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Osteria alle Testiere

Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 7220
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“razor clams” (59 reviews)
“seafood” (160 reviews)
“gnocchetti” (21 reviews)
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7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a highly rated restaurant, and for good reason; the food and service are impeccable. Tip for tourist: Dress sharp. It seemed to me that the more causal the dress the further back into the corners you were seated, if at all. As noted...More

Thank NiccofromNJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner and we tried the crabs and the sword fish. Fantastic. But the highlight of the place is the spaghetti alle vongole, delicious! Mr Luca and Mr Antonino, our hosts, were very polite and friendly. One extra asset of the place is the...More

Thank 103vicky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had 2 hors d’euvres (small dishes) upfront, for EUR 24 per serving; A swordfish carpaccio and a caprese salad. Very plain taste and not special at all. We ordered a bottle of EUR 32 which was average at best. As a main we ordered...More

Thank Floob B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not your usual pay by weight seafood restaurant in a tourist centre but a top quality small resutarant serving imaginative offerings that were perfect for our Good Friday abstinence! Fried baby monkfish was the standout dish. Service was excellent as were both food and wine...More

Thank KOBinHK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good Italian food. You can not skip this restaurant if you go to Venice. Recommendable specially if you go with your partner.

Thank rcarball0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have done your research as we did you will not have arrived at this small and intimate restaurant by accident. We booked several weeks in advance and had been looking forward to the experience ever since that day. Our expectations were well exceeded....More

Thank Selkie_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had made reservations for this particular restaurant a month in advance as we had read reservations were a necessity. The restaurant has two seatings per evening and we chose the earlier of the two and were not rushed either. The service was brilliant and...More

Thank DK1517
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the service and the simplicity of the food. Very Italian and so fresh. A nice cosy room. Such a shame that they hammer you with a extortionate bill!.

Thank jeromefranc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful, small sophisticated and warm seafood restaurant. Delightful setting and hosts. (FYI, not so great for small kids and somewhat expensive, though worth it. And reservations ahead of time are a must).

Thank CecilSmith
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

This was our 3rd Italian city (Rome and Florence) and our best meal so far. The meal and service were impeccable. We had the mussels with an amazing broth for dipping. My main was the squid ink with polenta. My wife and daughter both had...More

Thank bfish18
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
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deirdre c
June 10, 2017|
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Response from Sheryl R | Reviewed this property |
We visited the square that morning and walked to the restaurant from there. Easy walk. It is a higher end meal, I'm sorry I can't recall exactly. Check their website for cost and current menu. It is a favorite of Meryl... More
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Fatbobslim | Reviewed this property |
Call restaurant but that time won't work. They do two sittings. 6pm and 9.30pm. Suggest the 9.30 so you won't be rushed. Bob
January 11, 2017|
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Response from Jim W | Reviewed this property |
Agree with other posts here, there was enough non-shellfish on the menu to still enjoy. We had some beautiful pasta and fish dishes. Great local wine list as well...this was our best meal in Venice, would go if you can
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighborhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 7220
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