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Osteria Ai Do Farai

#232 of 1,206 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Sestiere Dorsoduro 3278, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 277 0369
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth trying to find this restaurant. A little off the tourist track, but always good when you see a restaurant is frequented by locals. Worth seeing the owner fillet the sea bass in one of its signature dishes carpaccio di branzino. A very enjoyable meal.

Thank boyne
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296 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This restaurant is quite well known by the local foodies and regular visitors to this area of Venice. the food is good and has a local flavour. The staff are particularly friendly and helpful. When Stefano prepares the carpaccio of sea bass in the restaurant, it's a bit of theatre. There is some outside seating nearby, along the calle. Note... More 

Thank jonessb1
Taunton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Had been told that this was a good restaurant my apartment manager so thought we would try it , was not sure what to order so said to manager what he recommended and we had some kind of clams with pasta which was fantastic then a fish that he prepared in front of us and it was the best fish... More 

Thank russchorley
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Our hotel gave us a few restaurant recommendations with a description of each. When they said that this restaurant serves excellent seafood and is used a lot by locals but that service wouldnt be rushed (and can be a bit slow) we chose it. I'm very glad we did. As other reviewers have said, you are seated in a small... More 

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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We have dined in many restaurants in Venice and often been underwhelmed - by the food, the price and the indifferent service. This place was different and a real find. We wanted a restaurant close to our hotel and would probably not have even noticed it but searched Trip Advisor for good reviews in the location we wanted. You could... More 

Thank Nibbles
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We loved this place with a passion. We'd booked on the strength of the Rough Guide recommendation and when we arrived were surprised to find a completely empty restaurant with not a soul in sight. A staff member appeared from the kitchen and indicated the door opposite the one we'd entered by. You had to follow the alleyway to a... More 

Thank Dinghello
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Venice isn't known for good food in fact it's hard to avoid mediocre tourist places but on our last night we followed a recommendation from our hotel and went to this wonderful ostaria. The tables were set in an outside courtyard and we were relieved to see/hear many locals also eating there. It is an unpretentious eatery serving typical Venezian... More 

Thank luctons
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We just happened by here on our first night in Venice and as it was so friendly decided to give it a try. The tables were set out in the corner of a small square opposite to Ca Foscari. The owner is very chatty and helpful and suggested some menu choices for us which were excellent. It was expensive but... More 

Thank barryWoodbridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local gondoliere. We would have never thought of coming here. It is completely off of the normal touristic path. When we came, there were many historical photos and the 'padrone' of the restaurant greeted us. The atmosphere was very pleasant and local, and all the Venetians came to eat here. The padrone... More 

Thank ellephant89
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Most tourists follow certain paths in Venice. Go one "street" over and there's almost no one. If you are walking from the Ca Foscari main building (the doge's palace on the Grand Canal but now a university building) to the Campo San Barnaba, you will likely walk by this modest osteria. In the warmer months, they put out tables in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sestiere Dorsoduro 3278, 30123 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Neighbourhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Phone Number: +39 041 277 0369

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Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighbourhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighbourhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbours exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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