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I have never had a bad experience at Il Mercato. The staff is attentive and friendly, and the food is consistently delicious.
The prices are decent, especially for the quality of the food. It's not a place I can visit all the time, but it's nice to semi-splurge from time to time.
Their wine list is great, and their desserts are scrumptious, especially the gelato.
I do wish they had a lunch menu. They could really make a killing with their location if they had more affordable options during lunch.
Food quality very good. I enjoyed a grilled vegetable salad which was very tasty and reasonably priced.
Only "cons" our dining party noticed was: the tables are very small and closely placed together. The overall sound barrier created almost an audible hum of voices..making it hard to hear or enjoy conversation in a packed resturant.
Pehaps, not as noticable had we gone at a less busy time- but, worth taking into consideration if going at peak hours.
Enter this Italian eatery at your own risk: the gleaming display cases filled with decadent desserts—including the zuccotto, a dome of chocolate and cream—are sure to tempt. Il Mercato is owned by Maurizio Bertossi (of local Da Maurizio fame), and tasty pastas are also in plentiful supply at reasonable prices. In the heart of the downtown shopping district, this is an ideal lunch stop. If... more
Another leg in the daMaurizio Bish empire, this fun bistro features light-colored Tuscan sponged walls and big rustic terra-cotta tiles on the floor, which set an appropriate mood amid the clamor of Spring Garden. I like this place a lot. Come early or else expect to wait (no reservations are accepted). You'll find a great selection of meals at prices that approach bargain level. Start by... more
I treat myself to Il Mercato every time I am in Halifax on business. I say "treat" because coming from a rural area, the prices are more than what I am used to, but, the food and experience is worth it. The mushroom ravioli is probably one of the tastiest, richest things I have ever put into my mouth. I... more
Took my mom, son, and husband here for my mom's birthday last week. Was so pleased when we walked in, it is very very lovely. We had an appetizer, 4 pasta entrees, and desserts and everything was excellent. Beautiful desserts, and large portions. The service was also great, our server was right on top of filling waters, clearing plates and... more
My family and I visited the restuarant on June l9th to celeba=rate my sons graduation from Kimgs university. It was one of my sons favorite restaurants and my husband and I frequent often, but never again after this horrible experience we had that evening, first of there were 5 of us and we were seated at a table for four consequently being very crowded very uncomfortable, our appetizers came... more
We were extremely disappointed, this place was highly recommended by several close friends. (After this experience I may have to rethink what company I keep). Upon arrival we waited at the bar and the main pathway is behind it, it is extremely difficult to enjoy the atmosphere and your drink when people continually bump into the back of your chair because there is not enough space for them to... more
A good safe bet. Places that don't accept reservations irritate me, as they expect their clientele to take their chances. Consistently overcooked shrimp, but otherwise quite nice pastas, salads, and desserts (not as good as everyone claims). It seems to me this restaurant is trying really hard to exhibit trendiness, and it detracts a tad from their food. Of course as a Da Maurizio regular I may... more
Il Mercato is a Italian restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped less than 15%.