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July 12, 2017

The Most Expensive Restaurants in Venice

By Lauren Jade Hill

In each of these Venetian restaurants, both the food and location are key, as they provide exemplary Italian cuisine with a view over the Grand Canal or in the iconic setting of St Mark’s Square. These are the most expensive restaurants in Venice.

Acquerello Restaurant

At this fine dining restaurant in San Clemente Palace Kempinski, classic Italian dishes with contemporary flair are on the menu. Here, the executive chef Vincenzo Di Tuoro creates dishes such as Parmesan cheese tortelli with cream of Venetian calf’s liver and onion consommé. With an outdoor terrace by the water’s edge, diners have a view over the lagoon and of St Mark’s Square.

Club del Doge

With a menu that brings together the executive chef Daniele Turco’s culinary creativity with the local produce that distinguishes Venetian cuisine, Club del Doge at The Gritti Palace is one of the city’s stand-out dining spots. Of course, it’s the restaurant’s location on the Grand Canal that really sets Club del Doge apart as it affords diners breathtaking views both in the day and at night. While informal dining is hosted throughout the day, a more exclusive menu is presented to diners each evening. The menu changes according to the seasons but could include dishes such as home-made squid ink Bigolo pasta with mantis shrimps, busera style, and cubeb pepper.

De Pisis

Another fine dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the Grand Canal is De Pisis at San Marco. Inside the décor is suitably resplendent, exhibiting classic Venetian design. Here, chef Martino Longo takes inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine as well as local traditions. The menu encompasses Venetian cicchetti, salt crusted baked fish of the day and beef entrecote. The restaurant lies within the five-star Bauer hotel.

Harry’s Bar

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As a favorite of Hemingway and the bar to have invented the Bellini, Harry’s Bar is one of the most iconic places to eat and drink in Venice. This naturally means it’s also one of the most expensive; whether it’s one of the bar’s original Bellinis, the atmosphere or authentic Italian cuisine it serves—including classic dishes such as risotto primavera and Cipriano carpaccio—the restaurant continues to attract celebrities and many more discerning diners to its tables.

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Oro Restaurant

The Belmond Hotel Cipriano’s Oro Restaurant combines the romantic interiors of designer Adam D. Tihany, including design accents such as Murano glass chandeliers and the gold ceiling this restaurant takes its name from, with the cuisine of Michelin starred chef Davide Bisetto who fuses Italian tradition with his own creativity. A tasting menu and dishes such as hay-roasted duck breast and glazed lamb with black garlic and pistachio come with wines from a list of over 1,000 labels.

Ristorante Quadri

As the only restaurant in St Mark’s Square, Ristorante Quadri is understandably in high demand. And with a Michelin star under its belt, guests know the food will match the exceptional location. Under the direction of Max Alajmo, the executive chef Silvio Giavedoni and his team put out dishes that are a contemporary representation of Italian and Venetian cuisine, incorporating ingredients bought from the nearby Rialto market.

For more inspiration on where to eat on your travels, take a look at the world’s Top 100 Restaurants.

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