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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 saladTramezzini 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 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 5.0 out of 84 (84) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Cafe, Wine Bar

San Polo 3028, 30100 Venice Italy

San Polo 3028, 30100 Venice Italy

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#4 Ristorante Alle Corone

#4 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 1398 (1398) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European

Campo della Fava 5527, 30122 Venice Italy

Campo della Fava 5527, 30122 Venice Italy

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#5 Cantina Arnaldi

#5 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 307 (307) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Santa Croce 35 Salizada san pantalon, 30125 Venice Italy

Santa Croce 35 Salizada san pantalon, 30125 Venice Italy

Ranked 4.5 out of 307 (307)
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#6 Bacareto Da Lele

#6 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 2342 (2342) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian, Wine Bar

Campo dei Tolentini 183, Venice Italy

Campo dei Tolentini 183, Venice Italy

Ranked 4.5 out of 2342 (2342)
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#7 La Bottiglia - Local Street Food

#7 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 839 (839) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Wine Bar, Street Food, Diner

San Polo 2537 Campo San Stin, 30125 Venice Italy

San Polo 2537 Campo San Stin, 30125 Venice Italy

Ranked 4.5 out of 839 (839)
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#8 Suso Gelatoteca

#8 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 1972 (1972) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian

San Marco 5453 San Marco, 30124 Venice Italy

San Marco 5453 San Marco, 30124 Venice Italy

Ranked 4.5 out of 1972 (1972)
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#9 Basego

#9 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 332 (332) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian, Bar, Wine Bar

Campo San Toma, 30100 Venice Italy

Campo San Toma, 30100 Venice Italy

Ranked 4.5 out of 332 (332)
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#10 Baci & Pasta

#10 of 1,626 Places to Eat in Venice

Ranked 4.5 out of 358 (358) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian, Fast Food, Street Food, Mediterranean, Healthy

Castello 5902/A Campo Santa Marina, 30122 Venice Italy

Castello 5902/A Campo Santa Marina, 30122 Venice Italy

Ranked 4.5 out of 358 (358)
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