If Italy is the country of romance, then Venice is its heart ♥. Venice is, of course, said to be one the most romantic places in the world! The magical island makes the perfect place to run away to, getting lost down its back alleys, bobbing down each emerald green canal and enjoying prosecco as you stare up at St Mark’s cathedral in the main square. Let’s discover the most Romantic Restaurants in Venice!
Even those of you who despise clichés can’t really deny the appeal of this particularly unique and intriguing city!
First of all, The Roman Guy & The Roman Foodie recommend visiting the City of Bridges during the less touristic times of year to really savor the romance of this city. It’s quieter, a little colder and with sunset happening earlier in the day it gives the city on the water more mystery and magic.
1 – Osteria Al Bacco
Osteria Al Bacco is the place where local Italians all gather for an evening meal. This means good-quality food and no nasty tourist prices. It ticks all the boxes already.
This restaurant is where to go if you’re looking for high-quality seafood options, in particular. With an extensive menu of divine options such as a seafood antipasti, grilled monk fish and a beautiful seafood platter, you are really getting your fix of superb seafood here. We recommend the pasta and squid for something really special.
Open for lunch too, there is a range of different options to choose from.
Decent prices for its high standard of food, Osteria Al Bacco is one of the top choices in the city. Right near the Ponte dei Tre Archi, this number proves to be one of the most romantic places in Venice.
2 – Riveria
This restaurant boasts some of the best reviews in the city. With excellent five-star ratings for many, don’t miss this restaurant during your tour of the Floating City. With raving reviews about service too, this place is ideal for a romantic getaway during your stay. Specials are given with a description of how they are cooked, providing diners with a true Venetian foodie experience.
With a range of exceptional food options, you really have a massive number of options here. With vegetarian choices such as courgette and pumpkin soup (wait! have you tried The Roman Foodie’s pumpkin risotto recipe?), highly-recommended fish options and a simple but classic mint and lemon sorbet for pudding, you can’t really go wrong here at all.
This place is a real treat for you and your loved one during your time in Venice. Close to the canal, with some tables with water views, be sure to take a wander around in the area after dinner. Great food, great location – ideal.
3 – Ca’ D’Oro (Alla Vedova)
Officially this restaurant goes by the name of Ca’ D’Oro. However, Venetians also know this place as Alla Vedova – translating as the Widow’s Place. The family of the restaurant still run this little joint boasting tradition, good food and a romantic atmosphere.
The decor is simply lovely with its traditional brass-pan and wooden-table interior everywhere creating a very intimate and cosy feel to the place.
Don’t start your meal too soon though. Good things come to those who wait, remember. Proceed at the bar of the restaurant where you will find seasonal cicheti, small snacks or side dishes. Don’t forget that this place is named the best place for meatballs in the Sinking City. Don’t miss this delicious food either!
After grazing, head to the restaurant and ponder over the many options available for your main meal. Again this being Venice, there are lots of fish options here. The spaghetti in cuttlefish ink is at the top of our recommendations and is not to be missed.
We also advise to book in advance for this popular hit in the city to avoid disappointment.
4 – Osteria Antico Giardinetto
Osteria Antico Giardinetto is one of those places that just oozes Italian tradition and is one of our hidden gems in Venice. And this is what makes it so romantic to dine in. With its wooden decor, dimly lit inside and its location near Campo San Cassiano, arguably one of the most romantic areas in Venice, this place gets top points.
Again most of the cuisine is fish, fish, fish, but this is perfect for your stay in Venice. Traditional food typical of the region – this is what you need.
With a wide array of different antipasti from sautéed mussels and clams to spider-crab with rocket salad, this restaurant has it all. With other distinct dishes such as gilt head sea bream with orange sauce, which is highly recommended, this restaurant delivers superb quality.
Osteria Antico Giardinetto is one of those places that should be on your list for dinner one night in Venice. Unfortunately, it’s closed at lunch times, so make the most of the location, romantic walk, reasonable price and of course magnificent food when you can.
5 – La Caravella
This place is the ultimate place for Valentine’s Day. There is a unique event at the restaurant dedicated to the day of love, or Singles Awareness Day to some. For the occasion, guests will enjoy an evening full of soppy romance and interestingly a magic show. Yes, Venice does it best for this day in the calendar and La Caravella will be presenting magician Paul Black, who will be entertaining diners all evening.
If you can’t be in Venice for Valentine’s Day, don’t despair, this place is perfect for your loved one at any time of year. This restaurant has been around since the sixties and so La Carvella is one of those well-known top-quality places indeed. The place boasts excellent food, quality service and a particular decor that is quite unforgettable, that of an ancient ship to be exact.
There are classic dishes such as a Venetian-style soup, the priciest option on the menu, and marinated sweet-and-sour sardines with onions, pine kernels and raisins being a top choice. And for those of you who are craving your meat fix, here you have it, bigoli all’anatra, thick home-made pasta with a duck ragout – score.
La Caravella is definitely one of those restaurants that you will be raving about once you leave. If it’s not the risotto with fennel and lobster sauce or the spider crab with lemon sauce and extra-virgin olive oil, you will be boasting about the setting, atmosphere and of course the magic, if you manage to catch it.
Venice is of course on top of the list for romantic destinations in the world, but who can forget about the capital of the boot? If you are traveling to Rome with your loved one and need recommendations on where to have the most romantic and high-quality foodie experiences, see out Top 5 Romantic Restaurants in Rome blog post. Wherever you go for a romantic trip, you’ll be winning boyfriend or girlfriend points for sure with our trusty options.
If you are anything like us, we would dine in the boot all day every day on our holiday. Of course, Italy isn’t just famous for its fantastic cuisine. Home to thousands of magnificent sights and wonders, there is so much to see in one trip.
We can’t go long without having an Italian pitstop though, so we’ve included some foodie tips in the post too. Enjoy the Floating City, as you won’t be forgetting that place any time soon.