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Ai Gondolieri

366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
+39 041 5286396
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Ranked #367 of 1,209 restaurants in Venice
Price range: $67 - $94
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
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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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Had the most amazing meal tonight taste, presentation attention to detail it has it all. If you want a romantic evening, wonderful food, excellent wine then this is it. The best meal and restaurant in Venice so far. Highly recommend you won't be disappointed.

Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

For our last night in Venice we were looking for a quiet spot that had great food and we found it. We had the risotto for two and it was excellent - the wine selection is fantastic, the service was remarkable and friendly and the desserts were outstanding as well. What we really loved is that the chef uses fresh... More

London, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It may be hard to eat cheaply and well in Venice, but you can certainly eat well. We were seduced by an interesting menu as we wandered toward the Guggenheim Collection. It was a risk, since a location that good makes good food almost unnecessary. But the food was delightful. We had a fritto misto by another name to start,... More

New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was on the hunt for an excellent restaurant to whisk my chef-parents to in Dorsoduro (where we were staying) and Ai Gondolieri was conveniently located right by the Peggy Guggenheim collection. We went on a weekday night, just as it opened. You've probably noted by now that yes, the menu is a bit pricey. If you're searching for an... More

Eastbourne
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Not inexpensive but the food, service and ambience are first rate. Being, relatively, small eaters we appreciated the option of half portions on some dishes. As one would expect in an establishment such as this the wines offered are excellent.

An American living in Northwest England
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

There were so many reviews of so many restaurants in Venice, it was a bit overwhelming. So we asked the deskclerk in our hotel, and he suggested Ai Gondolieri What a delightful dinner we had there. A very good choice of menu items. Wonderful artichokes for an appetizer, they were I swear the best thing I've ever eaten. Because I'd... More

South Mimms, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We ate in solitary splendour here last Sunday on a hot July afternoon. It's a cool (air-conditioned) old-fashioned restaurant close to the Guggenheim Collection, very agreeable if you like this kind of calm atmosphere. Service was attentive and friendly but discreet.

Granger, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Loved this restaurant. It was our first night in Venice and this was recommended by our hotel. It was wonderful. From the greeting at the door by the owner to the delicious food served by a friendly staff this ended up being our favorite Venice restaurant. We ordered the tasing menu..Whew!! A lot of food but it was first rate... More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

recommended by our hotel as a quality place we were looking forward to our visit our suspicions were raised when we entered an almost deserted restaurant at 9pm on a saturday night and our first instinct was to make excuses and leave however we decided to stay old fashioned looking place - the decor probably hasnt been updtaed since the... More

London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was highly recommended as a local, good quality favourite. It does feel rather special with old wooden panelled walls and decor which obv hasn't changed much in many years but I found it a little stuffy and old fashioned with most of the clientele eating in hushed tones/silence. Food is also rather old fashioned (both menu options and in... More

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