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“It's funny how places creep up on you”
Review of Taverna La Fenice

Taverna La Fenice
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Ranked #342 of 1,594 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $71
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Description: The Restaurant “Ai Gondolieri” and “Taverna la Fenice”, in the heart of the beautiful city of Venice meet visitors with passion for gourmet and traditions, only with local meat and vegetable, with fish available upon reservation to guarantee the highest freshness.You will discover a refined and charming atmosphere where you will enjoy the chef’s specialties prepared with seasonal ingredients, with a choice of vegetarian menu!
Reviewed August 4, 2012

We were staying in the hotel upstairs- La Fenice des Artistes (which was great); and were n Venice for a long and hectic weekend of wedding celebrations. First evening, late, could they serve us a night cap- 'Of course!', and they showed is where Maria Callas preferred to sit and explained that now the management of the hotel and restaurant were different the authorities had made them close up the door between the two, to their immense regret. Next time we walk past the Maître D'hotel, NOT soliciting us for business asks us if we slept well and wished us a good day, and so it was the following morning. That evening we went for dinner. Simply impeccable.
And the small or large portion option on every dish gives you great flexibility. Feeling carnivorous it allowed me to have beef tartar while my fellow diner tucked into pudding. You should try it sometime! Like everything in Venice it's not cheap but the local wines are well priced.
Understated but wonderfully rich old interior too, a joy.
Like Venice itself it's one of those places which, when you leave, you know you'll be back!

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Thank AntonyJBM
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

After sightseeing all day, we had a really good dinner at this romantic little taverna behind the teatro. It specializes in meat dishes so veal, beef and lamb. We had four courses and the menu is great because it lets you order half portions as well. We had the buffalo mozzarella starter, the pasta the one with spicy meatballs was excellent and then I had the beef fillet and my wife had the veal with foie gras. Ended the meal with some great desserts (see pictures).

Our meal was around 76 euro per person and we didn't have wine (wife is pregnant so no alcohol). Overall a very solid experience. The location is great very close to our hotel in San Marco.

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Thank Michael Min C
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I'm really stunned about Venice, since everytime i go there there are no average places. You must choose between cheap touristic tacky places, or excellent and expensive restaurant.
The Taverna la Fenice belongs to the second group. The food is excellent. So is the wine they offer. I took a stunning risotto with meat and mushrooms: it was served inside a cottage loaf. Then we took a filet cooked in "Barolo" sauce and, last but not least, a Gianduia mousse with crispy rice.

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Thank Massimiliano L
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

With a cruise ship overnight in Venice, a city my wife and I both love, we decided to forego the ship's dining room and set off for fine dining in the city. We came upon Taverna La Fenice while wandering the alleys and passages not far from the famous Opera house of the same name.

The restaurant is a real gem. The porcini risotto was advertised as the 'other' risotto, but was fantastic with the correct texture, creaminess and balance of flavors. The filet in a barolo reduction was tender and beautifully flavored; vitello marsala was what a well prepared marsala dish should be and often is not. Many extras were provided, from an amuse of an enormous portion of squash flowers lightly battered and fried, to after dinner treats.

The serve an excellent Pro Secco and recommended a perfect Amarone - one of my favorite types of wine. I heartily recommend the restaurant. One caution - there is a dearth of fish on the menu.

Cost was less than I expected for Venice.

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1  Thank chefmousse
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Me and my girlfriend visited all around the world and this is the first time we writing a review, because this restaurant is worth every penny that we spent there!
The food and the desert was very fresh and amazingly delicious. We also order according waiter's recommendation rich flavored wine
The service was amazing the waiter was courteous and attentive so the whole dinner was magnificent.
The next time we will be in Venice we will definitely visit this restaurant because this is the world's best restaurant.

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2  Thank AlexKir_12
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