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What to Eat in Venice

With such close proximity to the water, it should come as no surprise that fish is the main component of Venetian cuisine. Cuttlefish (sepia), clams (vongole), and sea bass (branzino) are popular ingredients, which can be found in many of the area's most well-known dishes, including frutti di mare, Venice’s take on a seafood salad. Tramezzini is a tasty Venetian street food: These triangular sandwiches, with a range of fillings from cheese to meats, can be found at cafes throughout the city. Wash it all down with prosecco, a sparkling white wine from the Veneto region. Some of the best Venice tours were designed with foodies in mind. Sign up for a tour if you'd like help navigating the dining scene from a local.

For the best bang for your buck, try to avoid the San Marco area or any establishment that solicits tourists off the street. Instead, try one of the smaller establishments – such as traveler-recommended Ristorante La Caravella – tucked away on one of the many hidden side streets. Locals frequent establishments like Paradiso Perduto, near the Jewish Ghetto, for its long wooden tables and vibrant atmosphere. The farm-to-table Ostaria Boccadoro is another popular haunt. You could also dine at a bacaro, a smaller wine bar with lower prices, authentic cuisine and more character. Traveler favorites include Cantina Do Spade, Alla Ciurma and Cantina Do Mori.

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  • #1
    Hostaria Osottoosopra
    #1 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 80 reviewsTripadvisor (80)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Northern-Italian
    Sestiere Dorsoduro 3740, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #2
    Dhero’ Cafe & Lounge Bar
    #2 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 78 reviewsTripadvisor (78)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 1813, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #3
    Adagio Caffe & Wine Bar
    #3 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 240 reviewsTripadvisor (240)
    $ | Bar, Cafe
    San Polo 3028, 30100 Venice Italy
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  • #4
    Ravioleria Venezia
    #4 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 114 reviewsTripadvisor (114)
    $ | Chinese, Asian, Healthy
    Calle del Scaleter, 1465 Vicino Campo San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #5
    Wisteria Restaurant
    #5 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 209 reviewsTripadvisor (209)
    $$ | Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, European
    San Polo 2908, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #6
    I' Bacaro De' Bischeri
    #6 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 126 reviewsTripadvisor (126)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian, Contemporary, Street Food
    Ruga dei Oresi, 57, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #7
    Cocaeta - Non le solite Crepes
    #7 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1314 reviewsTripadvisor (1314)
    $ | Italian, Contemporary
    Fondamenta San Giobbe 549, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #8
    Bigoi - San Polo
    #8 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 122 reviewsTripadvisor (122)
    $ | Italian, Mediterranean, Northern-Italian, Central-Italian
    Calle dei Meloni 1472, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #9
    Arcicchetti Bakaro
    #9 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 340 reviewsTripadvisor (340)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Wine Bar, Northern-Italian
    Campo Dei Tolentini 183/a, 30135 Venice Italy
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  • #10
    Ristorante La Piazza
    #10 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 400 reviewsTripadvisor (400)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
    Sestiere San Marco 615, 30124 Venice Italy
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  • #11
    Ristorante Alle Corone
    #11 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1597 reviewsTripadvisor (1597)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
    Campo della Fava 5527, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #12
    Bakaro
    #12 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 61 reviewsTripadvisor (61)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    Dorsoduro 3430 Campo Santa Margherita, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #13
    Ca Dolfin
    #13 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 788 reviewsTripadvisor (788)
    $ - $$ | Northern-Italian, Central-Italian, Italian
    Cannaregio, 5903, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #14
    Al Grill
    #14 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 227 reviewsTripadvisor (227)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Grill
    Santa Croce 2097, 30135 Venice Italy
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  • #15
    Impronta
    #15 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2207 reviewsTripadvisor (2207)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
    Sestiere Dorsoduro 3815 Calle dei preti o Crosera San Pantalon, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #16
    60/40
    #16 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 165 reviewsTripadvisor (165)
    $ | Italian, Cafe, Gastropub
    Sestiere Dorsoduro 129/a Rio Terà dei Catecumeni 129/a, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #17
    Bacaro Quebrado
    #17 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1846 reviewsTripadvisor (1846)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, European
    1107a Calle Larga dei Bari, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #18
    Bacareto da Lele
    #18 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2528 reviewsTripadvisor (2528)
    $ | Italian, Wine Bar
    Fondamenta dei Tolentini 183 Santa Croce, 30135 Venice Italy
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  • #19
    Ristorante San Silvestro
    #19 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1036 reviewsTripadvisor (1036)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
    San Polo 1022B Rio Tera San Silvestro, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #20
    Riviera
    #20 of 1,568 Places to Eat in Venice
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2747 reviewsTripadvisor (2747)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Soups, International
    Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Longo, 1473, 30123 Venice Italy
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