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Ai Gondolieri

#312 of 1,232 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 5286396
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 16
    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
Relaxed ambiance, lovely meal

We popped in here after an exhaustingly long walk. They were close to closing so could only offer pasta, so we had a glass of the cabernet franc and shared the tagliatelle with tomato sauce and the white lasagna. I could care less about lasagna, but holy wow this was amazing. I wanted to steal the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
lowhedgerow
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Los Angeles, California
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are a foodie who wants a transcending experience with reasonable price ,try the taster menu at this restaurant ! Balancing between the traditional Italian specialties with a modern twist like potato foam on top of tiny meatballs in red sauce served in a martini glass. We felt like Christmas when every heavenly dish arrived ! Pure excellence!

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

The most opulent restaurant we found (by mistake) in Venice. We happily received the one remaining table for an early 8pm dinner. We dined on fried pumpkin/squash flowers, fresh fish, and (for the boys) spicy pasta dishes. This is a white table cloth and wine list establishment. They did offer a nice cabernet as the house red. Definitely a special... More 

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Thank Mark L
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We popped in here after an exhaustingly long walk. They were close to closing so could only offer pasta, so we had a glass of the cabernet franc and shared the tagliatelle with tomato sauce and the white lasagna. I could care less about lasagna, but holy wow this was amazing. I wanted to steal the rest from my friend.... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We had pre booked our table prior to leaving the UK "just in case". Arrived a little early so were asked to wait. We were offered a drink (sadly not on the house) which we sipped while they prepared the dining room. we were offered the pick of all the tables as we were first to arrive only to be... More 

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Thank MrandMrsJones2016
Lazio, Italy
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Charming old world elegance and gorgeous service, near the Peggy Guggenheim museum, wonderful to escape and sit and collect our thoughts. Fantastic menu with modern takes on traditional Italian dishes. Nothing too much trouble. Very kind staff, no rushing, gracious to our teenagers. Delicious lunch, best we had in Venice.

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Thank CLC2008
seattle
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

!Snootiest place on earth, We spent $USD 250.00. We came in from walking around and because we didn't have reservations, we were placed in a room with another couple where you could not move . So narrow. We kinda were treated like garbage. When you pay these cover fees you expect to get good bread and veggies. Our veggies were... More 

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Cardiff
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Ate here for lunch with friends and it was the nicest meal we had in Venice during a week of visiting. Had sliced duck on a bed of salad as a starter and then liver for the main course, followed by chocolate mouse+mint for desert. All delicious and with prompt and attentive service. Restaurant was almost empty when we arrived... More 

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Thank CardiffRobin
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

I always come here to eat when in Venice. Why? It deliberately caters for vegetarians AND for vegans!!! Another deliberate choice they have made is not to serve fish or seafood. You can get good fish etc nearly everywhere in Venice, but for carnivores and veggies this place is a welcome change. I find their cooking is consistently good, and... More 

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hampshire uk
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We went here on the last night of our trip, as it was just over the canal from where we were staying. it all started well ,with a warm welcome , the menu was interesting but the large glass of cruidites was very old school, the starters were lovely which we really enjoyed. then a couple arrived on the table... More 

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Boston
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

It's fascinating to read the reviews posted since they seem to range from love to hate. This a traditional restaurant that we wanted to go to since my husband wanted a change from all the seafood and he liked the idea of 1/2 portions so we could try a variety of food. We tried the fried zucchini flowers, ham with... 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 56 - 79
  • Cuisine: Italian

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.