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Ai Gondolieri

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#421 of 1,332 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence2015 Winner

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Ai Gondolieri restaurant in Venice is something special in the Venice dining scene – a kitchen that concentrates its menu on meaty dishes of the mainland rather than the typically fishy fare of most other eateries here. A short walk from the Guggenheim Museum and the Accademia (take vaporetto 1 or 82), Ai Gondolieri enjoys a magically romantic setting in a genuinely old inn with its own arched bridge over a picture-postcard canal. The dining rooms are not splashy or over-decorated, with wood panelling, modern seating, white table linens, ceiling fans. Nevertheless this place attracts the starriest visitors to Venice, from presidents to film stars. The upmarket menu changes seasonally, featuring
$57 - $80
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Italian, European
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have travelled all over the world--62 countries at last count and and all 7 continents. This is clearly a gracious and first-rate restaurant. We had the carbonara pasta, and it was rich--but that is the simply the way they prepare it, with egg foam...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A local recommended this restaurant to me and my husband during the Venice biennale and four of us went for an evening meal. The initial impression is that this is a high end restaurant but this quickly evaporates as service begins and it clear that...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Laura P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited venice yesterday with a company event of 20 people. we wanted to have a dinner in a Michelin recomanded restaurant and this was our best opportunity, The food was not tasty, actually the food was horrble, as a low level restaurant. I paid...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank pure-adrenalin
Reviewed May 7, 2019

The restaurant is just across the very small canal seperating it from the Charming House where we were staying. We expected a middle of the road Italian restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised by the starched table linen and well dressed staff. The food we had...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank mark j
Reviewed May 3, 2019 via mobile

I am always surprised when people whinge on TripAdvisor about the cost of a meal. Surely they look at a menu in advance and see the prices as well as service charges. We looked at the menu which is clearly displayed outside and decided to...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank 143GordonB
Reviewed March 23, 2019

We had a an excellent meal here, the beef was superb, but the wine list was limited and on the expensive side - it ended up being one of the most expensive meals during the week we stayed in Venice.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank LucyE123_13
Reviewed March 8, 2019

This fabulous venetian restaurant in Dorsoduro has always been one of our most favourite dining experiences for our last four visits, it sets itself apart from the others in the city. We always dine here on our first and last night in the city. The...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Raffiella11
Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

We ended up here twice on a weekend in Venice as we were staying local. The ambience is friendly and relaxed. The two dining rooms are likewise relaxed and comfy but casual. The food is very good on the two nights opting twice for the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank B_Dublin
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

Great, promising looks. If you like pushy service with attitude, overpriced wines... and bad surprises on your bill, go for it: 10 EUR additionnal coperti although initially supposedly included? Ok. Additionnal mandatory 10% service? Ok... Additionnal 10 EUR « mistake », ok...what’s next? Unwanted (and unauthorized) currency...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Gaspard O
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Netting four stars, I figured the place for just a little north of OK. Starting from the outside; the entry at the bridge foot is unusual, really raising my curiosity. The bar area is pleasant and the greeting staff are well turned out in jacket...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Mike P
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Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with
street artists, students, painters, sculptors,
restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and
heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's
collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for
evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries
cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica
buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob
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