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“An unsurpassable view and great food”
Review of Lineadombra

Ranked #132 of 1,448 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $125
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
389 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
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“An unsurpassable view and great food”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had booked this restaurant for the last lunch of our short break to Venice several months beforehand but then became slightly concerned by some very negative reviews on TA and, rather more importantly, by the prediction of bad weather which would prevent our planned al fresco dining. Despite forecasts to the contrary, the day dawned clear and remained cloud free with unbroken sunshine. Arriving promptly at midday we were able to take our pick of the tables on the terrace and sat down beneath a large parasol to a panoramic view of the Giudecca's great churches with San Giorgio Maggiore to the left, Zitelle plumb centre and Redentore to our right.

We would have been happy with a moderately successful meal, given this heavenly view, but fortunately the negative reviews were clearly written by people with no taste buds or an inability to read the prices clearly displayed on the menu. (Interestingly, and presumably on hearing our English voices, despite the fact that fresh fish is listed as 10 euros per 100 grams our excellent waiter offered to write down the total cost and give us time to think about it. I assured him that my arithmetic was up to the calculation.) The service here was excellent throughout: our waiter also pointed out that the moderately-priced wine we were ordering by the glass would be considerably cheaper by the bottle if we were going to drink more than 3 glasses between us. Whilst our lunch cost 270 euros, almost double that of our next most expensive meal on this trip, it was worth every penny.

We started with, in my case, a mound of sweet carpaccio di manzo whilst my wife's baccala mantecato was accompanied by pistachios and served on a bed of kataifi - unusual but delicious. We shared a portion of pasta with a generous serving of fresh lobster in a light tomato sauce. Our final savoury course was a fresh sea bass cooked in a salt crust and accompanied by potatoes, peppers, courgettes, broccoli, aubergines and, at my wife's request, artichokes. I recall a carping reviewer suggesting this dish was a rip off and I can only presume he is unfamiliar with upmarket London or New York restaurant prices. Apart from the sheer theatricality of the cooked fish when brought to the table, once served to us it became clear that our 900 gram fish would have served 4 people without too much difficulty.

Though full, we were reluctant to tear ourselves away from the view and so ordered desserts: my tiramisu was light, rich and disappeared in a trice; my wife's liquorice ice cream more of an acquired taste and she couldn't finish it. The recital of the selection of 8 artisan Italian cheeses on another day would have had me loosening my belt a notch despite the hefty 24 euro cost but my stomach was groaning and an easyJet flight beckoned. We did manage 2 excellent coffees, served with biscotti, before waddling off to the water taxi.

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1 Thank LaDolceVita27
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“Venice is Not for the Thrifty”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

All too often, I've read restaurant reviews which concentrate on how awfully expensive things are in Venice. It seems as though it is the prices leaving the bitter taste which is translated as Not Good Food. You know, people, the prices are clearly marked. Add 'em up, or borrow a waiter's calculator. Stop complaining.
We've eaten at Lineadombra three rimes, and are going back for a fourth this evening. I will probably have some of their silky pasta, and will definitely order the turbot strudel, a dish of impeccable imagination and execution. It will be quite expensive, and completely worth it.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Eugene Z
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Catskill, New York
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
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“Great fresh seafood, amazing view of Giudecca island and canal”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

One of the nice things about this restaurant is its show-and-tell guide to the menu: soon after you are seated, a server comes by with an enormous platter of whole, raw fish and shellfish, to show and explain what's fresh and available to choose from. Of course you can also order off the menu. We have ordered off the platter - one whole roasted fish for two, filleted by the waiter after presenting the fish to us on its roasting pan - and off the menu, and they're both good. The whole roasted fish is pretty uncomplicated, but what makes it better than other places' versions is that this chef really knows how to cook fish. Too many others overcook it just a bit, which dries it out and dulls the delicacy of taste and texture of truly fresh fish. Not here. It's perfect, tender and moist, and the flavor of the fish really shines through. Several of our choices off the menu were real standouts. One was an appetizer of salt cod (baccala) with pistachios in a nest of extremely fine, brittle little Japanese rice noodles, with a very light raspberry sauce on the side. A main course we liked were a turbot strudel with an artichoke cream sauce (which my husband says was "brilliant," and one of the best fish dishes he has ever had). But honestly, in three visits to this restaurant, we have enjoyed everything we have ordered.

Now, the view. The terrace has a panoramic view of Venice, from the Arsenale (and the yachts parked alongside it) to the San Marco basin, the Giudecca canal, and the Giudecca beyond. We loved watching the boats go by, and later, an enormous, nearly full moon rising over the Arsenale area. . . . While sitting on the terrace one evening, we learned something about the scale of the buildings in Venice: some of them look large and imposing up close, but they look really tiny when a cruise ship slowly passes by. Watching one, then another and another of these behemoths go by was great theatre, but ultimately sobering. Can this very small city handle such a huge influx of people for just a few hours?

And just a comment about the complaints about cover charges, found among the reviews of just about every restaurant. Just about every restaurant in Italy has a small cover charge. It's nothing unique to Venice at all. The inclusion of service charges in the tab (usually included in the prices listed on the menu) is also standard. Taxes are included, too. Visitors to the US are often startled to discover that the prices on the menu don't include tax and tip. It's just another custom.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Babette221
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“Good service but very average food - for extortionate prices!!”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Decided to go here for our last night in venice as it was our anniversary so decided to splash out a little and go to this restaurant.

The decor is very modern and the setting, although at night was very nice. We didn;t book so were shown to a table set at the back of the restaurant in the corner, so we were out of the way. The staff were very pleasent and extremely knowledgable, especially the main waiter.

He brought to the table the fresh catches of the day and explained how they could be cooked, which was very good. We opted for a shared starter of lobster pasta with tomato, basil and herbs. It was very nice and tasted good, but wasn't 'wowed' by it!!

The mains we decided on were, for my wife, sea bass with sun dried tomato polenta, pureed eggplant and for me veal with pork cheek, porchini mushrooms and potatos.

Well, the sea bass was beatifully cooked, but that was about it, the rest of her meal was bland and totally tasteless. No hint of seasoning at all!!

My dish was a little better but was basically glammed up steak and chips!! The pork cheek was tiny strips of streaky panchetta and the potatos were 5 half inch cut circles of potato. So basically, a whole potato but cut into strips!!

Not amazing by any standards.

We opted not to go for deserts as we fancied some classic italian gelato on the way home.

We had two glasses of prosecco , a bottle of still water and a coke.

The bill came to 151 EURO.

I was astonished at the price. For money like that i've eaten 5 or six course meals with more flavour and better atmosphere.

Sadly, this restarant is attempting to be something its not. It's food needs to be of a much better standard if it's likely to capture the tastebuds of a deserning customer.

Best to stick to what they do best - wholesale Italian food, like the other restarants we ate at in Venice. They charge a third of the price and the food is 100 times better.

Avoid unless you want to spend a fortune of food that really is laking everything that is good about Italian cuisine.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank leedrums
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Moscow, Russia
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“Overpriced if you don't know what to order”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Get there occasionally and stayed for a lunch. The view is great, the service is ok, but the food... You should ask about what to have or read tripadvisor first. I took lobster ravioli - it was really average. My husband choose veal pasta, it was good, but not oh-so-good. For the view they charged us (5€ per person), so we left a little bit dissapointed.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Smelee
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