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“Venetian Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Ai Do Farai

Osteria Ai Do Farai
Sestiere Dorsoduro 3278, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
041 277 03 69
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Ranked #126 of 1,203 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
White Rock
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80 reviews 80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Venetian Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Venice isn't always known for it's great food. In fact it has a reputation as average food and poor service. Well totally by accident my family and I found Do Farai Ostaria in Venice. It was raining and in desperation we ducked into this side street restaurant which was full of people and a had a wonderful cheerful ambiance. We were seated and watched the people around us being served and soon realized the food not only looked great but that the owner was personally serving up many of the fish dishes. We order three fish dishes and wow was the food ever great. After supper which ended around 11pm the owner came out and make a house speciality drink of fresh whipped lemon gelato, milk, vodka and prosecco that he served a glass of to every adult free of charge. What a wonderful way to cap off a great meal and evening. If every restaurant in Venice had food, service and ambiance like this one Venice would be a foodies destination.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great host, great food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The service was excellent, the food even better. Cuttlefish ink pasta, grilled seafood, nice wine, and a fabulous, engaging host. Have a go, you won't be disappointed.

Visited May 2014
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Provo, Utah
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136 reviews 136 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Rudest Restaurant Ever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

It was Saturday night three minutes before their time to open. The place was empty. We came in, and ask for a menu. It was all in Italian, we asked for an English menu, and the owner became belligerent. He proceeded to tell us what we should have. He got verbally aggressive, and so we decided to leave. At the point he got even more rude. He was shouting at us as we left the restaurant. I have eaten in restaurants all over the world. I usually give even poor restaurants a fair review if they have any kind of redeeming service, but this restaurant is one I cannot give any kind of positive review to. They were rude, and socially inappropriate.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Bad service and inhospitable”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We wanted to have a proper Italian dinner with four people and ended up at Osteria Ai Do Farai. There were only 2-3 staff in the restaurant that did not have any time for anything. One big chaos. After ordering a pasta we asked for some cheese. It never arrived. Nor did the salads that we ordered. We left without secundi. Very disappointing.

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Paris, France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Give this a try - you won't be disappointed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This restaurant was recommended so we turned up on a busy Friday night and Stefano was initially a little stand-offish, no doubt all part of his show. He allocated a table and gave us the menu, which is only in Italian. There were no other tourists which we took as a good sign. On seeing our difficulty in ordering, Stefano came over and proposed that we follow his recommendations involving antipasto then pasta, two portions of each for our party of four, followed by fish. We knew that this could be a way of trapping tourists but we had confidence in Stefano and it was not misplaced. We had the most delicious meal served with inexpensive and good house wine, all served with humour and efficiency by Stefano. We were wary of the size of the bill, with no cause. We ate in a tourist restaurant at Rialto the next night and paid 25 euros less for a meal which was so, so inferior in every aspect and which left us nostalgic for good Venetian cuisine.

Visited May 2014
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