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Ai Gondolieri

#274 of 1,219 Restaurants in Venice
#312 of 1,308 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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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, 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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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 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
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My first impression was totally wrong when I entered the restaurant, the waiter (I thought) He treated us bad way of greeting, however after we had our chat before ordering the meal he was nice especially by the end. As far as I remember we ordered Antipasti which was sliced of Ham or Meat over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
Misho36
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Doha, Qatar
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Clearwater, Florida
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

In February 2001, we were craving steak and stopped in at the Gritti Palace to ask the concierge to recommend the best place to find a great steak, he told us Ai Gondolieri. After a long, cold beautiful walk, we crossed another little bridge and were greeted by the owner whom the concierge had called ahead to announce our pending... More 

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Big Sky, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Went here for our Anniversary dinner and had the tasting menu. Service was perfect and timing was not dragged out like many Italian restaurants seem to be. The food was all absolutely delicious and many quite inventive dishes. The meat dishes were done especially well. Great wine list and ambiance inside. Tucked in on a quiet canal too.

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Doha, Qatar
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My first impression was totally wrong when I entered the restaurant, the waiter (I thought) He treated us bad way of greeting, however after we had our chat before ordering the meal he was nice especially by the end. As far as I remember we ordered Antipasti which was sliced of Ham or Meat over Tuna Sauce which was absolutely... More 

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Morges, Switzerland
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a small restaurant, with excellent food and good service. It does not feel like the typical tourist trap but like a restaurant for local residents. We would certainly return if we lived in Venice.

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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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San Antonio, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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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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 - 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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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.