We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Osteria Oliva Nera

#47 of 1,223 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Castello 3417/3447 Angolo Salizada Dei Greci, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 2170
19:00 - 22:00
Open now
See all hours
Thu - Tue 19:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

953 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 704: English reviews
New Castle, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
227 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although they had a couple of dining rooms each one was tiny and we sat cheek to cheek with fellow dinners. The food was very good but very expensive. Veal cheeks and duck breast entrees each for 35 euros. We understand Venice is expensive and the meal prices reflect this. Our dining neighbors chose wiser cheaper options like lasagna for... More 

Thank gladfly
Manfredonia, Italy
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Made a reservation for our last night in town, and glad I did! The small dining room was packed when we left. My Aunt and I both had Specials of the day- I had the duck and she had the black pasta. We also had the amazing stuffed zucchini flower appetizer, as well as 2 deserts to share. Everything was... More 

Thank Cristina F
Freeport, New York
Level Contributor
66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has exquisite food from appetizers to desserts. The service was impeccable and homemade delicious specials. We started with zucchini flowers which the lightest most delicate of flowers with a ricotta cheese stuffing. Incredible. Pumpkin soup was delicious and filling. We shared a lasagna which was fantastic and so different from the Southern style lasagna. It was creamy and... More 

Thank Dawnlive2travel
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
471 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The women who owns this little gem is very hands on. She cooks some of the dishes, supervises the service and oversees the operating. The food is excellent and the service spot on. Small and personal. The lasagne was excellent, as was the fried zucchini blossoms, pumpkin soup, and fish (we had salmon and tuna).

Thank Marciahi
Market Deeping, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tell people your food will be brought from a kitchen three doors away and they would find it hard to believe. But that is the case at this vastly overrated establishment. To add to the misery we were sat next to the front door through which the food was delivered, and on a cold freezing night it was not the... More 

Thank Peter T
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was just asked to recommend a 'special' eating place in Venice and 'Oliva Nera' came to mind. We were staying in Riva Degli Schiavoni and chanced upon this osteria on one of our endless walks through this endlessly fascinating city. They were packed (always a good sign) but happily agreed to take our booking for the following night. It... More 

Thank AnnBurleigh
California USA
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I clicked on the one-circle reviews. They mostly went to price and warmth of service. If you want that 9 Euro pizza this isn't your place. We had an excellent experience with four courses of creativity, very reasonable-sized (even by American Standards) portions, and personal service from Isabella (not a shrinking violet personality -- just work with it and have... More 

Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We chanced upon this restaurant while randomly walking on the streets of Venice. We decided to head in and we never regretted! Awesome homemade food and grilled to perfection lamb shank! :) Really is awesome!!! Highly recommended for those heading to Venice!

Thank _chiamzy89
Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I am just watching a TV programme on Venice and every time I see / hear anything about the place it takes me back to 2005. I thought I would check to see if a certain special restaurant was still around.....We too found Osteria Olivia Nera by chance as we were staying nearby. It was so amazing we booked to... More 

Thank Deborah D
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Osteria Oliva Nera has to be one of the finest restaurants in Venice. The food is outstanding, perfection on a plate. Every dish that is served is done so with the finest ingredients available that will make you want to return every night. Staff is warm and welcoming in this smallish family owned and run restaurant. Reservations a must, don't... More 

Thank LEE018

Travellers who viewed Osteria Oliva Nera also viewed

Venice, City of Venice
Venice, City of Venice
City of Venice, Province of Venice
Venice, City of Venice

Been to Osteria Oliva Nera? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$53 - US$84
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castello 3417/3447 Angolo Salizada Dei Greci, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 2170
WAVINGas we passed oliva neraour neighborhood ristorantedino waved at us passinghe was serving on the patioisabella waved through the windowwith a bottle of her winethey are like magiciansthey wave their handsand food appears on your tablePatrick Smith

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Osteria Oliva Nera and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
Nottingham, United Kingdom
8 months ago
3 months ago
Bromley, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Osteria Oliva Nera staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Castello

Neighbourhood Profile
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
Explore this neighbourhood