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Ai Gondolieri

#277 of 1,137 Restaurants in Venice
#314 of 1,226 Places to Eat in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Not as expensive as people are saying.

The reviews say that this is a very expensive restaurant. I have to disagree. To get a fillet steak of that quality and size (the size of a small boulder) for €33 in any city is not especially usurious. For Venice I would call that good value. We had a delicious bottle of well priced Merlot to go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We tried the tasting menu and we're delighted by some interesting tastes and inventive courses. Service was excellent, atmosphere very authentic. The best food we found in Venice. This is not a cheap place to eat but good for a special occasion and actually I'd say value for money compared to many of the restaurants in Venice that are as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had not planned to visit this restaurant but happened to be passing when we wanted a quiet lunch. The menu looked comprehensive and we liked the fact that her could order half portions. This allowed us to have an entree and a primo. Both courses were wonderful and allowed us to sample their starters of mozzarella and parma ham... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely restaurant that manages to retain an authentic feel in this most tourist rich of cities. They primarily serve meat rather than fish but our party certainly felt they could have chosen and eaten everything on the menu. First class.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Chose this restaurant because an article I read on the Condé Nast Traveller guide, and it was great. Luckily we got a table, because we forgot to make a reservation, but I strongly suggest if you don't want to loose your vaporeto trip and a little walk, MAKE reservations. Its well worth it the trip to the other side of... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful evening of fabulous food, beautifully presented, in a gentle, service oriented environment. Very impressed with food quality and presentation in a cozy, wood paneled space and waiters in suits!

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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The reviews say that this is a very expensive restaurant. I have to disagree. To get a fillet steak of that quality and size (the size of a small boulder) for €33 in any city is not especially usurious. For Venice I would call that good value. We had a delicious bottle of well priced Merlot to go with it.... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I ended up here as my hotel was nearby and I had an early flight the next morning. The old world style of the restaurant by a canal is great but the rear dining room is a bit bland in terms of decoration. The menu is filled with exciting sounding dishes that are a mile away from the usual tourist... More 

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83 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 55 - 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Dorsoduro / Accademia

Neighborhood Profile
Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.