Trattoria Antiche Carapane invites you to a treat of "distinguished Venetian cuisine" in a small and snug setting. Located in the heart of Venice, this place is frequented by politicians and movie stars who need a break from their hectic schedules. Their menu comprises an eclectic range of Venetian preparations and delectable seafood. Try Cassopipa: spaghetti with a spicy shellfish sauce and order for wine to go along with it. Alfresco dining at their lovely outdoor terrace adds another dimension especially during the nights.
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.
This is one of Venice's best restaurants and bars, and for good reasons. Saying that the service is excellent is an understatement and the menu features only the freshest and best quality ingredients. The space is somewhat small and cosy, and so, reservations are highly recommended. Harry's comes with a long, rich and interesting history. It is not only the birthplace of iconic cocktails like Bellini and Capriccio but it's also where legendary stars once dined and made merry, this long list includes big names Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Truman Capote, Peggy Guggenheim and Alfred Hitchcock, to name a few. Needless to say, Harry's Bar in San Marco makes for an interesting visit.
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.
The Rialto Market is such a vast place with its tiny alleyways that it is known to get shoppers thirsty as well as hungry! If you happen to be experiencing such a situation, then just ask around for building no. 213 and make a beeline for it. Do not be surprised if you don't find chairs to sit on, because the norm at Al Marca is to grab your order and leave. Or you could also grab a drink with your sandwich, if you are not in a hurry. Try the domestic wines on offer which are sure to impress the locals around you at the counter. After their initial nod of approval, maybe you could strike up a conversation about other interesting places around.
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
One of three historic cafés on Piazza San Marco, the Grancaffè Quadri has been a part of the Venetian experience since 1638, along with the two other major historic cafés of Venice: Lavena and Florian. The atmosphere alone is worth the trip with luxurious exteriors and interiors, and sometimes, a live orchestra plays in the background. The opulent décor comprises of resplendent Venetian chandeliers and mirrors. Customers can enjoy fine coffee in myriad flavors complemented by exquisite desserts and gourmet snacks. On certain nights between April and October, connoisseurs of music can enjoy the melodies played by renowned musicians.
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.
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.
Famous all around the globe, the name Hard Rock Cafe is an epitome of everything that is American. This successful cafe chain has locations around the world but very few would be lucky enough to enjoy a location as beautiful as the one at Bacino Orseolo. Over looking gondolas coming in and going out of the neighboring canal; the Hard Rock Cafe gives you America with a romantic touch of Venice. The cafe is a bit small inside but has comfortable seating spaces and some seating is also available on an elevated floor. Surrounded by rock memorabilia, this is a must-visit place for fans of rock music and connoisseurs of delicious burgers. Enjoy carefully-crafted cocktails, freshly-poured beers and then step out and go for a gondola ride, it is all possible here at Hard Rock Cafe at Bacino Orseolo.
This pizzeria is large and comfortable and its rooms are elegantly decorated. There are tables outside, which are always full of customers, including many tourists. The atmosphere at the Ristorante Pizzeria Conca D'Oro is reminiscent of comfort and the fare served here is absolutely delicious. There is a wide range of pizzas to choose from as well as traditional dishes like fish, risotto, antipasti and desserts. Drinks include several types of beer and good local wines. Service is polite,but, could be faster. Come here when your stomach is clamoring for a tasty treat at a moderate price.
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.