Restaurant (and other) suggestions for Venice?
October 1, 2014 5:45 AM   Subscribe

Restaurant for six in Venice? The birthday girl wants seafood, one of us is a veggie, and and ideal price range would be about €35 per person including a decent amount of wine.

Going to Venice for a girls' weekend to celebrate a birthday. There are six of us staying in an apartment near Campo San Giovanni e Paolo (sort of north-central-ish) though we'll go anywhere for good food.

I've heard that lots of restaurants in Venice serve indifferent food for tourists, but we're all pretty food-oriented so would love to find a genuinely good place for a fun meal.

While you're at it: we will be eating most other meals at our apartment - so any suggestions of particular markets to shop for food would be great, too.

Also accepting any other suggestions of can't-miss things to see and do (especially things on the cheaper side, as a couple of us are a bit more broke than others!)
posted by cilantro to Travel & Transportation around Venice, Italy (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I was there the best restaurants we found were over in the University area, the centre being full of uninspiring tourist-trap type places.
posted by fatfrank at 6:28 AM on October 1, 2014

I had a very good and affordable dinner at Trattoria Da Bepi. I had spaghetti al'arrabiata, which was quite cheap, and my partner had local seafood. The staff is very friendly.

We also had an amazing dinner at Vini Da Gigio. It's more expensive, but might be worth it; my partner and I both had seafood and felt that it was definitely the best meal of our trip.

Arte Della Pizza makes excellent take-away pizza that isn't expensive.

For gelato, definitely visit GROM. There are three locations in Venice.

Friends I was with really enjoyed taking the elevator to the top of St. Mark's Campanile, which I believe costs €8. Go after 17:00 to avoid the crowds.
posted by neushoorn at 6:40 AM on October 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

I was there in spring this year. Hosted by an Italian who was born and raised in Venice.

Trattoria Antico Calice served up a very nice antipasti plate, then we shared some pasta. Especially good was their pasta di seppie in neri. They have tables large enough to seat six comfortably. I don't think it's an expensive place.

Rosticceria Gislon / Rosticceria San Bartolomeo sold what I think are trad Venetian "sandwiches" - I forget the Italian name for them - and there was a mad lunchtime / late-afternoon snack rush. It is pretty tiny but you can get stuff to go. They also serve dinner it seems, but I don't know about that part.

I tried Grom in Florence and found it just ok compared to other shops. But the locals do line up for it, so I'd definitely try it and see for yourself.
posted by shortfuse at 4:12 PM on October 1, 2014

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