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Best seafood restaurants in Venice

Daily lagoon-caught seafood and waterfront venues keep dining in Venice fresh

The Serenissima’s rich history is everywhere you look, with quaint anecdotes to tell about every little alley, hidden garden and ancient ‘campo.’ A handful of restaurants and bars in the city have remained defiantly Venetian, so come away from the bustles of tourist traps and savour Venice’s past and present on a plate.

osteria alle testiere

Osteria alle Testiere

Situated just across Santa Maria Formosa Church and wedged between picturesque bridges on the canal is an osteria not to be missed. Intimate and very local, Osteria alle Testiere creates seafood specialities with the lagoon’s catch of the day. In fact, every ingredient has been handpicked by the restaurant, and the grilled octopus gazpacho, pumpkin and scampi ricotta ravioli are not to be missed. Have Luca suggest a wine pairing with your dish for a truly memorable Venetian experience. www.osterialletestiere.it

LUXOS Recommends: Pumpkin and scampi ricotta ravioli

riviera

Related: Local cuisine in Venice

Riviera Venexia

“You are what you eat” – this saying means that much more when you are beholding one of the world’s most unique sights, Venice’s Giudecca Canal. From Riviera Venexia restaurant’s waterfront terrace, you can take in the Serenissima’s evocative skyline while savouring regional dishes. The menu highlights fresh genuine produce and the best catch of the day, as every plate heartily dishes up Venetian culinary tradition and innovation. www.ristoranteriviera.it

LUXOS Recommends: Scallops mi-cuit with pork cheek, cherry tomatoes and pepper pesto

osteria da fiore

Osteria da Fiore

The Martin family does it all in their very own osteria: Mara, Maurizio and their son Damiano invite you to a genuine Venetian dining experience. Try the assorted raw fish, balsamic vinegar sea bass, rosemary tuna, all the way down to desserts such as chocolate pie and lemon liquorice sorbet. In fact, the family’s recipes have been published in their cookbook. Reserve a table on the balcony for a picture-perfect view across Rio de le Do Torre. www.dafiore.net 

LUXOS Recommends: Typical Venetian ‘molecche’

naranzaria

Naranzaria – Osteria in Rialto

Wedged right behind San Giacomo di Rialto Church, you will spot some outdoor seatings which belong to Naranzaria Osteria, set right on the waterfront. Come here for an early lunch before the crowd because you will want to take time to enjoy the thinly sliced smoked swordfish, fresh baccalà and prawn mint couscous, with a glass of wine from the Veneto region. Naranzaria's convenient location also makes it ideal for morning coffee before you set off on a day of sightseeing. www.naranzaria.it

LUXOS Recommends: Raw prawns with spicy seaweed

il-ridotto

Il Ridotto

Owner and Chef Gianni Bonaccorsi goes to the market to shop for the day's best seafood and produce, which are then transformed into artistic presentations that reflect the many colours of Venice. Every dish has a unique palette of its own: cuttlefish, octopus and scallops for seafood lovers, Amarone risotto and veal, or pigeon ravioli for those who like it hearty. Within the unassuming, exposed brick walls is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. www.ilridotto.com

LUXOS Recommends: Warm fish salad and crustaceans

venissa

Venissa

Well-worth the detour to Mazzorbo island, Venissa's vast estate with a vineyard and herb and vegetable gardens culminates in a memorable wine-and-dine experience in its Michelin-starred restaurant. Sip on a glass of Venissa 2010, while you browse the menu featuring the season's best produce grown right near your dinner table. Don't forget that you can also get an excellent glass of wine and delicious cicchettis in the more casual wine bar here. www.venissa.it

LUXOS Recommends: Black squid ink spaghetti with Venissa's yellow tomatoes, anchovies and verbena

1 Il Ridotto
2 Venissa
3 Naranzaria – Osteria in Rialto
4 Riviera Venexia
5 Osteria da Fiore