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Trattoria al Diporto

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Castello
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Calle Cengio 25-27 | S. Elena, Venice, Italy
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Not what it used to be :(

I just totally second the review left before mine. This restaurant used to be my favourite for years, in a quiet, authentic part of Venice. When my sister and brother-in-law visited Venice for the first time, I couldn't miss the opportunity to show them one of my favourite spot for fresh sea... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It takes a really good or really bad experience to prompt me to write a review and sadly this is definitely the latter. Our waitress seemed nice and the toilet was clean, but as far as food goes there's nothing good to mention (except the free bread basket... Because at least that terrible meal was priced appropriately) I had some... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My personal advice to one and all who think of going to this restaurant: Do Not Go. Tourist Trap alert. Let me highlight the pro’s and the con’s for you: Pro’s: 1. None. 2. Always available as it sucks so much. Con’s: 1.To start with – the food sucks. I am a vegetarian and there was hardly anything on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Venice is understandably extremely touristy. But if you're looking for some respite from the throngs then head here for some authentic Italian, more specifically Venetian cuisine. Reasonable prices, lovely service, appears to be a family business, and most importantly EXCELLENT food and wine. Seafood and polenta were spot on. While I feel a little conflicted and like I'm invading a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We chanced upon this place for dinner and were pleased by the quick service and good food. The fish lasagne and calamari were delicious, and the meat lasagne and polenta with shrimp were ok. We will probably return during our stay in S. Elena.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I tried the menu del giorno: spaghetti alle vongole and fritto misto. The quality of the food was disappointing (to say the least) and the service was abominable. It wasn't worth halve the price I had to pay... Not to be repeated!

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Condescending family (except father) and staff, food was definitely over rated. Service level... 0.5 out of 100. 0.5 is being generous. Irritating because other places deserve our hard earned money. Went to Da Enzo's bar @ S.Elena, which was 100% better in food and service. It was also lovely to come across Tango (I think) dancing from the locals enjoying... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The outside tables here looked inviting as we wandered around Sant'Elena. so we returned for lunch. There was a large group already eating, so we did not expect immediate service, but in the end we had to flag down an unwilling waitress in spite of many empty tables. It took ages to get drinks and food, and the quality of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I just totally second the review left before mine. This restaurant used to be my favourite for years, in a quiet, authentic part of Venice. When my sister and brother-in-law visited Venice for the first time, I couldn't miss the opportunity to show them one of my favourite spot for fresh sea food. What a disappointment, the food quality considerably... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This was one of our favourite restaurants for the previous seven years we have visited. This year (2013) - a marked drop in food quality and service - the pleasant young lady waitress was the only one trying.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

went there saturday night. only 4 other people there and service was slow and nonexistant food was horribly overpriced and terrible. the lasagne came from the microwave. the ravioli were not fresh, probably leftovers. i would recommend restaurant row at st marks. there are many fine restaurants there and the food is fresh and in the same range as this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Cengio 25-27 | S. Elena, Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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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.