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Ai Gondolieri

Dorsoduro 366, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 528 6396
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“tasting menu” (14 reviews)
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Dorsoduro 366, 30123 Venice, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the only restaurant where I had made a reservation ahead of our visit to Venice. The menu was very appealing to me, and the restaurant was mentioned in a number of articles I'd read about best restaurants in Venice. Unfortunately, it was a...More

Thank BexEdwards
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food. Specialized in meat dishes. Only downside is no outside seating. Reserve ahead of time as the restaurant is really busy.

Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfriendly waiter, burnt cannelloni that we had to send back (the waiter tried to tell us that it was ok even when we showed him that it was rock hard and burnt onto the plate), spaghetti carbonara that tasted like a microwave meal and exorbitant...More

1  Thank Caz360
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This was our first evening in Venice. We had just arrived after a long day on the train from Rome. We were hungry. Our host recommended Ai Gondolieri. It was steps from our apartment. We looked at the menu outside and it seemed fine for...More

2  Thank George M
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We had dinner here on Easter Sunday, when they served a multi-course, traditional Easter meal. Service and food were first class.

Thank Margaret V
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went there for dinner. We re both vegetarian. We arrived half an hour early, were seated immediately. There are som many things right about this place. Started off with prosecco while munching on the complimentary crudités. Very tasty veggies, served with...More

Thank Doru G
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is hidden in the south of Venice, we had the dinner tasting menu which is 8 courses and 65€ each, seems expensive but the food is incredible and there's a lot of it. The reviews complaining that the dinner tasting menu is too...More

Thank Jacob T
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The meals we had were extremely good and we felt really welcome as guests - especially when we booked a table for a second visit after being so pleased.

Thank Itzi77_10
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The service was fab, the staff were very professional and allowed us time between courses to rest, but unfortunately no amount of time was enough to recover from the excessive portion sizes. Tasting menus are meant to be exactly that, a taster of a normal...More

Thank Gabi W
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We visited this restaurant on a Friday evening with a friend. The food was tasty but way too expensive for what it was. We had two starters, 2 mains and two glasses of wine, resulting to approx. 90 euro. It looks a bit posh and...More

Thank cicy
Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighbourhood with
street artists, students, painters, sculptors,
restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and
heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's
collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for
evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries
cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica
buttresses the neighbourhood to the east. Gondolas bob
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$56 - US$78
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:15
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dorsoduro 366, 30123 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Neighbourhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Phone Number: +39 041 528 6396
  • E-mail
Ai Gondolieri restaurant in Venice is something special in the Venice dining scene – a kitchen that concentrates its menu on meaty dishes of the mainland rather than the typically fishy fare of most other eateries here. A short walk from the Guggenheim Museum and the Accademia (take vaporetto 1 or 82), Ai Gondolieri enjoys a magically romantic setting in a genuinely old inn with its own arched bridge over a picture-postcard canal. The dining rooms are not splashy or over-decorated, with wood panelling, modern seating, white table linens, ceiling fans. Nevertheless this place attracts the starriest visitors to Venice, from presidents to film stars. The upmarket menu changes seasonally, featuring dishes like deep-fried stuffed zucchini flowers, breaded deep-fried lamb served beautifully pink, superb steaks, excellent risotto. Your host will chat in English with you about the all-Italian menu.
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