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213 San Polo, Venice, Italy (San Polo)
34 68 34 06 60
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Ranked #22 of 1,194 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: San Polo
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Cleveland, Oh
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145 reviews 145 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Most Venetians have one (or two) glass of wine (ombra) and a little snack (cicchetto) before or instead of lunch abd before dinner. This is also a social event and an opportunity to talk with friends and unknowns. It is usually done in bacari, osterie, and standing. Al merca is probably the best bacaro. The location is in a small... More

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14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stayed 4 years go around this district and discovered this bar and all its quirkyness. We went back this year, doh, went around on the Sunday, the area was deserted. Gutted not to find our little chichtti bar open, it looked closed....., we went back wandering as you do and there it was... just the same, busy, busy ,busy.... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is the greatness of Al mercà, sharing the locals' habits. Cicchetti are good but wine is great and incredibly cheaply priced. One of the town's best selections in natural wines. Marco and his partners are also ready to advise you on the best spots where to have your dinner. Best times of the week is saturday from 1 to... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The sandwiches at this place are delicious, from the parma to the salt cod. Excellent wines and prosecco by the glass, served by fast, friendly folks. There are a few wine barrels acting as tables right outside, and if you go on a Saturday or Sunday, it feels very local - like the whole family is out starting brunch. There... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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116 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a must on the bacari/cicchetti tour. In a small fairly quiet square just yards away from the heaving throngs on the main Rialto drag. Nothing fancy, stand up, order a snack and a drink at very good prices and enjoy being off the beaten track in Venice. The guy that runs it was good fun and speaks English.

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Brownsville, Texas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Great mini-sandwiches and good priced local wine/beer. Very crowded but very fast service... Extremely reasonable prices in one of the best locations in Venice... A definitely DO NOT MISS!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Nice stop for a quick break with affordable wine and decent cicchetti. Good service and great place to take in the sights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Hard to find unless open, from past reviews it is essential to get there as close to open as possible. Serving cheap food and wine this hole in the wall serves their patrons well who then meander about the piazza in front. Great location and friendly service. A must see on the Venice night scene

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Orangeville, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My husband and I frequented this hot spot several times over the past weekend! Loved the atmosphere, the cheap prices was an added bonus! 2.50 euro was the average price for wine, beer, spritz! The ciccetti was wonderful, service was quick and friendly. Highly recommend!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This place is hip & cool and a great place to drink but not necessarily to eat -- it's decent and it's cheap but there's not exactly much of it! The other two spots in the square might make up the difference, of course, but they're of a decidedly lower quality.

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Additional Information about Al Merca

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

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