Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world: the so called “city on the water” and “floating city”. If you avoid touristic restaurants at their most crowded times, you can immerse yourself in characteristic places and eat while admiring beautiful and romantic views. Eat like a local in Venice is the best thing to do, that’s for sure. For example, visiting a “bacaro” is a must try: a “bacaro” is a sort of Venetian tavern where you can drink a glass of wine - “ómbre” or “biancheti”- and have a little snack (“cichéti”). Anyway, you have to follow Studentsville’s advice. Read our tips: “Venice where do locals eat”. Also our guide is not to be missed: take a look at the list of the best restaurants and pizzerias in Venice.
Is eating out in Venice expensive?
The rumors are true. Eating out in Venice can be very expensive but fortunately for you we have made a “Venice Eating Out Guide” that combines not only the best restaurants in Venice, but also offers choices for those eating out in Venice on a budget ( read more about living in Venice guide)
Eating out in Venice prices can range greatly so you have to be careful which is why we’ve even included some “Eating out in Venice tips” to avoid spending big while visiting this gorgeous city. From pizzas and cicchetti (tapas) to extensive tasting menus, we’ve got it all.
Venice eating out can be an experience rather than just a meal, so take it all in and enjoy!
Pizzerie in Venice
Good options for eating out cheaply in Venice
- Antico Forno
- Open everyday 11:30AM-9:30PM
- 973 Ruga Rialto, Venezia, Veneto, 30125, Italy
Easy, cheap and a great Venice restaurant take out option. Here you can get pizza by the slice or a full personal pizza to enjoy with one of their craft beers.
- Pizza Al Volo
- Sunday 11AM-12AM Mon-Sat 11AM-2AM
- Dorsoduro, 2944, 30123 Venezia VE
No frills. Eat here or take a large pizza to go and share with your friends.
- Arte della Pizza
- Open everyday 10:30AM-11PM
- Cannaregio Calle de L'aseo 1861/A | Calle de L'aseo, 30121 Venezia, Italia
Said by some to be the best pizza in Venice. Choose from 50 different pizzas to taste.
Restaurants in Venice
- Ristorante Riviera
- Tue-Fri 12:30PM-3PM 7PM-10:30
- Fondamente Zattere al Ponte Longo, 1473
This is the restaurant that you go to to really treat yourself. In other words, you will be splurging if you decide to try this restaurant, but (!) it will be worth it. Mainly tasting menus, with the option of some a la carte items, to share with others that are perfectly paired wines to go with each course of either fish or meat. Sorry, no vegetarian or vegan options at this restaurant.
- Antiche Carampane
- Tue-Sat 12:30PM-2:30PM & 7:30PM-11PM
- Rio Terà de la Carampane, 1911
Hidden in the San Polo area and often visited by various celebrities, you will not find your typical Italian food here, but a delicious selection of seafood and an amazing wine menu that is moderately priced.
- Enoteco Al Volto Facebook
- Open daily 10AM-3PM & 6PM-10PM
- Calle Cavalli 4081
A reasonably priced restaurant with a welcoming and cozy atmosphere that serves what has been said to be the best baccalà mantecato, a famous Venetian appetizer.
- Osteria da Fiore
- Tue-Sat 12:30AM-2:30 & 7PM-10:30PM
- San Polo, 2202, Calle de Scaleter
Visit this Michelin-starred, romantic canal side restaurant run by Maurizio & Mara Martin for reasonably priced tasting menus including Italian classics.
- Tue-Sun 12:30PM-2:30 & 7:30PM-10:30PM
- Piazza San Marco, 121
This Michelin-starred restaurant is directly in San Marco Square and has high Venice eating out prices. Open since 1830 and overlooking the square, you will be happy to taste this menu of traditional mixed with a touch of modernity. Get a drink before dinner at the Gran Caffè Quadri next door.
- L'Anice Stellato
- Tues-Sat 12:15-2 & 7:15-10
- Cannaregio, 3272 Fondamenta della Sensa
This restaurant is certainly off the beaten path, so we highly suggest making a reservation here before trying to find it. Here you will find mainly seafood at reasonable prices. The beauty of this restaurant is that it’s not fancy and not touristy (yet) so get there soon!
During the better weather months, you can venture to the beach-side area and experience Venice Lido eating out. Here you will taste some of the best seafood that Venice has to offer. We suggest trying Parco Delle Rose or Bar Trento for a great meal. Otherwise, the Gran Viale and the Riviera streets are full of restaurants that you can find alone or in the hotels that line the Lido.
For your “Eating out Venice Budget,” try following these easy(ish) steps:
- If you aren’t picky about your wines, always order vino della casa (house wine) that will always be marked at a cheaper price than the ones on the menu.
- Find a cute bar and have a drink and some cicchetti before dinner so you fill up on some great snacks first. Try Al Merca or Cantina do Mori.
- Aim for the family run restaurants that don’t have people outside trying to lure you into the restaurants (a.k.a. tourist traps)
- Make breakfast and lunch as cheap as possible.
These should at least help keep your eating out in venice cost down a bit.
We hope from this, that your eating out in Venice 2019 experience will be everything you hoped it would be.
Venice where do locals eat
Discover places where you eat like a Venetian in Venice:
- Osteria da Codroma
- Fondamenta Briati, 2540, 30123 Venezia VE
- Telephone: 041 524 6789
- Facebook: link
Excellent cuisine in typical Venetian style, excellent cicchetti and good appetizers and also beers.
- Trattoria da'a Marisa
- Fondamenta S. Giobbe, 652, 30121 Venezia VE
- Telephone: 041 720211
Trattoria Da 'A Marisa, located in Venice in the Cannaregio district, offers typical Venetian cuisine. You have to try tagliatelle with masaro sauce (the male duck), risotto di secole (mixed cut meat), risotto in caroman (castrato meat) and the stuffed pheasant. The atmosphere is informal and familiar. There are 25 seats available inside and in summer there are also 35 outdoor seats along the Cannaregio canal.
- Trattoria Cea
- Cannaregio, 5422, 30121 Venezia VE
- Telephone: 041 523 7450
Venetian dishes and fish recipes served in a simple room with wooden furniture and retro wall lamps.