Il Paradiso Perduto

Bar / Restaurant
Il Paradiso Perduto A down-to-earth local hotspot, Il Paradiso Perduto is a genuine slice of Venice that draws a welcoming crowd of regulars.Owned by a philosopher and grassroots organizer, this community-oriented locale has been a meeting point... Venice Italy 45.444449 12.3322043
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Party Earth Review A down-to-earth local hotspot, Il Paradiso Perduto is a genuine slice of Venice that draws a welcoming crowd of regulars. Owned by a philosopher and grassroots organizer, this community-oriented locale has been... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M/W–Sa 6pm–2am, Su noon–3pm and 6pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Il Paradiso Perduto Review

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A down-to-earth local hotspot, Il Paradiso Perduto is a genuine slice of Venice that draws a welcoming crowd of regulars.Owned by a philosopher and grassroots organizer, this community-oriented locale has been a meeting point...

A down-to-earth local hotspot, Il Paradiso Perduto is a genuine slice of Venice that draws a welcoming crowd of regulars.

Owned by a philosopher and grassroots organizer, this community-oriented locale has been a meeting point for the socially conscious for over thirty years and has seen the beginnings of many social movements.

Brightly illuminated and buzzing with life, the well-worn rustic décor seems to speak of its own history through its murals, scarred wood paneling and tarnished copper, sloping, patchy floors, and large central hearth around which patrons gather to enjoy the warm, convivial atmosphere and family-style service.

Out front, tables line the walkway along the canal where a young crowd mingles with wine glasses in hand.

The highlight of any evening at Il Paradiso Perduto is watching the local band gather around the grand piano to regale the crowd with classic melodies that inspire patrons to sing along.

There is certainly a particular energy and spirit here not found in many other places in the city, so guests should order some wine, strike up a conversation with the eclectic locals, and plan to settle in to enjoy the charm of a real Venetian night on the town.

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Tip from Jonah:

To do this place justice, go for dinner and stay the rest of the night, because this upbeat eatery and its gregarious crowd can coax anyone into a cheerful, outgoing mood. It’s not unusual to share a meal with neighboring diners, so when the big platter of typical Venetian pasta is placed in the center of the communal table, chime in with a hearty Buon appetito! and dig in.

  • Crowd

    Friendly, earthy locals, mid-20s and up.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Although there is no set schedule, the bar hosts frequent live music including jazz, Latin, and bossa nova.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Appetizers, pasta, second courses, and Venetian specialties. House wine. Kitchen open until 10:30pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers €7–€14, pasta €9–€14, second courses €15–€25. Beer €2–€3, wine €10/liter.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night around 10pm, especially when there’s live music.

Il Paradiso Perduto User Reviews

Average rating:
Lovely but not cheap at all
Patricia P. Jun 27, 2013
If you want to feel the real Venice, go to this bar/restaurant. It is also full of foreign people, but you can feel the Italian essence in every corner. When I visited this place I arrived there quite early (at least for Spanish people), around 7.pm, and it was already full of people! People outside the bar, people eating on the tables, people just stand talking, drinking and laughing… The bar was quite particular. It was really old but well conserved. Most of the decoration was made of wood and when you get in, just on your right, there’s a huge bar full of “antipasti” (Italian snacks). My friend told me that in Venice it is common to go out early and start an appetizers bar tour around the city, drinking Spritz, wine and eating small snacks (appetizers) in each bar. Once there we order some drinks, I choose the typical Spritz and I have to say that, although it is acid, I liked it a lot! So if you are fan of acid drinks for sure you will like the spritz of this place. We had to stand because the place was really full of people and all the tables were occupied. It took a bit to get served though. It was really great. Finding yourself inside the real Italian essence, with Italian music as background, and with Italian food in your hands. It was a pity that we didn’t manage to get a table, absolutely impossible, and it was really early! So if you’re planning to go there for dinner, try to book a table before. The waiters were running up & down with incredible big dishes. They served them on the tables and then the people started to share them. And after enjoying the place, well, be ready for a not cheap place. Although is not the most expensive place over the world it wasn’t economic at all, at least for my pocket.
amazing squid ink pasta
Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
Unlike other Italian cities, Venice is not known for its cuisine. The locals tend to eat at home, and there just isn’t the same dedication to food here when local restaurants know that tourists are probably not there to stay and won’t need five-star-cuisine to feel well-fed. An exception is Il Paradiso Perduto, where squid ink pasta—Venice’s most celebrated specialty—is served with love, care, and genuine Venetian spirit. Grab one of the tables near the canals, order the squid ink pasta even though the translation doesn’t sound as good in English as the Italian version—“nero di seppia”—and buon appetito.
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