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Cà D'Oro alla Vedova

Cannaregio, 3912, 30121 Venice Italy+39 041 528 5324Website
Open now12:30 PM - 2:30 PM6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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#411 of 1,138 Italian in Venice
#377 of 1,285 Restaurants in Venice

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Local cuisine, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly

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0.0 miles from Ca' d'Oro
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday

The positives of the food probably outweighed the negatives of the experience - just about. Got given some dry bread as we sat down, asked 3 waiters for some oil, the last one even had the audacity to tell me "it's not the sort of...thing we keep in the kitchen" - really? No olive oil in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant! Fortunately waiter 2 miraculously turned up with some (with a pouring lid attached so obviously available somewhere). Unfortunately bread was finished by then! OK, whatever, but symptomatic of the general poor attitude on show. Ordered some meatballs and a couple of pasta dishes and to be fair they were really really good. House white also extremely drinkable and fairly priced. Asked for desert menu after dinner - not available, waiter 1 then reeled off 3 choices to which I said I needed a moment to think, he got the hump, walked off and never came back. Sat there for another 15 mins trying to get the bill, gave up in the end and just went up to pay. Waiter 3 barely even acknowledged me as he was too busy having a laugh with his mate. Like I say, kitchen has it's act together, absolutely could not fault the food, but front of house is essentially run by classic Italian arrogant so-and-so's . Oh, also there were quite a few 4 seater tables occupied by 2 lots of 2 split with a big perspex divider slapped on the table, fortunately not us, but probably not what you're after if you want a nice romantic dinner with your missus in the heart of Venice!More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food , very tasty and fresh . The service was prompt and nothing too much trouble . Good price too for the quality of food .

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been visiting and writing about Venice for almost four decades now, and have eaten at Alla Vedova several times over the years. After my most recent experience there, I'm not sure I'll ever be going back. The main problem was the service, which was...offhand and unprofessional, at best. The three of us were squeezed on to a table that was barely large enough for two, even though the place was far from busy. One waiter created space for our wine bottle by chucking the bread basket on to the place where my wife's plate would have to go, then brought us wine glasses that were still streaming with water from the dishwasher. Another brought us the wrong starters, then a third asked us if we had ordered anything else. He then appeared with a main course that we hadn't ordered. He did the same with the people at the adjacent table, who seemed to be finding the staff as charmless as we were. Alla Vedova has never been a gourmet restaurant, but it's long had a reputation as a place that offers decent value for money. On the night that we were there, the food was mediocre. Perhaps they were having an off-night, but the evening was so unpleasant that I doubt that I'll be giving them another chance. The nearby Ai Promessi Sposi was set up by people who had previously worked at Alla Vedova, and is a much more welcoming place, with a superior kitchen – and it's only a little pricier.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 18, 2022 via mobile

My favorite restaurant in Venice! I come here every time I visit. It’s small and noisy and crowded, but the staff — though busy — are friendly and helpful and the food … so good! If you can’t get a table, at least stop by...for the polpette (meatballs).More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 10, 2022 via mobile

Most beautiful little restaurant best food fantastic friendly staff highly recommended xx so lucky to get a table it’s definitely worth a visit x

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 8, 2022

I was there for dinner with my girlfriend. First evening we try to walk in without booking, it was full, they couldn't accomodate us. We went back next day, my friend recommended to try the place. We booked in advance, table for 2. The place...is very small and was not very comfortable to sit in a very very small table, separated with plastic glass, and on the other side other 2 gentlemen were having dinner. Anyways, we ordered mix seafood platter as a starters and fried mix seafood for main, to share. Wanted to get a bottle of white wine, but they finished all that day, so we had to go with the chardonnay house wine, not really nice. The starter was very nice, the fried seafood platter was very average instead, nothing special. We were expecting much more from a place that was recommended to us, I expected more quality on food, on service and on wines. Overall, average, but not worth the priceMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 14, 2022 via mobile

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I’m half American half Italian (from Rome) and was showing my cousin from the states Venice. We had no idea where to eat when this amazing place popped up on google (we searched something like “where do locals eat in Venice) and...wow - I’ve never had better seppie! The owner of the place was extremely kind and professional. The waiters were all very fast, reactive and attentive. The place is cozy and typically Venetian. I strongly suggest you order the spaghetti al Nero di seppia (the best I’ve ever had), the seppie and the biscotti con vin dolce! I’m a pescatarian so I wouldn’t know but my friends said the meatballs were amazing too. I’ll definitely go back next time!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 10, 2022 via mobile

The wait staff were efficient without being overbearing - the atmosphere was warm. I had the grilled vegetable antipasto antipasto and fegato veneziano as a Secondo - the antipasto consisted of a few pieces of grilled zucchini, some eggplant and peppers with some peas -...the fegato was tender, with a good flavor served with polenta - both dishes were served hot on warm plates a plus but the portions were quite small for the price - not crowded on a weekday lunch but patrons appeared to be almost all tourists.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 9, 2022 via mobile

Visited here with a friend who had been to Venice and this restaurant many times before. It is a little hidden away at the end of an alley off a main shopping street. We popped in for wine and polpette at lunchtime a couple of...days and also for dinner. The meatballs are excellent, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, and very tasty. For dinner I ate the bavette pasta with pesto and my friend had tagliatelle with crab, with a decent bottle of valpolicella followed by tiramisu. The wine was recommended as full-bodied and it was, great depth. My friend really enjoyed his crab tagliatelle. His description ‘so good I almost picked up the plate and licked it’. My pasta was also very good, lots of sauce, and the portion size was just right in my view. We finished the meal sharing the coffee semifreddo which was also very good. The tables are quite close together and we were entertained by a solo guest at the table next to us who had bought her cute Yorkshire terrier along with her - apparently he had his own dog modelling career in the USA but was now retired :-) All in all a fun evening with good service, great food and fun.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed October 2, 2021 via mobile

Everybody told us “You must try the Cicchetti” in Venice and one of first restaurants recommended was Vedova. Unfortunately the day we tried it was closed so we went to one of the more obvious tourist places, which was so disappointing we promised ourselves we...would make a visit to Vedova before we left. This meant we were in a bit of a rush when we finally got there, but I’m really glad we made the effort. The restaurant is down a small alley and it feels really cosy as soon as you walk past the bar. I’m sure there were some other tourists in there but it didn’t feel like it. It seemed very Italian; everybody eating and talking at the top of there voices. The service was rapid, which was great from our point of view because we only had time for a couple of plates of cicchetti. The mixed fish and the sardine and prawns. The mixed fish arrived almost immediately and the it looked really appetising. The fish consisted of mussels, prawns, sardine and squid. All of them tender and each with a really strong and unique flavour, served with polenta, potatoes and tomatoes. I often find polenta stodgy but this was the lightest I have ever eaten. The sardines and prawns appeared shortly afterwards. It first I thought the waiter had made a mistake because either side of the polenta was what appeared to be a pile of red onion and a pile of white onion. But we quickly realised these were simply dressing for the substantial quantity of fish hidden underneath. So this quick snack which included a sizeable quantity of bread ( it is not possible to resist “scarpetta” ) used to mop up the sauce and just a half bottle of white wine was all we needed to keep us going for the five hour train ride home. When you go to Venice you must try cicchetti ! BUT try the real stuff from Vedova not the poor imitations other restaurants sell to unsuspecting tourists.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Came here because it was adviced in several french travel guides. It was an amazing surprise. Amazing meatballs. I ordered the squid ink pasta then, and they were the best pasta of my life. Just amazing, every bite was a pleasure. Don’t hesitate !

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 16, 2021

Was among the best memories about previous stays in Venice, a “must-go” bacaro: but, eventually, too big success can cause some “distractions”…..:polpette are salty, fritto misto is absolutely average, the service is anonymous….. and the check (as always) is expensive. At the end, it remains...a landmark but (nowadays) definitely overrated.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed November 15, 2020 via mobile

We visited the restaurant 3 times over a 3 week period. At each visit the food was very good and the service was also good for the majority of the time. On our last visit I made the mistake of paying by card. I was...handed the card machine and I saw that I was given the option of paying in pounds or euros. I didn’t really think about it and pressed pounds since I am from the UK. At the same time the man who had served us (previously very nice) tried to grab the machine. It was too late and I had paid in pounds. He began to very loudly explain that it was a problem for the business. Once the currency is converted they lose money. I offered to compensate him €5 (a lot more than this misunderstanding would have cost), but he refused which doesn’t make him all bad. We put a tip on the counter and left. I felt upset afterwards. We had attended the restaurant 3 times during a period that few people are willing to travel. I felt I was treated unfairly for a simple misunderstanding and I got the impression that man also felt bad for how he had acted when we left. If it’s so important why didn’t he operate the machine? Can the conversion really be enough to upset loyal customers?More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 1, 2020

The food is good quality with nice traditional options on the menu (polenta con schie, polpette, linguine al nero di seppia, etc.), the atmosphere is warm, cosy and convivial. The only problem was with the final bill - we spent 81 euros for two people,...which was overall a fair price for what we ate and drank, but when we looked at the receipt the day after we realised they charged us for a bottle of wine instead of three glasses, for four polpette instead of two, and so on. Not saying that they did it on purpose but double check the bill before paying :)More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

I am Italian and I have already done a review in Italian, but this time, I want to write it in English because also the tourists have to come for Dinner in this place! Here you will find the tipical venetian Kitchen and I really...suggest you to try it, to complete your tour with the best experience! Warmly suggested!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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March 21, 2018|
Response from marspencer | Reviewed this property |
I gave them a ring but make sure you are booked. Because when we arrived the lady didn’t really made the booking but staff was lovely and accommodated us.
May 6, 2017|
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Response from PLinacre | Reviewed this property |
Not for the bar. Recommend you stay for dinner - you'll need a reservation for that. Gets very busy on Sunday evenings too.
September 4, 2016|
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Just phone them.
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Cà D'Oro alla Vedova is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4