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Al Covo

#66 of 1,206 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Castello 3968, Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 3812
12:30 - 23:30
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Fri - Tue 12:30 - 23:30
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Tried to dine here this time last year but couldn't get a table. This time we planned and booked ahead....a wise move indeed. This is a small restaurant along the promenade to Castello in a quiet side street. Friendly greeting as we entered and were given a choice of tables as we had an early booking. The waiter was friendly... More 

Thank Scott F
Santa Monica, California
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dining at Al Covo is a wonderful experience. The restaurant appeals on all levels: charming service, lovely settings, and tasty food and wine. We had tender gnocchi, soft shelled crab, clam pasta. It is a family-run business--the father a native of Venice, the mother an ex-pat from Texas, and a charming son. All the servers speak excellent English, so one... More 

Thank Cassandra635
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent food, attentive service and close to St Marks Square. Would definitely recommend a visit if in Venice. Had a seafood tasting menu with matched wines, and as someone who would usually avoid seafood on a menu, it was fantastic.

Thank IB113
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in general underwhelmed by the restaurants in Venice but this was very good. It's a proper, professionally run restaurant with very good food and charming staff. The overall quality of the food was excellent and the service and ambiance excellent. We would return.

Thank Borisboxer
Mountain View, Arkansas
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1,173 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter picked the restaurants on our trip to Venice. Her selection of Al Covo was spot on. We started with soups. We had two different seafood samplers, which were spectacular. My daughter, who is vegan, had the vegetarian plate. We shared two different desserts. It was an excellent meal with very good service in a cozy location. Diane, one... More 

Thank Razorfish
Antwerp, Belgium
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cosy restaurant east of Piazza San Marco. Worth the 25 min walk from the hotel. Warm welcome by the owners. The culatello with cheese and pears was one of the best I ever had. The culatello comes from a small producer in Zibello. Main dish was lamb which was also delicious and very tender. Good sommelier to help you with... More 

Thank Italofreak
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a very fine meal of local cuisine, exactly what we were looking for. This is a very nice place to enjoy a meal in Venice.

Thank Joyfullylady
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Food 10/10, wine 10/10, service 11/10 If you want the full experience opt for the very fairly priced taster menu, explained by a passionate and knowledgeable waiter that really added to whole experience. We opted for the accompanying wines and glad we did. The owners were lovely and really made us feel like their guests. A perfect choice!

Thank james b
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Tasting menu plus a la carte available, fresh ingredients, wonderful fish. Really charming couple -- Italian chef and American wife.

Thank ChicagoHjohn
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a really great meal and felt welcomed by owner Diane from Texas. Food was excellent, location a bit hard to find but worth the effort!!

Thank Penny N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castello 3968, Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 3812

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Castello

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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.
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