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Mercante

#51 of 8,771 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Houhai
Italian, Pasta
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4 FangZhuanChang Hutong, DongCheng District, Beijing, China
010-84025098
Today
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Recently awarded by the Daily Meal as one of the 10 Best Italian...
Recently awarded by the Daily Meal as one of the 10 Best Italian Restaurant outside Italy, Mercante is devoted to offer home style traditional Italian food in a small alley of the historical center of Beijing. In a cozy trattoria with only ten tables we propose a variety of homemade fresh pasta (tagliatelle, pappardelle, ravioli, tortelloni), imported Italian cheeses and cured meats paired with our daily baked bread and a selection of genuine homemade desserts (panna cotta, tiramisu, semifreddo). For the wine lovers we carefully selected around 50 labels of Italian wines and more recently some Italian craft beers. At Mercante we cook the food we love. Walk-in welcome. Reservations recommended. Lunch Hours: Sat and Sun 12:00-16:00 (LO 15:00) Dinner Hours: Sun-Thu 18:00-24:00 (LO 22), Fri-Sat 18:00-24:30 (LO 22:30) Monday closed.
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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Authentic Italian trattoria in a stunning Beijing Hutong

Outstanding italian regional restaurant. The food, the furniture and the environment are perfectly balanced to offer a real italian meal experience. Thanks to the low number of tables, you can feel like been served at home. Omar and its staff are extremely nice and will let you experience a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Beijing, China
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
Beijing, China
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Outstanding italian regional restaurant. The food, the furniture and the environment are perfectly balanced to offer a real italian meal experience. Thanks to the low number of tables, you can feel like been served at home. Omar and its staff are extremely nice and will let you experience a traditional Italian cuisine. Even if crossing the door you are in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Admittedly, didn't have a meal. However, stopped for a spritz and cheese board. The pecorino was wonderful. Authentic among the hutongs. Can't wait to try the the bolognese.

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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Mercante is a lovely family style restaurant in the most unexpected place in Beijing. Staff is very friendly and it is run as a family business. Food quality is average. Something is missing in the taste, lost in translation between Italy and China. However it is compensated by a cosy and warm atmosphere. Grappa was offered at the end of... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Yes, it's true-the portions at this quaint eatery are small for the price. Do I wish they were larger, absolutely. But that doesn't make them any less delicious. Plus, the fact that all the pasta is handmade fresh, and the portions are more in line with a true restaurant in Italy makes me not think too hard about the cash... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Poor service, super expensive, tiny portions, raviolis were cold :( would not come back. Wine is very expensive and the food is ok but not great.

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HK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Highly recommended, especially if you fancy a break from Chinese food. We shared some starters and pasta for our main, all was delicious - the pasta was freshly made, and the food was very tasty. Compact and well thought out menu, with daily specials. Good wine selection. Really nice ambiance, very helpful staff. It may be a little difficult to... More 

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Beijing, China
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Mercante is a beautiful little restaurant hidden away in a hutong of Beijing. I love finding gems like these as they really make my Beijing experience perfect. Me and my boyfriend visited here for a meal and it was great. Unfortunately, my boyfriend found that the portions were too small for him but after tucking into the bread he seemed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It is the only Italian restaurant I visited there, in Beijing, but I can tell everybody, it is a please you have to go. Good food, well served, good staff and lovely location. To complete the picture, highest thanks to Silvia, the rooms director.

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Beijing, China
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Tucked away in the Hutongs in Dongcheng District is a tiny Italian restaurant owned and run by an Italian family. It is a very tiny restaurant with 2 tables outside and a handful of tables inside. The ambiance and quaintness is wonderful and adds to the culinary experience. The simple but exquisite menu is taste sensation after taste sensation. An... More 

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Beijing, China
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We have been here so many times and keep coming back for more. Simple, delicious, home style Italian food and very affordable -- a combination which is very rare to find in Beijing when it comes to Western food. The location in the hutong is also amazing. The Italian owner is very passionate about his food and if it's not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 FangZhuanChang Hutong, DongCheng District, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighborhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: 010-84025098

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 60
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Description

Recently awarded by the Daily Meal as one of the 10 Best Italian Restaurant outside Italy, Mercante is devoted to offer home style traditional Italian food in a small alley of the historical center of Beijing. In a cozy trattoria with only ten tables we propose a variety of homemade fresh pasta (tagliatelle, pappardelle, ravioli, tortelloni), imported Italian cheeses and cured meats paired with our daily baked bread and a selection of genuine homemade desserts (panna cotta, tiramisu, semifreddo). For the wine lovers we carefully selected around 50 labels of Italian wines and more recently some Italian craft beers. At Mercante we cook the food we love. Walk-in welcome. Reservations recommended. Lunch Hours: Sat and Sun 12:00-16:00 (LO 15:00) Dinner Hours: Sun-Thu 18:00-24:00 (LO 22), Fri-Sat 18:00-24:30 (LO 22:30) Monday closed.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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