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Hostaria da Franz

#177 of 1,232 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Castello,3499 | Bragora - Arsenale District, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 0861
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been coming to Franz for many years. From the first visit to the last (yesterday) every meal has been an experience to treasure. Venice down the centuries has kept to its traditions and at the same time taken on the best of the new esp from the East. And that is exactly what we had last night. Superb... More 

Thank SustainableJohn
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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302 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original owner passed three years ago and his son Maurizio took over and truly made it happen. He greets you and then tells you the menu in three courses. All items are local be it fish, shell fish or vegs. We started with the raw platter, excellent, three types of raw shrimp, ombrine, sardi en soar. Perfect, Then risotto... More 

Thank Stephen S
Lexington, Kentucky
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has actually been 6 years since we were in Venice, ahhhhh how sad for us. But I was looking back through some pictures and saw all the amazing food at Hostaria da Franz. We loved it so much we changed our schedule for the last evening to come back again. The eel was spectacular (our 14 year old son... More 

Thank jonathanlipsitz
Freeport, New York
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a find! We were staying In Castello and this restaurant was 3 minutes away! Fantastic fresh local cuisine predominantly seafood! My type of place. Run and owned by the host and his wife. Fourteen tables you should make a reservation on weekends or busy evenings. I had razor cams in spaghetti, unbelievable delicious. A grilled local fish with artichokes.... More 

Thank Dawnlive2travel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Best food I had in Venice! Great risotto with squid ink, Perfect red mullet! For desert the caramel pear that is just brilliant!! Thank you Maurizio!

Thank Bernardo B
New York City, New York
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483 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Delicious and special. These are owners who, justifiably, take pride in their restaurant. The service is hands on and the food was magnificent. We had octopus, razor clams, spaghetti with clams, monkfish, bream and chocolate mouse and glade pears for desert. Absolutely excellent.

Thank Marciahi
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

My husband and I are spending our honeymoon in Italy. While we were in Venice, we wanted to take the opportunity to have a really fabulous dinner. This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel concierge, and we weren't really sure what to expect, despite having read the numerous great reviews. Well, not only were our expectations met, but... More 

Thank Karla L
Franklin, North Carolina
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

This fantastic place was recommend by the concierge at The Gritti Palace. I cant tell you how much we enjoyed our meal everything was perfect.Maurizio was fantastic explaining the menu to the last detail,One of the best dinning experiences i have ever had and we have eaten in the top restaurants in the world.I can't understand why this place is... More 

Thank lbuchanan201
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Went here for my husbands birthday not sure what to expect but the proprietor wasn't there that evening. The waiting staff were very nice we had superb food and wine in a sophisticated atmosphere. Very good.

Thank linkeo
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Maurizio and the Franz. Restaurant was really good. The meal was excellent. The service was top notch. Maurizio - maitre and sommelier added a whole other dimension. Try this place. U will remember the experience. ✅✅✅✅✅

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 66 - US$ 106
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castello,3499 | Bragora - Arsenale District, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 0861

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Staying in Castello

Neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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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