Venice, the city of winding canals and romantic gondola rides, isn't just a visual spectacle to share with your sweet half, it's a food lover's paradise. If you're eager to munch your way through the city like a true Venetian, here's your guide to the best restaurants and the flavours that make Venice a gastronomic wonder, collected for you by me, a local Venetian photographer. 

First things first: Please do not ask for a carbonara or a Hawaiian pizza! Seafood takes centre stage, and you can't miss out on the tantalising cicchetti – small, tapas-style plates bursting with local goodness. You must try the baccalà cicchetti. Picture this: squid ink pasta, a culinary masterpiece that's as visually stunning as delicious. Don't forget to indulge in the creamy goodness of risotto, another Venetian speciality that will leave you craving more. Venetian cuisine is a symphony of flavours that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Where Do Venetians Eat?

Now, if you want to eat like a local, below I will list my favourite places. 

Depending on where you are, tucked away from the touristy hustle, places like Al Profeta and Ae Saracche are where you'll find locals savouring the authentic tastes of home. These spots are like culinary secrets whispered among friends, where the ambience is warm, and the flavours are genuine.

Where Do Celebrities Eat in Venice, Italy?

If you're in the mood to dine like the stars, Venice has got you covered. Many celebrities have passed through the best restaurants in Venice, but the least known are: Anice Stellato, Estro, and Da Fiore with its iconic balcony, offering not only exquisite cuisine but also an atmosphere that screams sophistication.

So, if you're hoping for a side of stardust with your meal, these are the places to see and be seen.

What Does Cicchetti Mean?

A word you are going to hear a lot is “cicchetti”.

This term refers to small, delectable Venetian dishes that are perfect for sharing and sampling. It's the Venetian way of saying, "Why settle for one dish when you can taste a bit of everything?" So, when in Venice, embrace the cicchetti culture – your taste buds will thank you.

Bacaro Tour: a must-do in Venice!

Don't miss the Bacaro Tour! Hit up tiny wine spots, sip local vino, munch on Cicchetti, and soak in the real local vibe. It's the tastiest and coolest way to feel the heart of Venice. Find the best Bacaro in this article.

A Venice canal with a leaning bell tower


Al Remer: $$$

Situated on the Grand Canal, Al Remer offers a tranquil spot to enjoy a spritz while taking in the scenic view. For a simple yet delightful pairing, try their classic baccalà cicchetto. It's a timeless choice that enhances the overall experience without any fuss. So, if you're in the mood for a laid-back atmosphere and good drinks, Al Remer is worth a visit.


Al Remer

Ristorante da fiore: $$$$

Da Fiore isn't just a place to eat; it's a whole experience. Now, I'm not one to obsess over Michelin stars, but this spot is the real deal – authentically local with a touch of fancy. It's like a Venetian food anthem, making your meal feel a bit like a luxurious adventure. Plus, the bonus? You get to soak in the true essence of Venice from their iconic balcony.

Ristorante da Fiore

Ristorante da Fiore

PostE Veccie: $$$

Tucked away in the labyrinth of Venetian charm, Poste Vecie is a culinary time capsule. This historic gem, once a post office in the 16th century, is now a haven for those seeking authentic Venetian fare. What sets Poste Vecie apart is its rustic ambiance; you feel like you've stepped into a bygone era. The wooden beams and worn stone walls whisper tales of centuries past. 




If you're up for a culinary adventure off the beaten path, Alla Bifora is your ticket. It's a hidden treasure with a surprise waiting – their squid ink risotto is a game changer. Picture your taste buds doing a happy dance with every bite.



LA tecia vegana: $

Hands down the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in town. La Tecia Vegana is your veggie haven. It's not just about salads; they spin plant-based magic into every dish, proving that vegan can be just as indulgent and flavorful. It's a must-try, even for the non-veg crowd!



Anice stellato: $$$

Anice Stellato strikes the perfect balance between fancy and down-to-earth. Locals adore their zuppa di pesce, a seafood soup that's basically a ticket to Venetian culinary elegance without the fuss.



Ca' d'oro alla vedova: $$

Step into Alla Vedova, and it's like entering nonna's kitchen. The locals' secret? "Ombretta," their little cicchetti, paired with the house red wine – an insider's delight that's the perfect start to a Venetian evening.

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A hidden treasure you'll want to share with your friends. At Ae Saracche, their polenta with seafood is a must-try. It's a burst of flavours that'll have you asking for seconds.




Perhaps the cosiest place on this list.  Il Covino is where every dish is a work of art. Don't miss their octopus salad – a masterpiece of flavours that showcases the culinary craftsmanship this place is known for. Don't even get me started on the wine list.. too good!



ESTRO: $$$

 Looking for a trendy spot with mouthwatering dishes and an endless selection of amazing wines? Estro is your go-to. With one of the best wine selections in Venice, every dish is a delight!



osteria enoteca ai artisti: $$$

Tucked away in the enchanting streets of Venice, Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti is a hidden gem for both art and food lovers. This charming spot seamlessly blends the ambience of an osteria with the sophistication of an enoteca. The wine selection is equally impressive, curated to complement the rich tapestry of tastes on offer. It's not just a meal; it's a sensory journey through the artistic soul of Venice



osteria ai assassini: $$$

If you're up for a twist on the classics, this place brings Venice to the modern table. This gem is a bit of a newbie on the block. What I dig about this spot is how they blend Venetian traditions with a modern vibe. The wine selection? It's like a quirky adventure for your taste buds. And let's talk about those fresh tagliolini – they're not just pasta; they're a flavour explosion.




If you're up for a twist on the classics, this place brings Venice to the modern table. This gem is a bit of a newbie on the block. What I dig about this spot is how they blend Venetian traditions with a modern vibe. The wine selection? It's like a quirky adventure for your taste buds. And let's talk about those fresh tagliolini – they're not just pasta; they're a flavour explosion.



Bacaro Tour: a must-do in Venice!

Thanks for joining me on this culinary adventure in Venice! These aren't just any restaurants—they're my local favourites, places close to my heart. No tourist traps here, just carefully picked spots loved by locals.

Beyond being a wedding photographer, I'm your guide to the city's flavours, creating vivid memories. If you're hungry for more Venice tips or want a personalized photo tour for your romantic escape, fill up the form below. Let's make your time in Venice as unforgettable as the meals we've just uncovered!