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Osteria alle Testiere

#32 of 1,206 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 7220
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this tiny place and were absolutely delighted with dinner. Exceptional food, excellent service and fun, cosy atmosphere and substantial wine list all made for an unforettable experience. Value for money. We are returning again tonight!

Thank _maxleeq
Florence, Italy
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food is very normal, nothing special Staff attitude like your sitting in St. Regis Prices are very expensive compared to other places in the area

Thank coupletravel12
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We first visited in 2014 and were blown away by the quality and service of this tiny (booking essential) gem, so for our return to Venice, this time with friends, we just had to return and hope it was still as good. We certainly weren't disappointed - we all chose different starters and mains, and everything we had was excellent.... More 

Thank Jayne N
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hidden in a small passage off Santa Maria Formosa, a small unprepossessing place serves some of the best food in Venice. Efficient service, excellent fresh fish and the famous pasta with white truffle. Not inexpensive, but worth the money. Good selection of decent wines.

Thank Berkmann2014
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Venice at its very best—exceptional food, exciting, authentic, casual, delightful and fun—and the only place we've returned to in two weeks of serious eating! Loved everything. BRAVO !

Thank Pinotpress
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were very friendly and obliging. The room is small and the tables close together which gives an intimate and casual feel to the place. The food was very fresh and there was a good menu on offer.

Thank FionaApthorp
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not often that I'm surprised or delighted by a meal. I often opt for comfort food of the people. But due to a friend's recommendation and trip advisor reviews we decided to try to get a table at this little osteria. It was also located very near to our hotel. We were lucky and there was a table available... More 

1 Thank surreygrl
Sutton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch on the off chance. It is all about fish, it is amazing. The squid was delicious so too were the scampi crudo. We got lucky as this place was turning people away after us. Well worth making a booking.

1 Thank PaulB1962
Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by for a late dinner without a reservation. Luckily there was space because the meal was incredibly good. I particularly enjoyed the squid in squid ink, it was very tasty. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank adammawright
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Eat here. Don't look elsewhere, eat here. Beautiful food, treated perfectly, and cooked just right. We had the most amazing razor clams, in buttery goodness with a subtly perfect amount of garlic. The mixed seafood platter for two featured monkfish (flakey, sweet with lovely char), sea bream (caramelised skin and delicate flesh), sole (sweet and tender) and the most delectable... More 

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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 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 7220

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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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