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Cafe Florian

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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Food and ambience

Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Cafe, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What could be better than sitting in the middle of the Piazza San Marco, having drinks, snacks and ice coffee! Not much I can think of!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As life-long visitors to Venice, this was the first time we decided to patronise this icon of cafes which we knew would be over-priced but we were prepared to pay for the experience. In this time of Covid restrictions, it is tragic for the whole...hospitality sector that the percentage of visitors has now dropped to 5%. Unfortunately, the waiters at Florian seem to bear a personal grudge for the lack of clientele. Unlike the rest of Venice where restaurant service is now exceptional (due to fewer tourists), at Florian, despite there being many immaculately white-coated waiters trawling around, the service was quite slow and a little sultry. Snobbish even. The food was unexceptional which is surprising considering the cost. Most customers would be prepared to pay high prices for excellent quality. One would have hoped that Covid might have shaken the dust off this overrated establishment but alas, it feels it is entitled to its former popularity and now borders on the surly.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Cafe Florian because it's a historic place on the Saint Marc's square. We knew it was going to be expensive. Because a soft drink was 12€ we thought we would treat ourselves to dessert instead. We chose ice-cream coupe's with fresh fruit...and one with strawberries (18€ each) . The quality of the coupes was not great, some of the fruit was not fresh enough anymore and had to be picked out. You could get far better ice cream coupes at simple tea-rooms. On top of the very expensive dessert, which was mediocre, they charged an extra 5€ per person because there was live music playing on the outside terrace. We were sitting inside and the music didn't play half of the time we were there (break for the musicians). When I expressed my disbelief to the waiter, he couldn't care less. So knowing what I know now, I would not visit again. They charge a huge amount but do not really care about hospitality or quality, only about making money. The only bright side is the decor of the place is really nice & historic.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 14, 2021 via mobile

Most overrated cafe I've ever seen. Expensive, you are forced to pay extra cash for music and we had average quality drinks (Prosecco and Spritz). The famous tiramisu was frozen inside. Chips were the same ones you can find in any grocery store. 2 beverages...and 1 tiramisu costed us 30€More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

The location accounts for the somewhat inexplicable hype around this café--and to tell the truth it is uniquely beautiful. However the very cheap terrace furniture would shame the Café de la Paix or the garden of a ***** hotel in Paris. The inside rooms are...in dire need of renovation--the musty chairs and banquettes upholstered in tired red velvet are worthy of a cheap tea room in Hull and spoil the effect of the lovely antique fixés-sous-verre on the walls (the patrons are equally antique). The crew of waiters wear immaculate, white, gold-braided jackets reminiscent of the uniform of South American admirals of the Fleet. Surprisingly enough the drinks are not horrendously expensive--14 euros for a spritz.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 15, 2021

Had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Florian in July 2019. We ordered a Prosecco to drink outside and listened to the band play. You have to pay an extra €12 for this experience but it was worth every penny and the drinks we actually reasonably...priced considering the location. Beautiful place to enjoy a drink with amazing views sat in St Marks Sq. wonderful experience on our first day in Venice.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2021

Outrageously expensive...and worth it. I used to read alot of spy novels and the spies would invariably meet and exchange valuable info at Florian. It was so cool having a coffee there.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2021 via mobile

I was just thinking how wonderful a deeply rich and decadent hot chocolate from this cafe would be on any and all wintery nights, like tonight. This cafe is one of the oldest cafes around, it’s old world cool too. The cafe is located at...La piazza or Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. Anytime I think back to my absolute favorite hot chocolates in the world, it’s always here. Until this first time here, I had never had such a great cup of hot chocolate out before. This is no watered down hot chocolate. It’s made from chocolate and the good stuff too. One cup of the stuff will satiate any and all chocolate cravings and warm up in the process. It feels like a warm and comforting hug. If you get to Venice one day, do come first a cup of Joe and some of the best hot chocolate too. You will quickly see why this cafe has stood the rest of time and why it’s popular too. If only it were closer to home.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed November 17, 2020 via mobile

Each year that we visit Venice, we make sure to experience the elegance and service at Cafe Florian. Yes it is possible to buy a coffee or a spritz cheaper elsewhere, but not surrounded by such decor and history, and served so professionally. First class...service. Do not fail to visit at least once on your trip to Venice, you won't be disappointed. Forget Harry's Bar go to Cafe Florian instead. Better atmosphere, better views, better service and a more memorable experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 9, 2020

We have been with some friends in that wonderful traditionel Cafe and we took some drinks and snacks. The quality and the location was wonderful but the service should be a bit more friendly, special at this time. We had the feeling, they are bigheaded...as in the past.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Lisa F
January 16, 2020|
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Response from bishopmedia | Reviewed this property |
It’s not exactly an orchestra - rather a selection of musicians... they play throughout the day until closing time - the website will have information on opening times for winter.
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Takapuna
January 9, 2020|
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Response from Mary R | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think you’ll need a reservation..enjoy
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WestMidsAnn
October 5, 2019|
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Response from ales663 | Reviewed this property |
Good afternoon, Tea for two, was around 64€, including two drinks and two slices of cake
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Cafe Florian is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4.5