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Da Ignazio

Restaurants & cafés

The big attraction of this tranquil, no-frills, neighbourhood restaurant is its pretty, pergola-shaded courtyard. The cooking is safe, traditional Venetian:...

San Polo 2749

Da Rioba

Restaurants & cafés

Taking its name from the iron-nosed stone figure of a turbaned merchant - known as Sior Rioba - set into a wall in nearby campo dei Mori, Da Rioba is a...

Cannaregio 2553

Dai Tosi

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

In one of Venice's most working-class areas, this pizzeria is a big hit with local families. Beware of another restaurant of the same name on the street:...

Castello 738

Dalla Marisa

Restaurants & cafés

Signora Marisa is a culinary legend in Venice, with locals calling up days in advance to ask her to prepare ancient recipes such as risotto con le secoe...

Cannaregio 652B

Fiaschetteria Toscana

Restaurants & cafés

Once a depot for Tuscan wine and olive oil, today only a selection of steaks and big Tuscan reds betrays its origins. Otherwise, the cuisine is Venetian,...

Cannaregio 5719

Frary's

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

A friendly, reasonably-priced spot specialising in Arab cuisine, though there are some Greek and Kurdish dishes too. Couscous comes with a variety of...

San Polo 2559

Harry's Dolci

Restaurants & cafés

Arrigo Cipriani's second stronghold (after Harry's Bar), this open-air restaurant is only open when the weather allows. The cuisine is supposedly more...

Giudecca 773

I Figli delle Stelle

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Opened in 2008, this comfortable space with a dove-grey wood-clad interior also has outside tables with heart-stopping views across to St Mark's. Helmed by...

Giudecca 70-71

Il Refolo

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

Il Refolo (the 'Sea Breeze') has tables outside - and only outside - in one of Venice's prettiest squares. Set up by a scion of the Da Fiore dynasty, it is...

Santa Croce 1459

Il Ridotto

Restaurants & cafés

This tiny up-market restaurant is always an experience, with engaging chef Gianni Bonaccorsi involving his customers in all his creative angst. He'll talk...

Castello 4509

La Bitta

Restaurants & cafés

La Bitta, a warm and rustic osteria with a small courtyard, stands out by having virtually no fish on the menu. Dishes like straccetti di pollo ai finferli...

Dorsoduro 2753A

La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi

Restaurants & cafés

Taken over recently by former cooks at Ca' D'Oro, this pared-back local has a long wooden counter groaning with excellent cicheti, a good selection of wines...

Cannaregio 4367

La Favorita

Restaurants & cafés

With a lovely vine-shaded pergola for summer dining, this is an old-fashioned and reassuring sort of place that does textbook Venetian seafood classics like...

Lido

L'Avogaria

Restaurants & cafés

One of the first sharp design eateries to open on the lagoon, L'Avogaria is neither as pretentious nor as expensive as it looks. At lunch, a light...

Dorsoduro 1629

Locanda Cipriani

Restaurants & cafés

There is a lot to like about the high-class Locanda Cipriani, which was one of Hemingway's haunts. The setting, just off Torcello's pretty square, is...

Torcello