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Al Merca

#16 of 1,217 Restaurants in Venice
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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: Breakfast, Late Night

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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A great find, having lunch like a local

Our apartment host recommended this place for a spot of lunch and an aperetiv and it was spot on even though it was raining? A spritzer and little, tasty chiccheti to keep us going for the rest of the afternoon, was very popular

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Royalla, New South Wales, Australia
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Royalla, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Our apartment host recommended this place for a spot of lunch and an aperetiv and it was spot on even though it was raining? A spritzer and little, tasty chiccheti to keep us going for the rest of the afternoon, was very popular

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We've visited Venice many times but have always been disappointed with the cicchetti on offer at most bars - a slice of bread with a morsel of ham or cheese. Not so here! It's a fabulous little hole in the wall serving wine at incredibly cheap prices - 2- 3 euros a glass and a great range of cicchetti at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I ate at a few of these ciccetti places in Venice... its a bit like Italian tapas.. little cheap dishes (usual around 1 1/2 euros each) and a nice glass of wine to wash them down. The variety was good and the taste was great.... A nice little spot to take a brief break...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great little spot close to the fish market. Stop off for a lovely fresh salami sandwich washed down with a glass of wine.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I happened upon this tiny bar while looking for a place to eat while wandering around the Rialto Bridge. As it was lunchtime, the place was packed with people. I thought it was a good sign that there were a lot of local Italians and not just tourists in the queue so I decided to give it a try. Service... More 

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

After visiting the Realto Marcado to see the market we came across this little find. For 7 euros In total, my wife and I had a glass each and two very tasty rolls. Great value, lots of choice. It's just a stall in a wall so no seating, but this doesn't matter as you can use the barrels and window... More 

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Al Merca' is just a whole in the wall really but its mini panini are big in flavour and the place is just great when it comes to atmosphere! The perfect setting to start the evening with an aperitivo and a quick bite before you decide where you're going for dinner :o) Once you try this place out, it is... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Al Merca is literally a walk up bar serving wine and little bites and small sandwiches. Always crowded and a lively, friendly group. Wonderful place to stop to refuel. Not many places to sit and they have some wine barrels around to set your glass on. Try the cheese shop next door too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

After a visit to the market we saw a huge crowd in front of this place and wanted to check it out. They offer a variety of small sandwiches and drinks 'to go'. Everything tasted delicious and we will definitely come back

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Awesome cheap place for a wine on the go! The wines start at only $2 and they are delicious. Great little cheap sandwiches and cost us $5 for a sandwich and 2 wines. You stand around the piazza and drink your wine and watch people. It's fun and cheap and a perfect place to stop before dinner. Off the tourist... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.