Venice’s Top Budget Restaurants

Venice Top Budget Restaurants

Eating in Venice does not mean you have to go broke; you can eat well and happy with tightened purse strings, if you know where to go. While there are plenty of tourist traps, it is still possible to find good, reasonably-priced restaurants and eateries.

Bacari – traditional Venetian wine bars – are your best bets. When you need a little snack and a glass of wine, or if you are feeling peckish, you can “bacaro-hop” and try different cicchetti – cheap Venetian bar snacks. Below, you will find our guide to Venice’s top budget restaurants where you can dine and wine at sensible prices.

All Arco


One of the most popular and highly-recommended Bacaro in Venice, All’Arco is just a stone’s throw from the iconic Rialto Bridge. What makes All’Arco stand out from the numerous bacari – other than its array of cicchetti – is their team of friendly staff and impeccable service.

Calle dell’Ochialer 436
Tel: +390 41 520 56 66
Mon to Sat: 8am – 3.30pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Rialto-Mercato


If you are visiting Mercato di Rialto – the most famous market in Venice – visit Al Muro for lunch. It is packed with locals and tourists alike getting a quick bite during meal times.

Campo Bella Vienna
San Polo 222
Tel: +39 041 24 12 339
Daily: 9am – 3pm, 4pm – 2am
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Rialto-Mercato

Alla Basilica


Avoid all the touristy restaurants at Piazza San Macro and head to Alla Basilica, which is just a short walk from the Bridge of Sighs. It serves an extremely value-for-money set lunch which comes with a first course, a main course, and a side dish for €14/pax.

Calle degli Albanesi, 4255
Tel: +39 041 522 0524
Tue to Sun: 12pm – 3pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: San Macro San Zaccaria

Cantina do Mori


Established in 1462, Cantina do Mori is the oldest bacaro in Venice. For those who are planning to go on a bar crawl, this Venetian institution is a must-visit. Snack on a selection of cicchetti, and head over to All’Arco (read above) for more tasty small bites.

Sestiere San Polo, 429
Tel: +39 041 522 5401
Mon to Sat: 8am – 8pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Rialto-Mercato



Unlike the other bacari in the city, Schiavi is more like a wine shop that sells cicchetti to its regulars who want to munch on something while sampling the different wines that are sold in the shop. Schiavi has quite a selection of affordable wines, so if a wine label catches your attention, you can always grab a bottle to take home.

This family-run bacaro has been around for almost 60 years, serving 20-30 different cicchetti each day, and the variety rotates based on the owner’s preferences and inspirations of the day.

Fondamenta Nani, 992
Tel: +39 041 523 0034
Mon to Sat: 8am – 8pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Accademia

Osteria Al Squero


Just a few units down the road from Schiavi is Osteria Al Squero – right across Venice’s last gondola repair shop – a lovely bacaro which serves cichetti with classical music looping in the background.

Dorsoduro, 943-944
Tel: +39 335 600 7513
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Accademia/Zattere

Alla Vedova


Osteria Cà D’ Oro Alla Vedova is famous for its cicchetti, in particular, its polpette is to-die-for. We are usually not big fans of meatballs, but the one here totally blew us away. It was so good that we ordered extra portions.

Besides having cicchetti at the bar, you can also choose to dine in for a proper meal. Pastas and main courses are well-priced between €10 – €12, which is relatively affordable by Venice’s standards.

Cannareggio, 3912
Tel: +39 041 528 5324
Mon to Sat (closed on Thu): 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Cà D’Oro

Pasticcerie Da Bonifcaio


There are many wonderful pasticceries in the city, and while you cannot get a full meal here, they offer traditional Venetian pastries as well as cheap aperitivo. Pasticcerie Da Bonifcaio, just a few minutes away from Piazza San Macro, is one of our favourites. It is the perfect pitstop between meals. Come here to have an espresso and enjoy some Italian pastries.

Calle degli Albanesi 4237
Tel: +390 41 522 75 07
Fri to Wed: 7am – 8pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: San Macro San Zaccaria

Rosticceria San Bartolomeo


For an affordable meal in Rialto, go to Rosticceria San Bartolomeo, one of the most popular rosticcerias in Venice. Pastas are available for €7 – €8.50, while you can get main courses like Venetian-style squids, grilled sole, and cotoletta alla Milanese from €9.50 – €16.50. Manage your expectations, though. Rosticceria San Bartolomeo is an old-fashioned canteen/eatery rather than a restaurant – fuss-free, and no ambiance to speak of. The staff are quite nonchalant and to a certain extent arrogant, so it might be a challenge trying to get their attention and having your orders placed.

From Rialto bridge, walk towards Campo San Bartolomeo and on the left, look out for Sottoportego Della and you will be able to spot Rosticceria Gislon (its old name).

Calle della Bissa
Tel: +390 41 522 3569
Mon: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Tue to Sun: 9.30am – 10pm
Nearest Vaporetto Station: Rialto

If you are heading to Venice, you must also go for a day trip to Burano, the happiest island in Italy.