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“Reasonable” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Antica Carbonera

Antica Carbonera
Calle Bembo, Venice, Italy (San Marco)
+39 041 5225479
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Ranked #429 of 1,198 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: San Marco
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“Reasonable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I were so excited to try this place because of all of the good reviews but we were disappointed. The place has a pretty nice ambiance but all of the booths were recovered from a ship and when you sit on them, boy you can tell! The seats are incredibly narrow - I'm 5'2" and couldn't really stay on it as a "seat" - was more like leaning against something. We moved to a table and the chairs are just fine. :) The place smelled a little fishy - but it is a seafood restaurant after all. We got the spaghetti carbonara as a starter and split it. They mix it up at your table which is pretty cool but the noodles were a little too al dente and the sauce was a bit heavy on the egg, light on the cheese. Also, the pancetta in the dish is supposed to be nice and crispy and theirs was thinly sliced and not crispy at all. However, that turned out to be the best dish we had. I tried the squid ink spaghetti just for something new. I thought it was weird tasting and salty buuuuuuuut squid/seafood isn't really my thing so it could have been made perfectly and it's just not a dish I personally like. My husband got a seafood sampler and there were some nice things on there but the marinated fish in tomato was tough, the grilled polenta cake was burned and the grits that came with shrimp on top were a bit rubbery. For the price - our total meal including four glasses of house wine was about 100 euros - we weren't wowed. However, if you're a huge seafood fan you might have been more pleased than we were.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent food In Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We found Atica Carbonera by chance, on our first night in Venice and we were so pleased. It was friendly and professional and we had our first great fish experience in Venice , we would like to book next time as we just turned up , as they had nice cosy cubby type tables which would be lovely for that romantic evening ! Next time !

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very nice Italian pasta in Venice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

We found this place by surprise and it turned out very good. We were sitting at the table right next to the semi-open kitchen and waiter-serving table. It was like watching a cooking show! The waiter Preio was so funny and nice! I don't agree it's tourist's trap as other reviews commented. The food was excellent and the 'slow' service is Italian standard. The price range is medium level to a nice "restorante".

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

General sense of indifference and complacency from management and staff. Three different waiters at different times, only one of whom (the older, more experienced local) seemed at all interested in serving us. The food was atrocious - the bread was stale, the mixed seafood was poorly prepared and almost cold, the potatoes were cold and seemed 3 days old. Only our daughter's simple pasta dish was passable. One of the worst experiences my wife and I have had. And it was relatively expensive. The restaurant decor suggests it was once a grand place to eat, and our experience may have been a one-off. But on the basis of what we experienced, we would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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San Mateo, California
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“Traditional Venice, great menu and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We had barle more than an hour before a concert and walked in without a reservation mid week....we were greeted warmly and offered a cosy booth which turned out to have in interesting history in and of itself! (check their website)

Service very good, pasta excellent, good choice of wines by the glass....

Desserts were superb and we even sampled the restaurant's own distilled grappa...which the waiter described as their moonshine!...even came in a clear glass jug!...it hit the spot, though....

Not inexpensive but a fair value for the quality of restaurant....cover charge, common in Europe for a restaurant at this level at €3 pp. is a bit steep. Still we would delight in returning there if we had the opportunity again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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