We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

El Mercante

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Via Logasc n3 int4, 23823, Colico, Italy
+39 0341 930257
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

499 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 11: English reviews
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was the best meal I've had this year in Italy. The food is incredible and there is a nice outdoor terrace covered in vines. The locals laugh about not being able to get past the first dish because they are so enormous. It's the first time I've seen doggie bags in Italy. We had the pumpkin ravioli (alla zucca)... More 

Thank Chabela94
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Based on reviews on tripadvisor and cosy exterior we booked a table with our two children. Personnel is friendly and one girl knows more than one language to help you out. The (primi) tagliatelli wild boar is fresh and tasteful. However, the antipasti and the meat were below expectations. You can't go wrong with the cold meat selection at the... More 

1 Thank Carolien L
Tel Aviv District, Israel
Level Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Revisited (9 years) this top Milan institution, but unfortunately picked the not-so-good dishes. The Entrecote steam and Risoto were just OK, the antipasti and salad were ok minues..

2 Thank Dov S
Heidelberg, Germany
Level Contributor
163 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Though a bit hard to find next to a well-posted restaurant close to the camping area, we found the place and spent a wonderful evening there with tons of excellent regional food and wine. Their service is quick and friendly and their kitchen adorable.

1 Thank Oliver B
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

Nice and cozy restaurant of local good food. The service is warm and friendly. The risotti and paste are delicious with xxl trays. At the end you receive a doggy box for the day after! Very recommended!!!

Thank Shovelpowerd
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2014

I was looking for a nice typical Italian restaurant because some friends from USA were visiting me. I found El Mercante by chance and I definitely suggest it to everybody. My American friends got crazy about it! Excellent food, huge servings and good service.

Thank Elisa G
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2014

Fantastic food. Delicious. Portions are ginormous and good value. Best food that we have eaten in Italy. Worth the trip from como city to this off road little joint. Simply fantastic food!!!

1 Thank millerdamb
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

Wow. This restaurant is great. Traditional italian food. Unbelievably cheap.Huge servings and great service. Right off the tourist trail. Perfect.

Thank diner25
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

We ate at El Mercante last night and it was the best meal we have had during our holiday. The portions are huge but they are happy to give you the leftovers to takeaway. My wife and i shared a platter of meats and pickles as an appetiser then I had prawn spaghetti followed by steak in green pepper sauce.... More 

1 Thank Burger L
Sondrio, Italy
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Definitely the place to go if you are starving and not really interested in good cooking or traditional recipes (be careful with the overfried "sciatt" served as appetizer). In the struggle between man and food, nobody wins...

7 Thank Nonsisachisia

Travellers who viewed El Mercante also viewed

Colico, Lake Como
Colico, Lake Como
Colico, Lake Como

Been to El Mercante? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Logasc n3 int4, 23823, Colico, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Colico
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 930257

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Mercante and other visitors
10 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from El Mercante staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?