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La Palanca

#21 of 1,215 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Giudecca
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448 Giudecca | Giudecca, Venice, Italy
39 041 528 7719
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 13
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  • 9
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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
Great lunch, this is where to locals go

Super lunch among the locals, excellent food and very friendly service. get there early about 12 noon as it fills up quickly

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
farmergeorge21
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York, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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York, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Super lunch among the locals, excellent food and very friendly service. get there early about 12 noon as it fills up quickly

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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Made the trip over to Guidecca to be greeted by a restaurant full of locals sipping Spritz's and the only food on offer were bowls of crisps. Returned Sunday lunch - closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I discovered La Palanca by chance about three years ago and have been coming back annually. It is un-prepossessing and off the beaten track, but it delivers service with a smile and excellent seafood. I have only ever been here for lunch, and as a tourist you are likely to be outnumbered by local people (not so common in Venice!).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were staying at the Hilton for 4 days and saw so many good reviews on TA, so my wife and I went for lunch and were able to sit outside on the terrace watching the vaporettas and water taxis passing by. The waiter, I assume the owner, was very friendly which made the experience that more enjoyable. We shared... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was with my girlfriend (an Italian living in Venice for the last three years) and we were just trying to get a quick seafood lunch at around 2:30 pm. The kitchen was technically closed but they made us an antipasto plate of seafood and a plate of seafood pasta. I was amazed at the freshness and the quality. This... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Staying on the Giudecca in late February/early March this busy cafe/restaurant was a wonderful resource for morning breakfast before catching the Valperetto from the nearby stop or having a very enjoyable meal at lunchtime. The service is welcoming and animated. The clientele seems to change during the day. Early morning workers having coffee and breakfast, followed by older locals meeting... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

First visit here and it didnt disappoint. Great mix of tourists and locals and great to note same friendliness and great service extended to both-seldom a 'given' in Venice! Tasty view and tasty food, all in all, a lovely sunny lunch in february!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The island of Giudecca can be a bit difficult to find good food on in my experience. La Palanca can be found right next to the Palanca vaporetto stop, and is a wonderful cafe. Staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. I was in dire need of wifi, and the manager was gracious enough to give my access when I... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

After an early morning tour at the farmer's market witch is in fact an organic prison market (the fruits & veggies are grown by the woman from the prison), you need to make a stop at La Palanca to jump start your batteries for the rest of the day. It will be wise to ask guidance from your waiter to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is a true h= no frills neighbourhood bar where locals meet for a coffee or a spritz and catch up on the latest gossip. Bar Palanca reminds me of a bar from a classic Italian film - imagine Marcello Mastroianni downing an expresso before dashing off to a romantic liaison with a sultry diva. The owner, Andrea is consistently... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 448 Giudecca | Giudecca, 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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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.