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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 good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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108 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
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Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner. Service, from the initial greeting and throughout the meal was friendly and efficient. The menu had a nice variety and a good sampling of local wines by the glass. The food was delicious, expertly cooked, well presented and brought to the...More

Thank Kbiscayner
Reviewed May 13, 2017

As I had a remarkable dinner next door at Mercato's sister restaurant the night before, I was very intrigued to try this based on the recommendation of not only one of the owners, Eric, but a Master Sommelier who instructed my intro Sommelier exam highly...More

Thank cordeliaschreiber
Reviewed May 2, 2017

The food is always excellent here and the owners are exceptional. Wait staff makes all the difference in places like this and Mercado is hit and miss. Why seat us--and this has happened many times in the past--right next to another couple when the rest...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2017

Mercato Bar and Grill is located downtown in The Commons and provides exceptional preparation of both classics and slightly tweeked classics intended to appeal to foodies. Offers a fine selection of cocktails and local and international wines as well.

Thank speechino
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...More

Thank Guaymita
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
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...More

Thank 47EllenCS
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,...More

Thank CatCat128
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...More

Thank TinyTraveler001
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...More

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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
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
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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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