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Ai Gondolieri

366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
+39 041 5286396
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Ranked #413 of 1,203 restaurants in Venice
Price range: $68 - $95
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
Description: Ai Gondolieri restaurant in Venice is something special in the Venice dining scene – a kitchen that concentrates its menu on meaty dishes of the mainland rather than the typically fishy fare of most other eateries here. A short walk from the Guggenheim Museum and the Accademia (take vaporetto 1 or 82), Ai Gondolieri enjoys a magically romantic setting in a genuinely old inn with its own arched bridge over a picture-postcard canal. The dining rooms are not splashy or over-decorated, with wood panelling, modern seating, white table linens, ceiling fans. Nevertheless this place attracts the starriest visitors to Venice, from presidents to film stars. The upmarket menu changes seasonally, featuring dishes like deep-fried stuffed zucchini flowers, breaded deep-fried lamb served beautifully pink, superb steaks, excellent risotto. Your host will chat in English with you about the all-Italian menu.
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was on the hunt for an excellent restaurant to whisk my chef-parents to in Dorsoduro (where we were staying) and Ai Gondolieri was conveniently located right by the Peggy Guggenheim collection. We went on a weekday night, just as it opened. You've probably noted by now that yes, the menu is a bit pricey. If you're searching for an... More

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Eastbourne
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Not inexpensive but the food, service and ambience are first rate. Being, relatively, small eaters we appreciated the option of half portions on some dishes. As one would expect in an establishment such as this the wines offered are excellent.

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An American living in Northwest England
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113 reviews 113 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

There were so many reviews of so many restaurants in Venice, it was a bit overwhelming. So we asked the deskclerk in our hotel, and he suggested Ai Gondolieri What a delightful dinner we had there. A very good choice of menu items. Wonderful artichokes for an appetizer, they were I swear the best thing I've ever eaten. Because I'd... More

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South Mimms, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We ate in solitary splendour here last Sunday on a hot July afternoon. It's a cool (air-conditioned) old-fashioned restaurant close to the Guggenheim Collection, very agreeable if you like this kind of calm atmosphere. Service was attentive and friendly but discreet.

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Granger, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Loved this restaurant. It was our first night in Venice and this was recommended by our hotel. It was wonderful. From the greeting at the door by the owner to the delicious food served by a friendly staff this ended up being our favorite Venice restaurant. We ordered the tasing menu..Whew!! A lot of food but it was first rate... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

recommended by our hotel as a quality place we were looking forward to our visit our suspicions were raised when we entered an almost deserted restaurant at 9pm on a saturday night and our first instinct was to make excuses and leave however we decided to stay old fashioned looking place - the decor probably hasnt been updtaed since the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was highly recommended as a local, good quality favourite. It does feel rather special with old wooden panelled walls and decor which obv hasn't changed much in many years but I found it a little stuffy and old fashioned with most of the clientele eating in hushed tones/silence. Food is also rather old fashioned (both menu options and in... More

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Ai Gondolleri came highly recommended by several friends who had been here. We were in Venice for New Year's Eve and were looking for someplace special that wouldn't feel touristy. Hard to find in Venice. We did the evening tasting menu. Our greeting at the door was very warm and genuine. The room itself is very inviting. Not too bright,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Lovely restaurant that has stood for 60+ years in the same place. Friendly yet deadly serious about the food and wine. My wife is extremely lactose intolerant and we asked if the taster menu could be adapted. Always the mark of a restaurant that can be bothered, they made a few changes and we had a really memorable meal accompanied... More

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Valencia, Spain
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is the second time I've been to this restaurant and it certainly lives up to its reputation. The food is top quality. I started with the local Venetian liver dish and it was cooked perfectly. However the chateaubriand we ate for our main course was out of this world. The service was attentive and friendly. I'm going back again... More

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