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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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Halifax, Canada
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner & excellent service on one of the busiest times I have visited this restaurant....I have never been disappointed here! My favourite dish is the Ravioli and I decided to try something different and it was fabulous! The caesar salad is great...fresh & crisp with a light & flavourful dressing, topped with wonderful light croutons, fresh... More 

Thank Wendy B
Truro, Canada
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155 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch on a Friday afternoon. We did have a few minutes wait when we first arrived, prior to being acknowledged and seated. The setting is lovely and we were seated by the window. The menu is Italian and has variety. Starter was a bread dipper. My companion had the chicken ravioli which was enjoyed. I had the... More 

Thank Paula W
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely place for special occasion diner. We went for my son's graduation and really enjoyed it! Only thing which might distract from a higher rating is portions are a little smaller but surprisingly filling and you can always have dessert!

Thank Rick H
Halifax, Canada
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219 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We have eaten here a few times and are never disappointed. Portions are on the small side so it is best to plan a 3 course or at least a 2 course meal. The wine list is very pricey ($12 for 5 oz of most) so we only indulge on special occasions. I have tried their salad and squash soup... More 

Thank Jenn N
Halifax Region, Canada
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is a pleasant restaurant to go for a nice Italian style meal. The food is very tasty and reasonably priced.

Thank Rowcliw2000
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 4 December 2016 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 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 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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203 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

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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$ 23
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, 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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?