Antico Caffé Martini is a dining destination like no other, near Piazza San Marco, a few steps away from Teatro la Fenice. A lot of its costumers here are the theater's patrons who've come to catch a bite and a drink, before or after the show. Romantic duets entertain diners as they eat, the lovely outdoor patio makes for a romantic date spot. The service is excellent and the cuisine is typically Venetian with a nod towards traditional fish and seafood preparations. A wide selection of local and non-local wine is on offer as well, these couple well with the delightful offerings at Antico Caffé Martini. With a history that begins in the 1720s, Martini's has a lot to offer, whether you're a lover of arts, history, music, food and wine.
The very glamorous and modernly designed Centrale Restaurant Lounge is placed close to Teatro La Fenice and stays open late, which seldom happens in Venice. Centrale is a place for sipping aperitifs, relaxing on designers sofas, and dining by candlelight, all while listening to the soft music playing in the background. The menu offers both meat and fish and seafood preparations cooked in the traditional Venetian style. Centrale also feature frequent live jazz performances.
Tucked away amid the old Cinema Rossini and Rialto Bridge in a by-lane is a charming wine bar. Opened in 1936, Enoteca Al Volto is a shrine for wine lovers and connoisseurs. Touted to be the oldest of its kind in Venice, the over 1000 rotating Italian and foreign wines are not the only thing that will bedazzle you. The vintage wooden accents and its impressive old wine labeled ceiling will definitely spellbind you. You will find classic reds, fruity whites and fizzy ones that are of excellent quality. If you get flummoxed, their expert staff will guide you to the right vino. Savor some tasty Venetian food with your drink to complete your wining and dining experience. They accept payment only by cash
Birraria La Corte is a popular restaurant situated in the heart of San Polo. This no-nonsense pizzeria has a beautiful extended patio where one can enjoy a scrumptious Venetian fare and watch the world pass by. The dining room and garden together seat around one hundred people, hence the place is great for larger parties and families.. The menu includes several types of pizzas as well as regional pasta, vegetable and fish dishes. The wine list contains mainly local varieties but since this place was a former brewer, beer takes pride over wine here. Quite famous among the locals, the place is seen buzzing with patrons throughout the day.
Muro Venezia Rialto is one of the vibrant bars and restaurants in town. Set in the heart of a market, it is the meeting point of Venetians, tourists, market workers, youngsters, working professionals and older people. This amalgamation is perhaps its charm and keeps it constantly busy. Its sleek interiors are a perfect setting to sip on wine and delicious cocktails. Complement it with local dishes that are freshly prepared and delicious such as octopus, cooked salami and meatballs. Else, opt to be seated in their patio in the square, overlooking the river and watch the gondolas passing by.
Do Forni is localted in a quaint and calm district of the city. The clientèle includes political and showbiz personalities, as well as many tourists, who are all drawn to the soft lighting with velour and brocade recalling the Orient Express. The other rooms are reminiscent of the ancient city with its elegant and rustic interiors. The service is excellent, as are the fish dishes; try the sea bass and polenta. The wine list is extensive and complements your meal perfectly and the desserts are delicious.
Walking through Calle Larga Larga San Marco the aromas of virgin olive oil will beckon you inside this gorgeous restaurant called Birreria Pedavena. Named after the famous beer from the Province of Belluno, this restaurant does justice to its name. The place has an impressive number of domestic and international beers on tap thereby offering something for every taste. The place is a heaven if you wish to indulge into authentic Venetian food at reasonable costs. Their must-try dishes are Selezione di Formaggi and Piatto di Affettati Misti which complement perfectly with drinks, Risotto di Pesce, Insalata di Mare and Spaghetti alla Scogliera are perfect as main dishes. The restaurant is warm and very welcoming; perfect for an evening meal with friends.
Opened in 1993, this restaurant features traditional Venetian cuisine and is known for its rare wine selection. The Bistrot de Venise welcomes you with its elegantly rich interiors that radiate an aura of warmth. You can choose from an assortment of contemporary or traditional seafood appetizers and main courses, pastas and risotto, Venetian-style liver, grilled fish. It also hosts art exhibitions, poetry recitals and cultural evenings from time to time.
This small albeit elegant tavern is actually wine bar, located on Campo San Marco, a stone's throw away from Caffe Martini. It serves a brilliant local cuisine, mostly comprised of seafood and fish preparations like sarde in saor and baccala’ alla vicentina, along with some meat dishes like fegato alla veneziana served with polenta. The cozy dining area makes for a splendid intimate evening, with a courteous attentive service at your beck and call and a delicious Venetian fare to dine on. But what takes the cake is long, long wine list - with over 200 vinos on offer! The aptly named, Vino Vino is your go-to if wine and seafood is your thing; take someone you want to impress and hard cash - they don't accept cards.
L' Olandese Volante is charming for its outdoor seating in the square Campo San Lio, surrounded by old-styled Venetian houses. The interiors boast of dark wooden accents, windows made of beautiful stained glass and model ships. This bar is frequented by a vibrant crowd who come to listen to its jazz beats, socialize and sip a few glasses of local wine. Though primarily attracting students and youth, it is also visited by older citizens and tourists, who come here to unwind after a long and tiring day. The menu includes seafood dishes and pastas like Penne Arrabiata, complemented by wine such as Cabernet Franc and Pinot Grigio.