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Mercato Bar & Kitchen

108 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
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Ranked #1 of 241 Restaurants in Ithaca
Mon - Fri 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Opened in November 2010 at former location of Ragmann's
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English first
Ithaca, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Mercato is consistently outstanding. The food is rustic, prepared with care, and always delicious. Great cocktails and wine list, including interesting wines by the glass.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Dined with friends and understand why it is rated #1 by TripAdvisor for Ithaca Restaurants. Shared fish in parchment (arctic char) and grilled scallops. Both were delicious, but arctic char was exceptional. Very fresh and moist. Perfectly prepared, so not over or under cooked. Comfortable booths and not noisy, despite number of patrons enjoying their meals.

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Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I came here because I heard about the recipes being wry fancy, they sell their food pretty well, the names make everything look very fancy specially talking about drinks, was kind of fun because I order a drink that the bartender was very proud of it and he sold it pretty well, and checking the ingredients it was kind of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This cozy restaurant was recommended by a friend and glad we went. It was busy so I would suggest to make reservations. The atmosphere was warm and cozy, a nice Italian feel as soon as you walk through the door. The server was educated on all dishes and wines we inquired about & the food, wow! There was a small... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I went to Mercato based on a recommendation from some friends so I definitely went in with high expectations. All of my expectations were not just met, but exceeded. In terms of service, everything from when we were greeted by the host to when we handed the waitress our signed check was seamless. I loved the personal touch of having... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by our experience at this local restaurant. The server was very educated on the menu and drink selections. We were greeted by the manager. From his friendly expression and warm welcome I felt like I was "going home" for dinner. I highly recommend the Chicken Saltimboca!! The chicken was expertly prepared - juicy and succulent -... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The food and service at this small restaurant are always top-notch. I've had the 'fish in parchment' a couple of times and its always very flavorful and aromatic. The fish plus the meat and cheese appetizer made for an excellent meal on my last visit. Had the Orecchiette pasta with sausage on a previous visit and that was also great... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I never knew this restaurant existed until I checked it out on Trip Advisor. based on the ratings, I had to try it. In a city that has many good to outstanding restaurants, Mercato stands out of on of the best. It is small, seats about 45, very attentive staff, the kitchen is out in the restaurant, the food and... More 

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Ithaca, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Family owned; Italian influenced. Food is superb: from the wonderful bread, the range of entrees (the Hanger Steak is unusually good, but you will not go wrong with the pork, the pastas, fish(in parchment no less) or even the chicken), the excellent Italian wine selections (my companions swear by the cocktails), and the inventive desserts. The service is welcoming and... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Not too small, but very cozy place. Great food, very thoughtful collection of Italian wine, immaculate service delivered by the excellent staff. Need we say more? We loved house cured olives, their signature salads, fish in parchment. I would classify their cuisine as Italian Fusion (if there is such a thing), inventive, flavorful, very healthy.

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Additional Information about Mercato Bar & Kitchen

Address: 108 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
Phone Number: 607-319-5171
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Italian

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