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“Best presentation and preparation of fresh seafood” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante alla Conchiglia

Ristorante alla Conchiglia
Fondamenta S. Lorenzo no 4990 - 91, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39.041.52.89095
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Ranked #621 of 1,192 Restaurants in Venice
Price range: $44 - $89
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Pasta, Chowder
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Vienna, Virginia
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Best presentation and preparation of fresh seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This restaurant does a special job of selecting and preparing the freshest seafood daily. We had Dorado, sea bass and turbo and they were all exquisite lay prepared. The wait staff was attentive, skilled, and congenial. It was such a lovely evening we returned again two nights later. Again, we were thrilled. We wish we had not paid attention to the recommendations for the restaurant we chose on between, as it fell short of the Conchilglia!!

  • Visited August 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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UK
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157 reviews 157 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Been here a few years ago but not so good as before.location by the canal is nice but the food is nothing special.

Visited June 2013
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Essex, UK
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Pretty location, average food, annoyingly expensive.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Whilst not exactly bad, our meal at this restaurant during a recent visit to Venice was at the same time by some distance the least impressive and yet the most expensive. Set some way back from the main San Zaccaria waterfront down a side canal, the restaurant has a pretty location. Service was attentive until we had ordered (less so from that point), and after we had our apperitifs the head waiter gave us the hard sell for a fresh turbot ("he only had one fish') - as it was our last night and my wife adores fish, we agreed. (Stangely we overheard the same waiter make the same 'only one fish' pitch to four other sets of diners, two of who also ordered turbot !!) Now when you do agree to something like this, you do (or should) know in advance that it's not going to be cheap so the bill wasn't a surprise, but it would be nice if the food was done well. Unfortunately at this restaurant, average is seemingly the name of the game. Our bill for two aperitifs, two starters from the a la carte menu (neither of which was very good), the aforesaid fish, two deserts (dreadful panacotta and a wonderful zabaillone) a bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of water was Euro 180 inclusive of service, which as mentioned above was by a distance the worst value and overall the least impressive food we found (and we ate both on the waterfront, and at some of the well-reviewed establishments). One to avoid.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A very poor choice despite the lovely setting”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We know Venice is not a city known for its gastronomic delights at a reasonable price, however, my husband and I never expected a meal of such appalling quality as we were served in this restaurant. I ordered a set meal. The pasta was served in a thick, cloying tomato sauce with a few dried up mussels that looked as if they were straight from a tin (I never did spot the clams). The main course was a small piece of fish in the same tomato sauce minus the mussels but with the addition of a few olives. The accompanying salad comprised of a few dry, iceberg lettuce leaves. Finally for desert, a slice of creme caramel with sugar crystals on top. I'm not a fusspot but I really couldn't eat it. The worst meal I've had anywhere - truly!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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16 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely setting by canalside, friendly service and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Apart from forgetting our order for a pre-dinner Kir Royale, the waiting staff were friendly and helpful. Plenty of choice on the menu with lots of fresh seafood and very pleasant to sit by canal. Obligatory accordion player came to sing but all helped the mood.

Visited June 2013
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