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Hostaria da Franz

#162 of 1,237 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Castello,3499 | Bragora - Arsenale District, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 0861
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Venice, Italy
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The chef whilst only 29 is inspired and cooks with honesty, humility and an absolute respect for food. This is not about trying to beat other restaurants, this restaurant is about trying to please the customer. Staff are both welcoming and informed and the level of customer service is outstanding. There is rumour that the best tiramisu in the world... More 

Thank Newyorklondonparis
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently stayed in Venice for 4 nights and on the second night, ate at the Hostaria da Franz which had been recommended by our hotel. Maurizio, the owner, is not only an entertaining character but is so passionate about his restaurant and the food on offer. We opted to go with Maurizio's recommendations and enjoyed one of the best... More 

Thank Heather C
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a birthday present from my daughter who arranged it for us. We were greeted by the owner Maurizio with a glass of Prosseco and then he personally went through the menu which consisted of locally caught seafood explaining each course eloquently and in detail. we chose from his suggestions . I had red mullet for starter and my... More 

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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been there with my wife as recommended by the hotel. The resturant is very cozy and the owner (Maurizio) is just amazing, very helpful and goes beyond expectations. The food was great and the seabas fish was very testy. Tramiso very desert and you are in other world. Highly recommended, only negative is a bit difficult to find

Thank Hunter2010
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming to Franz for many years. From the first visit to the last (yesterday) every meal has been an experience to treasure. Venice down the centuries has kept to its traditions and at the same time taken on the best of the new esp from the East. And that is exactly what we had last night. Superb... More 

Thank SustainableJohn
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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306 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The original owner passed three years ago and his son Maurizio took over and truly made it happen. He greets you and then tells you the menu in three courses. All items are local be it fish, shell fish or vegs. We started with the raw platter, excellent, three types of raw shrimp, ombrine, sardi en soar. Perfect, Then risotto... More 

Thank Stephen S
Lexington, Kentucky
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

It has actually been 6 years since we were in Venice, ahhhhh how sad for us. But I was looking back through some pictures and saw all the amazing food at Hostaria da Franz. We loved it so much we changed our schedule for the last evening to come back again. The eel was spectacular (our 14 year old son... More 

Thank jonathanlipsitz
Freeport, New York
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

What a find! We were staying In Castello and this restaurant was 3 minutes away! Fantastic fresh local cuisine predominantly seafood! My type of place. Run and owned by the host and his wife. Fourteen tables you should make a reservation on weekends or busy evenings. I had razor cams in spaghetti, unbelievable delicious. A grilled local fish with artichokes.... More 

Thank Dawnlive2travel
1 review
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Best food I had in Venice! Great risotto with squid ink, Perfect red mullet! For desert the caramel pear that is just brilliant!! Thank you Maurizio!

Thank Bernardo B
New York City, New York
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496 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Delicious and special. These are owners who, justifiably, take pride in their restaurant. The service is hands on and the food was magnificent. We had octopus, razor clams, spaghetti with clams, monkfish, bream and chocolate mouse and glade pears for desert. Absolutely excellent.

Thank Marciahi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$66 - US$106
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Castello,3499 | Bragora - Arsenale District, 30122 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Castello
  • Neighbourhood: Castello
  • Phone Number: +39 041 522 0861

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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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