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Ai Gondolieri

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Most recent review
unexpected pleasure

Just eaten in this lovely establishment, Sunday evening and wondering where to go that is not doing the usual tourist thing, just happened on this restaurant which is near the hotel where we have stayed on several occasions but not been advised by the staff to go here!The restaurant staff were very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
leonaweston
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Venice, Italy
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Just eaten in this lovely establishment, Sunday evening and wondering where to go that is not doing the usual tourist thing, just happened on this restaurant which is near the hotel where we have stayed on several occasions but not been advised by the staff to go here!The restaurant staff were very helpful, wine fantastic, and the food excellent,certainly much... More 

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New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We were wandering the Dorsoduro area and were looking for a place to eat for dinner. It was around 8 pm on a Sunday evening. From the outside, it didn't look like there were any people dining. But they had another seating area in the back where there three other couples eating. We shared their special risotto, a bottle of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I dined here at lunch. The waiter was very attentive, willing to make genuine recommendations and discuss preferences and also suggest great wine pairings for each dish. This is a nice restaurant to escape the tourist crowd and have a more traditional relaxed Venetian dining experience.

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Αθήνα, Ελλάδα
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Stumbled upon this restaurant by chance while lost in Dorsoduro and went inside not really sure of what to expect. It turned out that good luck was on my side that day. Although I didn't have the chance to try their risotto as the kitchen was about to close and the risotto takes about 20 minutes to prepare, I am... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was wary of visiting this restaurant. It is within spitting distance of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and on a main passageway. I thought it might be another tourist trap coasting on its past reputation. Not at all. This is the place to go when you want a break from seafood in Venice. A lot of classical non-seafood dishes, such... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is a very classic Italian restaurant. We had the testing menu and everything was delicious, and extremely good value. Great wine list. Staff are very attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We have eaten in this restaurant twice over the years and found the food and service to be outstanding. As is typical for many European restaurants the tables are close but the atmosphere is pleasant. We have not been there in several years but suggested to some friends that they make a reservation and give it a try. They indicated... More 

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Hudson, WI
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81 reviews 81 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I thought this was a tourist trap and would have preferred not to have dinner here. I was wrong. We started out with sticks of fresh celery, carrots and yellow peppers with olive oil for dipping. It was refreshing. I had the "ancient recipe" risotto which was exceptional. The accompanying salad was crisp, fresh and delicious. The wine selection was... More 

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Hertford UK
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127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Delightful location on a small canal in the back streets of Dorsorduro. The menu was varied with several dishes we had never tried before even though my wife is Italian. Most dishes are available in half portions which are adequate in themselves. The food was very good throughout and we had no complaints. The restaurant itself is attractive and the... More 

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Bath
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We found this restaurant by chance on New Year's Das after giving up on the Guggenheim which was packed. When I saw the empty Gaja wine boxes on the counter I was hooked - Angelo Gaja is the best winemaker in Italy We had to wait at the counter for about 20 minutes for a table but were given a... 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
  • Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
  • Phone Number: +39 041 5286396

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 56 - 78

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?