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Ai Mercanti

#33 of 1,197 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
San Marco
As featured in Best Food in Venice
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Calle Dei Fuseri Sestiere San Marco 4346/A, 30124 Venice, Italy
+39 041 5238269
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of those restaurants you could write a book about. The manager/owner seemed on edge and that relayed to customers. There was obviously a kitchen issue as service was really slow but no attempt was made to let diners know. When the food came it was fantastic and the codfish main course was the best fish course of our holiday.... More 

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Set off a small square away from the main traffic. A really nice atmosphere with helpful staff. It was very quiet at lunchtime. There is a simple menu choice but it was very authentic. Beef kebab was especially good.

Thank Robert K
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this restaurant during our recent stay in Venice thanks to Trip Advisor. It did take some time to find, as is very much off the beaten track, but did not disappoint. Excellent waiting staff and astonishingly good food beautifully presented. One not to miss.

Thank DiPont
South Croydon
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard good things about the restaurant; as first time visitors to Venice we were pleasantly surprised. After searching for the restaurant (it is in a small courtyard off the Calle) we found it very quiet at lunchtime. The waiter said lunchtime was sometimes quiet but busier in the evening. High quality well presented modern cuisine stylishly served. Plenty of fresh... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect place to get away from the tourist traps. Original, inventive cuisine, delicious wines and great service. Not cheap, but certainly not overpriced by Venice standards. Lovely treat for a nice dinner in a great ambiance.

Thank WorldXplorator
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a meal whilst in Venice for our honeymoon. The waiters were friendly and attentive and had some great recommendations for wine to go with our food. My husband and I had three courses. The celery risotto was sublime and certainly something a little different! Strongly advise booking as after 8pm it starts to get very busy. Would highly... More 

Thank Anisha H
Pembroke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the best restaurant that we experienced in our week in Venice. We read that it would be hard to find so we scouted it out during the day and are glad that we did. We never would have found it, tucked away in a quiet, hidden square, if we were searching in the dark. Tough to find but... More 

Thank Michael B
Istanbul, Turkey
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although we didn't have a reservation, they accomodated us a table for two in October. The food menu was limited, but it tasted good. They have a large selection of local wines. A bit expensive, but worth it. Mushroom rissotto for 15€ and medium cheese plate for 12€.

Thank ezgison
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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250 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Not surprisingly Venice restaurants throw seafood and shellfish in to as many dishes as they can which is great if you are a fan of all things crustacean but not so good if you are allergic to the little mites. So it was a rare and surprising treat to find Ai Mercanti had a more balanced menu with meat (a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

The restaurant was virtually next door to our hotel and we stumbled across it on our first night in Venice. It remained the highlight of our dining experience in the city. It is off the main tourist trail, but only a few minutes from St Mark's. The staff were very helpful, the menu small, but full of the highest quality,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$27 - $54
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Dei Fuseri Sestiere San Marco 4346/A, 30124 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Marco
  • Neighborhood: San Marco
  • Phone Number: +39 041 5238269
Ristorante Ai Mercanti in the heart of Venice between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco is an upmarket, romantic restaurant in very cool style that enjoys a high-flying gastronomic reputation. The vaulted dining room is decorated in sophisticated terracotta and black with impressive shining globe lighting. The bar is wittily decorated with dressmakers’ forms and sexy corsets – great conversation starters. The menu is classically-inspired Venetian of a high order, focusing on things from the sea and changing every two months to take advantage of the and array of the freshest ingredients in true Italian style and pastas and desserts are all made in-house. In warm weather the dining room sprawls out onto the adjoining campiello for the loveliest al fresco dining anywhere – the Venetians who crowd Ai Mercanti certainly think so.

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Staying in San Marco

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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