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“Authentic and Enjoyable”

Osteria Al Sacro & Profano
Ranked #253 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Polo
Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Authentic and Enjoyable”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

An authentic Italian restaurant, just a few minutes from the Rialto and yet not a tourist hot spot. We make a rule to try and eat where there is no English on the menu. Despite this the staff made a real effort to help us and they did well. Simple and tasty menu, quality wine and cosy restaurant. Be brave and give it a whirl!

  • Visited April 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent cicchetti (Venetian tapas)”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stumbled across this on a very rainy day in Venice and spent a very pleasant afternoon working our way through plates of very tasty cichetti washed down with vino. This is a very small friendly establishment with jazz music playing in the background. We felt that we'd found the real Venice. Well worth a visit and certainly made us feel a lot better on a soggy day.

  • Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Amazing to find such value so close to Rialto precinct”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Enjoyed come cicchetti and wine here with friends one Saturday night. It had a great vibe, interesting decor and a warm atmosphere. Since it was filled with locals too I would recommend a visit.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Pendooly
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

They were unclear at time of order and brought us bread that we did not ask for, but then charged us for. I will NEVER go there again.

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Thank Et1984
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Santa Barbara, CA
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

My sister and I went here because she found this little gem back in 1997 where locals would go and you would walk in - no menu, the owner would just prepare whatever he had in the kitchen that day. It appears that time has changed this since there are now charming handwritten menus.

The restaurant is very small, but has a very old and charming feel to it. When you find it and see it from the outside, it's like you stepped back in time when small restaurants like this existed for the people who lived in the neighborhood. The restaurant only has maybe 12 -14 seats, but when we were there a couple of locals stood at the counter to enjoy some wine and food. Inside the restaurant is just as charming. There is a small counter/bar where various types of crostini are displayed. Small square tables are close together which gives you a cozy feeling. The decor is eclectic and fits right in.

I loved the handwritten menu. It's not extensive, but there are definitely a lot of good options. We started with the mixed crostini plate and a glass of prosecco which was a great way to start off. I would recommend trying the crostini. I had the spaghetti with pesto and baby tomatoes which was wonderful.

I think overall the quaintness, food and ambiance makes this one of my favorite restaurants. I would definitely go back because it's not like the other restaurants you see in Venice. Like I said in the beginning, it's definitely a gem..almost worth keeping it a secret for the people who appreciate this kind of place.

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