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Osteria alle Testiere

#27 of 1,237 Restaurants in Venice
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Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 7220
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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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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For our last night in Venice, my friend and I wanted something a little special. This restaurant isn't cheap, but it's definitely worth it. We were incredibly lucky and managed to get the last available table for the evening. If you want to go, you MUST book in advance as I think walk ins like us rarely manage to get... More 

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Thank Landan89
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious meal and friendly service. Simple dishes making with sessional local seafoods and vegetables. Deserve be a Michelin grade restaurant. Highly recommend.

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Thank Kerry K
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My heading says it all really. Very imaginative fish dishes and a wonderful atmosphere created by both the clientele and the owner and staff. My reason for 4 and not 5 star rating is down to cost and in particular that the excellent wine list does not offer some more reasonable cost wines.

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PA
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246 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small restaurant has been around for a number of years and is a must visit if you like fresh fish, It is situated on a quiet walking street and you could easily walk by, Its reputation is excellent and we can certainly agree that it is justified. Our Mixed fish grill was excellent, we chose to de bone ourselves... More 

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Thank Ceilings
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small, low-key restaurant has a sophisticated, innovative and delicious menu. I was nervous that my three kids would be unable to find food that they liked on Alle Testiere's menu, but the waiter worked with us and made sure that everyone found food that made them happy. A great meal!

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Thank lzises
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is expensive but totally worth it! The seafood is so fresh and beautifully prepared. The scallop start was incredible, a definite must on the menu! The platter for 2 was perfect--prawns, crayfish, and 4 types of fish. All cooked to perfection and filleted (if preferred) before serving. The waiter was fantastic, attentive but not overly so. None of... More 

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Accra, Ghana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked some weeks back so no problem with the reservation. However we had to reconfirm 24hrs before. All 20 seats were full for lunch. All menus in English and all guests were English speaking. Food was nice. Better than what we had in others places. However it's not cheap. For the 3 of us with no drinks was 200€. Wine... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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166 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was highly recommended by our hotel (as most romantic in Venice), as well as by Rick Steves, but we found it to be just ok, not particularly romantic. Service was good, environment was a little cramped but good. Main issue is that we thought the food was just ok. We also felt pressured by the wait staff to order... More 

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Thank zracoon
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was very good and the service was attentive. Friendly staff. We spent about $160 euros and had bottle of house wine (good), 2 appetizers, 1 pasta, 1 fish main course and 1 cheese plate. Make sure you have a reservation. We booked three weeks in advance for a Saturday night in March. There are two seating times. This was... More 

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Amersham, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to book, and they only do two sittings for dinner, but it is worth it. By far the best fish (no meat on the menu) we have eaten in Venice, and we've been coming here for many years. Very attentive and knowledgeable service too. It is not cheap, but the quality is outstanding.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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

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Castello
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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