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Mercante

#67 of 11,859 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Houhai
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4 FangZhuanChang Hutong, DongCheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Name/address in local language
+86 10 8402 5098
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18:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 18:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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115 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice little gem, very popular with expats and tourists. Nestled half way between the craziness of Nanluoguxiang and Houhai in the Hutongs this is ideal if you want quality Italian food in that area. The restaurant is fairly small and only a couple of tables outside, so booking is advisable especially on the weekend. The menu is basic but... More 

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Thank Mark B
Parma, Italy
1 review
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice italian restaurant in Hutong, the food is good and italian products. The price is ok but the portions are too small. Anyway as an italian if you're looking for some good italian cuisine, Mercante and La Pizza are the best choices in Beijing.

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Thank Tasha1997
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner at Mercante and really enjoyed it. The location is really cute, right in one of the main hutong south of Gulou (which most people will know for the Greap Leap Brewery, only a couple of minutes away from the restaurant). We shared a starter with a selection of Italian hams, served with bread and olive oil, which... More 

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Thank Ilaria C
Stavanger, Norway
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189 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this as we found an article online and it seemed like the location was a bit “exotic”. When we arrived there it turned out that it was located in a small and I guess traditional hutong and the restaurant was so anonymous that I initially walked right past it. But we went in, got a table in the... More 

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Thank gardkarlsen
Columbus, Ohio
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I made a reservation with a few friends on a weekend evening. We were all excited to enjoy Italian food while living in Beijing. The food itself all met and/or exceeded expectations. I thought it was good and worth coming back for! Unfortunately, the service did not match the quality of the food. We had to ask multiple times to... More 

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Thank Corey M
Kalmar, Kalmar Län, Sweden
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

After have seen the reviews it had huge expectations. The menu could be a little more varied to attract more customers. The food was good, no doubt about it but not as good as the ratings. Very nice place though.

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1 Thank Magnus G
Shanghai, China
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Went with a small group, we had a great time. Food, wine, service, ambience all good. Great location in the hutongs.

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Thank BlueNeal
Beijing, China
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122 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here recently with dinner one evening. We dined here and had a secluded table by the window. This restaurant is a small fine-dining restaurant, with dishes sized so that you can order 3 courses and feel like you have eaten the right quantity of food. We enjoyed a buffalo mozzarella dish and... More 

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1 Thank OzML
Abington
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We were walking through one of the hutongs in the area just east of the Drum Tower and Bell Tower and came across this Italian gem. We had read about it on TA so we went in. On Saturday and Sunday, they offer only a fixed price brunch menu with two choices for each course. We order one of each... More 

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Thank Douglas C
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

After 2 weeks in China and a lot of local food we fancied a change - and Mercante was nearby so off we went. The dishes were all very pleasant but nothing outstanding in our choices - we enjoy Italian food and know what to look for. The staff were efficient, the service prompt and the atmosphere good - but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
Monday
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 FangZhuanChang Hutong, DongCheng District, Beijing 100009, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 10 8402 5098
Description
Recently awarded by the Daily Meal as one of the 10 Best Italian Restaurant outside Italy, Mercante is devoted to offer home style traditional Italian food in a small alley of the historical center of Beijing. In a cozy trattoria with only ten tables we propose a variety of homemade fresh pasta (tagliatelle, pappardelle, ravioli, tortelloni), imported Italian cheeses and cured meats paired with our daily baked bread and a selection of genuine homemade desserts (panna cotta, tiramisu, semifreddo). For the wine lovers we carefully selected around 50 labels of Italian wines and more recently some Italian craft beers. At Mercante we cook the food we love. Walk-in welcome. Reservations recommended. Brunch Hours: Sat and Sun 12:00-16:00 (LO 15:00) Dinner Hours: Sun-Thu 18:00-24:00 (LO 22), Fri-Sat 18:00-24:30 (LO 22:30)

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?