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“Absolutely never again”

Osteria Al Mascaron
Ranked #407 of 1,469 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Castello
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Went to dinner tonight on the sort of recommendation of Anthony Bourdain (;)) To start, it's pretty hard to find and we tried to make it in time for lunch, but unfortunately arrived 15 minutes BEFORE closing and were denied with an offhanded swoop from a 'younger' bald headed waiter. We were still keen to give it a try or dinner as we both wanted to experience a typical Venetian meal. The place was packed when we arrived (good sign) and we were found a table still (great sign). Unfortunately that's where the hospitality ended. Our waiter was an absolute D-bag (same guy from lunch we'd ran into). The food was fine, probably the best we'd had in Venice, however that's not really saying much. When we got our bill we realized that we'd been charged the typical 'tourist' tax that you hear about so much here. For example, our first course was sauteed shrimp and tomatoes. I would say maximum about 15 VERY small scampi in shell - that was 50 USD. Our plate of pasta to finish was of tomatoes and about an ounce of crab meat - that cost us 60 USD. I can say it was the second worst plate of pasta we had in our trip here so far.

At the end of the day, my suggestion would be to skip this place entirely unless you're keen to be overcharged for dry pasta and under appreciated for your patronage. @anthonybourdain, you really shouldn't tie your name to places like this.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We had just spent a couple of hours in at the Alta Acqua Libreria just around the corner so we were hungry. The restaurant is small and i imagine quite cosy when busy but the chat between people was very helpful. We had the spaghetti alls frutti di mar, house white wine followed by the Tiramisu. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the ingredients were very fresh (there was plenty shrimp, clams and mussels although not all the clams opened so we left them) , the waiter told us there were no canned products in the cooking and I believe him. I do not normally drink white wine let alone at lunch time but the one litre carafe was easily consumed. The Tiramisu was delightful though could have been balanced with a few more ladyfingers however the rest was extremely fresh. We would definitely go back.

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Thank Gascati
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

If you are looking for great authentic Venetian fare in a casual setting without tourists looking for French fries then this is the place for you. The seafood grilled platter was fantastic. The pasta dishes simply delicious , fresh and plentiful . We felt that the service was great . Our waiter was very attentive. The practice of seating others at your table is not unusual in Europe . I have also seen this in the USA as well.

Thank T2DaMAX
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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Very Good, will come back tomorrow for dinner.
Good suggestion for the choices of food by Bepi.
We all enjoy all of the food here. The atmosphere is also great with funny fish-related hand-drawn pictures.


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Reviewed 7 June 2014

The restaurant was full of people so we were seated next to another couple which was fine since we had a nice discussion. The food was OK but not great.

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