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#116 of 1,134 Italian in Venice
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$60 - $97
Italian, Mediterranean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love dining at the Oliva Nera Osteria on every visit to Venice. The ambiance and setting are perfect. Oh and the food! Superbo! Isabella is charming and gracious as assisted by her lovely daughter and son - it is truly a family establishment! Which...for Venice is a great find - the town is very touristy, meaning that it tends to be dominated by less authentic restaurants and eateries. What prompted this review is that a prior posting complained about the cost of dessert which was suggested by the owner and not on the menu - seriously? 10 euro in a restaurant for a dessert?! 10 euro?! Whoever wrote that does not understand Italy - part of the joy of dining out is that the menu's can vary from day to day. Part of the experience is to order by conversing with your server - What is fresh today? What did the chef prepare? What do you recommend? And the costs may or may not be mentioned, but will always be in parameters. As someone who dines out frequently I can assure you that 10e for a dessert is no rip-off - in my extensive experience it is actually on the low side, since often desserts are in the 12e - 15e range. And remember that included in that price are taxes and basic service charges. (An added tip can be paid on the side - cash preferred!) Thank you to the entire family that runs Oliva Nera for at least 10 nice meals (and properly priced) that I have enjoyed over the years in your friendly and well run establishment! Can't wait to get back there again!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed September 8, 2020

This place was recommended to us by a Venetian and we went loved it. It was a fine dining experience with a great host who made us feel very welcome and made recommendations suited to our tastes. The menu is very focused, and as we...went their twice during our visit, we could try several dishes - they were all delicious.My three year old daughter went personally to the host to tell her how she loved her ravioli. The prices are higher than standard touristic restaurants, but the quality of the cuisine is substantially higher and our bill was comparable with other good restaurants in Venice.More

Date of visit: August 2020
OsteriaOlivaNera, Proprietario at Osteria Oliva Nera, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2020

Thank you very much!!!! Antonia we love you as much you loved the ravioli!! Look forward to seeing you soon Grazie mille

Reviewed August 18, 2020

When we visited Venice years ago on honeymoon, we dined at high end/Michelin star restaurants and were not disappointed. This time with our two children (age 10) in tow, we wanted to have a different approach, and were surprised how much we struggled in Venice...to have good quality authentic food without going down the path of high end cuisine. We were therefore so happy to be referred to Oliva Nera by our hotel concierge. We went for lunch on our last day and were not disappointed. So strange to see only one table occupied on the terrace, but that did not put us off...luckily. From beginning to end, the service, quality of food (and this from a party with one vegetarian and 2 children) - each and every dish was excellent, from the fiori de zuchha, shrimps, eel, aquarelle, simple pasta, beautiful and delicious ravoli (black with salmon & burrata - my 10 year olds devoured it!)- generous glasses of wine, and overall superb service, explanation of dishes, and friendly nature. I don't tend to write reviews, but this restaurant deserves it. We will be back. Just go, you won't be disappointedMore

Date of visit: August 2020
OsteriaOlivaNera, Proprietario at Osteria Oliva Nera, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2020

Thank you for all this beautiful words!!!! See you next time!!! Best regards

Reviewed August 7, 2020 via mobile

Lovely, family-run restaurant just steps away from the St.Mark’s Square. Very interesting and varied menu, loved the maltagliati with rabbit ragout and olive powder (see picture). The tiramisu is also amazing, try it!

Date of visit: July 2020
OsteriaOlivaNera, Proprietario at Osteria Oliva Nera, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2020

Thank you very much!! We try to do our best!! Look forward to seeing you again : )

Reviewed July 18, 2020 via mobile

The owner was coming to our table presenting what not having included in the menu. As for the dessert, she insisted on the panna cotta, also not to be found on the list... I was really very surprised to pay 10€ for the smallest panna...cotta ever! They have written on the bill “dessert 10€” not even having specified what it was, but so just to imagine the difference between this nano panna cotta and the 10€ what we paid for six big scoops ice cream we ate at coffee time two roads further in the city of Venice. This is the thing there, the very friendly persuasive lady would convince you to order something not existing in the written menu, homemade, delicious and so wow that you have never had in Italy before and then when getting the bill, you may have your day or evening spoiled.More

Date of visit: July 2020
OsteriaOlivaNera, Proprietario at Osteria Oliva Nera, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2020

Dear Julia, The point is 10€ for 6 scoops of ice cream! That is the problem! And maybe not artisanal too. By the way the prices are all shown and I am always open to requests and complain. Sorry about that and please if you...More

Reviewed June 13, 2020 via mobile

Great! A must visit in Venice. The food was delicious and the staff were lovely! Everything is fresh ans homemade!

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 2, 2020

Amazing family run restaurant. Just off of San Marco and easy to find. Isabella the owner and her staff will take amazing care you! The stuffed zucchini florets are a must have starter. We were tipped off to this restaurant by two dear friends who...frequent it when they are Venice and we were not disappointed.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed January 2, 2020 via mobile

Classical decoration in this tiny restaurant which has separate dining rooms, making the atmosphere really cosy. This is a family affair, the welcome is genuine and the service is efficient and smiling. The menu is focused on local cuisine and the food was simply wonderful....For lovers of "bigoli in salsa", this is the place to go! The wines by the glass are also very good, which is worth mentioning.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

This hits all the important keys Isabella, the owner, charming Food delicious- real cooking and authentic Crowded, not too touristy Definitely recommend

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 24, 2019

Our first full day in Venice, I scouted the route to the Biennale for a place for lunch. We were very fortunate to find Oliva Nera. We ordered the lasagna and squid ink pasta with shrimp, and two glasses of house red. Everything was fabulous,...and everyone in the room followed suit and ordered the same two dishes. The lasagna was so good that Leslie ordered it again when we returned for dinner the next night. We now have the recipe.....More

Date of visit: November 2019
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November 20, 2019|
Response from rixy2017 | Reviewed this property |
We visited on 18 November. It certainly was trading, but not at full capacity. The food and standard of service was first class
November 14, 2019|
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Response from Jim R | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure they do but you could look at menu online to assure yourself.
July 1, 2019|
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Response from TWilliamson07 | Reviewed this property |
Casual dressy. Jeans and a dress shirt are the norm.
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