The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Venice

From ravioli to risotto and ice cream to panacotta, Italy’s known for its amazing food. Venice certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to serving up fine dining delights.

A short walk from Piazza San Marco you’ll find top restaurant Alle Testiere. This place is all about the seafood and each day brings a different menu once the chef decides what the catch of the day is. You’ll have your delicious meal partnered with a great wine by the sommelier, and make sure you book as there are only two sittings each night that usually fill up.

The family who run Da Fiore transformed their little tavern into one of Venice’s top restaurants. The chefs use only local and fresh produce and specialise in traditional dishes like tunny fish, although they also have more modern options like liquorice and lemon sorbet. For the best views, try to get one of the two tables by the canal.

If you’re looking to rub shoulders with Italy’s elite, Osteria Boccadoro is a good place to visit. The menu focuses mainly on seafood and you can enjoy it out on their peaceful terrace. Leave some room for dessert and order the divine mousse that’s made with six kinds of chocolate.

For a more intimate meal, Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti in the Dorsoduro area is ideal. It only seats around 20 so you’ll need to book ahead, but it’s the intimacy that makes it all the more enchanting. Using the freshest of ingredients, they boast about not owning a freezer and serve a mix of seafood and meat dishes in a home-cooked style. The set menu’s beef tartare is a good way yo go.