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Lido Restaurants and Food

From: Lido di Venezia (Venice Lido)

Restaurant menus on the Lido

ABOVE: Menus at an outdoor restaurant on the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta.


Pizza at Parco delle Rose, Lido di VeneziaThe Lido isn't a mecca for gourmets (neither is Venice, for that matter), but the island has plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a pleasant meal--often for less than you'd pay in Venice's historic center. Menus usually feature Venetian and Italian cuisine (see our Dining in the Veneto article), and many restaurants also serve individual pizzas.

If you're staying in the center of the Lido, you'll find a good assortment of restaurants on the island's main business street, the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta. (For an example, see the photo at the top of this page.) Just walk up the street, read the menus, and choose any restaurant that strikes your fancy and has an empty table.

Parco delle Rose sign, LidoOur own favorite spot on the Gran Viale is the Parco delle Rose, a garden restaurant that attracts a nice mixture of locals and tourists.

Prices are reasonable, the setting is reminiscent of Copenhagen's Tivoli, and kids can play under the blossoming trees while their parents relax over dinner. View these two photos to whet your appetite:

Ristorante Parco delle Rose

Parco delle Rose restaurant, Lido

Villa Laguna signA few of the Lido's hotels have restaurants. For atmosphere and/or elegance, try the Hotel Excelsior, the Ausonia & Hungaria, or the waterside restaurant at the Villa Laguna (which overlooks the Venetian Lagoon and the Piazza San Marco). Several other hotels with dining rooms include the Albergo Quattro Fontane, Belvedere, and Villa Mabapa.

For nightlife, hire a taxi or pedal your rented bike to Pachuka, a beachfront restaurant, pizzeria, and bar that offers music and dancing on summer weekends. (Pachuka Beach is toward the northern end of the Lido, facing the Adriatic.)

Cafés and gelaterie

Lido gelateriaThe Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, the Lido's main shopping street, is lined with cafés where you can get a drink, a snack, or a sundae. Several of the cafés have gelato counters facing the sidewalk, and you'll encounter one or two freestanding gelaterie. (Prices for a  cone or cup of gelato are slightly lower outside of the central business district, on the way to the beach.)

Outdoor snack bars

Lido bar near beachThe Lido has a handful of outdoor snack stands that serve drinks, sandwiches, and other edibles. They're mostly along the Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi and the Lungomare Gabriele D'Annunzio, a.k.a. the long boulevard that runs alongside the beaches on the Lido's Adriatic side.

On the beach

Blue Moon restaurant on Lido public beachDuring the warmer months, the public beach at the end of the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta has a restaurant and bar with outdoor tables facing the water. You can take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the sand as you eat. (Follow the signs for the Blue Moon restaurant and terrazza bar.)


Billa supermarket, Lido di VeneziaThe best place to buy groceries (including cold cuts, excellent rolls, fruit, drinks, and other picnic supplies) is the Conad City supermercato on the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, slightly inland from the Lido S.M.E. waterbus station. The large, modern supermarket is open daily from 7 a.m. (8 a.m. on Sundays) to 11 p.m.

Next page: Lido shopping

In this Lido travel guide:
Lido di Venezia - Introduction
Layout and orientation
Getting to the Lido
Lido to Venice by public transportation
Hotels on the Lido's main street
Lido villa and resort hotels
Restaurants and food
Beaches and recreation
Lido photos: Transportation
Lido photos: General scenes
Lido photos: Beaches
Lido map

Also see:
Lido hotels and vacation apartments (general information)
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Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

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