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Osteria alle Testiere

#35 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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new york
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is my very favorite type of restaurant. Incredible food (as others have mentioned it is not cheap) without being at all formal or stuffy. Too often fine dining is a big production and here it just feels like a natural ending to a fabulous day wandering around Venice. The restaurant is intimate and small with an informal vibe and... More 

Thank d w
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there for dinner. So tasty food. The restaurant so gorgeous. Well decorated. Really loved it !!

Thank Catherine G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You will need to book ahead of time as this restaurant only has seating for 20 people and it is always full for good reason. Excellent food and wine, very friendly staff. Not cheap but very good value for money considering the freshness of the fish and the inventiveness of the menu. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked a long time before our visit this place did not disappoint. Small, friendly and efficiently run restaurant where the food is fresh and prepared to a high standard. Spaghetti with tellini was excellent and the mains equally tasty and well prepared. Good wine menu also. Was tempted to hold back one star given cost but to he honest decent... More 

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Shady Cove, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate there 4 nights in row!! Service is wonderful and so is the food! You should check this place before others!

Thank Liz A
Joinville, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alle Testiere is a tiny, cramped restaurant located at Castello sestiere in Venice. I had lunch with my wife on a tuesday. The ambience is casual and service is slow. Menu offers local fish and seafood dishes at costly rates. We had a bottle of sparkling water, one mixed grilled fish and seafood plate to share, two side dishes, two... More 

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melbourne australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this restaurant prior to travelling to Venice. I can honestly say it was our best meal on the island. Generally, we found the food in Venice is very poor quality. At this restaurant the service, the food and the price were all excellent. It is a very small restaurant, difficult to find but worth the effort. (Please put... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small (max. 20 people) restaurant is located in a small dark lane off Salizzada Saint Lio and has a very casual & relaxing atmosphere. The menu is fresh & imaginative and is based of the daily seafood catch. It is prepared in a Venetian cuisine style. The restaurant is extremely popular and has been regarded as one of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well we went to some of the amazing cities, Venice, Bologna, Florence. Rome. Spoleto, Perugia. And to take a pick from some of the best restaurants tripadvisor has to offer this restaurant serves the best and freshest seafood which make for a wonderful meal. The owner is very friendly, ambiance is incredible very romantic. Menu if changed everyday, they only... More 

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Saint Genis des Fontaines, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked past this little hole in the wall the first time, but it was worth going back to find it. Appetizers of (1) Caprese salad with shrimp and burratina cheese from Apulia and (2) crabmeat in the shell were a delightful welcome to Venice. Entrees of branzino (sea bass) and cuttlefish were excellent. Fine Friulano wine and excellent, friendly... More 

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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: 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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