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Mercato Bar & Kitchen

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108 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-319-5171
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Mercato is very popular among the full professor crowd, for some reason. It's menu is quite limited, as is the space (better get a reservation). I've tried most of the dishes on the menu (including the escargots), and still do not understand why its so popular. It's not bad, but its difficult to justify their prices in my mind.

Thank Guaymita
Aero, Denmark
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Excellent service, exceptional cocktails and cuisine. I dined by myself but felt at home since the staff were so friendly - gave great recommendations, so I loved everything.

Thank Golfgal5
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We enjoyed Mercato on our recent trip to Ithaca. While it has a limited menu, we liked everything we had. The frisee salad was really good (not just fluffy, as so many are), the buckwheat pasta with duck most flavorful, and the boat-shaped pasta quite yummy. Desserts were also good. While inside was loud, we snagged a table outside, and... More 

Thank 47EllenCS
Ithaca, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

They must have regained their terrific chef from earlier times, because everything is again gorgeously presented on the plate and perfectly prepared. Even the sweet butter is notable for its clean mellow flavor. The bread is so good that it does not need the butter, but the butter is so good that you want to eat it all. We had... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

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 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

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 

Thank ithacajosh
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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 

Thank pengwn
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank RichT13_13
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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237 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank mmcgannon

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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
$30 - $45
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
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
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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Cazenovia, New York
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?