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Al Covo

#45 of 1,236 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Castello 3968, Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 3812
12:30 - 23:30
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Fri - Tue 12:30 - 23:30
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246 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

On arrival we were greeted by Lorenzo (Son of the owners), who offered us seating in either the larger or smaller dining area, we took the smaller.It was very comfortable and gave the feel of a quality restaurant.We chose a couple of anchovy appetizers that were excellent, My wife tried the Ragu special which tasted superb, as did my fish... More 

Thank Ceilings
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect evening. The welcome, the warmth, the knowledge of the staff on food and wine, and the food itself, all were just right. We didn't want to leave, and when we did we were given recommendations to other restaurants as Al Covo was closed the next two nights. But we will be back next time we are in Venice. The... More 

Thank phoebeedinburgh
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Owner Diane, a Texas native, greeted us at the door with great enthusiasm. This is a locals restaurant very close to the Riva Schiavoni, but still off the beaten path. Wonderful service, attentive and friendly servers and good food!

Thank DavidsonNCmom
Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and owners were fantastic. We are going back this week and cannot wait. We all had the specials but the place was full of locals who were ordering their favorites. Lovely evening for us and our teenage boys.

Thank johnkrug
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much more to add to the title. We were very well looked after and would strongly recommend you go for wine by the glass to accompany the food. Great choice of fish and a really lovely atmosphere slightly off the beaten track. However the competition is fierce in Venice and we found the even smaller places a bit more... More 

Thank Matthew L
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent and you must save room for the home made desert. This was truly a family owned restaurant. The father was the host, the mother was the hostess and desert creator and the son was our waiter. We had a wonderful walk from our hotel near center of the City to the restaurant. Ask for specific directions.

Thank Stanley P
Lucerne, Switzerland
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being from Switzerland, we're no big sea food connoisseurs. Nevertheless, we trusted the Al Covo team and chose the fish tasting menu with wine pairing. We didn't regret it, it was a true discovery for us! Finding a good restaurant in Venice is not easy - there are too many pasta and pizza places, which is ok if you're not... More 

Thank Rothenthurm
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Read amazing reviews of this restaurant and waited too late to make a dinner reservation but was able to secure a lunch reservation instead. Service was impeccable, staff explained everything and the suggested wine was really good. The pasta fagoli soup and the linguini with clams were to die for. My son had the lamb and he said it was... More 

Thank Selpo
Warrington, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing lunch in this lovely little restaurant. For starter we had the best gnocchi we've ever had and a seafood linguine. Then for main course we had lamb which had been slow cooked for 48 hours. We had 2 different red wines recommended by the sommelier which were lovely and complimented the meal perfectly. Highly recommended restaurant... More 

Thank SueC1973
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This restaurant features a well-balanced menu—a nice range of seafood, pasta, and meat. After enjoying so much Venetian seafood elsewhere, we opted for a few meat dishes here. The highlights were the bronzino tartare, the gnocchi special with lamb, and beef cheeks in Amarone sauce. The service was superb, and we decided to leave the wine pairings to the staff;... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castello 3968, Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 3812

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Staying in Castello

Neighbourhood Profile
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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