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Osteria alle Testiere

#39 of 1,203 Restaurants in Venice
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Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
041 522 7220
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 426
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Venice Cuisine

Small osteria witd delicious food, fresh and changed every day.Nice collection of wines, very friendly staff. You tend to come back again.Reservation is obligatory if you want to find a place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Jiri L
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Prague, Czech Republic
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Prague, Czech Republic
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Small osteria witd delicious food, fresh and changed every day.Nice collection of wines, very friendly staff. You tend to come back again.Reservation is obligatory if you want to find a place.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

As a venitian, I used to come often in this little tiny place often. I returned back, and, the crowd of tourists apart, I found the same place, and same courtesy. Please make a reservation in advance! It's always full! Great mussels experience, big variety on dish offers. Good wine selection. Prices of appetizers equal as main courses.. as a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I booked dinner at Osteria alle Testiere on the recommendation of a colleague at work. We had previously visited the fish market in Venice earlier in the day. The whole restaurant is very small but the staff are incredibly friendly. They change the menu daily depending on the catch of the day from the market. It is printed it in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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134 reviews 134 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This small restaurant in Castello serves traditional Venetian fish and seafood cooked with considerable accuracy. Reservations are hard to come by so plan in advance. Dinner is either at 7 or 9.30 but I think you can probably arrive earlier for the second sitting as some tables were already empty at 9.15. We enjoyed excellent spaghetti vongole with tiny clams,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Pleasant and friendly service with cheerful owner and restaurant manager. Fresh seafood, well-prepared but may not be to everyone's taste. A little on the pricey side...

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Brussels, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I organised a birthday dinner for 10! Very good food and attentive service. For dessert they came up with a lovely cake, although I had not specified that when I reserved. Full marks!

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New York City, New York
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9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I went there in early February, 2015 for lunch. Although I had a reservation, the place was not completely ready to open when I arrived (they were still working on the menu). Turns out they print out new menu every day and they also printed one out in English for me. The food was good but nothing I couldn't find... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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137 reviews 137 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Frustrated because we couldn't get a booking for dinner, this small restaurant came highly recommended so we didn't give up. No dinner--sob! nonetheless SO enjoyed our terrific luncheon--we returned the next day! Attentive service & professionally engaging, we loved the helpful wine advice & found the fresh approach to refined classic cooking a marvel..& all at reasonable prices! GO there!... More 

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service. We shared a starter and a main and had a desert each. The food was perfect. We had the tuna ragu to start, the 'sweet and sour' prawns for main and panacotta and tiramisu for pudding. Each dish was wonderful and it was our favourite meal in Venice. We decided to go here after it was... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My girlfriend and I dinned at the restaurant in July 2014, which was a great experience. The scallops were great and the white wine was very good. It is a small cosy place with good service and the only place in Venice we can recommend people to eat and the general level in Venice are very low

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: 041 522 7220

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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