One of the city’s most famous restaurants remains one of its most magical experiences, despite the high prices. First time Venice visitors in particular should not miss the chance to dine on this venerable deck overlooking the Grand Canal on a sunny day, or especially, on a clear evening, when the city lights begin to reflect off the water. The view across to Punta della Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute is spectacular (the signature “Basil-i-ca” cocktail was inspired by the latter church). The menu features light salads, pasta, risotto, and platters of seasonal seafood. A sumptuous afternoon tea is also served, along with the usual selection of Champagne, Bellini, and Negroni cocktails. Reservations required.
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio 2467 (Gritti Palace Hotel)
Our Rating Neighborhood Santa Croce Hours April–Oct daily noon–6pm; closed Nov–Mar Transportation Vaporetto: Santa Maria del Giglio Phone 041/794611 Prices Entrees 38€–48€ Cuisine Type Italian Gritti Terrace http://thegrittipalace.com
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