Though it looks a bit like a wood-paneled French bistro, the menu here is primarily old-school Venetian, specializing in rare wines and historical recipes from the 14th to 18th centuries. It’s gimmicky, but it works; think old-fashioned fennel soup, an incredible shrimp pie, and cod fillet with almonds in a light ginger and saffron sauce, served with wild berries and garlic pudding. We recommend the “historical” tasting menu as the best introduction. Whatever you opt for, expect service to be top-notch. The restaurant also doubles as an arts center in the winter, with all sorts of live music and poetry readings between October and May. In summer, sit outside in the pleasant side street.
Le Bistrot de Venise
4685 Calle dei Fabbri
Our Rating Neighborhood Near Piazza San Marco Hours Daily: bar 10am–midnight, restaurant noon–3pm and 7pm–midnight Transportation Vaporetto: Rialto (turn right along canal, cross small footbridge over Rio San Salvador, turn left onto Calle Bembo, which becomes Calle dei Fabbri; Bistrot is about 5 blocks ahead) Phone 041-5236651 Prices Main courses 28€–34€; classic Venetian tasting menu 48€; historical 5-course Venetian menu 90€ Cuisine Type Venetian Web site Le Bistrot de Venise