I have always been able to rely on our TA community not only to get advice on the destinations but also to help me make my decisions on what is more important. That being said, we are traveling to Venice as the second stop on our four city tour in April; we will only be in town for 2 nights. We have heard great reviews about  restaurants (after tons of research of course) but neither are very glamorous or directly on the grand canal. (The  restaurants are Locanda Montin & Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi – BTW). We are in no way interested in fancy restaurants and these two spots seem right up our alley!
As the trip is approaching, I'm having second thoughts about our first night in Venice and am kind of thinking we should skip one of these places (or eat at it for lunch instead) and go to someplace that we can sit on a balcony overlooking the canal. To get the Venice feel you know!
Do you think that we should sacrifice one of these dependable restaurants and try somewhere that will wow us more with the view? I mean you can have a great meal anywhere but where else can you have dinner while looking at the canal?
Do you know of any reasonably priced restaurants that have good food with a great view of the canal? Maybe best of both worlds right?
Will the weather in mid-April (assuming no rain) yield to us eating outside if we wear sweaters?
Thanks for your help friends! I look forward to hearing from you all!