Antico Martini: Traditional Venetian Cuisine in San Marco

by Stefania Vida
Antico Martini

Located in the heart of Venice just steps from the La Fenice Opera House, the Antico Martini restaurant is renowned for its authentic Venetian cuisine and romantic, elegant atmosphere.

Should you find yourself walking along this ‘campiello’, you will be attracted by the warm light enshrouding it. If, on the other hand, you’ve arrived from Calle XXII Marzo, its seemingly austere entrance will intrigue you. Soothing background music will invite you to enter and enjoy an unforgettable evening. This is the Antico Martini. Its history dates back to 1720 when it was founded as a coffee shop. This was a period of great ferment, a time when the city was awash with music and theatres: for example, on 16 May 1792, the ‘La Fenice’ theatre was inaugurated in Campo San Fantin. Within the space of a short time, this coffee house became a meeting point for glitterati heading to the theatre, but also for artists and intellectuals.

Enjoy a great example of fine local cuisine

Everyone from Arturo Toscanini to Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, to mention a few, has come here for the refined ambience and superb seafood. The cuisine features a harmonious balance between fish (freshly caught) and meat (including classical Venice-style liver, but also Chateaubriand and other specialities) accompanied by seasonal vegetables. Its starters epitomise the delicacy of Venetian cuisine thanks to a perfect blend of flavours, colours and culinary creativity. Its impressive menu is accompanied by an outstanding wine list featuring more than 200 of the best Italian and foreign vintages.

Charlie Chaplin with his family in 1962
Charlie Chaplin with his family in 1962



Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm

Campo Teatro Fenice, 2007

Phone: +39 041 5224121

Official Website:

GPS: 45.4336, 12.33413
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