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Review of Caffe Centrale

Caffe Centrale
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Ranked #90 of 1,470 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $71 - $82
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

A restaurant which stays open late is a bit of a rarity in Venice so this is a good place to eat after a concert or theatre performance. It is modern and shiny and the staff are welcoming and friendly. I agree with other reviewers that the television screens give a sports/music bar vibe to what otherwise feels like a fine dining restaurant. Maybe they are trying to be all things to all people. Anyway, whilst a bit quirky, the style of the place is by no means offensive and a bit of originality doesn't go amiss in what can seem a relatively traditional city.

The menu is very long and a bit confusing. There is a mixture of tapas style dishes or main courses and you can just choose a snack of bread and antipasti or more substantial fare. The menu itself (presented on iPads which seems to be becoming popular in fancy restaurants but is a bit lost on me to be honest!) is a bit tricky to navigate and I think it could do with a bit of editing and reordering. Still, the waiter made a few recommendations and once we got the hang of that, we liked this place a lot.

The cooking was excellent quality and there are some really original dishes to try. Steak tartare ice-lolly anyone?! The tuna hamburger was delicious and I could have eaten a vat full of the potato purée and foie gras!!
The desserts also looked amazing and we will be returning to try those another day!

There is a lovely, canal-side table which is well worth booking in advance for a special romantic dinner and a few tables outside too.

Am looking forward to coming back and giving this place another go sometime soon. Prices were high but not unreasonable for the standard. The cocktails were great too! Well worth a try!

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

First time I went to Caffe Centrale was in 2008. Had fond memories of the restaurant so we returned in 2013. The restaurant only got better: great service (which is not always a given in Italy), great menu, but most importantly the food was excellent. Had the pumpkin mousse with mushrooms (I strongly recommend you try it) and the salmon hamburger (divine). I strongly recommend the restaurant and will be back for sure.

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3  Thank Sorana273
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Mrs B and I went here for a late night drink and ended up tucking into their antipasti - the porchetta was so good that we had to order it again! They had a great selection of German lagers and we enjoyed a decent bottle or red and a few of their cocktails which were all delicious. Funky design and atmosphere complimented by the ipad menus. Would recommend for romantic dinners and late night tipples.

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1  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was a fantastic restaurant. The food was inventive and fresh- very different from the other places we went. The service was top notch and I really enjoyed the music. We booked a table for 8:30 and towards 9 the place filled up. Great atmosphere for a nice dinner out.

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1  Thank Anitaxi
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Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Though hard to find, this restaurant was definitely worth the search!
The menu is presented on an IPad which made ordering fun. The food presentation was unique, delicious and the service impeccable. We ordered a half bottle of wine and when the waiter discovered that they were out of that particular wine, they gave us a full bottle for the price of the smaller one.
The restaurant was modern and full of ambiance.
Caffe Centrale is a must when in San Marco!

1  Thank Barbrd
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