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Osteria alla Bifora

#240 of 1,137 Restaurants in Venice
#275 of 1,226 Places to Eat in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Campo Santa Margherita 2930, Venice, Italy
0415236119
Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 125
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  • 149
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fine food, good service, great athmosphere

We had dinner here wit ha small groop with my mother, who just turned 80. Of course we had the assorted meats dish, which was ample for 5, with some bread and good wines. The people around started singing in Italian and Swiss when they heard my mother of 80 just had her birthday.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Michiel V
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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Kent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Terrific hearty platters of wonderful local produce set in a low lit cosy but lively restaurant. Lovely period features, strewn with carefully chosen ephemera. Worth taking a trip to this slightly out of the way authentic local cichetti bar. Out best meal in Venice.

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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had dinner here wit ha small groop with my mother, who just turned 80. Of course we had the assorted meats dish, which was ample for 5, with some bread and good wines. The people around started singing in Italian and Swiss when they heard my mother of 80 just had her birthday.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is away from the tourists in a lovely Campo. We shared a simply platter of fishes (Pictures included). Candles on every table. No reservations. The place is packed. Shared tables. Not expensive.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This was the best meal we have had in Italy. We were tired after a full day of sightseeing and I wasn't really hungry so we waited until the 9pm seating and had a wonderful meal. Richard ordered the grilled cuttlefish for starters. I didn't order anything..... but even though I thought I wouldn't like the cuttlefish... I ate half... More 

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Halifax, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

We visited at around 9pm after looking at reviews on here and we're not disappointed. Lovely building/interior decor and staff. We had a bottle of prosecco and ordered the mixed meat and cheese plate and a plate of anchovies. You also get the standard giant bowl of sliced bread. The platter was amazing! Gorgeous meats, cheese, olives and pickled veg.... More 

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North of San Francisco
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We stumbled into this Osteria on advice from our hotel after the trudge from the train station to the hotel. We were treated to a real Italian Osteria where we were served delicious local seafood including three types of Bacalla. We also has a superb antipasti all complete with a typical Italian restaurant scene complete with ancient columns, arches and... More 

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North Berwick
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5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This a real find in a city which has more restaurants, cafes and snack bars than any other per square mile. La Bifora goes in for slow food and not fast food, so the experience is relaxing, enjoyable and truly Venetian. Be prepared to savour the atmosphere with candles, wooden tables and the ancient building - the sound of local... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I've been here on the 4th of April 2015 with my girlfriend. It was great: the lunch was awesome with two "taglieri": one with typical Italian "affettati" and the other with fish.. it was perfect to try some differents flavours typical of Venice, in this way we could try many different dishes in one; so that if someone of us... More 

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Malta
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Felt welcomed immediately as soon as we stepped into the Osteria - everyone is treated like a regular! There is no discrimination between locals and tourists in any way - everyone gets the same menu, same bill and same fantastic friendly service. One of the very few places were bread and service charge are on the house and where the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We have been staying in the vicinity of Campo Margherita for close to 20 years. Enjoyable dining is not a strength of the wonderful campo..... but the relatively new Bifora breaks the mold. Start with the lovely atmosphere. Candlelit room named after the bifora (a two light window) found during renovation on the back wall - it dates to 1350!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Campo Santa Margherita 2930, Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Phone Number: 0415236119

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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Staying in Dorsoduro / Accademia

Neighborhood Profile
Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.