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Al Vecio Portal

#105 of 1,196 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Calle de la Pescheria Castello 3990, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Venezia, Italia
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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41 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank gesuati
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It took five minutes to be given menus then another ten minutes before our drinks order were taken. Other diners were waiting for food to arrive. Apparently a large group were booked in but I always feel it is incumbent on the restaurant to manage other diners' expectations accordingly. Food was OK if nothing memorable. My wife was ill afterwards... More 

Thank TheFSG
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't give many 1 star reviews (in good part to reading other people's great yelp reviews!) but this place deserves it. Food: Have you been to the olive garden? That place is better. We ordered lasagna, which tasted like the frozen stuff from the Super market (but it was made fresh so that is not a good thing), and... More 

Thank howardsaccount
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in Venice for 3 days and this was the best restaurant out of all. It is not touristy and it is reasonably priced. Service is good. You have to try their spaghetti frutti di mare. I'd go again for sure.

Thank MSafty
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

From the outside this restaurant is not really appealing but don't be fooled! inside there is a nice and quite outdoor space where you can sit and enjoy the delicious food they serve. The service is prompt and friendly. The menu' offers good alternatives for vegetarians but has very good fish dishes. I would highly recommend the Caponata, it is... More 

Thank Caroline P
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We had dinner here one night and opted for their pizza. They were excellent with a nice thin base and tasty topping. The service was good our only disappointment was that we were sat in the street and later discovered that there was a garden which we had not been offered even though the restaurant was quiet.

Thank mrs1111
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

This is the most delightful restaurant, with helpful staff and delicious food. The mussels were perfect, gnocchi as light as air, steak cooked to perfection and service entirely personal.

Thank Mike D
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Since 2007 we go to "al vecio portal", me and my family, one of the best restaurants we have never frequented. The boss Pino is a really personality: a guy most attentive to all customers of whose he cares as they were his own siblings. Each his dish is a beautifull creation, rich of the italian traditions and the prices... 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 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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: 041.5287765

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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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