Can anyone suggest some?
Can anyone suggest some?
Much depends on what you consider to be "romantic". My wife and I thought dining at the Gritti Palace with a view across the Grand Canal to a floodlit Santa Maria della Salute was pretty good, if the cost of the meal does not take your breathe away. I will add my list of restaurants/cafes/bars that we enjoy in the hope that one of them might be romantic for you. Note this is last years list and we will be back in Venice next Saturday - we will probably revise the list on our return.
Venice Restaurants & Bars
Note, we last visited Venice in May 2004 - things can change since we were there so always check the menu outside for dishes and prices; also times and days closed can change
Ai Do Draghi Calle della Chiesa, Dorsoduro 3665. Tel.041 528 9731 Cafe/Bar in Calle between Campo Santa Margherita and Campo S. Pantalon. Tables in Campo S. Margherita. Excellent Spritz al bitter, draught Italian beer, enormous filled panini (rolls) and good tramezzini (sandwiches). Excellent place to watch the world go by.
Ai Gondolieri Fondamente Ospedale, Dorsoduro Tel. 366 041 528 5140 Closed Tuesday. Meat dishes, no fish, fairly dear, booking necessary. NOT in Campo San Vio as stated in several guide books but 100m. nearer Peggy Gugenheim (Just round corner from "Corner Pub").
Alla Madonna Calle della Madonna, 594 San Polo Tel. 041 522 3824 Closed Wednesday, all January amd 2 weeks in August.. Does not take bookings, just turn up and join the queue! Popular trattoria specialises in fish but good mixed menu. Cross Rialto Bridge to markets, immediately turn left down Fondamenta, third turning on right.. www.ristoranteallamadonna.com
Bistro de Venise Calle dei Fabbri, 4685 San Marco Tel. 041 523 6651 Very expensive, specialises in classic and historic Venetian dishes, fine wine list. www.bistrodevenise.com
Cantinone Storico Fondamente Bragadin (off Campo San Vio) Dorsoduro 660 (Next to Hotel American) Tel. 041 523 9577 Closed Sunday, Good fish, booking desirable, cheerful staff. Pleasant to eat on canalside. Becoming expensive
Cugnai Calle Nuova S. Agnese, Dorsoduro 857 On right hand walking from Accademia to Guggenheim immediately before Campo San Vio Tel. 041 528 9238 Closed Monday. Run by elderly family, if they retire may well change. Eccentric, good cooking, medium priced but can be crowded & rushed. Not a place to linger!
Da Fiore Calle del Scaleter, 2202, San Polo Located off the northern corner of Campo San Polo. Tel. 041 721 308 Venice's Michelin starred restaurant, exceedingly expensive. Also booked well ahead! www.dafiore.com
Da Gino Calle Nuova Sant' Agnese, Dososduro 853A 041 528 5276 Cafe/Bar on corner of Piscina Venier. Pleasant outdoor tables, good spritz, beer, panini
Da Mario Fondamente de la Malvasia Vechia, San Marco (Between Campo S. Maria Zobenigo (Giglio) & C.S.Maurizio) Tel. 041 528 5968 Closed Saturday. Workmen only until 1 pm. Rough & ready local workmen's trattoria. Basic good cooking, reasonable prices, very informal - no menu!
Da Raffaele Calle delle Ostreghe (continuation of Calle Larga XXII Marzo) San Marco 2347 Tel. 041 523 2317 Closed Thursday. Pleasant canalside tables, excellent food, busy, not cheap but an old favourite of ours, consistently high standard over many years.
Gelateria Nico Fondamenta Zattere, Dorsoduro 922 Tel. 041 522 5293 Super ice cream but also excellent coffee, spritz and bar food. Nice to sit outside overlooking Giudecca Canal. Prices reasonable
Pizzeria Ae Oche Calle delle Tintor, 1552 Santa Croce Tel. 041 524 1161 Excellent reputation as inexpensive but good pizzas
San Trovaso Fondamente Priuli, Dorsoduro 1016 (On Rio di S. Trovaso, almost opposite Accademia Hotel) Tel. 041 520 3703 Closed Monday. Reliable Pizzeria/trattoria, reasonably priced. Popular, must book table for 7.pm in evenings and queue until they open at 7.
Vino Vino Calle delle Veste, 2007A San Marco Tel. 041 241 7688 Reasonably priced, associated with Antico Martini but cheaper version. Outstanding wine list by the bottle or many by the glass. www.anticomartini.com/vinovino.htm
Da Romano Via G. Galuppi, Burano
Il Pescatore Da Paolo Via G. Galuppi, Burano These two restaurants on the main street of Burano are very similar. Both excellent
fish restaurants. Possibly a little cheaper than equivalent standard on main Venice island.
All Gatto Nero Fondamenta della Giudecca 88, Burano Tel. 041 730 120 Out of the way, on canal parallel to main street. Good reputation, not cheap, closed Monday
Antica Trattoria Muranese Riva Longa 20, Murano 30141 A 100 metres to the left from the Murano Museo Vaporetto stop. Convenient for Glass Museum and splendid Veneto-Byzantine church of Santi Maria e Donato Tel. 041 739 610 Good Trattoria, eat in pleasant orchard at the rear if you can. Reasonable prices
Busa alla Torre Campo Santo Stefano 3, Murano Tel. 041 739 662 Reputation as the best restaurant in Murano, with particularly good sea food. Lunches only, noon - 3.30 pm
Robert J -- thank you for your thoughtful and comprehensive suggestions! T
Just back from our honeymoon. The best meal we had in France and Italy was at a restaurant in Venice called Antico Dolo.
Antica Dolo - I have never tried it but it is recommended in "Chow! Venice!" by Shannon Essa & Ruth Edenbaum (www.chobellabooks.com).
Antica Dolo is at Ruga Vecchio San Giovanni, 778 San Polo so I will try to walk round next week when I am in Venice.
I second Antico Dolo as a fabulous and romantic restaurant. We went there more than once on our short stay in Venice!
Well you just sold me on Antico Dolo. I just visited their sight and made reservations.
We just ate at Antico Dolo a couple of weeks ago while in Venice. We stayed at Locanda Orseolo and Barbara recommended it and made reservations for us. It is across the Rialto Bridge from Locanda Orseolo and there is no sign or anything. Just a lantern over the door and a whiskey barrel out front. It is a very small, intimate restaurant. The owner's wife was our server. Maybe 10 or 12 tables at most. There are articles and reviews on the walls from all over the world about the restaurant. Enjoy!
WOW - looks like a beautiful restaurant on the website - Is it expensive though ?
Two other options that my gf and I much enjoyed on our recent trip:
La Piscina - 041-520-6466, Dorsoduro, on the Zattere waterfront street running along the south edge of Dorsoduro, looking across the water at Guidecca. Just east of the Gesuati church on Zattere, and straight south (and slightly east) rom the Accademie bridge.
La Piscina has a very nice and picturesque platform out over the water, looking across at Giorgio Maggiore and Guidecca. Food is fine dining and excellent. Staff is very courteous and indulgent of tourists. Pricing is upper moderate, for Venice. Reservations recommended if you want a table at the edge of the platform with the best view. Bring a sweater if it seems like a cool night, as the breeze can get going across the Guidecca canal. That doesn't dull the atmosphere though.
La Bitta - just southwest of Campo S.Barnaba on Calle Barnaba, that heads south across from the church. This is a tiny, charming little place with only about 10 small tables, with some in a small garden in the back. Obviously popular with food lovers who are regulars. Run by a huband (chef) and wife (everything else). Best food we had in Venice, and easily comparable to our best meals in general. Reservations essential due to size and popularity, especially if you want a garden table, as the tables inside are a bit warm. If you like cheese at all, make sure to get the cheese plate for dessert.
I'm going on my honeymoon in November to Venice and staying at the Locanda Orseola. Where can I get onto the website for Antico Dolo- the resturant you guys are talking about ?