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“Nice semi-late night retreat with excellent cheese platter and wine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Piscina

La Piscina
Zattere, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro / Accademia)
0412413889
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Ranked #328 of 1,132 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $158
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Large groups, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Puget Sound
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39 restaurant reviews
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“Nice semi-late night retreat with excellent cheese platter and wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

After a late night of wandering the Punte della Dogano, choices can be slim for a bite to eat, but we found La Calcina still open and serving shortly before 10 p.m., which is a rarity in Venice. Wine, an order of squid and a cheese plate later we could not have been more satisfied with the day and the end of day. Sitting outside with a view across the water, it was the perfect place to reminisce over a wonderful day wandering Venice.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Service???”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Very poor service, shrimp was mushy and tasteless, pasta with duck really poor~save your money and go elsewhere.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good food, fabulous view, disappointing service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We revisited La Piscina having last been in 2006. We recalled the lovely views, atmosphere and the great food and it is in the Dorsoduro, our favourite area of Venice which is far enough away from the crowds but close enough to access the main sites easily.
We arrived for lunch at 12.20pm to be told in a very offhand way that the kitchen did not open for another 20 minutes. On our second ask we were able to make a reservation. We returned at the booked time to find a number of tables already full with guests eating their lunch. How can this be when the kitchen has opened a couple of minutes ago? Anyway, for old times sake, we sat at the table and ordered. The pasta dishes were good (vongole and lobster) and the steak was excellent. What really spoiled what should have been a special experience was the offhand service and generally bad attitude of the waiting staff. I would like to go back but I would want reasssurance that we would not be treated as a paying inconvenience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice Atmosphere, but Bad Food!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This restaurant has a great atmosphere right on the water, but unfortunately it stops there. The best part of our meal was the bottle of wine and our bruschetta appetizer. The mixed bruschetta was very good and decent sized. Enough for my and my girlfriend to split. The main courses of pasta left a lot to be desired. I had the gnocchi which was ok, but my girlfriends black pasta was practically not edible. Not sure what spice was used, but it was beyond overpowering and just miserable. I would not suggest eating here, unless you're in the mood for a bottle of wine and an app.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Ok but not exceptional restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Excellent canalside location and views.
Food was fine but not exceptional.
Average rating only because we had better meals during the rest of our visit to Venice.
Fine if you are in the locality but probably not worth a special trip.

Visited June 2013
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