EXPERIENCE VENETIAN HERITAGE, ONE ESPRESSO AT A TIME
At Gran Caffè Quadri, you can spend an entire day sitting in one of the most beautiful squares in the world, taking in the views of St. Mark's Cathedral. Join us in the morning for a perfectly-pulled Italian epresso and brioche or a proper continental breakfast, then linger a bit longer for a pre-lunch aperitivo. In addition to coffee and cocktails, our menu includes a wide array of cicchetti, or Venetian-style small plates, that can be ordered as a snack, light lunch or proper meal.
The Quadri bar boasts a collection of high-quality spirits and cocktails curated by Raffaele Alajmo, noted martini aficionado. Choose between our signature spritz made with Barbaresco Chinato and tonic water or Venetian classics like the Bellini.
Michele Vianello, a long-standing Quadri waiter, oversees a team of friendly faces, ready to make your visit to Venice truly memorable.
Grancaffè Quadri was first opened in 1638 with the name Il Rimedio (The Remedy), due to the fact that it served Malvasia wine, commonly believed to enliven both the body and spirit.
On May 28, 1775, Giorgio Quadri, arrived in Venice from Corfu together with his wife Naxina in search of fortune. It was Naxina to suggest that they invest in a place that served “hot black water.” The couple purchased Il Rimedio and began serving Turkish coffee.
In 1830, Caffè Quadri was purchased by the Vaerini brothers, who restored the café and added a restaurant upstairs, Ristorante Quadri.
With the arrival of the Alajmo family in 2011, Quadri regained its former allure and in early 2018 the caffè underwent a major restoration led by the French creator Philippe Starck and a team of top Venetian artisans. A transformation revealing the original magic of the place in a romantic and slightly surrealistic atmosphere.
To celebrate the restoration of the Grancaffè & Ristorante Quadri, the Alajmo brothers commisioned a film that documents the various Venetian artisans involved in the project and their ability to uncover the original beauty of this incredible place.