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Ai Gondolieri

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366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 5286396
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Monday
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ai Gondolieri restaurant in Venice is something special in the Venice...
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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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I Was Prepared to Dislike It

I thought this was a tourist trap and would have preferred not to have dinner here. I was wrong. We started out with sticks of fresh celery, carrots and yellow peppers with olive oil for dipping. It was refreshing. I had the "ancient recipe" risotto which was exceptional. The accompanying... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
Erte
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Hudson, WI
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Hudson, WI
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73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I thought this was a tourist trap and would have preferred not to have dinner here. I was wrong. We started out with sticks of fresh celery, carrots and yellow peppers with olive oil for dipping. It was refreshing. I had the "ancient recipe" risotto which was exceptional. The accompanying salad was crisp, fresh and delicious. The wine selection was... More 

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Hertford UK
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123 reviews 123 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Delightful location on a small canal in the back streets of Dorsorduro. The menu was varied with several dishes we had never tried before even though my wife is Italian. Most dishes are available in half portions which are adequate in themselves. The food was very good throughout and we had no complaints. The restaurant itself is attractive and the... More 

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Bath
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We found this restaurant by chance on New Year's Das after giving up on the Guggenheim which was packed. When I saw the empty Gaja wine boxes on the counter I was hooked - Angelo Gaja is the best winemaker in Italy We had to wait at the counter for about 20 minutes for a table but were given a... More 

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Starnberg, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The good times, when this restaurant has deserved the Michelin rating, are finally over. This was over 25 years ago. Today, this restaurant became a joke. We have ordered two menus "Degustazione" with several courses because in the past, the food was always very good. Mistake. They served us very small and not very attractive but supposedly TYPICAL Venetian dishes... More 

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New York, NY
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My family just returned from a week long trip to Venice. We had some lovely seafood meals. However, towards the end of our trip, we began to crave meat in a serious way. (The fact that it was freezing cold outside may have been a contributing factor.) Our apartment was a short stroll across the Accademia Bridge from Dorsoduro, so... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have been to Venice many times and this is my favourite place to eat. Ai Gondolieri never fails to deliver on taste, presentation and service. It has kept me coming back for the last 14 years. The place it's self is small and understated. If you are after a fish then this is not the place for you as... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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303 reviews 303 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This place is across from Peggy Guggenheim musuem and has superb food and wine! This is a fish free menu so nice change of pace from most Venetian restaurants! Great wine as well

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Watford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Having been to Ai Gondolieri a couple of years ago we were keen to see if it was still great. We were not disappointed. The service is excellent and the traditional and comfortable surroundings are very pleasing. Many Venetian restaurants serve fish so the almost fish free menu here makes a lovely change. The potato mousse with wild mushrooms is... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Ai Gondolieri is a little hidden restaurant that we stumbled upon in Venice and we were delighted with the superb food and excellent service. All our meals were delicious and value for money

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Victoria, Canada
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90 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

When in Venice and you are tired of fish, fish and more fish then come here. the food was excellent, the ambience was nice, the service was very good. Oh yes, and the food was excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro
  • Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
  • Phone Number: +39 041 5286396

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 56 - 78

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm

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