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Ostaria da Simson

#76 of 1,224 Restaurants in Venice
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Fondamenta Dei Felzi Castello 6316, 30122 Venice, Italy
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely little restaurant and the wine was delicious. We visited on our first night in Venice and I don't know if we picked the wrong things but the baccala we had wasn't to our taste. The prawns came with a lovely selection of vegetables but the prawns themselves were bland. We were a little disappointed after all... More 

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Faenza, Italy
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

the place is run by a brother and sister who are really kind and genuine. local food is great and the quality of the products is very fresh. good variety of wines. nice atmosphere, a lot of local people pass by here and the place is really friendly. not at all a tourist trap!

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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

We had this lovely cosy Osteria recommended to us and it did not disappoint ! A brother and sister team run the restaurant - cooking and service and they do a great job. The meals are all prepared in-house and even the cured meats and porchetta had been home-prepared ! The menu is hand-written, dependent on the produce and home-prepared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We came across this on this site . The first night we tried to get in it was full so booked for the following night(we couldn't find a phone number that worked). It was great food served quickly and great quality at reasonable price ! If we can we will go back . Very small but that just adds to... More 

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Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We visited this restaurant for lunch during our trip to Venice last Saturday and were not disappointed. We had a mixed plate of seafood and one of meat dishes all delicious. The small eating area infectious enthusiasm of the owners and friendly atmosphere all add to the experience. This all added to the experience of a great day in Venice.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I found this cute little place in Venice from the reviews here in Tripadvisor. It's a cosy small place on the canals and it has a quite interesting menu from traditional italian dishes. The personnel was friendly and helpful. I ordered Tagliatelle al Ragu and a glass of red wine, both delicious. Only thing the serving was small to medium... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We were the only tourists. The propietors, very nice, adress most customers by their first names. We had very nice farfalle with salmon and zucchini, that reminded us of ancient flavours. And an excellent grilled vegetarian dish with optional mozzarela.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We ate here twice, and came for Spritz a couple of times as well. The staff do their best to help and their home cooked food is amazing. I will definitely be returning when I'm next in Venice. The menu changed each time we went, but expect seafood and pasta dishes.

Thank Benjanoob
Noventa Padovana, Italy
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Do not miss this absolute gem in a magic canal crossing close to the wonderful Campo San Giovanni e Paolo. There are few table so if you do not book, you likely find no place. Do not woory you can still do it the Venetian way: grad an abuntant glass of prosecco or a spriitz and ask Davide to prepare... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

My husband and I found this place after reading the reviews here. It is out of the way and off the tourist track. The place is small and can only seat 15 people. The other patrons were all locals. I had the carbonara and hubby had the parmigiana. Both dishes were fantastic. You knew you were eating home cooking. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fondamenta Dei Felzi Castello 6316, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: 393441097686
Tipical local osteria run by young minded guys. Turists can find a place where to chill out close to the locals or have a meeting or a romantic place for eating close to the channel and having a good glass of wine. Local cusine and good wines, tasty home made cakes, fish and sea food, cheeses and hams selection, nice mix salads and more! Buon appetito!!!

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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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