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“Superb service by delightful couple” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osteria Antico Giardinetto

Osteria Antico Giardinetto
Ranked #19 of 1,379 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: San Polo
Description: Osteria Antico Giardinetto is a cosy, charming family-run restaurant near Campo San Cassiano offering typical Venetian and creative fish, meat and vegetarian dishes freshly prepared to order.
California/Italy
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248 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Superb service by delightful couple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

The platters of fish that came out of the tiny kitchen were extraordinary including pesce crudo (raw fish and shellfish) and "fritto misto" or the deep fried shellfish and fish composition so typical in the Veneto. Unfortunately, the seppie alla veneziana, or cuttlefish in its sauce, was too heavy and saturated with sauce and it seemed as if large strips of calamari were used instead of the little delicate cuttlefish so typical of this dish. We can also quibble with the salad since it seemed more of the pizzeria type than consistent with the high standards of this restaurant. We concluded that we had ordered badly and that we would return for another visit. Outstanding service from the delightful and kind proprietors.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“very pleasant experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

after reading TA review, we made a reservation via email and they were quick and prompt with email and accommodating with changes. They were hard to find, you really need a good iPhone GPS. BTW a GPS is a must in Venice, forget the maps, you'll never find your way around to the small out of the way places. we were warmly greeted and we were there in December so it was not full at all. We sat next to a couple from France and had a pleasant conversation during dinner. we started with scallops + artichokes with pasta, was very nice flavor, then the grill fish plate to share for second course, that was very nice too, we had Prosecco with our meals. for main course we had the steak with pepper sauce which was delicious. I had the mix fried seafood, which in retrospect was not the best choice of food on my part, it had a light batter which was nice but probably could get that any where in the world. They were very accommodating and even thou we were the last customers at the restaurant and we were talking and drinking well after the restaurant was closed, they never made us fell unwelcome or rushed. all in all we had a very nice time and delicious meal. Grazie Larisa + Virgilio

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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lancashire
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Osteria Antico Giardinetto -not to be missed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

My husand and I went to this small restaurant down a side street in late August. We had prebooked by email from the UK. There was no availability on our first suggested day but luckily we managed to book a different night. Great decision-we sat outside (and sheltered under the retractable roof during a brief rain shower)-and had one of the best meals we’ve ever had.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nice, France
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“Good but certainly not the best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

V small osteria serving typical Venetian food which I find bland and boring after 2 days! The food here is very fresh and served with care. Desserts very limited and no cheese available. The beef taglonini was dull and only served with potatoes, which is one of my pet hates about Venetian cuisine.. Hardly any vegetables ever served.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting & meal in Venice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Dined 10/7/12 - Antico Giardinetto was a solid meal and worth the visit. Love the courtyard and would recommend getting a table within. This place books up very quickly. I wrote them a month before our trip and it was already booked solid. We were lucky to get in at 7pm on our second night for a "walk-in".

The husband/wife combo was well executed. Friendly service. I had the Tagliolini with Scallops and Artichokes. Scallops perfectly prepared. My fiancee had the Pumpkin Gnocchi with Scampi and Red Chicory. Both incredibly tasty and fresh. I lean towards the seafood dishes being that it's Venice. If I had to be picky, the bread was disappointing. But that's definitely not the reason for the visit.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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