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Al Merca

#14 of 1,202 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
San Polo
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213 San Polo, Venice, Italy
34 68 34 06 60
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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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
Most recent review
A Must!!

We stumbled across this bar while we were walking around the grand canal in venice. Given its location we were expecting high prices, however having orders two glasses of prosecco and two snacks it only came to €7. This is a standing only bar (known in Italian as a bacari bar), but you feel in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We stumbled across this bar while we were walking around the grand canal in venice. Given its location we were expecting high prices, however having orders two glasses of prosecco and two snacks it only came to €7. This is a standing only bar (known in Italian as a bacari bar), but you feel in the heart of venice when... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I remember the first time I discovered this locale a few years back with my friends. It was packed with locals enjoying an after-work chit chat with colleagues and friends. They were all holding what we later on found out to be Aperol Spritz. Other than great wine selection and cocktails, they also offer small snacks which go perfectly with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Do stop at this great little bar - you will enjoy the simple but superb snacks and excellent wine. A perfect spot for people watching or just energy boost.

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Wiltshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Our favourite place to go in Venice! The wine is superb, the little rolls are great, fantastic staff and vibrant local atmosphere. Daytime visits are great, and it can be absolutely buzzing at night. Don't be intimidated by the crowds, get stuck in at the bar, smile and shout your order. Try a glass (or 2!) of Refusco, a really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Found this place by accident. Saw a crowd and went to see what was happening.Total surprise to find it was selling wine and snacks. Good wine at only a couple of euros for a generous glass. Got our wine and simply sat in the square in the sun with everyone else, informal and very relaxed.Friendly and helpful staff...whats not to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Accidentally came across this tiny place at around midday. Attention was drawn by the small crowd in this quaint square so I had a look in and saw an extensive wine list on either wall with a counter of small slider type rolls, filled with various salamis and cheese. A glass of Chardonnay and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, together... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is the place to go in Venice to have either a wine or spritz. It is always packed out in the square where everyone chats and sips their drinks. Just shout you order at the bar and the friendly staff will pour it out. Very cheap at about €2 a glass but the range and quality of the wine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Lovely place.. Definately worth a quick visit after going to the market... Bar staff are lovely. The food looks great too..

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Authentic cichetti, best Spritz in Venice and on a lovely square. Must not miss, especially after a trip to the Rialto or Venetian market.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

One of the major inspirations for London's 'Polpo' chain and easy to see why: fresh chichetti and good spritz at local prices on the edge of the Rialto Market. Even the olive in my drink was the best I've had in Italy! Great for people watching and a quick refuel. Only thing that let it down was the slight haughtiness... 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?