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The Most Complete Guide of Where to Have Lunch in Venice

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

Having a light lunch or an "aperitivo" in Venice, like everywhere in Italy, is very popular.

Here I listed the best places where to eat in Venice, where you will find only typical drinks and local Venetian food to taste and love.

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In Venice, they call these places Bacari where you can eat the Cicchetti, delicious mini portions of Venetian delicacy served on little plates or on top of a slice of bread.

A glass of wine usually costs less than 2 euros and each "ciccheto"(slice of bread with a topping) costs around 1.50-2.50 euros each. I advise you to get them for lunch, they are a tasty and fast solution while exploring this beautiful city.

No need to book in advance, just pop in, order a mixed plate (choose from the counter), and "un ombra" (the name of a glass of wine in Venetian). Take a seat or if there aren't any available, just get outside and sit along the canal. You will be surprised to see how many people will do exactly like you.

The Most Complete Guide of Where to Have Lunch in Venice

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Bacareto da Lele:

Da Lele is a guarantee, 1.00/1.20 euro sandwiches made with high-quality ingredients, the bread is always fresh (crispy zoccoletti bread stuffed with salami, cheese, cold cuts and vegetables) and wine of all kinds, quality-price like this is difficult to find in Venice.

The owner is always cheerful and nice.

Address: Fondamenta dei Tolentini, 183,

Opening Time: Mon-Fri: 6 am-8 pm. Sat: 6 am-2 pm. Closed on Sundays

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The Most Complete Guide of Where to Have Lunch in Venice

Osteria al Squero:

Al Squero is the only Osteria in Venice exactly in front of the Ancient Squero of San Trovaso. This is the best place where you can enjoy the construction or restoration of original Venetian gondolas while having a break from all the walking.

It is a cosy and comfortable place where you can enjoy a glass of Italian wine and taste some delicious “Cicchetti". The selection of wines comes from small regional wine firms of Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto regions, so I guarantee you will enjoy and taste everything Venice and the Regions around it have to offer.

Address: Dorsoduro, 943

Opening Time: Mon-Fri: 10 am-8 pm. Sat: 10 am-2 pm. 4.30 pm-8 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Very Important Question: Do you like Wine?

Cantine del Vino gia' Schiavi:

Historic Venetian bacaro, with floor-to-ceiling bottles lining the walls, affectionately called "the bottegon" by trusted customers, has been a meeting place in the city for over a hundred years.

Many Ciccheti to choose from and as many bottles for tasting, to be purchased also to take them at home.

Located in the Accademia area, it is perfect for an aperitif to be enjoyed along the canal in a peaceful and beautiful setting in front of the Church of San Trovaso!

This is a highly recommended spot! This picture you see above was what we ordered when we visit Venice for San Valentine's day. It is a mix of "cicchetti" from the counter and two "ombre di bianco" (two glasses of white wine).

Address: Fondamenta Nani, 992, open every day from 8 am till 8.30 pm.

Check Out

Going to Venice and not tasting its delicacies would be a huge mistake. A mistake not to make is to bring a packed lunch (unless you travel with an extremely tight budget or have allergies).

Why take a sandwich at the supermarket when with a few euro you can get a mix of delicious Cicchetti and a good glass of local wine?

The Most Complete Guide of Where to Have Lunch in Venice

Bar alla Toletta:

A destination that cannot be forgotten! The fresh sandwiches of the Toletta are the top in Venice, that is why it is one of the most loves places where to eat in Venice.

Many varieties from the classics to the local ones such as the sandwich with cured meat like the horse frays, ham with radicchio rosso (a local red leaves salad), tuna, tomato and mayo, roast beef, rucola and mayo.

Patient for a free table is really worth it. Otherwise, just take them to take out and eat along the canal or eat them at the counter and then continue your discovery of Venice.

Address: Dorsoduro, 1191. Open every day from 7 am to 8 pm.

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Skyline Rooftop Bar:

This rooftop bar is located inside the wonderful Hilton Hotel, from where you can admire a fantastic view of Venice. If you are looking for a place to have an aperitif at sunset, this roof bar is perfect.

The staff is very kind and welcoming and the atmosphere really pleasant. This is not a place to go for cheap Cicchetti as you might guess but before or after dinner this place will make you enjoy the Venice view as it deserves.

Address: Giudecca, 810. Open every day from 7 pm till 11 pm.

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Travel Tip:

You will see many places where to have an aperitif or a light typical lunch in Venice. There is one at every corner but these ones on my list are my favourite and also the most famous.

Be aware that as in every other famous city, the closer you get to the main square (St Mark's) more expensive are drinks and food. Of course, a nice picture of you having a glass of wine in St. Mark's Square is a perfect Instagram story so just keep it in mind before ordering a glass of the best champagne.

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I'm an Italian with a passion for well-planned travels and food.

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