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“Well worth looking for!”

Osteria Antico Giardinetto
Ranked #45 of 1,460 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed May 24, 2013

When you visit Venice for the first time it's easy to get lost.
However, you will always find your way back.
This restaurant might not be easy to find but don't give up...
It's more then worth it when you find it.
Very fresh, very tasty and not realy that expensive.
Owners are very friendly!

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Decided to dine in this hidden gem after reading all those reviews in tripadvisor. And I'm glad that we had our dinner there as the food were all superb! We took some time to search for the restaurant, you would miss it if you don't look into those small alleys. That was the only time we actually used our map for the whole day, in order to find this little wonderful restaurant. We were seated outside but it has a very cosy outdoor seating. We ordered the venetian appetizer with raw fish, and it was fresh and delicious! The taglioni was superb as well! And tagliolini with scallops and artichoke, The best I had in Italy. The owner, Larisa, was so thoughtful, she separated the tagliolini into 2 plates, so that both of us can had a taste of it. Too bad we missed the dessert as we were too full after all the delicacies.

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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.

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1  Thank Hetmeister
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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 !!!

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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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