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Ai Gondolieri

Dorsoduro / Accademia
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366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 5286396
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of our best dinner experiences in our 4 night stay. Fresh and delicious Italian food, reasonably priced. House wine was lovely as well. Service was excellent.

1 Thank globewanderrr
Naples, Italy
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely degustation lunch on a quiet day in Venezia. The restaurant oozes 50s/60s with old black and white posters on the dark wooden walls. Service was formal and immaculate as were the courses. The veal was a standout but every course was full of flavour and superior to 90% of what is on offer in this charming... More 

Thank AlagnaG
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very nice restaurant for lunch during our stay in Venice. The service was very nice, the atmosphere was pleasant. Many locals were eating there; it was great to see Venetian life. The food was very good, especially Parmigiana di Melanzane - best I have ever had! It was a nice place to go and really pleasant. Very... More 

Thank ellephant89
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had excellent food and the service was great. The ambience was not so good. We were there for lunch and the place felt empty but lunch was great. The service superb.

Thank Monkiaround
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can only comment on the bar, as I had a free hour while heading from museums to camp santa maria, and this had a cool look to it. Indeed, I loved the bar ambiance mid afternoon, I may have been the only one there, but the gentleman made a mean negroni, with gran classico instead of campari on request... More 

Thank panhandler19
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the tasting menu. Appreciated the attentive service from the polish waitress who spoke perfect Italian. Tiramisu was surprisingly good. The sorbetto I had for the first time with some coffee grain which gave a new touch to my already all time favorite drink. Was great value for money and the atmosphere matched the setting.

Thank Lisa J
Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon Ai Gondolieri during a search for dinner our first night in Venice and returned a second night because we all had such a great experience the first go-around. As expected, the second night was just as enjoyable! With 2 young kids we initially thought it would be too fancy but the staff was very welcoming and inviting.... More 

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Tel Aviv
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch after this restaurant was recommended to us by our local tour guide. Food was very good, as was the service. They have gluten free food.

Thank YossiAshkenazi
Victoria, Canada
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197 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I have eaten here before and went back and loved it again. The selections on the menu are great. the wine is good, the service is excellent. nothing to complain about AT all!

Thank eridotto
Manhattan Beach, California
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We went to this restaurant because it was recommended in many guides. The room is lovely but the experience was poisoned by the actions of the senior waiter (captain?). We told him we were considering ordering a Nebbiola on the wine list which was about 60 Euros. He strongly suggested that we order a local wine which he thought was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$55 - $77
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 366 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Phone Number: +39 041 5286396
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 dishes like deep-fried stuffed zucchini flowers, breaded deep-fried lamb served beautifully pink, superb steaks, excellent risotto. Your host will chat in English with you about the all-Italian menu.

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Staying in Dorsoduro / Accademia

Neighborhood Profile
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 in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.