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“Excellent, just excellent...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mercato Bar & Kitchen

Mercato Bar & Kitchen
108 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-319-5171
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Ranked #2 of 221 Restaurants in Ithaca
Price range: $30 - $45
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Ithaca, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Excellent, just excellent...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Perfect in every way. Semi open kitchen displaying organized action, good waitstaff, fresh ingredients. Super set up!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
NY
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95 reviews 95 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Duck ragu was amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Each time we go, we're pleased how well the food and drinks are presented.

We started with a frisée and beet salad that rocked.

My daughter and I had pappardelle with duck ragu. If I could have licked the plate without a smack from my wife, I would have. Her fluke in parchment was fabulous.

They also make the best cocktails. I especially like how they can use absinthe superbly.

And the service is attentive, but not cloying.

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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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162 reviews 162 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“It doesn't get any better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Mercato is a very small restaurant with nice ambience,great service, drinks and the best grilled pork chop I have ever tasted. As everyone knows pork will dry out if not prepared properly. This entree was prepared perfectly;moist and delicious with just a touch of spicy flavor rubbed on the on the outside.We were with family who had raved about this restaurant and wanted to return and now the still want to return and next time We are in Ithica we shall return.
PS no reservations accepted

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Utica, New York
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79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Like Watching a Ballet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were walk-ins to this small restaurant on a busy Friday night and took seats at the bar. The food was wonderful, and a highlight was watching the three chefs and two bartenders perform the roles flawlessly as if we were watching a ballet. The bartenders predicted our every need without waiting to be asked, and they suggested how our orders should be served along with changes in accompaniaments. It was a wonderful 2 hours.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“The Bees Knees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I was visiting Cornell for a few days and my dinner here was easily the best meal of my trip.

In particular, the ravioli was very nice and the lemon panna cotta was excellent. I also enjoyed their Bees Knees cocktail (honey, lemon and gin). The wait staff were all very polite and super attentive.

I will absolutely return, the next time I am in Ithaca.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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