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“Imaginative food - with a twist”
Review of Ai Mercanti

Ai Mercanti
Ranked #46 of 1,470 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $61
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Description: 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.
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Very imaginative food, well cooked and well presented. Volume definitely nouvelle cuisine - not designed for trenchermen. Service was excellent. Interesting wine list.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

We had a great time here. The food was imaginative, and perfectly executed. the wine was good and the service was friendly and efficient. but the best bit was that despite being really close to st marks square it was situated in a completely empty little square, which was a real relief from the crowds and other tourists.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We visit Venice twice a year and always visit the family run restaurant Ai Mercanti. It is a wonderful experience with great service, excellent and imaginative food and a super wine selection. Make no mistake - it is tough to run and maintain a great restaurant in Venice when you have to cater for so many nationalities, but Ai Mercanti is just amongst the best on the island and never disapppoints and in fact always exceeds expectations.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Excellent food and service but, like other good restaurants, at Venice prices. €130 for two. Tucked away in a courtyard but not difficult to find if you look up high for the direction sign. Altogether enjoyable.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Had an amazing meal here. The restaurant had a romantic, special but comfortable feel. The staff were attentive and seemed passionate about the food and giving dinners a nice time. I had pasta starter which was beautifully cooked, beef main which was incredibly tender and a dessert called Chocolate Interpretations, I like their interpretation! My husband was equally as pleased with his choices. We liked it so much we tried to go back the next day but they were shut on Mondays! We couldn't believe how low the bill was when it arrived!

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