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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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Halifax, Canada
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

If you want a restaurant with good food and a nice atmosphere this is a great choice.The food is mostly Italian and very good.you will pay at least $30 per person but it is worth it.The scallop appetizers are to die for and the brushetta is excellant as well.You won't be disappointed

Thank keasterp
Halifax, Canada
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

We (my husband & I) have eaten here many times. The food has always been above average. We have never been disappointed.

Thank Lily C
Halifax, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

I really like their Bedford location. The staff are very friendly and I have never had a bad meal there. The calamari is excellent .

Thank 791Coline
Nova Scotia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

A few weeks ago I had a lovely lunch - spaghetti carbonara. Today it was linguine carbonara, and not good at all. Dry and sticky and large chewy and fatty pieces of pancetta. Yuk.

2 Thank NovaEcosseCanada
Halifax, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Again, and every time I have went to Il Mercato in Bedford, I have not been disappointed...awesome food. Best Caesar salad. Pastas are always excellent. Rich with flavour, and probably fat ;) It is a noisy restaurant, which means you can have a conversation without fear of other tables hearing you as they are busy talking as well. I have... More 

Thank Betty K
Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

Dining room was noisy when I visited, however the staff were friendly and very attentive. Not as much flavor on the menu when you try to get away from the pasta choices.

1 Thank Matt H
Vail, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

Place had a cool vide. Staff was very friendly and hardworking. Food was very good. I'd go back for sure.

Thank Jeff H
Halifax, Canada
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195 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

This is our 'local restaurant' and has been a favourite for several years. They have an excellent selection of pastas and desserts are to die for. Last night we had the duck confit crostini, the calamari and the red and green cabbage salad. They were all great although the calamari could have been a little less breaded. The pasta stuffed... More 

Thank HRHCaoimhe
Ottawa, Canada
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154 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

That is what it felt like. The server was fantastic made the meal fun. He promptly asked if we wanted Cava. Of course, and we had Lemoncella. Exactly how we had it when we were in Sorrento. They made a delicious arrabiata for me. Not as hot as I like it - but delicious. Our table ordered the tomato/basil soup.... More 

Thank abkw231
Fredericton, Canada
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141 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Took my wife to this restaurant based upon a local recommendation and the reviews on Trip Advisor The meal was excellent. The atmostphere was loud but expected with a packed house We did have one small problem based upon how busy the restaurant was. Il Mercato dosent take reservations. We when to the bar to have a drink while we... More 

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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 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
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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?