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La Palanca

#34 of 1,216 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Giudecca
Italian, Pasta
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448 Giudecca | Giudecca, 30133 Venice, Italy
39 041 528 7719
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The best ordinary lunch in the world?

Bar Palanca is on the Giudecca, ten minutes boat ride from San Marco and Accademia and it has beautiful views across the Giudecca Canal: you can see Salute, San Giorgio and the campanile of San Marco. It is a very simple bar, nice inside but perfection outside on the waterside. It's a bar all day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
JohnClaughton
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Bar Palanca is on the Giudecca, ten minutes boat ride from San Marco and Accademia and it has beautiful views across the Giudecca Canal: you can see Salute, San Giorgio and the campanile of San Marco. It is a very simple bar, nice inside but perfection outside on the waterside. It's a bar all day long but only serves food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Beer was fantastic, although the top notch service is reserved for locals. Recommended nevertheless, the location is excellent, fantastic view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Really excellent: we had the antipasto fish and pasta. All dishes were freshly made and with excellent taste. Staff and owner was really friendly. Airco room in the restaurant. Also visited by locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had a delicious 3 course meal on the water. I highly recommend both the sardines and swordfish carpaccio starters which were so refreshing in the heat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We always go to La Palanca when in Venice whatever the time of day! At breakfast you get a perfectly foamy cappuccino and 'brioche' (croissant), a superb fresh, interesting menu at lunch time and great pre-dinner drinks - one of the best 'Spritz con Aperol' none of the watered down nonsense other places do. When we went at lunch, the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Went for lunch after reading the TA reviews and couldnt believe we were in the right place! Yes it is water front and the gentleman serving seemed jolly ( mind you so would I be if I was raking in the money they are for very mediocre food) Ordered pasta dishes which agreeably are reasonable prices by Venice standards but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

On the day of the Redentore Festival we booked lunch at the Palanca and boy were we happy that we did. From our greeting by Andrea it was uphill all the way. Friendly service, happy atmosphere but best of all great food at a fair price. Although a bit out of the way, do yourselves a favour and go there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were staying on Giudecca and found ourselves on the island at midday so had a chance to eat here. By far the best meal we had, having tried all the recommendations we were given. The unusual menu and the quality of food merit a visit. The service was efficient and friendly which made for a relaxed lunch. Although not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This place is right on the water. It's a much different experience than on the mainland in Venice- much more relaxing in giudecca and a bit cheaper, maybe even a bit better quality and fresher ingredients. That being said, I don't know if it's worth the trip to giudecca. We went just for this restaurant but thought we would wander... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Randomly got off this waterbus stop and this was one of the first places I saw. I wanted to grab a drink and this place looked welcoming. Let's cut to the chase. The workers are friendly and helpful. I was served immediately and the prices are reasonable. Also the staff helped me get free WIFI and the restroom was in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 448 Giudecca | Giudecca, 30133 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Giudecca
  • Neighborhood: Giudecca
  • Phone Number: 39 041 528 7719

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic

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Staying in Giudecca

Neighborhood Profile
Giudecca
Giudecca is a retreat for Venetians away from the crowds. Symbolically, six metal teeth represent Venice’s six sestieri (districts); the seventh, Guidecca, points away from the others – part of Dorsoduro, but separated by the Giudecca Canal. Giudecca evolved from a center of shipyards and factories to a quiet residential area with a sprinkling of restaurants and bars. The majestic harmonious Redentore church stands as thanks for delivering Venice from the plague, hosting an annual heartfelt festival.