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Osteria alle Testiere

#37 of 1,189 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful atmosphere and great service but I wasn't really wowed by the food. Could have been the wrong choice but i expected a little more on the seafood platter in terms of flavors and presentation, What we got was below average and could have had this at any other restaurant. The staff were amazing and they did have a wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off the beaten track - which is hard to do in Venice! Seats 25. Warm, engaging and charming staff with delicious food served from a tiny kitchen.

Thank okepat64
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just back from a great afternoon what great value and friendly service Couldn't have done more for us in a really friendly way Would recommend visiting this restaurant and will definitely be back soon The best and first pizza I've never managed to finish 👍🍕🍸✅

Thank Geraldine O
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impeccable service and fantastic Venetian food. Alle Testiere is a small restaurant with a few tables only, so make sure you book in advance.

Thank Izzi36
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having seen the great reviews of this restaurant, on our trip to Venice me and my wife booked dinner and we were not disappointed. This is a small restaurant in a quiet alley with 2 seatings for dinner at 19:30 and 21:30. We went at 21:30 and when arrived we had to wait a couple of minutes until the restaurant... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this restaurant about a month before coming to Venice, in high tourist season this is necessary. My guess is only about 10-12 tables. This place has been written up in the NY Times travel section, so lots of interest. There are 2 seatings - 7 and 9:30. Our food was really outstanding, great first courses, pastas and fish.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky to grab the last booking before they closed for August, as we had so enjoyed dining here two years ago with friends. These well travelled, now New Yorkers, who are fresh seafood junkies were blown away by the razor clams, local fish and brilliant wines, served with such warmth and knowledge. Once again, we felt exactly the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Credit to my wife, we made a booking prior to our arrival. This nondescript restaurant is so low-key that you probably would have walked past it a few times if it wasn't for all the Tripadvisor stickers on the front door. Booking is quite essential, we seen a few families get turned away given it sits less than 10 tables.... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a foodie couple who loves to eat special food we came here looking for great Venetian food but was strongly disappointed. Leave aside the place is expensive (we knew that before coming and had no problem paying for a good food experience). Food was very average (beside one dish - the gnocchetti which was very good indeed), wine was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is amazing. We are here twice. The spaghetti with clams was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had. The fish dishes were fresh and beautifully prepared. Friendly and highly professional staff who remembered us when we returned. Memorable meals. Hard to get in but so worth it.

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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
Special occasions, Romantic, 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: 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.