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Al Merca

#8 of 1,216 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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San Polo
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213 San Polo, Venice, Italy
34 68 34 06 60
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Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place for a drink!

Extremely fun spot to grab a drink while the sun is going down. It sucks there's no music there and the square is a bit dead in the evenings, but the drinks are good and it's fun to grab a drink and stand in the square while you drink. Not a place for multiple drinks - perfect place though if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Extremely fun spot to grab a drink while the sun is going down. It sucks there's no music there and the square is a bit dead in the evenings, but the drinks are good and it's fun to grab a drink and stand in the square while you drink. Not a place for multiple drinks - perfect place though if... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This little counter is GREAT! The sandwiches are super-yummy and the local drinks are not too bad either. The only drawback is there is no place to sit. We joined other enterprising folks and sat on the cobblestones outside the shop. I would go back in a minute for another sandwich....or two......

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a wonderful place to end your day round Venice - both locals and visiors stand around and talk and the tapas food is excellent - very cheap food and drink but really tasty too. Would whole heartedly recommend a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We had light snacks and a glass of wine. After the first bite, we were wow this is what the Locals have been eating. Worth trying little outlet outside the super touristy area.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We stopped here before dinner. Had two cups of delicious wine and italian style tapas. These were small sandwiches. Delicious. Great service and atmosphere. You can't seat but the ambience is great. Don't miss it!!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Found this little place for tapas and glass of wine, in a square just by Rialto bridge. Wine excellent and 2.5 euro, tapas around same price, get the meat balls also. Love the place, love the food, love the service and just stand and eat as only one bench outside, but that all adds to it, we went every day... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We stumbled across Al Merca on our first day in Venice and joined the locals (and some tourists) in drinking Aperol Spritz. The drinks here were well priced and good measures. The staff were friendly and if you ask for your drink to go, they'll put it in a plastic cup and you can take a walk over to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great little place for drinks and a snack, with prosecco from 2 euros a glass, inexpensive local beer and spritz. There are no seats here like a lot of the hip bars in Venice, grab your drink and snacks and hang out in the square outside. Don't take your drinks too far though without swapping your glass for a plastic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great location just outside of farmers market. I tried two of the small sandwitches (tuna with horseradish and salami with truffle cheese) Tried to go back our last morning in town for one more glass of Prosecco and a small snack but they were not open yet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a standing only little bar just around the corner from the courthouse. Great Aperol spritz and nibbles. A wonderful way to end a long day of sightseeing or a quick cocktail before dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 213 San Polo, Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Polo
  • Neighborhood: San Polo
  • Phone Number: 34 68 34 06 60

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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Staying in San Polo

Neighborhood Profile
San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.