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“Well worth seeking out!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Antico Giardinetto

Osteria Antico Giardinetto
Ranked #21 of 1,364 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Well worth seeking out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This wonderful romantic restaurant is tucked away and off the beaten trap a little way north of the Rialto but it was handily close to our hotel (Al Ponte Mocenigo - also excellent!) so we had our first meal here on the evening of our arrival. What a perfect start to our stay in Venice - a city often criticised for its touristy restaurants - but this was the genuine article, serving lovingly prepared cuisine with fresh, local ingredients in a homely setting.

My wife started with pickled sardines with salt cod while I had the magnificent mixed raw seafood platter and both became a benchmark for meals throughout our stay. We chose a relatively local Lugana wine from Lake Garda and this was the perfect complement to our fish meal, zesty and fresh and chilled to perfection.

Our shared main of mixed fried seafood was incredible - deservedly a signature dish for the restaurant - and our attentive hostess, Larisa, was right to point out that all the fish was so fresh that the varied fish tastes didn't need any lemon juice (although we could have has some if we had wanted). Desserts were tempting but the enormous main course had finished us off - next time perhaps!

It was a rainy night and we were seated inside although the covered outside area was warm despite the weather - both Larisa and everyone in the kitchen worked so hard to keep their dinner guests happy and more than succeeded with us. We were delighted with our choice and will certainly return just as soon as we can get back to this beautiful city.

  • Visited April 2013
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“If you like great sea food :-)!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We read all the good reviews about this restaurant and supported by concierge from our hotel decided to give it a go. What a great choice we made...it is only a small unpretencious place in a tiny street ....but the great food makesup for it....Sea food resotto was brilliant and the Teramisu & Pannacotta esserts were delicious.... location is a problem...we speak Italian and had obtained directions in advance....but still we had to ask four times before we found it,,,,,give it a go ......you will not regret it !!!

  • Visited May 2013
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“Fantastic food, service and atmosphere!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Easily the best restaurant that we visited in Venice. The food was absolutely delicious, used the freshest of ingredients and the portions were generous. The service was also warm and friendly. I would highly recommend a visit.

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“Very warm service and perfect food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Cant say more. Just delicious! Try the fish and sea food. Wont disappoint you! And dont forget the desert. Only a bit hard to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We dined at this wonderful restaurant based on TripAdvisor reviews and were not disappointed. The quaint little courtyard dining area was the perfect setting for our last night in Venice. Wonderful seafood, a lovely hostess and great atmosphere all combined into a memorable dining experience. Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2012
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