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Mercato Bar & Kitchen

108 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
607-319-5171
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Ranked #7 of 233 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian
Description: Opened in November 2010 at former location of Ragmann's
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Description: Opened in November 2010 at former location of Ragmann's
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Ithaca, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The food here never disappoints; outstanding service; lovely atmostphere. Their small and select menu is always appealingly simple and elegant. The owners are all Cornellians in one way or another, so it's a true Ithaca creation.

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Ithaca, New York
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139 reviews 139 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Very nice atmosphere with excellent service, attentive but not intrusive. Fish special for today is cod, it turns out to be great, a little brand but delicious indeed. Veal is amazing, one of the best I have ever had. Finish the night with Caramel expresso de creme makes our night so perfect. A little bit pricey but acceptable by the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

If dinner at its neighbouring restaurant -- Just a Taste -- is best described as being fun, eating at Mercato is refined. Faced again with a indeterminable wait for a table, we were assured one would be available soon and were offered a spot at the bar to wait or dine. We chose to order drinks and trust the host's... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I visit Ithaca on business several times a year. My customer prefers Mercato so we come here often. I have never been disappointed with the food or the service. Servers are always friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and there when you need them. The food is always fresh. I love their daily fish special cooked in parchment. I've had 5-6 different types... More

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Ithaca, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We've had good meals here before, but maybe they lost their chef this week. The fingerling potatoes had cold spots and hots spots, meaning they had been microwaved. Fish was watery and had lost its flavor. Vegetables were undercooked, chewy, and bitter rather than al dente and sweet. Cocktails were excellent as was the wine. Service was excellent--attentive but not... More

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Slingerlands, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My husband and I had dinner there and we both enjoyed our meal. The service was great, food was hot, restaurant and restroom where both very clean. We arrived around 8:00 on a Friday night and had a 45 minute wait, so we went across the street for drink while we waited. The host called to let us know our... More

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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I recently ate at Mercato for the third time; it was chosen by a friend who loves to eat there & knows the staff well. I had not been too happy on previous visits, I must admit. The food had been somewhat disappointing and I found it very noisy, hard to have a good conversation. But this time we got... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We randomly went to Ithaca for a quick getaway and decided to grab dinner at Mercato after a recommendation from a local wine store. It was a Saturday, and there was a bit of a wait, but we managed to grab a couple of seats at the bar. Best seats in the house! From our seats we were able to... More

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Salida
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292 reviews 292 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

First time dining here. The menu was seasonally appropriate with a focus on flavorful dishes for the fall. The presentation was excellent. The sevice thoughtful. The food delicious. I would be happy to return.

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

They don't take reservations, so it's best to go early if you don't like waiting to be seated. There are always interesting new cocktail specials and a good selection of wines and beers. The menu isn't extensive, but what they offer is mostly delicious. Three of us started with an Eastern Long Island clam "chowder" that had no cream, but... More

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