Although Venice has never been thought of as a foodies' destination, there are good restaurants if you want to take the time to seek them out. We usually relied on word-of-mouth by asking other diners where they had eaten. We enjoyed generally excellent food and in places with great atmosphere. My only misstep took place in Santa Margherita where I ordered cuttlefish, thinking it was like squid or octopus. Turns out, it's a different creature. I sent it back and ordered spaghetti Bolognese. Most of our dining was al fresco, and that was a treat in the warm Italian evenings. My credit card bill attests to the damage these culinary excursions did to my bank account.