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Al Merca

#14 of 1,191 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
San Polo
Italian, Wine Bar
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213 San Polo, 30125 Venice, Italy
34 68 34 06 60
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Parma, Italy
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it's a small bar close to Rialto Mercato. No seats. But if you want to have either a delicious aperitivo or a quick lunch, this is the place! a huge choice of tasteful small sandwiches (so that you can taste different local specialities), good wine. all for a really cheap price (considering it's in Venice). Location is wonderful, especially in... More 

Thank manfrm
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst this place has short opening hours, it's a great place for an afternoon/evening spritz with friends. This campo is a very popular place, as there are quite a few bars but Al Merca is by far the best, with great prices!

Thank Holly S
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Al Merca after been recommended by some local friends. Visited for a few drinks prior to dinner and what can I say absolutely amazing experience, wine/drinks are so affordable and we found ourselves having 5 glasses! Little snacks which are cheap can help feed you're hunger. No tables or chairs may want to put you off but please... More 

Thank dannywallis
Boston, Massachusetts
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159 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic little spot near the Rialto Bridge and Market. Despite its proximity to Rialto there really are not many tourists here. You just walk up to the counter, pick out which chichetti you would like, order a drink, pay and go. Everyone brings their food and drinks out to the square to people watch and enjoy the... More 

Thank cityorcountry
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You must go to Al Merca if you are going to Venice!!! We went several times in just a couple days. Such a fun little place with cheap wine!! Loved it!

Thank khouse1621
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Authentic tiny little bar that obviously is popular with locals which is always a good sign! Great place to have a spritz and hang out in the square. Good prices too, very reasonable.

Thank LrachP90
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We went there following the advice of our walking tour guide. The place is tiny and there's no sitting space, so be ready to enjoy your break standing up. Anyway the spritz was really good and the cicchetti were very tasty. It's a good way to take a little break.

Thank ArcoJan
Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Small hole in the wall. Very authentic. Little panini type. Sandwiches filled with a mix of local meats, fish and cheeses. 22 euro for lunch for 5 of us, plus soft drinks and a glass of white wine. Can't beat it in an otherwise pricey city. But more than that, standing around with mix of tourists and locals, can't be... More 

Thank WPJ2014
Brno, Czech Republic
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Busy little authentic place, great location on small square near Rialto bridge, great cicchetti, only we were little dissapointed, that they closed early as there was football match (but it is part of the authenticity I guess:))

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This small bar near Rialto bridge and Rialto MArket is Amazing! Great atmosphere on an evening with a great selection of wines for very low prices.Food was great and service excellent, could have easily spent all night here!

Thank davsteb2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 213 San Polo, 30125 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Polo
  • Neighborhood: San Polo
  • Phone Number: 34 68 34 06 60

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in San Polo

Neighborhood Profile
San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.