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Osteria alle Testiere

#38 of 1,198 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
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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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to this restaurant last night , the food was fantastic. It's not cheap however if you have something to celebrate its well worth it. Staff informative , polite and very attentive .

Thank Jean G
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended to eat at this restaurant by friends. A very warm welcome to a very sweet restaurant of little more than 20 seats. Staff very warm and welcoming. Helpful with the menu. Rick Steves was eating right next to us and apparently a regular when traveling in Venice. We had the Callemari and shrimp, with the pumpkin filled... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saw excellent review in many palaces, so had to try it. I was not disappointed. I liked it so much that halfway through dinner I made reservations for another day. Try the gnocchi, it´s unique! But all dishes I had were superb. The restaurant is so small, that the frig has space only for 1 day of supply (the owner... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Alla Testiere is very well known in tourist guides, on many "best of Venice" lists and needs advance reservation. It is a small and unassuming place (the tables are very closely spaced) but the owners and staff show great care towards their guests. Food was impeccable. Wine list is superb with many interesting choices (we were directed toward a delicious... More 

Thank EJK88
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At the behest of Rick Steve's Book, we made a reservation at this restaurant. We were not disappointed! Only 12 tables and they will fill up fast, because the owner Luca knows his menu very well and makes excellent suggestions. The razor clams were delicious as was the grilled fish assortment and the gnocchi. The wines were beautifully paired with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the best seafood we ate in Venice - decent helping of razor clams and very fresh small turbot grilled whole. It is a small restaurant and very popular so the tables are a bit close together, not ideal for a some but we enjoyed the buzz, and the quality of the food is very high. We could only... More 

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Interlaken, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were 6 adults for lunch. Food was excellent! Very fresh seafood prepared skillfully. Some simple preparations, some more visually assertive. Host was very welcoming, server was efficient, not overly friendly. This is a very small restaurant with a mixed clientele(during our visit). No views inside or out... just an excellent restaurant with an excellent kitchen. I really don't think... More 

Thank stevegreenwell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first dinner out in Venice with another couple and we had an absolutely fantastic dinner. The atmosphere is a warm hubbub and the busy wait staff take really good care. The menu is all about seafood and we took a pretty good tour around the different dishes. I've lost track of the different pasta and fish combinations,... More 

Thank Peter F
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

TripAdvisor needs to add a 3.5 star rating. The meal I had was better than 'average' but I would definitely not go as far as calling it 'very good'. My wife and I came here at 30 minutes notice looking for a light meal and seafood normally fits the brief. It turns out we were incredibly lucky to get a... More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrating my 40th birthday today with my family, we booked in advance on recommendations from travel blogs, we were not disappointed. Fresh, clean local food served in an intimate small restaurant with only capacity for 22 covers by lovely charming staff. Delightful experience.

Thank Linda S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
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: 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.