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Ai Gondolieri

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366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 5286396
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
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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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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 12
    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
Average service, average food, big bill!

This used to be a lovely restaurant. Now? The service was less than attentive even though the restaurant had only two other occupied tables. The waiters gave the impression they were just there to do a job. There were no smiles nor friendly banter, just get on with your order. The osso bucco was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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London
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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London
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173 reviews 173 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This used to be a lovely restaurant. Now? The service was less than attentive even though the restaurant had only two other occupied tables. The waiters gave the impression they were just there to do a job. There were no smiles nor friendly banter, just get on with your order. The osso bucco was okay and was served on a... More 

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Kent
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5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We decided to go to Ai Gondolieri because our guide book (admittedly quite old!) said it was a family affair, cooked by the wife and served by the husband. Proper Italian cooking or so we thought! It has clearly been sold to the establishment that runs the Fenice and Guggenheim cafes/restaurants and is definitely not a family affair - more... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

From the moment you step in this restaurant, to the moment you leave, you are served beautifully by multiple persons gently taking care of you. We had several half portion dishes so we could try several of them, all were amazing. The only thing I didn't like much was the dessert which was a mousse au chocolat but its consistency... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We ate here 12 years ago and it was great but this meal was dreadful. I wonder if they have lost their chef. This is on all the best restaurant lists but it should be removed. I rarely give a bad review but this was so bad I want to warn people to avoid disappointment. The food was dismal. Overcooked... More 

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Just eaten in this lovely establishment, Sunday evening and wondering where to go that is not doing the usual tourist thing, just happened on this restaurant which is near the hotel where we have stayed on several occasions but not been advised by the staff to go here!The restaurant staff were very helpful, wine fantastic, and the food excellent,certainly much... More 

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New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We were wandering the Dorsoduro area and were looking for a place to eat for dinner. It was around 8 pm on a Sunday evening. From the outside, it didn't look like there were any people dining. But they had another seating area in the back where there three other couples eating. We shared their special risotto, a bottle of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I dined here at lunch. The waiter was very attentive, willing to make genuine recommendations and discuss preferences and also suggest great wine pairings for each dish. This is a nice restaurant to escape the tourist crowd and have a more traditional relaxed Venetian dining experience.

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Αθήνα, Ελλάδα
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Stumbled upon this restaurant by chance while lost in Dorsoduro and went inside not really sure of what to expect. It turned out that good luck was on my side that day. Although I didn't have the chance to try their risotto as the kitchen was about to close and the risotto takes about 20 minutes to prepare, I am... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was wary of visiting this restaurant. It is within spitting distance of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and on a main passageway. I thought it might be another tourist trap coasting on its past reputation. Not at all. This is the place to go when you want a break from seafood in Venice. A lot of classical non-seafood dishes, such... More 

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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is a very classic Italian restaurant. We had the testing menu and everything was delicious, and extremely good value. Great wine list. Staff are very attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

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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 54 - 76

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?