The 10 Best Restaurants On The Venice Lido, Italy

Grand canal at night
Grand canal at night | © Kosala Bandara
Jasmina Kanuric

Lido island in the Venetian lagoon is best known for hosting the annual Venice Film Festival but it also has some of the best seafood cuisine in the area. Here’s our guide to the 10 best restaurants on the Lido.

1. Da Cri Cri e Tendina

Da Cri Cri e Tendina

Da Cri Cri e Tendina is a centrally located tavern, known for its fish specialities and great local wine. With the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it is very popular with locals. Take a seat in the corner of the garden, relax with a glass of prosecco and enjoy the delicious food; try their cicchetti and seafood antipasti.. In the evening, you’ll see a regular crowd gathering for a round of cards and lively Italian conversation.

159 Via Gallo Sandro, Lido di Venezia, Italy, +39 041 526 5428

Antipasti at Bukit Timah I © Richard Lee/ Flickr

2. Parco delle Rose

Parco delle Rose

Located on the Gran Viale, the main street on Lido, Parco delle Rose is a great pizzeria with a pretty garden. If you are looking for a cool place to hide from the sun or just want to relax over dinner, this is a charming spot in the center with welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Parco delle Rose is known for its pizzas, but you can also order pasta dishes and select from rich seafood menu. Opt for a three-course tasting menu if you can’t decide.

Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta 59, Lido di Venezia, Italia

3. Villa Laguna

Hotel, Villa

Villa Laguna
© Elliott Brown
Villa Laguna has a spectacular view across the Venetian lagoon and the Piazza San Marco. It is the perfect place to enjoy a great dinner and watch the stunning sunset over Venice. The menu includes seafood specialities and the restaurant is known for its sea bass. Alternatively, combine salmon, clam and mussel starters or order pasta dishes. Order a glass of wine with your dinner and enjoy the beautiful views. Villa Laguna also offers a selection of cocktails, if you decide to stay longer.

4. La Tavernetta

Restaurant, Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean

A historical restaurant, where famous actors and directors have dined throughout the years during the Venice Film Festival, La Tavernetta is a small, family owned restaurant offering high-quality food that is a mixture of Tuscan and Venetian cuisine. The interior is well lit, with big windows, dark wood furniture and pale green walls, decorated with old pictures. The wine cellar includes more than 150 bottles, from wineries all over Italy.

5. Bar Trento

Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Mexican

Bar Trento is a family owned restaurant, famous for serving traditional Venetian specialties. The restaurant is located on the southern part of Lido, on Via Sandro Gallo. Situated in a historic building, the interior is rustic, with brick walls and a high beam ceiling. Gentle lighting creates a warm and intimate atmosphere. Here you can try baccalà (salted cod) or shrimp and cuttlefish. Stop by for traditional Venetian snack cicchetti, traditional small sandwiches with meat, seafood or vegetables with eggs and polenta.

6. Trattoria Andri

Restaurant, Italian

Lido di Venezia - Hotel Excelsior
© Michela Simoncini
The traditional and family owned Trattoria Andri has a welcoming atmosphere and delicious Venetian seafood specialities. The décor is full of pictures of celebrities eating in the restaurant displayed on the walls and water pitchers made from Murano glass. The restaurant has a large indoor space and a small garden, where you can sit in the summer months. Don’t miss out on traditional Venetian dishes, such as squid and ink over polenta. Hotel Excelsior Restaurant Hotel Excelsior offers an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere and delicious Mediterranean specialities. The restaurant’s interior is wooden and overlooks the beautiful Lido beaches. In summer, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy a candlelit dinner, while listening to the waves below. The food is just as spectacular as the views, with each signature dish created by the restaurant’s chef Antonino Sanna. The menu includes traditional Venetian food, presented with a modern twist, and other seafood dishes.

7. Trattoria Favorita

Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

Trattoria Favorita is a family run restaurant with traditional Venetian seafood cuisine. The restaurant is located in the north of the island, among quiet streets and near a relaxing park and the beach. The interior is rustic, with dark wooden beams, brick archway and wooden furniture. Ceramic plates with different motives hang on the walls. Try the house special, pasta with clams and mussels, and finish with delicious tiramisu.

8. Villa Mabapa

Hotel

Restaurant Villa Mabapa is famous for its high quality Venetian cuisine and the restaurant is very popular with the locals. The interior is bright and contemporary, with tables covered with white tablecloths and wooden chairs. During summer months, you can sit in a beautiful garden, overlooking the lagoon. The dishes are prepared with local ingredients and are based on seafood. Try the sea bass with potatoes and artichokes, and finish dinner with the delicious mousse trio, all accompanied by their in-house pianist.

9. La Sferetta

La Sferetta

Located next to a canal, La Sferetta is a stones-throw away from Lido center. The friendly atmosphere and delicious food make this a great choice for either lunch or dinner. The menu is fish-based and the friendly staff will help you make a decision on what to choose. La Sferetta has a lovely canal side garden, where you can chill and enjoy the summer evenings with a crisp glass of Italian wine.

Via Lepanto, Venezia, Italy, +39 041 526 0318

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