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Ostaria dai Zemei

#38 of 1,215 Restaurants in Venice
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San Polo
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Sestiere San Polo 1045, 30125 Venice, Italy
+39 0415208596
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8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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  • 216
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  • 30
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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 Wine, Cicchetti, and Smile!

We lost our way and come across Ostaria ad Zemei. There are wonderful wines and cicchetties. Especially Cabernet Franc and a spicy cicchetti are awesome! he is delightful and making canapé very well. she speaks English very well and so kind! what is more she is very cute. but there were so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We lost our way and come across Ostaria ad Zemei. There are wonderful wines and cicchetties. Especially Cabernet Franc and a spicy cicchetti are awesome! he is delightful and making canapé very well. she speaks English very well and so kind! what is more she is very cute. but there were so many people and it made the atmosphere little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This place has cicchetti, the small bites so popular at Venetian bars. These are especially good. Their selection of crostini is particularly broad - some with vegetables, some with seafood, some with meat. Some are classic Venetian items, but some are more innovative. Each cicchetto costs 1.50 euro. You can choose three or four to make up an inexpensive lunch,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ate here multiple time during our stay in Venice. You can stop in for a small bite and glass of wine. You can get a glass of wine for 1 Euro. The wine is 1 euro more expensive if you sit outside and have them serve you. Each cichetti was 1.50 Euro. They were amazing. The best ones we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We were advised of this place by our host, and she was right! Worth looking for, because the cichetti are wonderful, and well priced. Be sure to try the bacala with onions and garlic. The Aperol spritz is also very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Stopped of here for a drink and cichetti on the final night of Carnivale, so....it was quite lively! This is a great little ostaria, great for people watching and serving very reasonably priced wines and food. The fact it is crammed with locals is the sign of a great bar. If any staff read this thanks for a great night... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We first came across this place by accident 18 months ago when we were in Venice and totally enjoyed the food, service and drinks so you imagine our delight at stumbling across it again when we visited again last month. The crostini are amazing with whatever topping you could possibly desire. My husband is a big chilli fan and the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Spent 3 days wandering about Venice enjoying the great Italian life and found this wine bar not far from Rialto bridge which does food, wine and local Beer for a very reasonable price! If you are lucky enough to get a seat you could literally enjoy sitting people watching all day long! Staff are very friendly and helpful even advising... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very nice cafe (espresso 1€, latte macchiato 2€) at the bar inside, cool Aperol Spritz (2,50€)... And all that just a stone throw away from Rialto bridge. Unfortunately we were on the way to dinner so we couldn't try the tapas like food - but for sure they looked super yummy! Friendly fast staff, cramed with locals (with 7 people... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A really friendly place to grab a glass of wine and try some of the local snacks. The wine-range has something for everyone and the staff are really helpful and patient in explaining what is on offer. The place is bedecked with photos of twins, which might have something to do with the name of the Osteria, "...dai Zemei" ?... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you are visiting venice this is a must and much better than other places that are similar. Lovely people running the place, the Chicchetti is just awesome, great selection of everything and we juts wanted more, all the locals kept popping in and out for there wine and a quick bite so you know it can't be bad right.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sestiere San Polo 1045, 30125 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Polo
  • Neighborhood: San Polo
  • Phone Number: +39 0415208596
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in San Polo

Neighborhood Profile
San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.