It’s no secret that Venice has some of the best fare you’ll ever taste. Here, we’ve included a list of our favorite spots for your indulgence.
In 1931, Giuseppe Cipriani opened this establishment at the end of an alleyway. His intention was for guests not to find it by chance, but go out of their way to get there. Visited by kings, queens, and Hollywood legends, the bar was denoted a national landmark in 2001 by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs. All the while, it has offered a delicious menu full of specials and classics, run by Giuseppe’s son, Arrigo. The establishment is an intimate gathering spot for industry insiders and locals alike, and the ambience embodies that of the relaxed and social Venetian heritage. Rather than just a bar or a restaurant, Harry’s Bar is a frame of mind, and a celebration of the atmosphere, conversations, and company within its space.
• Rely on Harry’s Bar for off-site catering.
• Book a private event for an unforgettable experience.
• Make a reservation to ensure your visit.
• Try one of the restaurant’s classic dishes.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the Fegato alla Veneziana.
AMO, the Alajmo family’s newest restaurant, is located inside T Fondaco dei Tedeschi—Venice’s first luxury department store, operated by DFS. During the day, the coffee shop offers pastries and sweets, and for lunch and at night, guests are greeted with dim lighting and custom-made dark leather furniture in what seems to be the city’s most intimate hidden gem.
Whitewaller recommends: The Alajmo’s classic Bolognese ragù and potato “cappuccino.”
Inside the Hotel La Calcina is its restaurant, La Calcina, which offers traditional Venetian cuisine and Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant also features a full-service bar, a welcoming spot for aperitifs, cocktails with seasonal fruits, tea, coffee, and snacks like homemade cakes and fruit salads.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying your meal on the panoramic terrace on the Giudecca Canal.
Ristorante Quadri is a quintessential seasonal restaurant, with a menu changing religiously to include the freshest ingredients available. Open separately for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves Italian classics with modern twists in a lavish setting overlooking St. Mark’s Square.
Whitewaller recommends: The tasting menu.
Serving Amalfitan seafood cuisine in the pristine setting of Campo Sant’Angelo, Acqua Pazza is an enchanting eatery. Campania wines complement the famous Neapolitan pizza, and all mozzarella, tomatoes, oil, and pastas are imported from the Amalfi Coast.
Whitewaller recommends: The Schiaffoni di Gragnano alla granseola.
Antiche Carampane is a seafood-focused trattoria with a cozy atmosphere. Next to the Rialto fish market, the family-run establishment is decorated with photos, and guests typically spend a few hours dining and relaxing over cuisine and conversation.
Whitewaller recommends: Making a reservation—it’s essential.
CoVino is a small, intimate establishment where reservations are necessary due to its living-room-sized dining area. With gluten-free options in addition to its delicious meat and fish dishes, the restaurant also offers vegetarian selections alongside its scrumptious Italian classics.
Whitewaller recommends: The Venetian-style saor of seasonal vegetables, gold onion, white corn polenta, and marinated fresh Adriatic fish of the day.
DANIELI BISTRO AT HOTEL DANIELI
An informal gathering place overlooking Venice, the Danieli Bistro is a true celebration of Italian excellence. This delicious culinary experience balances Italian tradition and international influences with fine Mediterranean and innovative ingredients. Drinks include sommelier select wines, handcrafted beers, and soft drinks.
Whitewaller recommends: Cicchetti in an intimate atmosphere overlooking Venice.
Located in the Bauer Palazzo hotel, near San Marco, is De Pisis—a beautiful restaurant on the canal, with a terrace to take in the breathtaking view of the Santa Maria della Salute. The elegant atmosphere is complemented by the culinary culture of Venetian and Mediterranean essences.
Whitewaller recommends: The special dessert selection, served with espresso.
A popular wine bar dedicated to natural and biodynamic wines, Vino Vero has over 600 bottles mainly from small producers in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. Located on a backwater canal in Cannaregio, the standing-room bar has a beautiful terrace on the canal and offers extensive knowledge of wine and the many wonderful regions it comes from.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying one of their many delicious chicchettis.
HOSTARIA DA FRANZ
Known for its fish dishes, Hostaria da Franz is an elegant restaurant for visitors and locals alike. With delicious homemade pastas and Mediterranean fare, the establishment also offers gluten-free options—a true rarity in Venice.
Whitewaller recommends: Asking owner Maurizio for his recommendation.
CLUB DEL DOGE RESTAURANT
Located in The Gritti Palace, Club del Doge Restaurant is one of the most celebrated in Venice. Here flavors of fresh and seasonal ingredients from the local territory combine with innovative preparations and intriguing plays of consistency for a tasting experience with infinite facets, and Grand Canal views to match.
• Indulging in the tasting menu for dinner.
• Enjoying a cocktail on The Gritti Terrace,
• Enlisting in The Gritti Epicurean School to learn recipes from Executive Chef Daniele Turco.
• Taking advantage of the three-day “Stay & Cook” program, offered at The Gritti Epicurean School.
Whitewaller recommends: The risotto carnaroli of the day.