Eating out

Ristorante MistraThere is a good range of bars and restaurants on Giudecca - most of them along the front - and many with wonderful alfresco views when the weather permits. These cover the entire price range - from chic and expensive to good quality but inexpensive. With pizza and pasta as the staple of most cafes and restaurants, it's not difficult to eat well without breaking the bank.

PRICES - per head

One Fork Inexpensive - under 20 euros
Two Forks  Reasonable - under 35 euros
Three Forks Medium - under 45 euros
Four Forks Fairly Expensive - under 60 euros
Five Forks Expensive - over 60 euros

Harry's DolciThe restaurants are classified on the basis of ordering a three course meal comprising a starter or pasta, a main course, a dessert and a quarter litre of house wine. However it is quite possible to eat less expensively by cutting out a course. Some of the restaurants listed may also offer a less expensive three course tourist menu.

Nearly all restaurants have a few euros cover charge, and some add service.


Calle delle Erbe
Giudecca 270
tel : 041 522 7780
Closed: Mon & Tue,
part of Jan. & Aug.
Booking recommended. No credit cards.
AltanellaCharming, typically Venetian and especially known for its fish dishes, this restaurant is located just 20 yards from our Corte apartment.

Run by the same family for well over 100 years. Dine on the large canopied canalside terrace (from which it gets its name) in fine weather.

Eat inside when its too cold, giving you a chance to enjoy the owners' eclectic collection of paintings given by artists in exchange for meals.

Reputedly Robert De Niro's favourite restaurants when in Venice. Three Forks

Trattoria Do Mori

Fondamenta Sant' Eufemia
Giudecca 588
tel: 041 522 5452
Closed:  Sundays
Do MoriA popular and welcoming restaurant serving both pizza and a full restaurant menu on the front near the Palanca vaporetto stop.

Booking advisable at weekends and peak seasons. Run by the former chef at Harry's Bar.

Outside seating with great views in summer. Two Forks

Cipriani Hotel

Fondament della Zitelle
Giudecca 10
tel: 041 520 7744
Booking essential
Hotel Cipriani & Cipís ClubLuxury, exclusivity, fine food, and perhaps an excess of service, at Venice's world-famous hotel, just a short walk along the Fondamenta from our flats, and home to the stars during the annual Venice Film Festival.

A more relaxed experience, when the weather permits, dining alfresco alongside the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in Venice or on their garden terrace. More formal dining inside. Five Forks

Cip's Club

Fondamente della Zitelle
tel: 041 520 7744
Booking essential
The more relaxed but still smart bistro-style Cipriani offshoot alongside of the famous hotel.

At its best when sitting outside on the Fondamenta or, better still, the floating pontoon terrace alongside, both with outstanding views across to St Mark's Square.

You can find sample menus with prices at hotelcipriani.comFive Forks

Ristorante Mistra

Calle Michelangelo Giudecca 53/C
tel: 041 522 0743
Closed: Mondays and Jan to mid-Feb

Ristorante MistraRecently relocated from its boatyard location to just off the waterfront at Zitelle.

Excellent hors d'oeuvres. The emphasis is on fish and seafood with a Ligurian influence (the region around Genoa) and the hospitable management will offer you main courses of whatever ingredients are fresh that day.

Three Forks

Harry's Dolci

Fondamenta San Biagio, Guidecca 773.
tel: 041 522 4844.
Closed: Mon & Tue and Nov to Mar.
Booking recommended.
Harry's DolciA short stroll along the Fondamenta from Palanca in the direction of Molino Stucky. This outpost of the Cipriani empire and twin to Harry's Bar is open April to October. It is focussed around the outdoor seating which offers fantastic views of Venice across the Giudecca canal.

As you might expect service is very professional and prices are typically about 70% of those at Harry's Bar and the Cipriani but still on the high side.

Despite the name they serve a full range of savoury dishes with the emphasis on top quality versions of typical local dishes, as well as other bistro-style dishes. The food is generally excellent, and includes their famous chocolate cake, and of course a bellini (champagne and white peach juice) while you peruse the menu.

A place for a romantic evening or other special occasion. Four Forks

Snack Bar ‘La Palanca' 

tel: 041 528 7719
Closed: Sundays and evenings.

La PalancaA very popular, friendly and well-run local hangout at the heart of the local community.

A good place for breakfast, a sandwich snack or lunch - if you can find a seat. Excellent pasta and daily specials. Wine by the glass.

More accommodating to visitors when the outside tables appear in spring. No evening meals. Two Forks

Here are some other restaurants and bars on Giudecca that are certainly worth a visit :

Al Redentor,  Campo San Giacomo tel: 041 520 6096.
Closed Wednesdays.
A friendly and inexpensive local restaurant just before the Redentore Church and vaporetto stop that also does take-away pizzas. Several of our guests have recommended it.

Ai Cacciatore, Giudecca 320. Tel: 041 5285849.

This family-run bar/restaurant on the waterfront between Ponte Piccolo and Ponte Longo serves good quality home cooking with the emphasis on fish. Wonderful views across the canal in Summer but service can suffer when they get busy. Medium price.

I Figlie delle Stelle, Giudecca 70. Tel: 041 5230004

This recently-opened and enthusiastically-run restaurant on the waterfront at Zitelle has wonderful views of the Salute Church and St Mark's Basin. Serving both Venetian and Southern Italian dishes - the chef is from Puglia. Medium price. Highly recommended.

The Skyline Bar, Molino Stucky Hilton

Stunning aerial views across Giudecca and the rest of Venice from the rooftop bar of the recently opened Hilton hotel. Expensive - so you will have to decide whether it's worth the price of a drink for the view.

If you try any of these, or any others, then why not send your feedback and recommendations to us - and our future guests.