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Ai Gondolieri

366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
+39 041 5286396
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Ranked #254 of 1,193 Restaurants in Venice
Price range: $61 - $86
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Barcelona, Spain
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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299 reviews 299 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 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
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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127 reviews 127 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Seattle, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a small traditional Venetian restaurant located near the Peggy Guggenheim museuem. The food was very good - try the the liver and onions. The service was very attentive.

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Dallas, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

In a town that can be tough to eat in, and near-impossible to find great pasta in, Ai Gondolieri was an absolutely perfect respite our first night in Venice. A charming 10-minute walk from Zattere, through a quiet neighborhood with a picturesque entrance across a small bridge, AG screamed Venice from the start. Our service was near-perfect - everyone was... More 

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Munich, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

In our tour guide the restaurant is mentioned as one of the best in Venice. We cant agree on that. The service was partly friendly and the food partially okay. Some bits like lamb chops in crumbs, looking a bit like Wiener Schnitzel on a stick were tasteless. From the reviews I read it seems that they stick with an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Had a delicous lunch at this place - ravioli filled with white meats topped with white truffle from Alba, marvelous dish, followed by veal cooked with caramelised onions and served with polenta (just the second plate would have been enough for lunch). Polenta is a very typical north Italian dish and they make it to perfection. Service is absolutely brilliant... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We celebrated our 30th anniversary on our first night in Venice and had dinner here. Due to bad weather coming in we went an hour earlier than our reservation. They accommodated us and sat us immediately. Then sent a nice array of fresh veggies, glasses of prosecco and the best bread basket with these little round crackers, not sure what... More 

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Additional Information about Ai Gondolieri

Address: 366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 5286396
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro
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
Average Prices: USD 61 - 86

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