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Ai Mercanti

#29 of 1,220 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
San Marco
As featured in Best Food in Venice
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Calle Dei Fuseri Sestiere San Marco 4346/A, 30124 Venice, Italy
+39 041 523 8269
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:00
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Mon - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
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Dorking, Surrey, England
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this superb restaurant on our last visit to Venice and a return visit was a must during our 2 night stay in the city. The food is inventive and delicious - there will be a relatively limited menu of the chef's current creations, but there have always been more choices that we would have liked to try! The... More 

Thank PES389
Milan, Italy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing location, amazing food and wine, amazing atmosphere, amazing service all in the amazing Venice...!!!!

1 Thank oscarrolland
Nyon, Switzerland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ai Mercanti was both our favorite and the best value we had while in Venice. Fish is the specialty. Nice modest portion sizes. Dinner for five with wine was about 300 euros. Nice ambiance and confident mature waiting staff.

Thank Eric C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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204 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding quality, not only in comparison to most of the restaurants in Old Venice. Ai Mercanti is a beautifully set venue, with very appealing ambiance. The food is simply excellent. Our first plates - Ravioli filled with pulled Cod (fantastic) and a very good onion soup were nice starters indeed. The second - Local Mullet with Chickpea mousse and Cod... More 

Thank Raiber
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a Saturday night the restaurant only had a booking available (prebooked) at 9.30pm. However on the night we walked in at 7.15pm just to see if they could take us and they managed to accommodate us. The room is tasteful and tables spread out nicely. Good wine options and all very good value. We tried two sparkling wines, some... More 

Thank Greg T
Mandeville, Louisiana
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51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My wife and I were given directions to Calle Dei fuseri, but the restaurant is actually on an "alley" off the Calle. Regardless, after arriving late, the staff was most welcoming and very fluent in English. The food was well prepared, but the menu items were unusual combinations. Price and wine selections were very good.

Thank steve s
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Dine in style is the moto, of this venue I think - makes excellent dishes and served with flare as you would expect

Thank Peterphones
Greater Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

generally venetian food is pretty bad mainly aimed at the tourist trade ie bare minimum and expensive with jaded service [who can blame them with so many tourists] This place was by far the best meal we ate .For starters the staff looked like they cared service was good ,food excellent and at a price cheaper than several other very... More 

1 Thank billward2016
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Tucked away in a tiny alley, this restaurant serves excellent food. We arrived without reservations, but the friendly staff managed to get us seated in a reasonable time. The suggested food items are delicious although portions may be small to some. Wine choice is excellent and cocktails are crafted expertly.

Thank Philip R
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The portions were very small and pricey for what it was with not much flavor. I wold not return. A sorbet was 9 Euros, I never ordered it!!

Thank William895

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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
US$27 - US$53
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Dei Fuseri Sestiere San Marco 4346/A, 30124 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Marco
  • Neighbourhood: San Marco
  • Phone Number: +39 041 523 8269
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.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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