Party Earth Review Not much more than a food counter situated in a corner of Campo Bella Vienna, Al Mercá nevertheless attracts a constant stream of easygoing patrons who line up for beer, wine, and snacks and to chat under the warm glowing lights of the awning. Though there is a tiny indoor space and a lone wine barrel outside that offers ... more
Sestiere San Polo, 213
Party Earth Review The only club of its kind in the city, the Venice Jazz Club is an intimate music venue with an artsy, almost underground vibe. The club attracts a savvy clientele of jazz lovers who gather to appreciate classic jazz, bossa nova, and hot improvisations played by some of the area’s finest musicians. The slightly edgy mood ... more
Dorsoduro 3102, Ponte dei Pugni
Party Earth Review The most renowned bar and restaurant in Venice, Harry’s Bar was founded in 1930 by the Cipriani family and still occupies the same small space where a cultured clientele drinks martinis and delicious Bellinis – the bar’s famous creation of white peach juice and sparkling wine. Steeped in history and once frequented by the ... more
San Marco 1323, Calle Vallaresso
Party Earth Review Formerly known as Fiddler’s Elbow, The Irish Pub’s new owners have gone out of their way to freshen up the décor and modernize the technology to better serve the same sports-loving clientele the bar has always attracted. Four extra-wide flat-screen TVs now hang high at various points throughout the three quaint rooms and ... more
Sestiere Cannaregio, 3847
Party Earth Review Snugly situated in the animated Erbaria area, MuroVenezia Rialto is a hip bar with an upscale flair that attracts a trendy, well-dressed crowd of young professionals and university students. The sleek bar strikes a diagonal with the door to create a polished modern look and posh vibe, and is usually mobbed with a flirtatious ... more
Sestiere San Polo, 222
Party Earth Review Anyone wondering what a tavern might have been like during the height of old Venice need look no further than Taverna del Campiello Remer, a unique vine-covered restaurant tucked away in a peaceful courtyard near the Rialto Bridge. Despite its old-world environment and sophisticated clientele, the Taverna manages to exude ... more
Sestiere Cannaregio 5701
Party Earth Review Located on the Zattere – one of Venice’s few straight and wide waterfront walks – El Chioschetto has all the essential ingredients for a refreshing pit-stop at any time of day and for most of the year. This simple green kiosk doesn’t look like much, but its tables and umbrellas set up on the ... more
Dorsoduro 1406/a, Zattere
Party Earth Review Café Noir has long been a favorite among a creative and somewhat edgy clientele of trendy young locals and students. Located on a side street in Campo Santa Margherita, the bar’s outdoor seating area extends down the street to Café Blue, providing a popular meeting place for patrons of both venues, though Café Noir attracts ... more
Calle de San Pantalon, 3805
Party Earth Review Although the name of this quaint cantina along Fondamenta Nani may be disputed – especially since it has one name on the sign and another on the awning – there is no doubt that Cantinone Già Schiavi is a simple slice of heaven. Situated on the wide and picturesque canal at Ponte San Trovaso, the bar draws a constant crowd ... more
Dorsoduro 992, Fondamenta Nani
Restaurant / Wine Bar
Party Earth Review Naranzaria, named after the old citrus market that was historically centered there, is today a stylish family restaurant beautifully situated to offer views of the Grand Canal and the bustling market at the foot of the Rialto Bridge. The small two-level space features a tiny but sparkling bar, jazzy pendant lighting, glowing ... more
San Polo 130
Party Earth Review It’s hard to miss the little storefront with the tomato-red trim in Campo Santa Margherita, but if there’s any confusion, one need only look for the hand-painted Caffè sign that indicates that this is indeed the beloved Caffè Rosso, the quintessential no-frills bar of Venice. The tiny indoor space may be cramped, but the ... more
Dorsoduro 2963, Campo Santa Margherita
Party Earth Review Located in a beautifully restored sixteenth-century palazzo, the spacious interior that once housed Cinema Centrale was transformed in 2005 into one of Venice’s most lavish restaurants and lounges. Floor-to-ceiling windows give arriving patrons their first glance at the striking décor, rich with sophisticated details, fine ... more
Restaurants in Venice celebrate the café culture, and the many traditional Venetian bacari and osterie (small eateries) are immensely trendy and popular, mainly for their regional cuisine and specialty cicchetti (bite-sized snacks or small plates of appetizers). Much like Spanish tapas, cicchetti are a staple of the Venetian diet and almost always a part of the evening aperitivo buffet.
Restaurant options range from very fun and casual to MAMA MIA THAT’S A PRICEY MEAT-AH-BALL, but the popular menu turistico (tourist menu) usually makes it easy to get some simple – albeit hardly authentic – nosh on a budget.
Restaurants in Venice tend to be small, and there’s certainly no shortage of overpriced tourist traps, so those looking to eat and get back to sightseeing should grab the daily operai (workers) specials served at the cool cafés and trattorias that are specifically designed for those who need to eat and run.
Pizza is plentiful, but Venice is hardly a pizza town, and locals will point out that the traditional Tramezzini sandwich – available everywhere – is way better than a pie anyway.
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