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“A hidden gem in Venice” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of CoVino

CoVino
Ranked #141 of 1,409 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Castello
Portland, Oregon
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in Venice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

This restaurant, hidden just off the dock in Venice, three bridges south of St. Mark's square, is a MUST experience. It will be hard to get in (it only has 16 seats and only 2 sittings at night: 7 and 9:15 pm), it is a fixed price menu (although that can be deceiving (see below)). Wine and liquor is extra. Andrea is the host, and what a show! Running commentary--although I doubt that his mother made all the dishes that now come out of the open kitchen. Part of the fun is the kitchen is open and you can watch the master chief and his assistant work the magic.

Amount out favorites: pasta al forno, a wonderful swordfish, beef cheeks, and lemon cake. But the menu is sure to change based on the fresh ingredients of the day. Be sure to book early, call the day ahead or the day of by 3 pm, and don't be late. You won't be disappointed.

Note bene: the wine is €4-6 depending on the pour and what is offered is a soft-medium-bold trio in either white or red. Same with the grappa. So pay attention, although you may think it unnecessary until the bill arrives. Overall--an outstanding experience. Not to be missed.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oregon
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“I wish I was there right now!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

It's like you're in someone's home. The food is cooked fresh, right there in front of you. There are only maybe 5 tables, so arrive early for lunch, or you're simply out of luck. The menu changes by the day and is limited to maybe 3 different entrees. We particularly enjoyed their exclusive prosecco served before our meal. The short wait for our food was fine because we watched it being prepared and certainly didn't mind the wonderful smells. Afterwards we ordered the French-pressed cafe. They do everything right here. It is a little hard to find, so Google it before you go.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ray B
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Espoo, Finland
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The food almoust made me cry of happiness!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Bestdinner I have had ages. All the flavours were heavenly. The price of fixed pricemenu is a bargain and the atmosphere in the restaurant is cozy and welcoming. The reservation to therestaurant is highly recommended.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Kokkonen_T
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“Best wine bar in Venice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We will definitely be coming back here next time we visit Venice, the food was absolutely out of this world, and Lorenzo and all off the staff were very fun and very welcoming. This is a fabulous little wine bar, it is very tiny but this is exactly why we liked it. We stumbled across this one night after eating in a restaurant not too far round the corner where the food was nice, but not something I expected from Venice. Then we stumbled across Covino and we stopped for a glass of wine or two. I am a lover of sweet wine and the Moscato is divine! It was so nice we decided to come back on our final day to try his lunch... its a must!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sam L
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Milford, Michigan
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“Hostage taken at CoVino!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Help! After 2 emails, one phone call and a visit to the website I was told at the conclusion after a so, so dinner that our Amex card would not be accepted! My wife of 41 years was celebrating our anniversary with me. She was told that she could not leave the restaurant until I returned with another card. This was late in the evening and very upsetting to both of us. The waiter, was hysterical waving his arms and pointing at us very rude and disrespectful . REALLY. Oh my god. Beware after a so, so meal very disappointing indeed!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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