are just a cut about the rest.
With a view overlooking St. Mark’s Square, Quadri provides excellent contemporary Italian and Venetian cuisine to locals and visitors alike, and each bite seeks to represent Venice’s history. All of the ingredients come from the lagoon, with the chefs making daily trips to the market to ensure everything is fresh. Food is prepared using Italian and foreign influences to create something special and memorable. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12:30–2:30pm and 7:30–10:30pm.
Quadri, Piazza San Marco, 121, 30124 Venezia, Italy, +39 041 522 2105
Antica Osteria Cera
The simple white decor of Antica Osteria Cera encourages guests to unwind and enjoy a sophisticated meal in Venice’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars. Each dish is exquisitely arranged on the plate, creating an experience of both sight and flavor. Guests have the option of a prix fixe menu or a la carte, and can enjoy a wide range of fresh seafood and vegetables.
One of the most well-known restaurants in the city, Da Fiore is located in a renovated tavern. The restaurant serves a variety of traditional dishes with modern twists, as well as the chef’s own original recipes. The most popular dishes include the bass in balsamic vinegar, risotto and molucche; every dish is satisfying and captures an authentic taste of Italian culture. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12:30-2pm and 7:30-10:30pm.
Da Fiore, San Polo, 2202, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy, +39 041 721308
A small intimate restaurant with only nine tables, Il Ridotto is a wonderful location for a romantic night out. The menu features traditional cuisine that changes with the season or with the chef’s inspiration, promising something new with each visit. The wine cellar offers a broad selection of wine to pair with any entree, and even includes vintage dating back to the 1950s. Open Thursday to Tuesday, 12–1:45pm and 6:40–9:45pm.
A beautiful restaurant located away from the bustling city center, Venissa is the place to enjoy an evening away from the sights and sounds of Venice. The restaurant has its own on-site vegetable garden and orchards, from where the majority of their ingredients come, while the rest are bought daily fresh from the Rialto Market. Each bite is an experience of Italian culture and cooking; all wrapped up into a short simple menu presented by four passionate chefs. Open Wednesday to Monday, 12:30–1:30pm and 7–9:30pm.
Venissa, Fondamenta di Santa Caterina, Venezia VE, Italy, +39 041 527 2281