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Mercato Bar & Kitchen

108 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-319-5171
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
108 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

We dined at Mercato one rainy Wednesday night recently after not visiting for a year or so. We used to visit once a month for several years but something started to slip, and the other night it was obvious how. The menu was exactly the...More

1  Thank 2016soozi
Reviewed July 15, 2018

The cozy Mercato is on Ithaca's Restaurant Row, conveniently located from our inn. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so it's best to arrive early--before 6:30. It's not large and stresses a farm-to-table approach, which was realized both nights we ate there during a six-night stay...More

1  Thank Meander808892
Reviewed July 2, 2018

We had 4 meals while in the Ithaca area and the only good meal was at the Mercato. Our waiter was exceptional and the food was excellent. The preparation and presentation were spot onl. I had the chicken piccata, my friend had the swordfish cooked...More

1  Thank Diana C
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Even if the food is not bad, the service is awful, they do not care customers needs or requests. They were even rude to us, I would not recomend it at all.

Thank AntonioBarn
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Starting from appetizers to home made desserts everything was excellent. This restaurant is a must if you are dinning in Ithaca!

1  Thank Timothy S
Reviewed December 17, 2017

Good Italian food, but not necessarily traditional Italian. Great wine menu. Restaurant is a bit pricy and I have tried one or two dishes that I wasn't crazy about, but would say it's a decent restaurant to go to.

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

The Mercato was a stab in the dark, but turned out to be a real gem. Nestled on Aurora St. in a town with a great, bustling college atmosphere, we arrived on a Friday night knowing there were no reservations. We were seated within minutes....More

Thank William S
Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

Everything from the drinks to the appetizers to the house made ravioli to the desserts. A-1 in my book. We sat at the bar and were taken great care of as we watched the owner cooking in the open air cucina.

Thank berniex77
Reviewed October 7, 2017

I went here with friends. The food was good, but not outstanding, and was also fairly expensive. The wait staff was slow. We had to track the waiter down a couple of times, and they were not crowded/busy. They have a good wine selection, but...More

Thank Tim G
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

I popped in here because it’s owned by the same people who own Cent-Dix which I absolutely love. It’s price point is actually higher but in my opinion the food is not as good. There was a senior guy there who was really nice and...More

Thank IainH99
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Questions & Answers
May 23, 2015|
Response from LindseyNorkus | Property representative |
We do not take reservations, we seat guests first come, first served. Thank you.
Stacy C
February 16, 2015|
Response from LindseyNorkus | Property representative |
Except for the pasta, our current entrees are gluten free or can be made so. Our appetizers, save the crostini, are gluten free as well. If you happen to dine with us, please inform your server of any dietary restrictions... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $45
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-5171
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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.
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