In a 1700s palace restored by Philippe Starck, brothers Max and Raf Alajmo offer Michelin-starred dining in an atmosphere that mixes old-world ornamentation with modern whimsy. Seasonal tasting menus highlight the finest products from land and sea, and each meticulously presented course is more beautiful than the last. With a wine list that starts at €50 a bottle and climbs to more than €1500, this is aspirational, bucket-list dining. The dress code is smart casual—in Italy, that means sharp, stylish attire that never looks like you’re trying too hard.
Time Out tip: Make it the full monty of a Venetian night out: Before your dinner reservation, stop for an aperitivo at Gran Caffè Quadri, also run by the Alajmo family and right on the piazza. The caffè has been serving fancy cocktails since 1775.
The Doge’s Palace: For the Secret Itineraries tour and a behind-the-scenes look at palace life
Merceria Orologio: For baubles and trinkets on Venice’s souvenir alley
Bacino Orseolo: For topping off the night with a romantic gondola ride