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Ai Mercanti

Corte Coppo, 4346, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
+39 0415238269
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Ranked #62 of 1,205 restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $34 - $67
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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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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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Charleston, SC
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Quiet courtyard off the main drag with great food that was a nice break from 7 days of pizza, pasta, and seafood! We opted for the duck breast and the "non-traditional" burger, both of which were excellent. Wine prices are also very reasonable with several daily selections at 4-5 euro per glass.

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111 reviews 111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful set of rooms done in wood with modern lighting and wall artefacts. We were told the restaurant was full but were placed in the front room anyway. We did not notice many other diners nevertheless the service was excruciatingly slow The starters were more miss than hit. A deconstructed gazpacho was a squirt of tomato at... More

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Venice, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our first course of zucchini ravioli and scampi spaghetti was amazing. The octopus appetizer was delicious also. Most of all the service was exquisite. Simone was the best host/waiter we've had. He was very personable and fluent in English.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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75 reviews 75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Our first night in Venice - we enjoyed the reasonable portions of Italian gourmet cuisine. Cosy, romantic setting, good friendly service, reasonable prices and good wine list,

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Went there yesterday evening on recommendation othe the Hotels concierge. Restaurant is verry cosy - decoration great - staff very nice and helpful en the food is just delicious. Prices are correct. Black Spot : The quantity of the food you get ist very small. I had trouble finding my food on the great decorated cup - I had veal... More

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Hong Kong
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was our 8th night in Italy and we have been quite bored of the 3Ps... Pizzas, pastas and pastries. Went to this place after some googling and researching. Food is definitely creative - they do arrange food in an artistic form on the plates. In terms of cooking it is new style and less traditional than the other places... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I did a lot of research for this restaurant. I wanted beautiful decor, good service, excellent italian food, proximity to my hotel and not too expensive. This restaurant ticked all the boxes. We sat in the quiet courtyard and were provided excellent service with recommendations for the wine. The food was superb - even the ones we saw our neighbours... More

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123 reviews 123 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Like the previous reviewer we dined here twice on our short break in Venice. The food is sublime and the service is friendly yet professional. The different elements on each plate are executed to perfection and the chef is obviously at the top of his/her game. They go that extra mile here and all at an affordable rate. If your... More

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This little restaurant, tucked in a small courtyard in Venice, has great service and a modern menu. We were so happy with this restaurant that we ate there twice during our stay on San Marco in Venice. We really enjoyed the Spaghettini with cheese fondue and red pepper flakes. It's more delicate than it sounds. I had this dish both... More

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