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“Very good food and atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ai Barbacani

Ai Barbacani
Ranked #62 of 1,409 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$29
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Castello
London
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340 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Very good food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

We booked in advance and we were warmly greeted by the young waiter and waitress. We liked the atmosphere of the place, cosy and romantic. Straight away we were given a complimentary glass of prosecco which was nice. We ordered a quarter litre carafe of the prosecco and half litre carafe of red wine, which were both good. For food, to start we chose the mixed antipasti which was very tasty. Then we shared the pasta with spider crab which was good. For mains we had the steak and a fish dish. They were well cooked and we both enjoyed our food. When it came to dessert I wanted to try something homemade, so I went for the tiramisu which was one of only two desserts which were made in-house. My partner had tartufo which he liked. We were given a limoncello to finish, which again was a nice touch. My partner actually proposed to me in the restaurant which obviously made it a romantic atmosphere for us. When the waiter and waitress realised they gave us a bit of time to ourselves and the waiter made a point of congratulating us. Overall we had a very special evening and would recommend the restaurant (for dining and proposals).

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

Great place, the vegetable risotto is delightful.
The owner might appear grumpy at first but warms up a lot during the evening.
The prosecco and Limoncello is a nice touch.
It is a little pricey, but honestly worth it.
This is my second time and I can't fault it.

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1 Thank lucy s
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Marietta, GA
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Romantic and delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Small, charming restaurant overlooking a quiet canal. They have what must be one of the most romantic tables for two in Venice. It is basically in a large window alcove right on the canal. We were at the next table, but made note for the future.

Everything we had was delicious. We were served by the owner, a quietly friendly gentlemen who seemed proud of his place. The room is full of rugged old beams and woodwork, copper, some fun old model ships and cars. One of the most enjoyable dinners of our trip.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pinchbottom
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Lymm, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Lovely ambience and great service and food. Set menu well worth the price and live saxophonist added to the atmosphere.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Cheshire-Travellers5
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Atmospheric, lovely food and great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

My wife and I ate here on Saturday 10 May 2014 having pre-booked. The staff were most welcoming and helpful in helping us choose our food and recommending wine to accompany our choices. The food was of a high quality and we based our selections around the fish. Food was served at well spaced intervals and simply delicious.The complimentary prosseco and limoncello/grapa rounded off a perfect evening in one of the most delightful restaurants I have visited. I cannot help repeating that the staff were brilliant and the live music a delight. Do visit this restaurant - if we go back to Venice we will.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Denys S
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