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Ai Mercanti

Corte Coppo, 4346, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
+39 0415238269
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Ranked #39 of 1,173 restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $35 - $69
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: San Marco
Description: Ristorante Ai Mercanti in the heart of Venice between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco is an upmarket, romantic restaurant in very cool style that enjoys a high-flying gastronomic reputation. The vaulted dining room is decorated in sophisticated terracotta and black with impressive shining globe lighting. The bar is wittily decorated with dressmakers’ forms and sexy corsets – great conversation starters. The menu is classically-inspired Venetian of a high order, focusing on things from the sea and changing every two months to take advantage of the and array of the freshest ingredients in true Italian style and pastas and desserts are all made in-house. In warm weather the dining room sprawls out onto the adjoining campiello for the loveliest al fresco dining anywhere – the Venetians who crowd Ai Mercanti certainly think so.
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Very imaginative food, well cooked and well presented. Volume definitely nouvelle cuisine - not designed for trenchermen. Service was excellent. Interesting wine list.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We had a great time here. The food was imaginative, and perfectly executed. the wine was good and the service was friendly and efficient. but the best bit was that despite being really close to st marks square it was situated in a completely empty little square, which was a real relief from the crowds and other tourists.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We visit Venice twice a year and always visit the family run restaurant Ai Mercanti. It is a wonderful experience with great service, excellent and imaginative food and a super wine selection. Make no mistake - it is tough to run and maintain a great restaurant in Venice when you have to cater for so many nationalities, but Ai Mercanti... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Excellent food and service but, like other good restaurants, at Venice prices. €130 for two. Tucked away in a courtyard but not difficult to find if you look up high for the direction sign. Altogether enjoyable.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Had an amazing meal here. The restaurant had a romantic, special but comfortable feel. The staff were attentive and seemed passionate about the food and giving dinners a nice time. I had pasta starter which was beautifully cooked, beef main which was incredibly tender and a dessert called Chocolate Interpretations, I like their interpretation! My husband was equally as pleased... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We chose this restaurant as it was close to our hotel and had good reviews. It is signposted from the Calle dei Fuseri, however this wasn't promising as the sign looked old and unloved so it was a surprise when we arrived and found a modern smart venue with jazz in the background. The waiters were excellent, knowing their dishes... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Sometimes in Venice it is good to eat somewhere that is not a traditional style restaurant so long as the food is good and Ai Mercanti met both criteria. Smart modern with an interesting menu and good service. We shared an antipasta, and a primi then had two mains and with two glasses of white and a bottle of red... More

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Puerto Rico
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98 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Went at midday to reserve for Valentine's dinner, they told us that the restaurant was booked solid for the night. We decided to stay for lunch. There was only another couple. Had the onion, it was ok a little bit simple, the salmon tartar, well presented but lacked seasoning, ok, had the umbrio fish, a white local fish, was ok,... More

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nadialoc, Proprietario at Ai Mercanti, responded to this review

Thank You for visiting us and sharing Your opinion about Ai Mercanti here on TripAdvisor. Though it is a great pity for a wrong opinion You’ve made about our booking process and as a result about us writing that we devide people on “desired” and “not desired” customers! Just to clear the situation, I will explain how our reservation system... More

Barcelona, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I was already in this restaurant few years ago, when I was first time in venice, but recently I traveled there again and decided to check the place one more time. Was very interesting, cause they have changed concept from restaurante to gastrosteria, with what prices became more reasonable, but the service and the food quality were the same perfect!... More

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Splitska, Croatia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We went here by a reccomendation of our hotel and we are happy with that. Modern and elegant decor of the restaurant as well as the cuisine. We will never forget our merengue dessert made with a frozen foam of a beer! Absolutelly amasing experience.

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