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La Palanca

#26 of 1,137 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Giudecca
Italian, Pasta
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448 Giudecca | Giudecca, 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 for Lunch

Obviously it is the best place if there is good weather, you can eat in front of the lagoon. The fish is very good, typical entrees are at their best. First courses are interesting, I had my best and only seabass soup there. Also the pasta with shrimps and mushroom is something I like very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Obviously it is the best place if there is good weather, you can eat in front of the lagoon. The fish is very good, typical entrees are at their best. First courses are interesting, I had my best and only seabass soup there. Also the pasta with shrimps and mushroom is something I like very much. Quality/price is very good... More 

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Selsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We had some lovely fish at this restaurant. The mixed starter of baccala, swordfish, sarde in soar and anchovies with pink peppercorns was wonderful. The main course of san piero or john dory cooked with the local artichokes was extremely tasty. On another day we had the tuna coated in toasted sesame seed and a balsamic drizzle which was brilliant.... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Almost unable to move on from this great restaurant to try others. This year we lunched here three times plus several visits for coffee and brioche plus an evening spritz while having a stroll and gazing spellbound at the glorious view. I tried many types of fish I hadn't had before (a bit shaming really as we live at the... More 

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Kerry
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We spent many lunchtimes in this beautiful spot & even joined the locals for a spritz or two in the evenings. However, last summer -making a special trip to lunch here- we found that the success of this restaurant is causing it's own problems. My tuna (a particular favourite at this spot) was badly cooked. Service was hectic to say... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We came after reading the Telegraph and our guide book. We got a lovely outside table and the view of Venice is stunning. The service is friendly and the wine was lovely. The food was good but not amazing, although locals (eating inside) seemed to be eating some yummy stuff. We would go back - the view and wine means... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My wife found this place on a blog when researching our trip to Venice. The lunch we had there was the meal we enjoyed the most during our stay. Freshly fried sardines, tuna tartare, cream of bacala (cod), pasta dishes, great wine. This is the kind of place that we always try to find: Unpretentious, friendly and welcoming. Simple, grounded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We stayed on Guidecca for four nights and were so pleased to discover this gem of a lunch/breakfast place, just a brief few steps from the Palanca vaporetto stop. Incredibly fresh seafood-- if you think you don't like anchovies, you haven't had them fresh from the sea, marinated and served with pink peppercorns. A revelation!! And the simplest preparation of... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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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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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, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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.