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Ai Gondolieri

#309 of 1,211 Restaurants in Venice
#350 of 1,300 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, 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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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 15
    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
Good but pricey in Dorsoduro

Too much cover charge & charges for water, but lamb chops & pasta dishes were very good. Quiet, small and elegant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A small restaurant with 10 - 12 tables and just two people in the dining room. Meat and pasta on the menu. No seafood or chicken. Menu offers half orders and this works out nicely to try several things. To start they offer a glass of prose co, bread basket on fresh vegetables. (So far I am not impressed with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Too much cover charge & charges for water, but lamb chops & pasta dishes were very good. Quiet, small and elegant.

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Lemont, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by Dragonfly Tours and it was amazing. We ordered the tasting menu so we could get a variety of food. Everything was wonderful. The portions are definitely not tasting size as we expected or if they were tasting size, I can't imagine what full size portions are like. If we're ever in Venice again, we're definitely... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

It was a nice looking resturant, but you dont get what you pay for. Almost zero service. It was hard to get the waiter's attention, and we had to ask for the same things several times. The service is included, 10%, but not included in the prices. We also had to pay 5€ pr person just to sit? That adds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Stumbled upon this gem while looking for another Osteria....great find just beyond the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The prices can be up there, but all dishes come in full and half size portions and ordering a bunch of the half size portions was enough. The wine we selected wasn't available and the maitre'd was kind enough to provide a vintage at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I haven't eaten all that well on my trips to Venice, and Ai Gondolieri stands out as a genuinely good restaurant, though it's not cheap. The menu is meat-only, which is unusual, and there's also a system of being able to order half-portions at most stages of the meal. The dishes are imaginatively conceived by local standards, without being pretentious,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The service was terrible with staff being very miserable and unhelpful. Wine arrived after the starters were served and the overall experience was not pleasant. I told this to the head waiter and he did take off 10% off the bill but I would never return to such a miserable place. Staff did not smile once. This spoilt our last... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Came across this by chance for lunch when visiting the PG., what a find. Fairly traditional Italian fare with some real favourites. the aged Parma ham is first class and the Osso Buco terrific. Do try the home made Pistachio icecream, finest in Venice! Smallish but good wine list, reasonable prices and even put up with my shorts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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 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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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 / Accademia
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 $55 to $77

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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 to $77

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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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.