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Osteria Alla Staffa

#30 of 1,196 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Sestiere Castello 6398, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 523 9160
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hercules, California
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took the bride and daughter here for dinner last night. Thought they opened at 6:30pm, but a sign in the window said 7. Couples started lining up behind us, and at 6:45 the waiter asked if I had a reservation. I admitted I did not, and he graciously said we could have the unreserved table, but they had a reservation... More 

1 Thank dennisbarry
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This little restaurant has great food and service. We ate here a few times and even though there were no seats for babies they loved our friends 1.5 year old and were very accommodating. Squid ink pasta with cuttlefish was amazing as well as the grilled prawns and scallops! Make reservations if possible this place gets busy.

2 Thank castrov2
Exeter, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Passed this restaurant on a Saturday night and could not get in so booked for the Sunday. So glad we did because we had a most excellent evening. From the moment of arrival the cheerful and attentive staff thoroughly looked after us. We were the 7.00 o'clock sitting but did not feel rushed at all. The house white was chosen... More 

Thank Keith P
Ottawa, Canada
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was very close to our hotel and had been recommended so we tried it. It was excellent!! The antipasti plate was massive with several different meats and a few cheeses- delicious! The pasticio was delicious and the gnocchi in pesto sauce was the best I have ever had. You must go but you must make a reservation!

Thank Jpk1984
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165 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have not had a bad meal in Venice, however, this is one of my top picks. Recommended here by a local, tried to get in on the Friday evening and there wasn't a free table until Sunday. You can choose 7 until 9pm or 9pm. They are very popular and are constantly turning people away who have not booked.... More 

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schenectady, ny
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We struck out getting seated our first night with just a few hours' notice, but landed a table for 4 for lunch on Saturday. Worth the trouble. Excellent local cuisine, efficient service and reasonable prices. My wife and I shared a mixed seafood platter that had it all.

Thank joethechef
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is apparently great but my wife and I passed by a few nights and it appeared almost always packed inside and 50 or so outside on both sides. Very local, most local Castello residents and we had a Prosecco and a chat outside to soak up the atmosphere We will eat next uni e but had a great... More 

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boulder, co
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice staff and several good English speakers. The entries and salads are all very large and could easily be shared. Wide selection of wines and aperitifs. I tried a couple of the seafood specialties and wasn't too impressed. If you are going to order seafood stick to the scampi (ask to have them de-shelled) and the filets of fish.

1 Thank Geoff S
Somerville, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend had asked our hotel to make a reservation here after reading very positive reviews on Yelp. We were originally supposed to go on Sunday, but due to a family emergency the restaurant was closed. I am very glad we had our hotel book another reservation for the following day, as this was, hands-down, the best meal I had... More 

1 Thank Todd C
South Florida
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived without a reservation and lucked out! Open kitchen. Portions are somewhat small so get yourself some appetizers too. In any case, great quality and presentation. One waiter for a small restaurant took care of everybody without issues. I've been told Venice is not particularly a culinary town but Alla Staffa lived up to the reputation.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $38
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sestiere Castello 6398, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 523 9160

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Staying in Castello

Neighborhood Profile
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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