If on the one hand I can't deny that it is true that food in Venice is expensive, on the other I have to say that -as long as you find the time to go away from the Piazza San Marco area, there are many options that combine affordable prices to quality food and wine.
For this reason, I decided to share my 15 favourite places for quality budget eats in Venice. With the term budget eats I include places where you spend from about 15 to 30 euros per person and the list includes only places where it's possible to sit down for a meal and take it easy. If, instead you are interested in our traditional nibbles and street food, refer to my Venetian cicheti and street food post.
Consider that, on average, a meal in a restaurant goes from a minimum of 25 to 50 euros per person, so if you want to spend less consider eateries, pizzerias and wine bars! Wine bars, in particular, may hide incredible surprises and local delicacies ...
WHERE TO EAT WELL IN VENICE ON A BUDGET
Address: Dorsoduro, 2344, 30123 Venezia VE - map
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am - 9 pm; Saturday 9 am - 5pm; Sunday closed
Caco nero is a lovely eatery located about 5 minutes from campo Santa Margherita.
It's possible to have lunch and an early dinner (closing time 10 pm) or just cakes and coffees. The menu is short, the offer changes daily and everything is homemade. Plus, there are always options for vegetarians! Highly recommended.
Address: Dorsoduro, Calle Crosera 3771, 30125 Venezia VE - map
Tiny wine bar and eatery with excellent quality cheese, cold cuts, salads and cold dishes. Great attention to ingredient sourcing and freshness, organic juices and natural wines, soft background music and a warm atmosphere.
Address: Santa Croce, 35, 30135 Venezia VE - map
Another lovely wine bar and eatery offering good quality wine and selections of cured meats and cheese, salads and a couple of daily made hot dishes. Vegetarian friendly!
Address: Calle della Dona Onesta - Dorsoduro 3928/29, Venezia (VE)
Ideal if you are more on the hungry side and want a dish of homemade pasta and lasagne. Everything is daily made and it's also possible to come here just for a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake. Excellent value for money! - Read Review
Address: Dorsoduro, 2104, 30123 Venezia VE - map
The only vegan restaurant in Venice. Excellent homemade food (they also organise cooking classes) in a friendly and warm atmosphere. I suggest trying the aubergines in saor!
Address: Cannaregio, 3082, 30121 Venezia VE - map
Excellent option for lunch. The 15 euro menu includes one first course, a second course, wine, water and coffee. Traditional fish dishes.
Address: Cannaregio, Rio Terà Farsetti, 1847, 30121 Venezia VE - map
If you like ethnic food, this is the place to be. I also suggest going to their other restaurant called the Africa Experience.
Address: Cannaregio 3728 Calle Priuli Racheta VeneziaVenice, Italy
Traditional Venetian restaurant where I highly recommend trying the homemade pasta! Delicious! - Read Review
Address: Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio, 4878, 30121 Venezia VE
Beautiful cafeteria and eatery located inside the cloister of an ex convent, with both indoor and outdoor seating. In addition to the location, the food on offer is really good! Cold dishes like gourmet salads, sandwiches and cured meat, all with slow food ingredients and at excellent prices! Highly recommended.
Address: Sestiere di S. Marco, 950, 30124 Venezia VE
Traditional pastry shop and eatery offering sweet and savoury snacks and, for lunch, warm dishes and salads. The best option for a quick budget lunch in the Saint Mark's area.
Address: San Polo, Calle dei Botteri, 1544, 30125 Venezia VE
Welcoming and friendly restaurant offer dishes typical from Friuli Venezia Giulia, in particular the San Daniele Prosciutto! Perfect if you are on the hungry side and are looking for a warm dish of pasta or a second course.
Address: Castello, Calle Seco Marina, 738, 30122 Venezia VE
A buzzing pizzeria serving delicious pizza and homemade desserts. Always crowded, loved by the locals, booking highly recommended!
Address: S Croce 1503 | Campo San Giacomo de l'Orio, 30135 Venice, Italy
Excellent wine bar with outdoor and indoor seating. Delicious selections of cheese, cold cuts, salads, grilled vegetables and sandwiches. It closes early in the evening, so it's perfect for lunch/afternoon snack and early supper.
Address: Calle De La Malvasia, 6015, 30122 Venezia VE
Great place if you are looking for traditional Venetian food at an affordable price. It's very busy and popular in the evening, so be ready to see crowds and don't forget to book!
Address: Cannaregio - Santi Apostoli 4430, Venezia VE
Excellent pizza and friendly atmosphere. I suggest booking! Loved by locals and visitors alike.
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