I asked the guy at my hotel for a good restaurant, a place where locals go to, and he sent me to this place. It's near Rialto.
To be honest, we saw the queue and for a while we thought of not going in, but we waited (not for long, the service is very quick, maybe too quick) and the place was great. Fantastic food, good prices and a lot of locals.
Calle d. Madonna,San Polo 594
Venice's only 'vegetarian' restuarant ... but it serves meat dishes (??). It's small, tucked well away from the madding crowd of the general tourist hullaballoo - a 20-minute "easily getting lost" walk from the Basillica. It has a fantastic atmosphere, great food and good prices. The menu's in Italian and you'll need to ring to make a reservation. Try and get a table outside.
I went with a group of friends, and we enjoyed our three-course meal so much, we ordered another two courses each...
Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio
Santa Croce 1762 - Venezia
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