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Osteria Oliva Nera

#49 of 1,231 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Castello 3417/3447 Angolo Salizada Dei Greci, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 2170
Thu - Tue 19:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Cozy family owned restaurant. Excellent service and food was delicious. Recommend reservations to ensure a table is available. Menu was limited but each selection was chef created.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of great personal service from the owner and staff. Everything we ate there was delicious. Try the Lasagna - it's amazing!

Thank Jennifer G
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went in February and did not need a reservation, but I have been told you need one at other times of the year. It is well worth it! The owner Isabella is so kind -- she made us switch tables so my husband could be more comfortable and then had some wonderful recommendations. The food was delicious. I would... More 

Thank sf112017
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely experience at this restaurant , real venetian food with marinated olives as apetisers , really delicious venetian wines and the fiori da zucca are to die for! The hostess , in the orginal term, welcomed us two nights in a row as we loved it so much there and she speaks fluent franch and english ,... More 

Thank vivianbor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there with my husband with no reservation . We were very happy about the food . I highly recommend the lamb and the lasagna ... Perfectly cooking . The prices are a bit expensive , but it worth it ! At the end of the dinner , I received a traditional olive oil as a gift plus some... More 

Thank Albane D
Grove City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful boutique restaurant in Venice. As stated in other reviews - the family recipes for lasagna and tiramisu were simply delicious. Owner was incredibly accommodating to seat our party of 3 without a reservation. A little pricier than many others, but the food and presentation justify the small premium. Nice choice if you want something a little more special... More 

Thank Brad763
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful homemade food. The menu was varied and everything that we ate was absolutely delicious. The lasagne was the best I have ever eaten and the homemade tiramisu was incredible. It felt like (and I think it was) a family run restaurant and the matriarch was a rather imposing figure who almost told you what you were going to eat!... More 

Thank Duncan G
Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You must eat here while in Venice! As an appetizer, it was recommended we try the deep fried zucchini flowers. They literally melt in your mouth with the delicate and airy coating. Salmon special cooked to perfection. That said, the crowning moment of the evening is when the owner came over after the table was cleared and laid down a... More 

Thank Donnie S
New Castle, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although they had a couple of dining rooms each one was tiny and we sat cheek to cheek with fellow dinners. The food was very good but very expensive. Veal cheeks and duck breast entrees each for 35 euros. We understand Venice is expensive and the meal prices reflect this. Our dining neighbors chose wiser cheaper options like lasagna for... More 

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Manfredonia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a reservation for our last night in town, and glad I did! The small dining room was packed when we left. My Aunt and I both had Specials of the day- I had the duck and she had the black pasta. We also had the amazing stuffed zucchini flower appetizer, as well as 2 deserts to share. Everything was... More 

Thank Cristina F

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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
USD 54 - USD 86
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castello 3417/3447 Angolo Salizada Dei Greci, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 2170
WAVINGas we passed oliva neraour neighborhood ristorantedino waved at us passinghe was serving on the patioisabella waved through the windowwith a bottle of her winethey are like magiciansthey wave their handsand food appears on your tablePatrick Smith

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Staying in Castello

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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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