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“Authentic Italian!”
Review of Osteria al Portego

Osteria al Portego
Ranked #83 of 1,435 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$52
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Castello
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This restaurant was wonderful!! The antipasti platter was to die for! The waitress knew we couldn't decide what we wanted so she gave us a sampler of everything. The fresh seafood pasta dishes were off the charts! Portions were large so we shared several things and had plenty! House wine was delish. There is no English menu but waitress knew enough to help us out. Highly recommend! It's a very small place, maybe 6 tables but the feel is truly Italian. Off the beaten tourist path, but well worth finding.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Melissa L
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Warsaw, Poland
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Eat like a Veneziano...”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Fresh products, nice staff, cosy place. Not too many tourists, feeling of authentic place. Really worth trying.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Patinha2412
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London, United Kingdom
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“went two nights in a row...nuff' said”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

(NB: Tripadvisor have the wrong map location, google the restaurant website, it is hard to find without the exact location.)

Usually we never visit the same restaurant twice when on holiday, but this place was one of the best I've eaten at while on holiday over the last few years.

The owner is really friendly and can translate anything they have on the chalkboard menu in the seating area, or in the tapas selection by the bar.

We ate A LOT both nights, its about £30 a head for a normal meal, £40 for an excessive meal.

For a starter, I heavily recommend selecting some tapas or small plates from the bar. The tapas include octopus and other seafood items, grilled artichokes, and interesting flavour combinations served on a slice of baguette (e.g. smoked salmon and blueberry). The baked aubergine was also a very good starter.

I assume the menu changes regularly, but over the two days when we were there, we tried the ricotta and spinach ravioli, the grilled prawns, and seafood linguine which are all main dishes. All the seafood is fresh and perfectly cooked.

It's a must go if you're in Venice, although it is hard to find, hopefully it won't become too touristy with all these good reviews because it is in a hidden location.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Ruben T
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“Most delicious bamboo clam spaghetti”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

Food portion is generous but we finished everything because the bamboo clam spaghetti is so delicious. The open sandwiches with chopped olive and sardine was good too. Unfortunately they don't provide English menu so we were not able to order any main dishes at all.

Thank Debbiehmw
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Delicious Italian-style tapas (or cichetti)”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

This was a great recommendation from our hotel. A bit off the beaten track, but so easy to find once you get there! We loved the delicious Italian-style tapas (or cichetti) which gave us a chance to sample some traditional Venetian flavours - there were probably more locals than tourists when we stood around the counter eating our delicious morsels. Extremely good value for money as we had wine with ours. We will definitely go back next time we're in Venice!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank ellesecho
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