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“Somewhere different amidst the pasta and the pizza” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Caffe Centrale

Caffe Centrale
Via Piscina de Frezzaria No. 1659, 30100 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
+39 041 887 6642
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Ranked #101 of 1,219 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $78
Cuisines: Italian, International, Mediterranean, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Marlow, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Somewhere different amidst the pasta and the pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Our first night in Venice just before New Year and a great start, there were no tables but we ate in the bar area with very comfortable seating. The menu is a mix of traditional and Heston Blumenthal style experiment, some things work and some do not but do try lots of small plates, which are generous portions. Very reasonably priced Aperol Spritz in a city where prices are on the high side, a very nice feel and look to the restaurant and gondoliers were drinking in there which we took as a good sign! Would definitely recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. We walked in with no reservation and were lucky enough to be put on the waterside table. It was very romantic and the service was very attentive. We had the lobster followed by the chateaubriand which was perfect. Then a fabulous desert of cocktail ice lollies which was brilliant.

It was a perfect end to our brilliant trip

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Seattle
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“Unusual fare in Venice; excellent choice.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

Stumbled into this gem while searching Venice for a decent restaurant. The hotel concierge recommended another place around the corner from this one, but that really didn't appeal. We checked out the menu and saw the crowd inside and decided to give it a shot. It was our first night in Venice and we were looking for something special.

Greeted by a very friendly host who was able to accommodate us without a reservation. The menu was quite interesting with the option of many of the dishes in three portion sizes. Very interesting for Venice, as well as Italy in general. The menu was also full of things like 'foams', 'airs' and other gastro techniques. Everything we had was great.

I had the beef fillet bites with potato foam - a bit hesitant to order, but the waiter insisted and I am glad he did. Every bite was amazing. My nephew had the octopus carpaccio and the tuna tartare. Both were extremely fresh and well prepared and presented. The octopus had a foam of some sort, as well as pearls of balsamico. Visually, very appealing. Taste was equally satisfying.

For dessert we ordered the tri chocolate crepes. The waiter had suggested the tiramisu, but I not typically a fan. After we finished our crepes, he brought us a tiramisu on the house to sample. Wow - have they changed my view on that dessert. It was a deconstructed presentation with each layer expertly crafted. The flavor was amazing!

Highly recommend if in Venice and looking or something not Typical Venetian.

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fab u lous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We went to this restaurant on Friday night without a reservation with two friends, and it was my birthday
They were absolutely charming, the food was to die for and the ambience was great.
Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant, but perhaps not for older people who don't like loudish music all the time.
I even got a candle on my profiterole!!!
Brill.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Isle of Wight UK
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“Didn't quite deliver”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We sought out this little gem tucked away fairly close to St Marks Square. Décor is very stylish – a lovely mix of modern in an old building. We received a warm welcome and enjoyed a glass of Prosecco (3.5 euros – a good price in a restaurant of this calibre).

The breads/pastries were gorgeous and we selected tuna tartare starters and then Chateaubriand. The Tuna was super and we loved our main but it would have been nice to see it carved in front of us (as it always has been elsewhere), the food also needed to be much warmer. We asked for a 5 minute gap before ordering dessert but I think we then slipped their minds as it was at least 25 minutes before a waiter returned (the restaurant was not busy).

When we paid the waiter took our card and had forgotten about our bill as he was dealing with another guest for 10 minutes. He walked towards us and then you could see that he had forgotten as he dashed back to the desk to retrieve our card.

In summary, a nice meal, but our rating reflects the slip-ups with service here

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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