We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“No that bad”
Review of Bella Venezia

Bella Venezia
Ranked #1,273 of 1,466 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Cannaregio
Reviewed 25 June 2014

We ate ther. I ordered a menu and my wife a pizza. The first dish was a spaghetti 'al nero'. The spaghetti was ok. The second dish was fish. I had to say, just a small piece of fish.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank jojocris
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (608)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

140 - 144 of 608 reviews

Reviewed 16 June 2014

I'm sorry I didn't get to read the reviews before dining. We had just returned from Murano and were and didn't observe the normal caveats of restaurant selection. Staff was rude and the food exceptionally bad. Can you believe the grated Parmeggiano cheese had large visible pieces of green mold in it. We hadn't discovered it until my Grandaughter was more than half way through the meal. They offered to give her a new serving, but by that time she was totally put off by the whole scene. My wife and I had Spaghetti Con Vongole on other trips to Venice and it was outstanding. At this restaurant it was barely edible and very fish smelling. The meal was very expensive. We told the waitress it was a disgrace to Venice and meant it. We didn't even bother contesting the price and just wanted out of there. Please read the other reviews before going. I'm glad that others felt as we did.

1  Thank Apollo622014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 June 2014

While on a wonderful vacation in Italy, we stayed in Venice for 3 days. The first night,after a day of travel, we looked for a nice place to have dinner. This place looked ok, there were people eating and the menu was reasonable. So we went in, the waiter was rude and disgusting. The food was barely edible and the bill was padded with "taxes" and service charges. Imagine 6 euros for a glass of Sprite. This is the worst place we ate in all of Italy. They even have a Trip Advisor sticker on the front window suggesting that it is recommended. You would be better off going hungry than eating here.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Steamboat23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 May 2014

If you are unwary enough to be lured in to this tourist trap by the charming and pretty girl outside its door, you might at least make a note of the following points.
1. If you order the fish dish from the menu with the fixed price (14 euros), a smooth-talking waiter will immediately try to persuade you to have a different fish dish (bass/ salmon/ other) with a lower price (7 euros), telling you it is very nice and a much better option. He will not point out the small lettering next to the price that says: "x 100 gm", and he will not ask you what weight of fish you want.
2. You will be served a whole fish, weighing around 500 gm, with sliced potatoes in a tasteless sauce. Your waiter will not smile or say, "Enjoy your meal," because he knows you won't. You will have to remove your fish's head, tail, fins and bones.
3. If you have asked for a carafe of Pinot Grigio (or other white wine) to go with the fish, it will probably taste watered-down. You should perhaps ask for the whole bottle so that you can at least witness its top being removed.
4. Don't ask for a bottle of water: it's expensive! Just drink the water that's in the wine.
5. When, 20 minutes later, you look at the mountain of fish detritus that you've surgically removed, don't bother trying to estimate the weight or proportion of fish that you've actually eaten: you will have to pay for the whole damn thing, at 7 euros per 100 gm.
6. When your bill is presented to you, be prepared for a shock. You might be expecting something like 35 - 40 euros. You will not expect 100 euros or more. (Ours was 101 euros for a meal worth 25 at the most.)
7. Don't bother remonstrating with the waiter who persuaded you to have the alternative fish dish: by now he won't be at all interested. Don't tell him he's a disgrace to Italian waiters: he's not Italian; he's from Romania according to the staff at our hotel across the street.
8. Don't bother demanding to speak to the owner (who, we were also told, is Egyptian): he's "away in Egypt".
9. Don't threaten to write stuff like this on TripAdvisor: the restaurant staff are not at all bothered. TripAdvisor readers might not come to eat here, but lots of other mugs will, every day of the year.
10. By all means raise your voice and swear (like my wife did) when trying to discuss the bill with the restaurant staff.This will almost certainly prompt other unhappy diners to rise from their tables and share their thoughts with you. It might make you feel a little better to know that you are not the only mugs in Venice that evening.
11. As you leave, don't try to remonstrate with the charming and pretty girl outside the door: she will shrug and say it's not her fault.
12. Next evening, now being low on funds, just go to the Brek self-service restaurant at Lista di Spagna 124, across the street from the Trattoria Bella Venezia. For less than 20 euros you can have a delicious meal for two with a small bottle of good wine, served by very friendly people. Lick your wounded pride and determine to do more research on TripAdvisor before being lured in to restaurants in future.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
3  Thank Malcolm M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We went into this restaurant because we were drawn in by the waiter - big mistake! Waiter was then both rude and patronising, food was on cold plates and congealed and the meat was chewy and microscopic. The chips came on saucers and cost us another 20 euros. Avoid this restaurant at all costs!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2  Thank jellys_12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Bella Venezia also viewed

City of Venice, Province of Venice
Venice, City of Venice
Chioggia, Province of Venice
Venice, City of Venice

Been to Bella Venezia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing