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El Refolo Restaurant

#14 of 1,237 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Bar, Wine Bar
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Via Garibaldi | Sestiere Castello, 1580, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 344 163 6759
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tasty food and wines are a perfect start of the holiday. It definitely was our case! We had fish and vegetable salad and the waiter recommended us high quality wine. The fish was very well done and crispy,with herbson the top. Yummy! And in addition, the atmosphere in this restaurant was very friendly. We were really satisfied

Thank camiliotiso29
Chester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No sooner had I posted my last review than the hoardings came down, and the bar reopened, with the same fantastic team, so all is well! It is my favourite bar, anywhere! I was unable to update because you have to leave a month between reviews of the same place, but hopefully it was clear from other comments that order... More 

Thank David O
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

This bar was right near where we were staying and it was so good we didn't go anywhere else for our afternoon spritz! It's a small local bar and also sells some sandwiches at lunch which are definitely worth a try. The guy who runs it is friendly and attentive and the bar is often full. Really good drinks and... More 

1 Thank dusuz
London, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Stroll down to Via Garibaldi away from the masses and you fill find this great bar. Cichetti are wonderful, wines great. Staff charming!! Highly recommended.

2 Thank Fatbobslim
Halifax, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

This is a really love very little bar on Via Garibaldi, serving excellent wines and great light lunches. We had a couple of small tasty rolls and a board of cheese and prosciutto crudo. Prices are reasonable and the owner / manager is friendly and patient. I would certain not go back and would recommend it as a place for... More 

Thank MJW364
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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125 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine, accompanied by some tapas or other good things to snack. Fast, efficient and friendly service.

1 Thank stephanedM1550OW
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

We had a selection of toasted rolls whilst exploring the city. 1 vegetable, 2 meat and 1 fish which we are outside. We can't fault it.

1 Thank Peter P
Chester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

I was so looking forward to going back to my favourite bar, and it seems that others have enjoyed it too. However, I have to tell you that it is boarded up, (Feb 13th, 2017), for what looks like a refit. There are lights on, and people going in and out, which would not indicate closure. Lets hope it is... More 

2 Thank David O
mloduca, Proprietario at El Refolo, responded to this review

Dear David, we are very pleased and moved by your review... we hope to solve the latest problems to open this weekend and see again all of you More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

The perfect neighborhood bar. The bartender is sweet and knowledgeable on his wines. The atmosphere is terrific. The locals hang out here and enjoy a great glass of wine and beer. Please note that they only except cash, so no credit cards.

3 Thank Alex H
Dublin, Ireland
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2016

This place has a great atmosphere. Definitely has a big local clientele. Great sandwiches and beer. Always a nice crowd there.

Thank BrianH520

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$29
Italian, Bar, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Garibaldi | Sestiere Castello, 1580, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 344 163 6759

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Staying in Castello

Neighborhood Profile
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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