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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.

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
    Adagio Caffe & Wine Bar
    #1 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)
    $ | Bar, Cafe
    San Polo 3028, 30100 Venice Italy
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  • #2
    Dhero’ Cafe & Lounge Bar
    #2 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 73 reviewsTripAdvisor (73)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 1813, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #3
    I' Bacaro De' Bischeri
    #3 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 96 reviewsTripAdvisor (96)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian, Contemporary, Street Food
    Ruga dei Oresi, 57, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #4
    Wisteria Restaurant
    #4 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 106 reviewsTripAdvisor (106)
    $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, Italian, European
    San Polo 2908, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #5
    Cocaeta - Non le solite Crepes
    #5 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1300 reviewsTripAdvisor (1300)
    $ | Italian, Contemporary
    Fondamenta San Giobbe 549, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #6
    Arcicchetti Bakaro
    #6 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 315 reviewsTripAdvisor (315)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Wine Bar, Northern-Italian
    Campo Dei Tolentini 183/a, 30135 Venice Italy
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  • #7
    Baci & Pasta
    #7 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 645 reviewsTripAdvisor (645)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food, Street Food, Mediterranean, Healthy
    Castello 5902/A Campo Santa Marina, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #8
    Ristorante La Piazza
    #8 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 172 reviewsTripAdvisor (172)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse, Mediterranean
    Sestiere San Marco 615, 30124 Venice Italy
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  • #9
    Ristorante Alle Corone
    #9 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1572 reviewsTripAdvisor (1572)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
    Campo della Fava 5527, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #10
    Al Grill
    #10 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 145 reviewsTripAdvisor (145)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Grill
    Santa Croce 2097, 30135 Venice Italy
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  • #11
    We love Italy, Fresh Pasta To Go, Campo Santa Margherita
    #11 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 274 reviewsTripAdvisor (274)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Street Food
    Calle del Forno 2975 20 m from Campo Santa Margherita, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #12
    Bacareto da Lele
    #12 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2496 reviewsTripAdvisor (2496)
    $ | Italian, Wine Bar
    Fondamenta dei Tolentini 183 Santa Croce, 30135 Venice Italy
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  • #13
    Bigoi - San Polo
    #13 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 96 reviewsTripAdvisor (96)
    $ | Italian, Mediterranean, Northern-Italian, Central-Italian
    Calle dei Meloni 1472, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #14
    60/40
    #14 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 141 reviewsTripAdvisor (141)
    $ | Italian, Cafe, Gastropub
    Sestiere Dorsoduro 129/a Rio Terà dei Catecumeni 129/a, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #15
    TUTTINPIEDI
    #15 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 929 reviewsTripAdvisor (929)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food, Mediterranean, European
    Sotoportego del Cavalletto, 1099/A, 30124 Venice Italy
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  • #16
    Impronta
    #16 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2034 reviewsTripAdvisor (2034)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
    Sestiere Dorsoduro 3815 Calle dei preti o Crosera San Pantalon, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #17
    Gelateria S.Leonardo
    #17 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 143 reviewsTripAdvisor (143)
    $ | Italian, Cafe
    Campo San Leonardo Cannaregio 1525, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #18
    La Colombina
    #18 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1301 reviewsTripAdvisor (1301)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Northern-Italian
    Canareggio 1828, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #19
    Basego
    #19 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 411 reviewsTripAdvisor (411)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
    Campo, San Toma 2863, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #20
    Ristorante San Silvestro
    #20 of 1,556 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 880 reviewsTripAdvisor (880)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
    San Polo 1022B Rio Tera San Silvestro, 30125 Venice Italy
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