What a wonderful restaurant. We had nothing but a highly positive experience.
Excellent, great selection, we had beautiful fresh fish/ pasta/ pizza, all cooked to perfection
Outstanding, attentive, friendly, the guys at the restaurant couldn't do enough for us. Angelo welcomed us for a drink mid afternoon when the other restauatants were saying 'no drinks, food only). We booked to go back in the evening and from the moment we arrived to the moment we left there was not a single thing we could pick fault with. We didn't actually order from the menu but explained to Angelo what it was that we would like to eat and the team delivered!! We were running late for the meal having got lost on our way through the back streets there was little time for our planned gondola ride before the meal, the Maitre'd assisted in finding a gondalier and getting us back to the table in time for our reservation. At the end of the meal we were asked if we would like a water taxi back to our hotel (Gabrielle Sandwith, also excellent).
Directly off the Grand Canal,100 yards from the Rialto bridge, very romantic, highly picturesque setting - embodied the Venetian atmosphere
When to eat
Go in the evening at around 19:30/20:00 when the day trippers are back on their boats, Venice is much quieter and the experience more pleasurable. The lanterns are all on along the side of the canal which all adds to the experience.
Having had a disastrous meal on the front on Friday evening we were expecting yet another extortionate evening particularly given the beautiful setting; but no. We started with Prosecco, starter, main course, dessert, coffee and Limoncello. We also had a gondola ride and private water taxi back to the hotel. There was never any question of anybody over charging as we were tourists. Gondola (100 Euro as the rates are now set by the state), water taxi all the back to Arsenale from Rialto (60 Euro), amazing meal for 4 including drinks (180 Euro)
Venice is not cheap but it can be value for money and if you go to Riva del Vin you'll be certain to have a wonderful experience!!
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