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“Great, authentic Italian food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria San Basilio

Trattoria San Basilio
Dorsoduro 1516 | Calle del Vento, Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
041 521 00 28
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Ranked #436 of 1,204 restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
Estero, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great, authentic Italian food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We stayed in Venice for three days and went to three different restaurants (reviews will be posted on all of them). We stayed in Dorsoduro, a five mile walk away from this restaurant on the water. Service was great- the 2 waiters were incredibly nice and the food was great! We all ordered a variety of pasta dishes (seafood, cuttlefish, and mushroom ravioli) and they were all wonderful. Combined with the fresh breeze from the water and the Venetian relaxed atmosphere, I would definitely recommend this local restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Found it While Lost - Unforgettable Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We found this place like most people find restaurants in Venice, while lost. We ended up along the outer bank of the island walking towards where the cruise ships dock. At the end of the long promenade there was was this tiny restaurant on the corner. We had been walking for a while exploring and looking for a place to eat so we decided to give it a try. We were immediately greeted by the host and who I assume was the owner and possible chef sometimes??? He cleared a table for us in the corner.

When we order the house wine, he gave us a wink and when my husband ordered the anchovies with onions, he reached out and shook my husband's hand and told him he was a true Venetian! He was very helpful and suggested lots of things on the menu. We ended up ordering 2 kinds of fish and vegetables which he brought out to us de-boned and on a big platter so we could try each of the fish. At the end of the meal, he was overjoyed my husband ordered the grappa. Clearly we weren't his usual cruise ship patrons. I wanted limoncello but he was out so he brought me another kind of after dinner liqueur which was delicious. At the end of the night he kissed me on each of my cheeks and hugged us as we left.

A truly memorable night in Venice. If you can find it, GO! Order like a local!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“TRULY HOMEMADE STYLE COOKING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The owner and staff were by far the friendliest in a friendly town. Their attitude just added joy. At the end of the Dosorduro, right near the must visit San Sebastian church, you find yourself in a real neighborhood. Locals comes to the small bar and drink standing up.
But then there's the food. They serve superior pasta, salads, potatoes, bread and coffee with complimentary Burano biscuits (a favorite.) The seafood tastes like it was just caught.
We came out of the rain and wanted to stay for the afternoon.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“So friendly and great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Not posh - just a lovely friendly local tratoria. Food was really well cooked and great value. I am amazed by the review where somone said the guys were rude as they were charming and chatty and very helpful. We had a coue of lively meals plus coffees and drinks at other time. If you touristy places dont go here - this is where locals eat drink and chat. Just briiliant!

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A lovely experience !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This charming little restaurant right next to San Basilio vaporetto stop is well worth a visit. The bright yellow tablecloths reflect the warmth of the welcome from the owners - what friendly service !! We had a long leisurely lunch here, very good food and delicious wine.....and of course the views are excellent across the Guidecca canal.
A lovely little restaurant which we would definitely recommend.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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