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Al Merca

#10 of 1,207 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: Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night

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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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A popular walk-up bar in the middle of the small square just off the Ritalo Bridge, this place offers a few quick bites and drinks. The food was inexpensive, simple but tasteful. A leisurely atmosphere as friends and families circled around happy standing around chatting. It was such a good time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

A popular walk-up bar in the middle of the small square just off the Ritalo Bridge, this place offers a few quick bites and drinks. The food was inexpensive, simple but tasteful. A leisurely atmosphere as friends and families circled around happy standing around chatting. It was such a good time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Il miglior aperitivo di Venezia! Spritz, paninetto spettacolo o polpettina a prezzi super ragionevoli ed una location grandiosa. EN: best spritz in Venice! If you want to have a good appetizer, a small sandwich or a meatball (for better enjoy your drink) and all of this at a very reasonable price, this is the place for you! Try the real... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

As good as the reviews say....simply brilliant! Great snacks and drinks at fantastic prices... Spritz is as good as anywhere in the city..

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great little bar in the middle of a small square - delicious food and lovely vino - all at very good value. There is no seating as such, but everyone was quite happy standing around eating, drinking and chatting - all this created a great atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We love Al Merca! It is literally just a walk-up bar with no seating, but you get great Spritz, awesome panini (the roast beef with black truffle cream cheese is to DIE FOR) and the fun of standing in the small square with all of the locals, eating and drinking. Go on a Saturday at about Noon -- that's when... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

While walking back over the Rialto Bridge towards our hotel we walked through a small square with the Al Merca in it. A thing to remember is that it has no tables and chairs or toilets, just a bar serving really nice Cicchetti and drink, at a very reasonable price (if not cheap). The Prosecco and Spritz were fantastic and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

A simple aperitif and cicchetti bacari serving excellent drinks and fantastic snacks. Near Rialto market it's the antithesis of the crappy tourist traps charging 10 euros for a spritz on their waterside terraces. You'll also get chance to do some real people watching rather than gawping at other tourists which you could do more easily (and probably cheaply) at the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This tiny cicchetteria near the Rialto market is a must for anyone wanting to experience Venetian life and food. It offers little rolls with a variety of fillings together with a spritz or wine. Customers stand outside along with everyone else and chat - its a great little glimpse into the social life of Venetians and a great lunchtime pit... More 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We stopped here for a drink based on a recommendation from a tour guide. We enjoyed the spritzes very much and had fun hanging out in the piazza with our drinks while our children played. Great Venetian experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Passed here for a quick bite, Cicchetti which is in effect a Venetian tapas. Basically they serve drinks and coffee and small bits sized morsels of absolute joy. Excellent local flavours and an experience well worth a visit.

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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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  • 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

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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.