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Il Mercato

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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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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We are happy that we have this amazing Italian restaurant in Bedford ! We had the spinach salad and the scallop appetizers, both great! The cannelloni and lasagna for our main course and the irresistible butterscotch pie to finish off a perfect evening. Katrina was excellent and took great care of us in spite of having a very busy and... More 

Thank Chipperz04
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great, fun evening with great food. A vibrant and busy place which serves Italian dishes, plays Italian music, and makes you forget that you are in cloudy Nova Scotia. I just wish there was other "zuppa" on the menu, beyond sea-food. Nice selection of wine.

Thank Tom W
Halifax Region, Canada
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a very busy Saturday evening, waited around 15 for our table, this was fine. Front of house was apologetic but we said no worries it was ok. Nice waitress attended us for drinks, promptly came along with iced water. Ordered beef tenderloin, cooked to medium & just melted in my mouth. Friends had rack of lamb, lasagna and penne... More 

Thank EnglishDave99
Halifax, Canada
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196 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were eating out for Halloween, driving around and eventually choosing this restaurant, one to which we hadn't been in a number of years. We had no reservation, but were seated at a table tucked unobtrusively away in a corner. Our server, Courtney, came quickly and we ordered water (not sparkling), a glass of Pinot Grigio for... More 

Thank Melville P
Bedford, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I have reviewed this restaurant previously, and gave it a very good rating. My wife and I both love the food. I did, however, indicate some reservations regarding the take away service. This evening, my wife being ill and laid up, we decided as a Saturday night treat to get a take-away from Il Mercato. Since we had experienced an... More 

1 Thank Richard P
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is one of those places you go for a great meal. Reasonable prices given the quality of the food and the great service. Lots of parking since it is in Bedford's Sunnyside Mall above Finbar's - another great place to go for a satisfying Irish pub experience. Have a great pasta and/or a delicious steak. I am a big... More 

Thank Michael F
Nova Scotia, Canada
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

It was my first time to this establishment although I live within walking distance of it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Our server Krista was excellent, attentive, and very catering. The croquettes were astounding and the Cannelloni was perfect.

Thank dkelliott01
Halifax, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I haven't been to this restaurant in about three years because it is not in downtown Halifax but I really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere on our previous visit so we decided to drive out there on Saturday evening. Our last visit was very romantic and the staff were very attentive.Well this time it was way too crowded the... More 

Thank cathy k
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Food and service are continuously top notch. menu has choices for all and the atmosphere is upbeat and comfortable.

Thank Vincent M
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

What can I say about this venue other than there are dozens of amazing restaurants to eat at in this city, and il Mercato is repeatedly a favourite. The service is great there, the food never disappoints, the desserts are fantastic. Big bonus for us is that you can get take-out for nice evenings at home which is great when... More 

Thank Lisa R

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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
USD 11 - USD 23
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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?