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Mercato Bar & Kitchen

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108 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-319-5171
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Open since November 2010, Mercato Bar & Kitchen offers Italian inspired...
Open since November 2010, Mercato Bar & Kitchen offers Italian inspired seasonally conscious cuisine, an extensive specialty cocktail program and Italian and New York state wines.
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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Outstanding cocktails & dining in downtown Ithaca

Mercato is a go-to place for artisanal cocktails and carefully and thoughtfully prepared rustic Italian food. Great wines by the glass too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Tom S
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Mercato is a go-to place for artisanal cocktails and carefully and thoughtfully prepared rustic Italian food. Great wines by the glass too.

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Ithaca, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Mercato. It was our first visit - and it was a winner in every way.

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Trumansburg, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great bar with unique cocktails, knowledgeable and personable staff, delicious food cooked in an open kitchen, well priced ...so be sure to drop in and dine. Despite its relatively small size and a large crowd, the noise level was quite calm and made table conversation very pleasurable. I had the beet and frieze salad, butternut squash ravioli with sage butter;... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 108 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-5171

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 45
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Open since November 2010, Mercato Bar & Kitchen offers Italian inspired seasonally conscious cuisine, an extensive specialty cocktail program and Italian and New York state wines.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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