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Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino
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Ranked #162 of 1,460 Restaurants in Venice
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castello
Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by the desk staff at our hotel. So went early in the day to book and asked to be seated outside. We were disappointed on our arrival later that evening to find we were plonked in a corner in the restaurant.
We had to make our unhappiness known more than once before we could be reseated outside.
The food was delightful the chef really had his work cut out dealing with over two hundred covers that evening.
Shame the had no Verve Clique champagne as we were celebrating a special occasion, although it was on the wine list, however my biggest disappointment was our waiters very obvious dissatisfaction with our €15 tip in cash!!!
Lovely food though.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We spent an inordinate amount of time trying to avoid tourist trap restaurants while we were in Italy, so we were pleasantly surprised when we wandered into this place. It was a real Italian menu with fresh items befitting a restaurant in a seaside town like Venice.
We ordered the house Cabarnet, which was a local Treviso red. It was an excellent choice and went well with our meals.
We sat in the open air garden in the back and had a great atmosphere. Our server spoke English well enough for us to communicate, but it was not a tourist trap. No upselling, nothing that wasn't authentic and fresh.
We both ordered largely based upon our server's recommendations and we were very pleased with everything. The monkfish was very good and the ravioli (for the first course) was great.
The gnocchi was obviously homemade, fresh, and delicious.
The service was fantastic and you won't be disappointed by this place. If you are there during peak season, you may want to stop by earlier in the day and grab a reservation.

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Thank ColaSCColumbia
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Beautiful interior, attentive and professional service, and tasty dishes made me like this place right away. One of the ways to judge a good restaurant is by its rizzotto. I had a fantastic one with asparagus, cooked perfectly.

I recommend Il Giardinetto!

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Thank France-Pellicano
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

The menu's full of lagoon specialties, such as a granceola (crab) starter, served simply with olive oil and lemon. The squid ink tagliatelle with a bright lobster sauce is a wow of a look as well as taste. And my spaghetti alle vongole had more meaty clams than any I've ever had, in a garlicky sauce that was perfection. A meaty branzino for our main course - excellent. So impressed with this kitchen.... Venice is one Italian city where we're NOT always sure of finding a great meal.The service was warm and friendly, and the decor really lovely in the second room - delicately painted vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. Took a peek at the spacious garden which would be lovely in season (too cold on this March day). A tableful of gondoliers was beside us - so you know the locals like Al Giardinetto too!

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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Recommended by an aloof hotel deskman...we were tired and hungry.. and wanted some place close. The ambiance was like a Disney Epcot restaurant, with a kind hearted waiter who meant well, but overused the Italian pleasantires as if in character. The pleasantry Prego, hit this place right on spot, within the American semantics of the term! The food was mass produced, if from a food truck that delivers to a chain of tourist traps. An inexperienced feeder next to us was raving about the same dish, I almost wanted to knock him on the head and tell him we were in Venice, not Orlando!!!! If you are a feeder, this is a great place, if you are a foodie who only puts items in your mouth that are worth the calories, take the recommendations at the fish market or from your gondolier.

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