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Help me pick the right Venetian restaurants for my family of five

scully4er | Apr 16, 201702:09 PM

I will be in Venice, Italy with my family in July. It's my husband and myself, and our three kids ages 9, 14 and 16. The two youngest are picky eaters, but the 16 year old loves everything as do my husband and I. We are traveling from Kentucky to Italy. My husband and I have been to Italy, but never to Venice, and this is the kids first time in Italy. We are also heading to Rome, Lake Garda and Tuscany, but I'll post about those restaurants separately once I've had time to do research.

That said, I had been debating a splurge meal at Cip's Club because of the view, altho I read the food is good but not worth the crazy expense. And realized that with two of my kids not even into anything other than pizza and pasta with white or red sauce, it's probably a waste of good euros.

I've gone over about 50 restaurants, reading reviews here and elsewhere, and looking at interior images, trying to pick the places that combine delicious food with decent prices and enough menu choices that everyone in my family will be happy. That means no 6-table gourmet restaurants with only 1-2 choices in each category, or multi-course tasting menus.

For our two days in Italy, I've narrowed down the list to these restaurants. I need help narrowing the list even more. We are staying in the Cannaregio area, for whatever that is worth. I'd love to get input on what you love/hate about these restaurants and if you think they're appropriate for three well-behaved kids and their parents.

We have two dinners and two lunches in Venice, so we want to make the most of it, and find a good spot for apertivo and snacks early each evening. I do want one dinner at least to be with a view, because the kids would enjoy that and so would I. While I know view restaurants and good food are rare in Venice, surely some exist that will cost me less than Cip's Club?

I'm willing to pay up to 200 euros for dinner for the five of us (the youngest barely eats) plus a bottle of wine for my husband and myself. For lunch, I'd like to keep it around 75-80 euros for the five of us if that's possible. Or if lunch is pricier, perhaps shave a bit off the dinner cost that night. Let me know if my pricing is totally off and I will adjust. I'm willing to spend what it takes to get good food in a good atmosphere.

I'd also like to get the name of a good pasticceria in Cannaregio for our breakfast each morning. We are staying at an airbnb so we don't have the option of eating at our hotel.

We will be in Venice on a Monday and Tuesday night, for whatever that is worth, since I know some restaurants are closed on Mondays and a few on Tuesdays.

Lunch and/or dinner options:
Antiche Carampe
Trattoria du Fiore
Il Refolo
Ostaria Boccadoro
Ostaria da Rioba – great canal view
Antiche Carampane
Alla Frasca
Anice Stellato
Birraria La Corte
Osteria San Marco
Ai Promessi Sposi
Osteria da Alberto
Da Rafaelle – touristy but on the canal, decent food

Bars/snacks/apertivo options:
Taverna al Remer
Bar Ristorante Bancogiro
Al Prosecco

Cafe del Doge
Florian (touristy but it's gorgeous and the kids will love it and it's just coffee)

La Boutique de Gelato
Gelateria Il Doge

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