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Al Vecio Portal

#109 of 1,222 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Calle de la Pescheria Castello 3990, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 528 7765
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

We like the restaurant, but the food is heavily cleared to seafood. The restaurant is small and Tucktaway near the arsenal water bus station. The prices were a little high considering the size of the portions. The food options are geared toward locals. It is funny to see you on the walls so many corkscrews and bottle openers, some are... More 

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72 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

Opened at 7pm ...so worth the wait ....great food great service and good price. I had the daily Fisherman's delight Sea Bass ... yumm finished with a triple chocolate desert so welcoming for a person Solo ...thank you so much

Thank Bronlyn J
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Our host recommended Al Vecio Portal as their favourite and it is now ours. As visitors to this beautiful city of living history mixed with culture and food, the restaurant blended it all. From the warm hospitable greeting to the farewell, we loved it all last Saturday evening. Our waiter suggested a cabernet franc when I asked about a rich... More 

Thank Blue Magic
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We were recommended here by the staff at our Hotel (Sant'Antonin) for a late dinner when we arrived on our first night. We were greeted by friendly staff and seated in the lovely outside courtyard. The interior was packed full of Italians, a good sign! We ordered the roast octopus to share to start, which was absolutely delicious, and then... More 

Thank RuthClunie
Woburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We noted the restaurant, as it had a gluten free sign and my husband is coeliac. When we returned for lunch It was empty and we wondered why. We decided to give it a go anyway and were not disappointed. As soon as they learned we needed strict gluten free food, they reassured us it would not be a problem.... More 

Thank Liz G
Bangkok, Thailand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

Let's say it started strangely when the woman at the reception became angry because she had to repeat three times in Italian before I understood the question she was asking and she clearly did not want to give a table to one person only. A server jumped in and was helpful in finding a table in the back room, unfortunately... More 

Thank Roch L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We visited 3 times during our trip to Venice (our Hotel Casa Fontana recommended the restaurant), and really enjoyed it each time. Very friendly service, nice (reasonably priced) wines, excellent pastas (made in-house). They gave us spritzers pre-meal, limoncello post-meal. After 5 weeks of traveling, we chose Al Vecio Portal for our last dinner before leaving Venice.

Thank bklufas
Venezia, Italia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The restaurant is centrally located, just 4 bridges away from San Marco, but just a little bit tucked away in a quiet area, just behind the main waterfront Riva degli Schiavoni. From the outside you would not guess there is a big garden behind. The rooms inside are welcoming and very 'warm' like a nice osteria. It seems from the... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

The service was good but there were 4 of us and each had a different food experience. My ravioli was excellent and the portion just right. My boyfriend's fried calamari and shrimp were so-so. Though fresh, there was no seasoning. My friend's pizza was ok, the crust was good. My other friend's steak was almost raw. The waiter did not... More 

Thank MapleandTango
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

I have eaten here many times at this restaurant pretty well near San Mark's Square (10-15 minutes walk) and off the beaten track. There is a beautiful courtyard in warm weather and an ancient door there hence its name. Pino, the owner, is friendly and accommodating.The food is wonderful. You won't be disappointed.

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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 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de la Pescheria Castello 3990, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 528 7765

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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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