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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 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 150 reviewsTripAdvisor (150)
    $ | Cafe
    San Polo 3028, 30100 Venice Italy
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  • #2
    Ristorante Alle Corone
    #2 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1482 reviewsTripAdvisor (1482)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
    Campo della Fava 5527, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #3
    Arcicchetti Bakaro
    #3 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 237 reviewsTripAdvisor (237)
    $ | Italian, Wine Bar, Bar, Northern-Italian
    Campo dei Tolentini, 183/a, Venice Italy
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  • #4
    Baci & Pasta
    #4 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 563 reviewsTripAdvisor (563)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food, Street Food, Mediterranean, Healthy
    Castello 5902/A Campo Santa Marina, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #5
    We love Italy, Fresh Pasta To Go, Campo Santa Margherita
    #5 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 236 reviewsTripAdvisor (236)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Street Food
    Calle del Forno 2975 20 m from Campo Santa Margherita, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #6
    Cocaeta - Non le solite Crepes
    #6 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1246 reviewsTripAdvisor (1246)
    $ | Italian
    Fondamenta San Giobbe 549, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #7
    Fiumefreddo Bio
    #7 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 102 reviewsTripAdvisor (102)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Cannaregio 4467, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #8
    Ristorante San Silvestro
    #8 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 566 reviewsTripAdvisor (566)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    San Polo 1022B Rio Tera San Silvestro, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #9
    Bacareto Da Lele
    #9 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2435 reviewsTripAdvisor (2435)
    $ | Italian, Wine Bar
    Campo dei Tolentini 183, Venice Italy
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  • #10
    Gelateria S.Leonardo
    #10 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 131 reviewsTripAdvisor (131)
    $ | Italian, Cafe
    Campo San Leonardo Cannaregio 1525, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #11
    Basego
    #11 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 382 reviewsTripAdvisor (382)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
    Campo San Toma, 30100 Venice Italy
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  • #12
    Suso Gelatoteca
    #12 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2206 reviewsTripAdvisor (2206)
    $ | Italian
    San Marco 5453 San Marco, 30124 Venice Italy
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  • #13
    Frulala
    #13 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 639 reviewsTripAdvisor (639)
    $ - $$ |
    Cannaregio, 5620, 30121 Venice Italy
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  • #14
    Al Merca
    #14 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1224 reviewsTripAdvisor (1224)
    $ | Italian, Wine Bar
    Campo Bella Vienna San Polo 213, 30125 Venice Italy
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  • #15
    Pasticceria Da Bonifacio
    #15 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ | Italian, Cafe
    Calle Dei Albanesi Castello 4237, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #16
    Osteria Al Squero
    #16 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2602 reviewsTripAdvisor (2602)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
    Dorsoduro, 943 / 944, 30123 Venice Italy
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  • #17
    Ai Mercanti
    #17 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1514 reviewsTripAdvisor (1514)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Calle Dei Fuseri Sestiere San Marco 4346/A, 30124 Venice Italy
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  • #18
    El Refolo
    #18 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 841 reviewsTripAdvisor (841)
    $ | Italian, Bar, Wine Bar
    Via Garibaldi Castello 1580 Sestiere Castello, 1580, 30122 Venice Italy
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  • #19
    TUTTINPIEDI
    #19 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 837 reviewsTripAdvisor (837)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food, Mediterranean, European
    Sotoportego del Cavalletto, 1099/A, 30124 Venice Italy
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  • #20
    Cantina Arnaldi
    #20 of 1,686 Places to Eat in Venice
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 357 reviewsTripAdvisor (357)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
    Santa Croce 35 Salizada san pantalon, 30125 Venice Italy
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