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El Refolo

#25 of 1,218 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Castello
Italian, Bar, Fast Food, Wine Bar
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Via Garibaldi - Castello 1580, 30122 Venice, Italy
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11:30 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Cash Only, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wine and Beer

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  • 195
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    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
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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
Our favorite bar in Venice

When we finally found the place, it was fantastic. Good and cheap aperol spritz and prosecco. Very nice and chill atmosphere with a great variation of people. It is a good idea to come a little early, if you want to make sure to sit down right away. Most of the people enjoy a drink and a panini... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Louise P
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

When we finally found the place, it was fantastic. Good and cheap aperol spritz and prosecco. Very nice and chill atmosphere with a great variation of people. It is a good idea to come a little early, if you want to make sure to sit down right away. Most of the people enjoy a drink and a panini, but we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Excellent street food with good wines and Spritzes. Owners are the most welcoming and friendly. Just try it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Just a 1 minute walk from the arsenale, this is a lovely place to go to after visiting the arsenale. The guy behind the bar speaks english quite well and stays friendly despite the line and having to work all by himself. The panini are really good (€2,20 pp, try the baccala!) and we loved the vermentino wine (€3,50).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Wonderful people, great products and excellent grappa from a small local distillery. If you can only visit one bar in Venice, you should certainly take this one in consideration!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

What a City! Noise, life, music , sights and so much more. As a visitor I wanted to find somewhere that I could relax and at the same time experience Venetian life. El Refolo was that place. Friendly staff with enough English for us to get by and reasonable prices plus a really eclectic clientele. The majority of customers were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nice spot in a broad street, at least for Venice, nice view from the terrace. Not too expensive. Good wine selection, but very average food (when we were there at least).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Did same restaurant two years ago and still is a nice venue. Enjoyed food very much and beautiful scenery. Dessert was a little disappointment (chocolate cake); cheese remained excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We went here almost every night that we were in Venice. There's a good mix of locals and visitors, providing a great atmosphere: bustling but not rowdy. We especially enjoyed the sparkling rose, birra piccola, and plate of hot pork. A great find!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Such a nice place to get away from the hordes of tourists yet only 10 minutes walk from the main tourist areas. Cold wine, great service and fantastic food. Friendly staff who are very welcoming. Visited here 3 times during our stay in Venice for the relaxed atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Relaxed chilled and superb snacks . Very reasonable drinks and staff very helpful. The bar is friendly and the Asperol drink was an experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Garibaldi - Castello 1580, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Bar, Fast Food, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Castello

Neighborhood Profile
Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.