Venice Restaurant Guide

Ditte Isager

Osterias, trattorias, and wine bars: a guide to the city’s finest restaurants.

While Venice’s best restaurants are very, very good, there is perhaps no Italian city where it’s easier to find bad food. There are just so many tourists relative to the number of Venetians that any given restaurant is much more likely to be a tourist trap than a gourmand's heaven. But for those who know where to go, Venice overflows with culinary pleasures. At these restaurants, the bounty of the lagoon and the sea and the farms on the surrounding islands and nearby mainland contribute to a dining scene that rarely changes but always remains authentically Venetian and consistently delicious. —Florence Fabricant