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Al Merca

#13 of 1,232 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
San Polo
Italian, Wine Bar
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213 San Polo, Venice, Italy
34 68 34 06 60
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Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great on a sunny day

We sampled several glasses of good quality wine which were inexpensive. You stand outside in the square and soak up the atmosphere with a few bites to eat. Wonderful gorgonzola and parma ham snacks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Megan B
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We sampled several glasses of good quality wine which were inexpensive. You stand outside in the square and soak up the atmosphere with a few bites to eat. Wonderful gorgonzola and parma ham snacks.

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Haifa, Israel
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300 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

A really nice place to drink Sfritz, or a delicious Bellini side with a great sandwich. There are a selection of drinks and sandwiches and the price is very reasonable. recommended.

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Dallas, Tx
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We came here one evening and had a great time joking around with the servers and had good conversation with an Australian traveler... I think sometimes if we had good interaction with servers or other folks in their adventures I tend to like a place a little better and this has that, good atmosphere friendly people. Good choices on wine... More 

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Stumbled upon this bar, close to Rialto Bridge, during. Pre- Christmas break to Venice. Excellent service, just 2 guys in a "cupboard bar" - rapidly serving Spritz, beers etc. Also offering chicchetti, although we were a little late arriving to sample these! Easy laid back outside drinking, the square full off locals, many with families and a few tourists. A... More 

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Guimaraes, Portugal
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108 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This place has very good offers in terms of drinks and "tapas". You can try several things and drink in a crowded place at a very good price!!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

There are many hole in the wall treasures hidden in Venice and this is one of them. We just stumbled upon it because we saw a line and decided it must be good. Fabulous mini sandwiches and wine that are delicious for your mouth and very friendly for your wallet. A must eat in Venice when you need a light... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Good place to sip on some wine for a good price but wasn't too impressed with the sandwiches. The bread was a bit stale and hard.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

It's quite easy to find but off the main tourist drag from Rialto bridge. It was recommended by locals and indeed there are many local people eating and drinking there. It was nice in the late autumn to stand outside and enjoy a spritz but not sure what it would be like in winter....

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Karlsruhe, Germany
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Had several short breaks here to enjoy few spritz or few while walking around Venice. Just ask for a drink and snac and get it immediately from the bar, as many italians and tourist do. Great place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

It's unbelievable how these guys manage to produce so many varied tasty ciccetti and serve so many wines at least ten red and whites. Don't expect a seat but if you are lucky you can find a space on a bench at the side of the counter or just stand and enjoy the crowd and the vini !

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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, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene

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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.