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Osteria alle Testiere

#26 of 1,222 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 7220
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had made a reservation for dinner. We were welcomed by great staff! We had a starter (polenta with fish "purée" + a salad with prawns and burrata) and then, tasty fresh seabass from the market with olives and tomato cherries. Delicious food and nice presentation. Worth going and excellent value for money. Probably one of the best restaurants in... More 

Thank Lizzie88_13
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply superb. Wonderfully cooked sword fish, scallops with orange, sea food soup, prawns with lime. So good I had two mains. Friendly atmosphere. No pretence. Great for families or couples.

Thank Tjl_Williams
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went here the first night they re-opened after their winter break. The restaurant is very intimate and the food and service were outstanding. The scallops orange dish was the highlight. Octopus, gnochetti and turbot were wonderful and the wine recommendations were great, too. Great value compared to higher-end restaurants in the States....highly recommended!!

Thank dbarsan
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rick Steves guidebook recommended this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Menu changes daily with fresh ingredients. Everything we had was wonderful accompanied by a nice selection of wines. Reservations are definitely recommended.

Thank shootslowe
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Dinner ALLE TESTIERE was excellent. Seafood extra fresh, tasty preparations and (very hard to find in Venice) very good vegetable offer ( from Sant'Erasmo island). Service is nice and pleasant. Do not miss granola and vongole con zenzero.

Thank giro77vago
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

We stumbled upon this tiny place and were absolutely delighted with dinner. Exceptional food, excellent service and fun, cosy atmosphere and substantial wine list all made for an unforettable experience. Value for money. We are returning again tonight!

Thank _maxleeq
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

We first visited in 2014 and were blown away by the quality and service of this tiny (booking essential) gem, so for our return to Venice, this time with friends, we just had to return and hope it was still as good. We certainly weren't disappointed - we all chose different starters and mains, and everything we had was excellent.... More 

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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Hidden in a small passage off Santa Maria Formosa, a small unprepossessing place serves some of the best food in Venice. Efficient service, excellent fresh fish and the famous pasta with white truffle. Not inexpensive, but worth the money. Good selection of decent wines.

Thank Berkmann2014
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Venice at its very best—exceptional food, exciting, authentic, casual, delightful and fun—and the only place we've returned to in two weeks of serious eating! Loved everything. BRAVO !

Thank Pinotpress
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

The staff were very friendly and obliging. The room is small and the tables close together which gives an intimate and casual feel to the place. The food was very fresh and there was a good menu on offer.

Thank FionaApthorp

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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 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 7220

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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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