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Mercato Bar & Kitchen

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108 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-319-5171
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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58 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I came here with a visiting professor. We got there right at opening and were seated. He had the fish of the day and I had a chicken dish with Brussels sprouts. My chicken was fine, a little dry, and the Brussels sprouts were a little soggy. The service was really great and it's a great ambiance, but I wouldn't... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Peach Crostata with Purity ice cream was delicious and well made. Limited but fine wine list. Our waitperson was knowledgeable, attentive and delightful. The appetizers and entrees were mediocre both in flavor development and technique. Among the four of us, the Mixed Greens Salad was over dressed, the Corn Chowder was thin and flavorless, the Chicken Liver Crostini was... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love, love, love Mercato. It's fine dining at its best. The chef/owner, who is formerly (maybe still) a distinguished professor at Cornell's Hotel School, really understands food, and this is very apparent to anyone who dines there. I won't go into detail about specific dishes, because I have never had anything bad there; suffice it to say that virtually... More 

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is an experience...starting with expertly prepared signature cocktails unlike no others, to the simple but beautifully prepared menu. There are not 100 things on the menu, and this is not a eggplant parm and spaghetti type of place, but an elegant menu of expertly prepared Italian classics with Mercato's take on them. I had the gnocci with eggplant... More 

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Thank pengwn
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Small place but very cozy! Excellent service from waitress very knowledgable of the menu. Food was outstanding! Had a pork dish that was truly special.

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Thank RichT13_13
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Small place, quiet. Great service - friendly but professional. Large wine list, mostly Italian. Everything we ate was delicious, from starters to main courses to desserts to grappa. The best dinner of our three night Ithaca visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

A very small intimate restaurant. Our booth was right beside the kitchen which showed the staff working quickly, quietly and in great teamwork. The food was excellent; and moderately priced, dinner for 3 was $100 and included soup of the day, hanger steak, fettuccine and chicken. We passed some very tempting deserts!

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Ithaca, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

By far this is one of our favorite restaurants in Ithaca. The fresh seasonal ingredients, superb wine list and incredibly professional staff make this a worthwhile stop. We've never been disappointed and always look forward to our next meal here!

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Evanston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

The owner of this place could have done more to improve the decor, but as for food, I have no complaints: everything we had was delicious. This included an arugula salad and a mixed-greens salad, both fresh and refreshing and each with a nice twist; gnocchi with eggplant ragu that was excellent; and a peach crostata that was both refined... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

This place has a great attention to detail, with matched superior service. Their cocktail menu is impressive, and they were willing to exchange out any that we didn't appease us. They also were willing to modify the cocktails a bit to suit each person's preference. I had the arugula salad with goat cheese, fennel, and a lemon vinaigrette. For my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $45
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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Schenectady, New York, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?