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Ai Gondolieri

366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
+39 041 5286396
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Ranked #325 of 1,214 Restaurants in Venice
Price range: $65 - $91
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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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Melbourne, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I had dinner here my first night in Venice - just near where I was staying. As a solo traveller I was delighted to feel truly welcomed - directed to a lovely table by a window and very attentive service. The menu options of 'half' serves really helped and meant that I could try more than one dish of the... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

A few steps from the Peggy Guggenheim, Ai Gondolieri is certainly one of the top restaurants in Venice. The wine list is excellent and the dishes are wonderfully prepared and served. Service was amazingly graceful. A must in Dorsoduro!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

....or rather I should say 'recommendatio'n. Hidden and well off the beaten track this is a cracker of a restaurant. Pricey, yes but the food and the service was outstanding. Having been told this restaurant was well known for their fresh market fish I was initially disappointed not to find fish on the menu but "Ah ha ! We'd lost... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Had the most amazing meal tonight taste, presentation attention to detail it has it all. If you want a romantic evening, wonderful food, excellent wine then this is it. The best meal and restaurant in Venice so far. Highly recommend you won't be disappointed.

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Montreal, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

For our last night in Venice we were looking for a quiet spot that had great food and we found it. We had the risotto for two and it was excellent - the wine selection is fantastic, the service was remarkable and friendly and the desserts were outstanding as well. What we really loved is that the chef uses fresh... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It may be hard to eat cheaply and well in Venice, but you can certainly eat well. We were seduced by an interesting menu as we wandered toward the Guggenheim Collection. It was a risk, since a location that good makes good food almost unnecessary. But the food was delightful. We had a fritto misto by another name to start,... More

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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127 reviews 127 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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