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Il Mercato

Certificate of Excellence
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1595 Bedford Highway | Sunnyside Mall, Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 3Y4, Canada
+1 902-832-4531
11:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant along with it's sister restaurant 'a Mano are fantastic places to eat. I have eaten in Italian restaurants in many places throughout North America and nothing has compared to these restaurants. We often "lick the plate clean!" Lol Enjoy you won't be disappointed.

Thank Cindy P
Halifax, Canada
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pros: the service is ALWAYS top-notch. The food, if possible, is even better. This place is Italian at a whole new level. I had the wild mushroom ravioli, and I recommend it highly. The atmosphere is nice, and, on a weeknight, not overcrowded. Cons: there's no waiting area. It's not handicapped-accessible at all. The tables are rather crowded together, and... More 

Thank kmhansing
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Was going to go to another restaurant to eat but there was a 30 minute wait time. Decided to go here and as usual wasn't disappointed. Food was excellent, fresh tasty ingredients perfectly cooked. Service was also excellent. Great choice for any occasion. You won't be disappointed.

2 Thank fred11Halifax_NS
Halifax, Canada
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a great choice for a night out. Service was super and the food was excellent. We feel that this restaurant competes with basically anything in the Halifax downtown core for fine dining and the parking is so very much easier. The Atlantic salmon was delicious. Our company also enjoyed steak and two pasta dishes which were also reported... More 

2 Thank Mort S
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Always enjoyable atmosphere and good selection of Italian favorites. Wine offered a really à good selection and the food was excellent

2 Thank cameron r
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Another enjoyable dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Great service despite a busy evening. Food was excellent and the timing of appetizer and entrees was perfect. A few changes to the menu make this restaurant always contemporary.

1 Thank Vincent M
Elmsdale, Canada
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great place for lunch or dinner. Awesome Italian food in a clean comfortable setting. Service always good. When you're craving pasta, go here!

1 Thank goodnewfie
halifax,nova scotia canada
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Went here with five friends for a birthday lunch. Lovely decor in this place but crowded so one would assume that ahhh food is great. Not so much. this is the third time I have gone here for a lunch and overtime I was disappointed.Why go,you ask? to ge together with friends. I ordered the Large caesar glad as I... More 

1 Thank beachloverhalifax
Bedford, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The food is wonderful, the atmosphere lovely. Great selection on the menu and very tasty desserts. I have never been disappointed.

1 Thank Terry M
Halifax, Canada
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Some go there for a fancy dinner, we go for a quick bite during the week. recently started taking reservations so get one. Northern Italian food. Always good and dependable. Ate there many many times. Calamari and rice croquettes are great and the daily offering is always good. Service is always attentive and quick. Recently had many new young staff... More 

1 Thank R K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$22
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1595 Bedford Highway | Sunnyside Mall, Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 3Y4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Bedford
  • Phone Number: +1 902-832-4531
Il Mercato - a truly authentico Italiano trattoria. Experience the very best of Italian food, wine and service. Our handmade dishes are made with passione, using the finest, freshest ingredients from Italian and local producers. Everything - from the music, the scenes, the focaccia to the gelato, even the pottery and lighting - are tutto Italiano!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?