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Via Doge Michiel, 2/C (at Via Sandro Gallo), Venice, Italy

Serves vegan and vegetarian food. Menu changes daily. In addition to dishes with solely grains and veggies, some tofu and seitan options. Al fresco dining space with a full bar. Seating is limited, so reserve ahead. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, 7:00pm-10:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Italian, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine

23 Reviews

First Review by Quinten84

very good - Edit

Wide choice, via blackboard brought to our table, vegan options ( most of the menu) explained to us by the owner. Quick service, tasty food, no complaints on any score. I loved the polpette!

Pros: cosy, lots of choice.

Cons: none

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Nice food & helpful staff - Edit

This restaurant has a good selection of different vegetarian dishes, most of which can be made vegan. The waiter who served us was really friendly and helpful and spoke very good English.

Pros: Friendly staff, Tasty dishes

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One star, if that... - Edit

We visited this restaurant recently when staying nearby. I was really looking forward to going somewhere with plenty of choice for vegans. Perhaps we caught the owner on a bad night but he was not pleasant, helpful or friendly. The menu is set out on a big board and is in Italian. He was not keen on helping us to understand it but we muddled through and ordered. Later I overheard his conversation with a young Chinese couple and he wasn't just unhelpful but plain rude, banging things down on the table and talking loudly in a patronising manner. When the food arrived it was bland and tasteless. I had a mound of black rice with a few vegetables in it and it was boring. Definitely not what you would expect for the price. I wouldn't have dared complain about it - who knows how the owner would have reacted - and we left as soon as we could. I have never had to write a really negative review before, there's usually something that redeems a place, but here - NOTHING.

Pros: Lots of choice if you can understand Italian

Cons: Bland food, Rude owner, You need to book

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plenty of vegan food! - Edit

Helpful staff, plenty of vegan options just ask.

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worth the trip to lido!! - Edit

The orecchiette bolognese was possibly the best pasta dish I've ever had. Also had an excellent seitan dish, and a chocolate lemon cake that was less exciting. The owner spoke great English and was very friendly.

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Worth a trip to Lido - Edit

Others have noted that you might need reservations, but I found it was nearly empty for lunch shortly after opening in early July. It was fine to stop in and grab a table solo at that time. Welcoming staff. Almost all vegan (why not just go 100%?). Delicious food.

Pros: Very good food

Cons: Not 100% vegan

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great place to eat in Venice - Edit

The restaurant was luckily just near our accomodation, in Lido and we went 3 times during our stay in Venice.
We were not only glad finding a vegetarian restaurant (with mostly vegan dishes), but also a restaurant that provides fresh food (which we realized was not so easy during our 2-weeks trip in Italy)! Very friendly service! Good value for money!
We will definetely go again on our next visit to Venice, and advise it to our friends!

Pros: fresh food, nice service and cosy atmosphere, conveniently located by vaporetto station

Cons: -

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Great vegan food - Edit

This is a very friendly cafe with loads of vegan options. The food was tasty and the vegan cake amazing. Really enjoyed our meal here.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Great vegan cake, Friendly staff

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A very lovely meal - Edit

This place has a lovely set up and atmosphere. Because of the name I expected something more casual but it was a very nice place for dinner. there's about 4 starters and maybe 15 mains and only 2 are not vegan. I had oricchiette with tomato, olive and rocket and it was lovely. For starters had the bruschetta and tofu crostini. Vanilla and chocolate cake for dessert. All were very good.

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Must visit if in Venice! - Edit

cool Vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options. The owner and servers knew what was vegan which is pretty much everything bar a couple of dishes (linguine and burger I think). I highly recommend booking and going here for a nice dinner. They had some great wine too. we had the bruschetta, tofu crostini for starters and orchiette pasta with pesto for mains. I liked everything!

Pros: lots of vegan options, great wine and atmosphere, save room for vegan cake

Cons: make a booking

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ein Abstecher mit dem Vaporetto nach Lido lohnt sich - Edit

Schöne Lage mit viel Außenbestuhlung ganz in der Nähe der Vaporettostation Lido. Der Antipasti-Mix ist wahrhaft köstlich und für 7€ ein Schnäppchen. Die Auswahl der Hauptgerichte ist gerade richtig, das Personal sehr nett und berät gerne. Wir waren zufrieden. Empfehlenswert !

Pros: Nähe zur Vaporettostation, große Außenbestuhlung, gute Auswahl an Speisen - sehr schmackhaft

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A great find on the Lido - Edit

I found this place online and, seeing it had good reviews, decided to go. Lots of options and in a quiet area near the Vaporetto stop. I enjoyed the tofu scramble with asparagus, the special of the day.

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Simply Wonderful! - Edit

When we arrived at this place it was full, however the owner kindly told us to return in half an hour and he would have a spot for us. We did this and only had to wait a few minutes upon returning before he seated us. The menu is brought to your table on a black board and as Mum and I couldn't read the it, the owner was very helpful in telling us what everything was. He even made a recommendation for the starter ( a sort of mixed plate) which turned out to be delicious! I had lentil curry for the main which was absolutely delicious as was the $3.50 house wine. For dessert we shared a piece of choc vanilla cake which was nice but a little dry, would have gone well with vegan ice-cream! We had to catch a taxi boat from old venice, however the trip was quite lovely and the restaurant was only a 2 minute walk from the dock. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Venice! The only good food we had there during our stay.

Pros: great service , good food, nice atmosphere

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Truly impressed - Edit

We were a bit skeptical about this place given its name, but since vegan options are pretty rare in Venice and the reviews on HappyCow were nice, we decided to give it a try.

We took place outside on the quite large, shaded terrace at the front of the restaurant. Davide, the owner who speaks English very well, brought us the menu on chalkboards. He was very patient while explaining almost every item on the menu as we were not familiar with Italian food names and descriptions. He also told us that everything they serve is made from scratch.

To our pleasure, only the lasagna and fettucini were not vegan. I opted for the Polpette Di Soia Con Salsa Di Cipolla Di Tropea in Agrodolce (soya balls with sweet onion sauce), while my husband had the Fagioli Mex In Salsa Chili Con Uso Basmati (black beans in a chilli sauce with basmati rice).

While waiting for our meals, Davide brought us a basket of fresh, delicious bread and breadsticks. The bread alone was worth a visit! Then came our plates. I was first disappointed by the look of my meal: a few soya balls on shredded lettuce with a small bowl of sauce in the middle. I thought there was no way this could be fulfilling. I was so wrong and it was one of the best meal I had in Italy, mixing the freshness of the lettuce with the softness of the balls and the sweet taste of the sauce. My husband loved the beans as well, even though it was a bit too salty for his taste. The portions were large enough, but the dessert portions were quite small for the price.

Overall, a lovely place with delicious food at a fairly reasonable price for Venice.

We’d return in a heartbeat.

Pros: conveniently located close to the vapore, no cover charge, no fried food

Cons: dessert portion small for the price, only a few tables inside

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Great food in a lovely location - Edit

Really good vegetarian food. Easy to get to from the main part of Venice by water bus. Highly recommended

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Extremely High Quality Vegetarian & Vegan Food - Edit

We ate here for lunch today and were very impressed. The quality of our brushetta was very high, and the lasagna we both ordered was among the best we have ever eaten. Davide, the proprietor, is lovely and speaks English which is a help for those of us not fluent in Italian. When I inquired about a dry, organic red wine, he brought me a glass of a lovely wine that fit my requirements PLUS had no sulfites. We heartily recommend this restaurant as food- and service-wise it is among the very best vegetarian restaurants we have ever eaten. It is a very short walk from the water taxi in Lido. Also, the bathroom was very clean which is always the mark of a restaurant that cares about the details! Enjoy!

Pros: High quality, varied menu items, Very friendly/genuine staff, Easy to find

Cons: none whatsoever

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Best restaurant near Venice! - Edit

Venice has some nice veg-friendly restaurants overall, but this is the only full vegetarian (almost vegan) restaurant we found.

We went during their evening opening time, really nice atmosphere (try to get a reservation beforehand if you know when you will eat, it's quite popular). The menu is really big (and is like 80-90% vegan), and the server is really helpful explaining everything, dish by dish if you want to.

The server heavily recommended the appetizer pies, and we choose the mixed appetizer plate, and the broccoli and potato pie. I usually don't care to much for pie, but the pie was the best pie I've ever had, really moist and just delicious. The falafel from the mixed plate was great too. For main course I choose the Lasagna and my fiancée choose the veg-burger. Both was delicious (The broccoli pie was the highlight of the meal though!).

The price is reasonable (also no cover charge) and it's what you pay for all restaurants if you go out in Venice, and for this quality is super worth it.


Too bad we went on our last vacation day, else we would have easily returned, but if we go to Venice again we will most certainly eat here again!

Pros: Extremely good food, Super friendly staff, Nice location, not far from the bussboat

Cons: none

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lovely lunch - Edit

As Venice does not have a full veggie restaurant, we made a point of coming to Lido to eat here. It's an easy vaporetto ride and the restaurant is steps from the station. We were the first lunch customers and the waiter showed us the daily menu on a chalkboard. He said it's all veggie with more than 80% vegan. He was very helpful in explaining the menu and we started with the bruschetta, mixing the two types available. For entrees, we got the seitan with lemon caper sauce and the grilled tofu. The seitan was excellent. We tried two different types of cake for dessert, the peach cinnamon and chocolate. We sat outside and the weather was very nice too. Overall, we had a lovely meal and it's worth the trip from Venice. It was more reasonably priced with no coperto (cover charge) too.

Pros: lots of vegan options, nice atmosphere

Cons: not all vegan

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Wrong night? - Edit

The waiter was really good, welcoming and helpful, but after being yelled at from the kitchen a number of times by a man we guessed to be the proprietor service went downhill. The poor chef bore the brunt of it however. We decided to skip dessert and get the bill instead. Reasonable prices and the food was pretty good.

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Wonderful place - must go! - Edit

This is a wonderful Bistrot on the island of Lido. All organic, and the menu is almost totally vegan (a couple vegetarian items that staff can easily point out). The owner and staff are super friendly and the environment is very welcoming and informal, yet nice. I had black bean tacos (the best I've had anywhere), salad, tofu crumble, juice, ginger-carrot cake, and espresso. Definitely worth the journey from Venice, even if you hadn't planned on going to Lido...but on that note, check out Lido, it's amazing! I'll definitely be coming back to Bio Sound System, and in fact plan to stay on Lido (rather than in Venice) next time I'm in the area, just to be sure I can easily get to this restaurant often!

Pros: delicious food, super friendly owner and staff, reasonably priced

Cons: none

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fantastic food and super friendly service - Edit

This place is perfect for vegans!
The food is organic, homemade and except of two dishes completely vegan.
The service is excellent and everyone is very friendly.
The prices are reasonable for this kind of quality.

Updated from previous review on Sunday February 22, 2015

Pros: Food, Atmosphere , Service

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Lucky find - amazing food! - Edit

While on Lido island, we decided to get lunch before heading back to the main island. We walked around a bit, checking out the cafes and sandwich shops, finding the normal selection of pasta/salad most Italian restaurants had. Nothing sounded good, so we turned down a smaller street hoping to find a few other options. There was only one cafe that direction, so we decided to see what they offered. While looking at the menu board, our conversation went something like this: E: "Does that say tofu? That says tofu!" R: "Seitan? They have seitan!" Looking over at the entrance of the restaurant, "It's a vegan/vegetarian place!"

Amazingly, we had stumbled upon the only dedicated vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Venice. It has only been open for 75 days, and clearly, it was fate that we found it.

The food was fresh and delicious, full of flavor. We chose to have the chef send out favorite dishes to us and we were thrilled with the offerings. The staff was friendly and courteous. Highly, highly recommended!

Read more about our experience here: http://a-veg-life.blogspot.com/2014/07/euroadventure-day-24-lido-and-leaving.html

Pros: Fresh foods, Bold flavors, Friendly staff

Cons: Can be expensive if you order a lot!

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so so food at high price - Edit

Had dinner here: some crackers with hummus & tapenade (7euro) and as a main seitan with tomatoes (15euros). The main was like eating cat food, no veggies at all. Just seitan in tomato sauce. Very friendly staff but way too expressive.

Pros: terrace, choice, friendly staff

Cons: not too tasty, expensive

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