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“Excellent restaurant; we dined here twice”

Osteria alle Testiere
Ranked #34 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castello
Welwyn, Herts
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant; we dined here twice”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel, when back in Venice for our 25th wedding anniversary in September 2012. Book in advance for one of the two evening sittings and you will be treated to fresh seafood magically and simply cooked. The place is small and atmospheric. Our overall experience was superb, so much so that we were able to get the last table for the following night. Especially recommend the razor clams. Get the Manager to recommend wine - we would never have thought to have a chilled sweet red with desert. Soave gets a bad press in England; here we were shown otherwise. Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cozy, authentic restaurant in otherwise touristy Venice”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

This restaurant is a gem. The food was really delicious and the service was great. The menu is different each day depending on what's fresh and available. The restaurant is very small, with only has two seatings a night, and reservations are a must. Don't miss this restaurant!

  • Visited November 2012
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western Mass
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“High End Seafood in Venice”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Venice is not known for it's food. However Osteria alle Testiere should be getting talked up more. This could have been the best prepared and matched seafood meal we have ever had. Service was great. Two seating, 7pm and 9pm, we say at early seating but were never rushed. Linguine and clams was superb.

Visited September 2012
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Leicester
Level 6 Contributor
384 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Favourite of this trip, so far.”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Really, really liked this place. Restaurant is set up very well – good waiting staff and place has a very pleasant and professional feel to it.

Had the grilled razor clams and we shared a plate of grilled fish and prawn. We had a glass of prosecco to start which had tiny almost invisible bubbles which explode in your mouth.

Didn't want a desert but couldn't refuse once we hear what they had. A number of appealing options.

Would I go back? In a shot! Loved it.

  • Visited November 2012
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Wiltshire
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

After reading a review by Nick Lander we booked here for dinner... It's a tiny restaurant, which has two seatings, we could only get in at the second at 9.30pm, but frankly I'd go any time of the day or night they'll let you in. Easily the best food I've ever eaten in Venice, charming atmosphere, excellent service, great wine list. Over a month later I am still craving the pasta with monkfish cheeks... Trust your waiter's recommendations and the catch of the day. Two very rare events pay tribute to how special this restaurant is - first, when the very large bill arrived, my husband said it was worth it, and secondly, we bought not one but two cookbooks! Don't miss it.

Visited October 2012
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