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Mercante

#56 of 11,846 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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Mon - Fri 18:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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Kalmar, Kalmar Län, Sweden
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Magnus G
Shanghai, China
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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114 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank OzML
Abington
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Simon B
London, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Tiny, maybe eight tables (try to sit in front with the view), but fabulous, hard to believe Italy food and wine. Very reasonably priced. The plate of cold meats and cheese to start is great as is the pasta Bolognese. Extremely hard to find. Really need a guide and a flashlight, dreamy walk through old Hotung under lush trees, old... More 

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Thank wsdoyle
Beijing
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Last weekend a group of us got together for dinner after having been away for much of the summer season and wanting to catch up. One of our group suggested Mercante as the venue and I am so glad they did. I had read about the restaurant but had never been there, silly me! Mercante is an Italian restaurant down... More 

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Thank Herschelian
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely small place serving some quality authentic Italian food. We had a light evening meal and just had one course. Dishes around 100 - 150 Yuan mark but the sting was a bottle of Italian beer ( or two in our case). It tasted a bit like Leffe. It was 6% abv but nothing special apart from the £20 (168... More 

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Thank Tracy R
Mercante H, Owner at Mercante, responded to this review

Dear Tracy, thank you for your overall positive comment. I'm sorry that you felt surprised by the price of the beer. We constantly take care that all our products are correctly listed with prices in our food and drink menu and we don't apply any VAT or service fee to them. Concerning the beer that you drank, I agree that... More 

Pechino
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I've come to this cozy Italian restaurant countless times, both for business meetings and to relax before a plate of genuine Italian delicacies. All dishes are amazing, but the first courses (pasta), cheeses and deserts are especially memorable. Price-wise it's perfectly in line with real-thing Italian restaurants in town, and in fact cheaper than many. It's important to remember they... More 

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Thank Irene R
Bergen, Norway
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

After two weeks in China, this place was heaven for me! The caprese with bread was sooooo good! I also had ravioli and tiramisu for dessert, which did not autentic italian, but still OK. I do not recommend the house wine. Go there for the interior design, and for the home feel of italian cuisine ❤

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?