I know the Florian is overpriced but popular due to its ambience. Is the ambience worth it? Do they primarily serve drinks, or do they offer desserts and small meals as well? Thanks.
I was in Venice in March of this year. The first afternoon we were there we went to Cafe Florian and we each, two of us, had a glass of wine. We could look out the window at the piazza and could hear the band playing. The wine was served with nibbles. I think the bill was 16 euro. I think I recall other patrons enjoying what might have been a tea service, small sandwiches, etc. I seem to remember that you could order food off the menu.
For me it was worth it. We enjoyed the ambiance and listening to the band.
Yes it's worth it. It is overpriced but it's just lovely. I was there in March too and had a table outside. It was a lovely afternoon and I had a glass of wine which came with chips and olives and listened to the band. When my bill came it was 8 Euro for the wine and 5.5 Euro for the entertainment. So expect an additional charge if the band is playing. There is a menu outside the main door and I know they do afternoon tea and I think sandwiches and light meals. I really didn't have a close look.
A related question... Being that there is a service charge on the table, do you think that the Florian (and other nice restaurants) would be adverse to single diners? I know I need to be more thick skinned - but I’m traveling alone this September and I’m really nervous that restaurants won’t want to waste a whole table in their outdoor seating to just one person! Any advice/input would be really appreciated, thanks.