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“Wonderful quiet lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Osteria di Santa Marina

L'Osteria di Santa Marina
Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy (Castello)
041-528-5239
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Ranked #68 of 1,204 restaurants in Venice
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Castello
New York
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Wonderful quiet lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stumbled upon this place using trip advisor during a January walk. one of us had the set tasting menu and the other ala carte and they prepared a simple pasta dish for our daughter. The saltcod and octopus was wonderful, the chesnut ravioli with prawns also great. The highlight of the tasting menu was the venison in port sauce with violet onions which was soft, tender and full of flavor (the veal and steak tartare were fine, but not wonderful)...The dessert, a chocolate ganache and some icecream was also truly splendid. The atmosphere was calm and peaceful, we felt off the tourist path, even though it is a well known place. The price was not much different to the crappy places in San Marco, so by Venice standards was good value. Nice waitors, overall, a wonderful experience.

Visited January 2013
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and our favourite meal in Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyable meal. Service was fairly lack-lustre but the food was all great. We both enjoyed our meals and it was our favourite night in the city. If you're not into seafood obviously it's not for you. Relatively speaking good value compared to other places in the city.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“OK but expensive for a lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

This place is probably nice for a dinner but on the expensive side for a lunch. We only tried the pasta dishes, which were OK without being fantastic.

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“Very good food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Very good food and service in a traditional Venetian Osteria. They had three tasting menu options and a good selection of a la carte options. The also serve amuse prior to your entree and main courses. The wine selection is also very good and has numerous options depending on your budget. Their desert selections were also very good and their house desserts served with coffee were also a treat. You must have a booking in order to get a booking on a busy night as it was full during our visit. The service although not overly attentive was very good.

  • Visited December 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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“Excellent service in a quality restaraunt”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

After all the TA reviews I decided to book this restaraunt with my girlfriend. Service was VERY professional and attentative. We ordered a tasting menu each (classic/autumn) which overall did not particularly stand out and was a bit disappointing. I recommend you order from the a la carte menu since the other food we saw come out of the kitchen were bigger in portions and looked hearty and delicious. At 75-80 euros per tasting menu it was a bit expensive and was more for the experience.

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