Eating out in Venice can be expensive, especially in the touristy cafes and restaurants around San Marco. Good areas to hunt for more authentic, well-priced restaurants are around the Rialto market, the Ghetto area of Cannaregio and in parts of Dorsoduro. So choose a hotel within striking distance of these areas. But also, hotel restaurants, chosen wisely, can be less of a touristy rip-off. We have eaten our way around Venice - tough task - to bring you a selection of the best Venice hotels for foodies.
Not surprisingly, given its watery location, Venice specialises in fish and seafood. This low-lying hinterland of the Veneto region, perfect for rice-growing, also makes risotto a popular dish, especially combined with seafood. Pork, polenta and - that most Italian of desserts - tiramisu, are also items for which to scour menus. The Veneto area is also a noteworthy vine-growing region; the wines to looks out for include Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave.
Eating in Venice is as much about the views as the food. Use our guide to the best Venice hotels for foodies to ensure you get the best of both. If there's nothing here to tickle your taste buds, check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
The Beggiato family open their doors and antique collection to give guests Lagoon views, a luxurious stay and Michelin star dining. Rooms are unique with an eclectic mix of curios and collectables. Enjoy the rare Venetian garden, the memorable dining experience and the Oriental Bar. Romantic stay.
Venice (Isola di Mazzorbo)
A charming and chic restaurant with rooms, set in two acres of vineyard, on an idyllic island . A gastronomic delight off the beaten track, a half hour boat ride from downtown Venice. Rooms are simple and elegant with beamed ceilings and clean design. A foodies haven.
Homely yet sophisticated restaurant with rooms on magical Torcello, an outpost of the grand Cipriani. The rooms are simple yet elegant with balconies commanding views of the garden. Wonderful setting, quiet and secluded, serving unforgettable cuisine. A grown up hideaway.
Located on Giudecca Island this 16th century converted Palladian convent overlooks St. Mark's Basin and the Bacino. Rooms feature rich tapestries and soft silks, private balconies and luxurious marble bathrooms. There are delightful gardens and a huge spa. An utterly romantic and relaxing getaway.
Magnificent Venetian Palace right on the Grand Canal. Plush interiors and classic Venetian style welcome guests. L’Alcova Restaurant offers panoramic canal views, wine from various Italian regions and fantastic food. Impossibly romantic.
Commanding views across the Grand Canal this 5 star 19th century hotel boasts classic, opulent Venetian style rooms filled with fine silks, ornate wallpaper and enormous beds.
Classic grand palazzo hotel with a breathtakingly romantic restaurant on the Grand Canal. Outrageously sumptuous suites, spa facilitates and rooftop jacuzzi commanding spectacular views are all part of the five star package. Honeymoon stuff.
140 years of history meets 21st century luxury. Large, comfortable rooms enjoy views of St. Mark’s Basin. Foodies can indulge in the fine dining menu whilst interior design lovers will appreciate the lavish, Venetian decor. Centrally located, St. Mark's Square is but a five minute walk away.