Cantina Do Mori
Mon-Fri 8:00 - 20:00
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12 reviews in English
Review from Rachel R.
Colour me in loooooooooooove!
Upon arrival in Venice we dumped our bags at our accomodation and set off for a wander. Now, we'd done a lot of research beforehand and had read all about the bacari - traditional Venetian bars where you can buy a little glass of wine for roughly 1 euro and a few cicheti (fancy bar snacks really) for about the same price. Do Mori is one of the oldest and most famous, and we happened upon it by accident. We did know it existed, and were planning to seek it out in advance, but oh! There we go, here it is, well it'd be rude not to go in having found it so early in our trip.
We ordered 2 'ombra' of white wine, and a selection of cicheti to get us started. Oh wow. It's a revelation. We had two meatballs with a spicy sauce, two little squid and two crostini with some sort of fish on them. Delicious! And all reasonably priced, absolutely perfect. It was perhaps a little dearer than some of the other bacari we visited on our trip, but it was definitely the most beautiful with copper pots hanging from the ceiling and all dark wood. Very nice.
Oh, and the barman who served us was very helpful!
If you're in Venice you should definitely do a bacari crawl and make sure that Do Mori is top of your list!
Review from Sandy B.
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Review from Janice C.
Bf: "I'm gonna find it, even if I have to use up ALL of my megabytes!!!"
* sigh *
Here's the thing about Venice: google maps doesn't work here. It tells you to turn into this main street, go straight for 200 m, make a right into an alley which leads to a smaller alley, turn left and you end up ..... right where you started. I've a pretty good sense of direction, but apparently, not here.
Half an hour and 50 MB later, he gives up. We were ready to just head back towards the Rialto Bridge when we turned a corner and .... voila! The Cantina Do Mori sign was staring at us straight in the face. Go Figure!!
I heard about this place from a fellow traveler, Anthony Bourdain. The guy knows his stuff, right? Being the oldest cichetti bar (cichetti is tapas in Venezia) in town, of course we had to go here.
I love the old world ambiance of the place: dark, lots of wood beams, copper pots hanging from the ceiling and casks of wine behind the bar. Offerings are encased behind a glass compartment and range from cheeses, small sandwiches, salumi, pickled onions and seafood. Point what looks good and hope for the best!
Skip the sandwiches and focus more on the meats and veggies. The mushroom and cippolini onions, stewed eggplant, grilled octopus (get several if you love, love octopus) meatballs and salami. Their wines vary greatly in prices, so we opted for the cheapest ones: a glass of 2.50 euro Montepulciano and 3 euros for prosecco, because one thing I've noticed in Italy, you really can't go wrong even with the cheapest wine, it's still very good!
Just remember, like any tapas bars, your bill can easily get spendy and keep in mind this place is cash only.
Grilled octopus, meatballs and stewed eggplant with a glass…
Offerings behind the batt
Review from Hiro S.
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Los Angeles, USA
I was happy to find this hole in the wall wine bar place. Well, I did not find it to be exact...my hotel concierge sent me. When I heard the name first, I thought it's some sort of Japanese eating place due to 'Mori'...anyhow, I love the ambiance, and loved it more after I heard this place opened back in the 15th century - the oldest bar in Venice for sure!
As an ignorant traveler, I had to ask what those buckets hanging from the ceilings were for. ;)
I did not know this place was introduced by Anthony Bourdain's show until someone pointed out while I was there, but it did not matter. You come here, enjoy the ambiance, and of course wines. Those finger food (aka mini sandwiches) may not be the best tasting food (to be honest), but hey they're very cheap and it's perfect to accompany your wines especially if you don't feel like big meal.
If you order cheapy wines, they serve in a crappy glass. But if you order nice (aka more expensive) ones, they serve in a big wine glass. :) They close early (8pm), in fact, they start closing preparation around 7:30pm, so ideally you should come here for a glass or two before your dinner...or breakfast/lunch if you are up for. They open at 8am, haha.
Cash only, folks!
Review from Michael S.
We rented an apartment for two weeks one summer a few blocks away from here. This Cicchetti (tapas, snacks) bar, the oldest in Venice, is a short way from the market, it is a classic. A lot of the market workers ended up here when they were finished working. It is a little difficult to find as it has no sign and the addresses in Venice make no sense. It is small, with low heavy wood beamed ceilings that are not much taller than me, not very much light and there is no place to sit. Other than that it is great.
I would go shopping in the market in the morning for dinner and stop by for a few snacks and a glass or two of wine. They always had several great bottles of white on ice in a big copper bucket. It felt so completely decadent because it was always well before noon. I imagined I was living like a real Venetian.
BTW, ALL of the Cicchetti here are GREAT.
Review from Qype User (BushGi…)
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This bacaro was recommened in a few guide books and artcles that I had read and so we were keen to visit it to get a feel for the Venetian way of life. That is the activity of going to a bar, standing and drinking wine, and eating cichetti (tapas like snacks).
We were determined to find it on our first night, and wandered about in the rain for a good while, meandering between the crumbling walls and snaking up and down the endlessly confusing narrow streets before he said 'Why don't we just go here instead?' and of course, the place we were standing next to was actually the place we had been trying to find for 20 minutes.
We wondered in, it wasn't very busy but these place are so small that as soon as a group of 3 shows up there's a party atmosphere. I ordered 2 glasses of prosecco (a local and persoanl favourite) for E2.50 each. See what I mean about nowhere being expensive if you live in London? £2 for a glass of prosecco in London would be a struggle to find.
Anyway, we stood drinking our prosecco and watching as people came in and ordered at the bar and ate various cichetti (which we were not brave enough to order, despite looking very tasty) and then had our glasses filled again before paying and wondering off into the rainy night to find a restaurant.
We came back a further 2 times, the 3rd time the barman short-changed me, which was annoying as it was busy and I had to call him back to tell him he'd given me change for 10 when I'd given a 20 but then he overcharged me when he rectified it. Annoying.
However, I would still recommend this as an excellent place to get a taste of the Venetian night life style.
Review from Stephen T.
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Bucklebury, West Berkshire
Great little place for wine, prosecco and chichetti. The clientele seems to be a mixture of tourists - of course - but also locals. Some of whom enter through one door, knock back a blanc and exit through the other door, all without seeming to break stride!
Definitely worth seeking out (not far from Rialto) for a (slightly) more authentic local cichetti experience.
And I think those are all old water buckets hanging from the ceiling!
Review from Katherine R.
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The wine and cicchetti are delicious and plentiful, but it is extremely hard to find, even though there are two entrances.
It has been open since 1462, with copper pots lining the ceiling. The resulting atmosphere is a bit sombre, and there is little seating. Great for a pit stop.
Review from Qype User (samcha…)
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St Albans, Hertfordshire
I have been to the Cantina on every visit to Venice - It has real atmosphere and wont rip you off.
There is a great selection of wines and cichetti but the house white gies great with a couple of crab's claws and wont break the bank. It's a little hard to find but only a minute from the Rialto bridge. If you want to experience real Venice forget Harry's Bar and their poncy waiters, overpriced bellinis and ZERO atmosphere head for a traditional wine bar, osteria or cantina and be treated like a human being and not a tourist.
Awesome, can't wait until next time!
Review from Qype User (Nunhea…)
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The Cantina Do Mori is one of the best places for cicchetti that we
found in all our wanderings around Venice. Something of a local
landmark, this ancient bar has charm in abundance and is a welcome
respite from the tourist hustle and bustle of nearby Rialto Bridge.
standing room only but that just adds to the atmosphere and I would
recommend a visit on weekday around noon or 5pm to get a real feel for
the place when it is teaming with all sorts of local characters and
traders from the fish market you will also get the best selection of
the many different types of snacks on offer. Like many of these types of
bars it closes early at 8pm.
If you are not in the mood for a
full on meal or you want to stretch your budget out a carefully chosen
plate of tasty snacks will keep you going all night. Nothing will cost
more than 2EUR and most are 1EUR.
The wine selection is also very good
with something to suit all tastes and budgets. If you want to see where
the likes of Polpo and Polpette in London took their inspiration from
this would be a good place to start.
Review from Wakako U.
Review from Rupe G.
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One of the world's great bars. It is dark, with copper pots hanging from the ceiling. One bar, two entrances. Wine everywhere. You nip in and rest your feet while you have a slurp. They have little bar snacks. When I went with a mate in 2011 the barman seemed a bit miserable, but he was fighting off a smirk the third time we went for another glass of red. It is beautiful, small, old and very very inviting.