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Ai Mercanti

Corte Coppo, 4346, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
+39 0415238269
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Ranked #67 of 1,211 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $33 - $66
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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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful and ambient setting, with a small courtyard to the front, and an intimate candlelit restaurant within. Innovative menu selection, with plenty of vegetarian options. We had the Carpaccio antipasti, and basil risotto for a main. Both were really tasty and elegantly presented; portion sizes were ample too. The bill came to just under 70 euros, which included a decent... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just came back to our hotel after dinner at I Do Gobbi. We also ate there four days ago and we're very pleased. Tonight the sea bass was excellent and very well presented as were the squid appetizer and the pasta in a duck sauce. We ate outside on a beautiful night. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. There... More

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Tucked away in a quite alley, Ai Mercanti was a delightful dining experience. The menu was a bit disjointed, trying hard to offer lots beyond typical Venetian seafood platters. This meant a slight mismatch of styles at times, but the execution was always great. Much appreciated break from the typical pizza, pasta, seafood everywhere else. I would return.

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Pa-tong, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Had the duck, wife had the fish. Amazing. Found this place from TripAdvisor. Good work ,............................

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Kent
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88 reviews 88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

No doubt this restaurant appeals to people with a heightened sense of pretension. Read the reviews and your expectations will be stratospheric. Eat here and your evening will be hugely disappointing. The setting leaves a lot to be desired - the outside tables are in a minuscule courtyard with no ambience and scaffolding fronting a run-down building to one side.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Do not miss this treat. This is the real deal. Authentic Craftmanship, Pleasant Serviceminded Staff, Small but Allinspirering Twists and Fair Pricing (1/2 of other restaurants at same level). We tried it twice - with the same high satisfaction. Recommend their Carpaccio, Duck with Orange, Chocolate Icecream Heaven and Good local, handcrafted beer. Just 30 meters from main stream -... More

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Top Contributor
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Ai Marcanti calls have a short menu, but the dishes we tried were all great.. To me there were two really outstanding dishes in the perfectly cooked egg in crispu crust on a balanced potato pure and their frozen bear foam dessert. Very elegant and nice and new to me. All the rest wast balanced and modern. Bravo. A tip... More

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new york, ny
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39 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were happy to have dinner here after several days of pasta and seafood. As other reviewers have said, the duck breast and the hamburger were very good. Service was friendly and professional. Restaurant has a much more modern decor and vibe than the other more traditional places we have eaten at so far. Prices very reasonable for the quality,... More

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Long Beach, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Wow!!! We had reservations at a very expensive restaurant down the street, but got a last minute recommendation for this restaurant. We were blown away with the food, and the service. My wife and I sat down in a quaint courtyard for the last meal of our honeymoon. The candlelit tables were perfect and romantic. We decided to do our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We have just returned from venice and ai mercanti was a pleasure to visit different from the normal restaurants,lovely tasty food ,quiet location very friendly staff would love to visit again.

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