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“Perfect Lamb and Pasta”
Review of Ai Mercanti

Ai Mercanti
Ranked #33 of 1,519 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$57
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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 20 October 2017 via mobile

Came here for dinner after reading some great reviews on this website. Must say, I am 100% satisfied with this excellent food and even better customer service. Waiters and waitresses know the menu inside out and will explain everything to you clearly.

The best things we ate were the first dish and second dish which were the half cooked lamb, and garlic spaghetti. Simply mindblowing. While the main courses weren’t as great, they were still yummy. So, if you’re coming here we’d recommend you get more pasta and half cooked lamb instead!

1  Thank Angielikeswotsits
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We visited here on our first night in Venice and were not disappointed. Great menu and wine choices - took advice from the waiter on wine pairing and it worked! Delicious food and such a lovely cosy restaurant.

1  Thank Ecosse Claire
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic lunch here food and quality was amazing. The service should be improved.

Don’t forget aboit desert!

1  Thank netrex
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Hard to find, but worth the effort [down a side alley; no signs outside, name only on the windows and doormat]. Staff were very friendly and helpful; we found the restaurant the day before to book and they managed to squeeze us in for the following evening; vegetarian in the group and assured this wasn't a problem. Food was delicious and art on a plate!

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1  Thank Amanda A
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Can't really fault the food and we eat at some great places. The crispy egg in particular was delicious and very inventive. All the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and the decor is lovely.
Unfortunately the power of trip advisor means that gems like this are too easy to find and the two tables around us were completely uninterested in the food. They were on their phones throughout and ordered the bill whilst still halfway through their main course. I'm pretty sure they would have been much happier in McDonald's! It's a shame when such good food is under appreciated especially when others can't get bookings

2  Thank Craigogg
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