Murano and Burano are two of the original islands that founded what we know as Venice back in the 5th century. Today, they are lovely islands to visit for the day and are particularly well-known for their glass-blowing and lace-making artisans. But where to eat when you’re there? Our local guides have mapped out the best restaurants in Murano and Burano.
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Top Places To Eat And Drink In Murano and Burano, Venice
Murano and Burano are super cool islands to visit during your stay in Venice. From glass-blowing to lace-making workshops and brightly-colored houses, these two islands have it all. But what about the food? Since this area is full of tourists, where do you eat?
Nobody likes tourist traps (myself included), so we’ve asked our local Venetian guides to put together a list of their favorite places to eat when they’re on the islands.
We hope it helps you take the guesswork out of deciding where to eat and focus on enjoying your vacation. Headed to other popular areas in Venice? Find the best restaurants in each area by exploring the menu below. Buon Appetito!
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Ostaria ai cacciatori—Murano
€ | Hidden Gem | Sandwiches
Sometimes you’re not looking for a sit-down meal and need something to grab on the go. If that’s the case, you’ve found your place. This is a very unassuming place and is mostly frequented by locals. Have no fear, however, the staff are super friendly and ready to help in any way they can.
You’ll find a full array of tasty sandwiches on display. Wash it all down with Prosecco, of course! Grab your sandwich and glass of Prosecco and head outside to sit along the canal and watch the boats go by. What more could you ask for?
Address: Fondamenta dei Vetrai, 69
€€ | Seafood | You’ll Be Back
This cozy restaurant is all about seafood. The name of the restaurant translates as “tired water,” which is a naval term for the area where the tides don’t move.
You’ll find good, quality food at a decent price. On their menu, they have the typical Venetian dishes such as pasta with the black squid ink. You can also find gnocchi with vegetables and fried cod and a delicious chocolate cake with raspberries. Enjoy!
Address: Fondamenta Manin, 48
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€€ | Local | Outdoor Seating
Trattoria Valmarana is a place you go when you want to travel back to a time when life was simpler. A trattoria traditionally denotes a little family-run restaurant with simple food, and here it’s no different.
You can get all the typical Venetian specials like Sarde in Saor (deep-fried sardines with onions and vinegar), but they also run various specials with different dishes such as swordfish carpaccio and pasta with scampi and sun dried tomatoes. Feel free to eat in their garden area to escape the crowds.
Address: Fondamenta Andrea Navagero, 31
B Restaurant alla Vecchia Pescheria—Murano
€€ | Something For Everyone | Great Lunch Spot
As with most places in Murano, the main specialty is seafood. However, their menu is a bit more varied than other places, which means there’s something for everyone. It’s located in a square tucked away from the main strip of tourists, so you can enjoy some quiet as well.
As a starter try the fried calamari and season them with a squeeze of lemon for a flavor explosion. If seafood is not your thing, go with a heaping plate of freshly cut prosciutto, small mozzarella balls, and a boiled egg on top as a starter. For the more adventurous, try the raw scampi or filet of Branzino.
Address: Campiello della Pescheria, 4
Trattoria Da Primo—Burano
€€ | Family Owned | Something For Everyone
As I have mentioned before, a trattoria is traditionally a family-owned restaurant and no place epitomizes this quite like Da Primo. The owner, Paolo, runs the restaurant together with his wife and three daughters. It’s a great place to get a home-cooked meal.
As for the menu, you can try some typical Venetian starters like the sardines with onions or the famous fish dish in Burano, Risotto di Gó (a risotto made with a local fish Ghiozzo). If you want to avoid seafood, then they have plenty of vegetarian options and also plenty of options for meat lovers. Here, you’ll find it all and feel at home!
Address: Via Baldassarre Galuppi, 285
Riva Rosa Ristorante—Burano
€€€ | Michelin Starred | Rooftop Special Experience
Sometimes you want to splurge on a fantastic meal. But don’t let the Michelin star scare you away as this is a very unassuming Michelin-star restaurant. That means that the quality is top of the line, but it’s not overbearing and stuffy. It’s also not overbearing on your wallet.
The pasta is homemade, the fish are caught fresh from the sea on a daily basis, and the wine list is long and inviting. If you’re looking for a truly special experience you can reserve an exclusive dining experience on the roof of the property, which only has one table. You’ll have a special tasting menu and your own private waiter!
Address: Via San Mauro, 296
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Osteria Al Fureghin—Burano
€€ | Cozy Atmosphere | On the Canal
The restaurant is located only a few steps away from the main square in Burano. So, you’ll find many tourists here, but locals come as well. The owner is super nice and tries to be as accommodating as possible. They’re open not only for lunch and dinner but also for breakfast. They also have a bar for pre-dinner drinks—you’ve got it all here!
As for the menu, this is a restaurant for typical Venetian food and freshly caught fish. For starters, enjoy some fresh oysters or octopus carpaccio. For your main course, try the gnocchi with scallops and pumpkin or risotto with lime and shrimp. And, of course, always go for the grilled seafood platter!
Address: Sestiere S. Martino Sinistra, 888
Osteria Al Museo—Burano
€€ | Outdoor Seating | People Watching
The name of this restaurant comes from the fact that it’s next to the Lace Museum of Burano. It is situated right in the main square, so when the weather is nice, you can enjoy a great lunch in the square and people-watch at the same time.
Their menu is delicious, you can enjoy raw shrimp as an appetizer or, my favorite, the mixed seafood grill. They also have a fixed three-course menu that costs €35 or a five-course menu that costs €50, wine excluded.
Address: Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, 113/115
Trattoria da Romano—Burano
€€€ | Historical Restaurant | Seafood
When a restaurant has been around since the late 1800s and has spanned four generations, then you know they’re doing something right. In this case, it is the Barbaro family and they are a cornerstone of Burano and the culinary scene. There’s no avoiding the tourists when you come here, but one of those tourists might be a famous actor like De Niro.
Can you guess what the restaurant specializes in? Seafood, of course, and their menu is big. The culinary guidebook Gambero Rosso claims that they are “One of the Best Fish Restaurants in Venice.” So who are we to argue? When you come to Burano stop by and have some delicious seafood.
Address: Via San Martino destro, 221