Mercadito Chicago
Mercadito Chicago

Mercadito Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3123299555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday 11:00am-3:30pm & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday: 5:00pm- 2:00am: Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
    After midnight we offer a late night menu.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Patricio Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: MH-Catering: website: www.mh-catering.com
    Call: 312.361.3299

    Our team's knowledge is grounded in their experience as consumers and connoisseurs, and then improved through decades of restaurant and industry experience. We strive to create a remarkable and unique experience by perfectly detailing every aspect of your catering and event needs. It is important to us that every guest has an exceptional experience and is provided with extraordinary service.

  • Private Party Facilities: Plan your next birthday, office party, or event at Mercadito. For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan a memorable event that will exceed your expectations.
  • Private Party Contact: Wendy Wohlfeill 3123299555x
  • Special Events: For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan your event. Contact: events@mercaditorestaurants.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle
  • Public Transit: Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking daily
A word from Mercadito Chicago
The newest Mercadito locations are the chicest and most modern additions to the restaurant family. Ample sized banquets accommodate large parties while smaller white quartzite tables and the soft wood floor and ceiling keep the atmosphere cozy. Exquisite details include rope screens separating banquettes, handmade pyramid-shaped copper lights illuminating the bar, and unique graffiti-style murals dressing the dining rooms. A massive bar area and lounge lets guests relax while taking in the stylish and upscale environment.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mercadito Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
368 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (166)fit for foodies (160)good for groups (139)vibrant bar scene (135)special occasion (101)neighborhood gem (82)great for lunch (66)late-night find (56)great for outdoor dining (54)romantic (47)great for brunch (32)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Could have been better
    Keepingitreal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The hosts were incredibly self-absored and lacked customer service. When I asked to speak with manager about not be able to sit at our reserved for table 4 when 3 were present (one stuck in traffic) she told me no and that the manager would say the same. Manager came and in fact we sat down in 3 minutes. But we sat at toddler chairs on side and an oversized couch on that other with literally 1/2 inch between the row of tables. Meanwhile there was a dance room of space between the next set of cafeteria style lined up tables. Don't get me the wrong- drinks, tacos and guacamole were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Go.
    deeceVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Whether you're taking someone on a hot date, hosting visiting friends or family, Mercadito is a perfect spot to begin your night. The energy, service, drinks, and most importantly the food never cease to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kayy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Delicious, yummy taco tuesdays and mango margaritas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Girlsnightout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ordered a drink that called Dizzy something and although my server warned me it had a distinct smokey taste, I ordered anyway and when I thought it was horrible replaced it immediately. Everything else was great. Bit seriously, don't order that drink. It's tastes the way bandaids smell. Ugh! Definitely order the pinnappley drink. It's delicious!! The drink with fire was decent tasting too. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impresionante!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wow. I'd wanted to check out Mercadito for a long time- but never seemed to make it their. It lived up to every expectation. The food is amazing, they have what is effectively a "guac flight" that has re-calibrated my pallete's understand of what good guacamole. Pancita and Swordfish tacos are big winners. But the sneaky truth about Mercadito is that their bartenders craft some of the best cocktails in the city- if you like good food with good drinks in a energetic setting- this place is phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Friday Night
    LittleMissMaddie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Met a friend here for drinks & apps before a concert. Really nice waiter (didn't get upset when we decided against ordering entrees). Highly recommend the guac sampler. Tons of marg options.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm not a foodie
    evilgeniusofevil
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    But people accused me of being one while I raved about Mercadito's taco plates. Hard to imagine being excited about tacos, but these are really something special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cant get enough!
    Andy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Mercadito has always delivered an exceptional experience. The food is amazing and the service is always great. I can never get enough of the queso fundido! I've been to Mercadito several times and tried a number of items of the menu that were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Margaritas
    StepsiteVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I dined at the Chicago restaurant. Good Southwest food with some twists beyond the norm. Servings were decent and the quality was good. I will try it again when it opens in Philadelphia,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very upbeat vibe, a little noisy hard to have conversation around larger table, the waiters were very attentive. Overall GOOD experience
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flaming hot
    ckschollVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food is terrific and drinks are great but it was so hot I can't give 5 stars.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    ChefColin
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    5 stars all around with the exception of the OpenTable snafu whereas restaurant staff did not check me in when I arrived and announced my reservation at the host desk. I received an email accusing me of blowing off my reservation and it was, well, mildly insulting considering I had a brief exchange with Raphael, the host, who I would assume with the 2nd host at the front of the restaurant that there would have been no issue with an OpenTable check in. Food was outstanding, ceviche cooked perfectly and the guacamole was very fresh and seasoned perfectly. Both recommended. Next time I recommend to clearly announce you have an "Open Table" reservation so there is no insulting mix up for any future guests of the restaurant. Great drink list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best tacos I've ever had!
    Fatboi
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Best tacos I ever had in my life. Took my girlfriend there the next day cause there was no way I could explain how good they were. The waiter told me that they didn't serve tacos at lunch. We had to walk out for the intent of coming back for dinner. The margaritas are to die for aswell. Brilliant establishment, tell your momma and a friend. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for groups and young people
    TCHUTCHI1VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is pricey and its extremely loud. It was packed when we went (a friend and I). The food was good and the decor was fitting to the restaurant. The background music was energetic and techno. I just wish it wasn't so loud and I could have a conversation without yelling.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicioso
    Eatatthisplace
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The cocktails were fantastic! All the food was seasoned perfectly - finally a place that values salt! The desserts were divine. Do not skip the sides! One of the best meals I have ever had in the USA!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Order the Pork Belly Tacos
    Julie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went on a "Taco Tuesday" so we tried 4 different types of tacos. Overall, the tacos are great but DON'T order the pork belly tacos. They are about 90% fat. The carne, pastor, and pollo tacos though were all very good. One more word of warning, their tacos are considered "mini tacos" and are in fact quite small.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maddy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food and drink. service is good though a bit quick. See below about staff. Love your restaurant but not fond of how close tables are and noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great after theatre dining
    Lcdcook
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Second time dining here. First time for Mother's day brunch. Food is outstanding. Our server was impeccable. Tacos and Guacamole dishes and combinations are great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was good, but everyone's entrée came out at a different time, which we did not like. A bit too loud for some of those in our group who were well over the targeted age. Restaurant needs to make it clear that some of the menu is small portions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is the best!
    lovingflavors
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been to Mercadito on several occasions and they have yet to disappoint me! I continue to go back for their tasty food and great service. I have loved all the different flavors, this is definitely a must-go-to spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    skyroverVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm always knocked out by the food here. The ceviche rocks. The grilled chicken couldn't be better. The server was helpful in warning us away from some things that would take too long to prepare given our schedule. If only the checkin staff would warm up, this would be a totally great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    AimSlyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a 1pm reservation on a Thursday afternoon. It took at least 8 minutes for someone to greet us once we were seated at our table. We immediately ordered salsa and guac with our drinks, because we were on a schedule. Our appetizers were delivered by food runners. We didn't see our waiter again until after we ran out of chips. So, we were finished with our appetizers before our order was even taken. I ordered chicken tacos and was delivered mahi mahi tacos. So my order was removed and I waited 10 minutes for my meal. NO apology from our server. No acknowledgment of the error. The food is good, but the service makes me want to go elsewhere. And there are plenty of options. Adios, Mercadito.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aloof and lethargic service
    Eats4workVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have taken clients to Mercadito three times in the last month. The hostess set up is somewhat off putting -- if your party isn't complete, they don't seat, which I understand. However, most of the spots that go to on a regular basis know when to make an exception. In the meantime, rather than showing you to the bar, where you can spend some money and relax, the hostess just has you standing in the front hall watching the walls peel and feeling in the way. Finally showed myself to the bar but after waiting ten minutes or so to get the bartenders attention, I gave up. My party arrived and we were seated but the service continued to be lethargic and somewhat aloof. My last visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sensational!
    SouthernBelle
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    ook weeks for my friend to get me to go to Mercaditos, I saw the menu and was so sure I wouldn't like or be able to eat anything. Im a very picky eater with an onion allergy. Regardless of how picky I am, I have thoroughly enjoyed every item I have tried on the menu. The food is so delicious you get torn between wanting to share this amazing experience with someone else and getting lost in the taste each dish has to offer. Definitely one of the best restaurants in chicago, an absolute must try for everyone. My favorite dish this week is the Camaron tacos paired with the Big Nose Goes To Mexico drink...which has an ingredient of fire :) and is sweet yet strong. Warning you will get hooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Mercadito for groups 4-8!
    nmlowery71
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great River North location. Awesome food - best when shared! Great service. Not a romantic dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This place is casual and fun. Great fresh food, don't miss the guacamole trio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Cdreher
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The little tacos rolled with lettuce along with other stunning dishes are gold even more enjoying with family, friends and lots of Cerveza Pacifico!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • experience at the restaurant
    caserin
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I like the restaurant and the food, however the drinks took a long time to get them, but the waiter was nice. The noice it was a little bit high for me. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food,server missing in action
    Linda
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great margaritas, guacamole, shrimp tacos out of this world! Service started out ok, then server disappeared. The manager took our entire order with no explanation with what happened. Our first visit was a mixed experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was way too loud. I had to yell to even have a conversation. Also, the tables are placed way too close together. I shouldn't feel like I'm sitting with another table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worth a try
    diningreview
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was good, however the quantitiy was not enough for the amount of money you are paying for it. It is certainly slightly expensive but that is to be expected from downtown Chicago. The drinks were good, and the ambiance and service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently SO good
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Ate my weight in the huevos rancheros and tacos de huevo on Saturday. SOOOOO good. Hands down my fave place for brunch. It's fabulous food and great service every time. Decor's a little tired, but maybe it's just not my cup of tea. I come back because of the fabulous food. See you there again on Sunday!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So tasty!
    Banana
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fantastic food and drinks, but it is very noisy. 2-person tables are quite tight, so we sat next to someone speaking so loudly that it was hard to hear each other. Overall, a must-try in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    keltic5
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was a great evening! The food, drinks and service staff were excellent. It is noisy but that lends to the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its ok
    Reth
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Found a wood chip in my tacos; other plates at the table were good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    mch110VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Loved our lunch at Mercadito. The swordfish tacos were excellent - and with the Margarita and real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    TheDesignDR
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've been to Mercadito a few times now and it never disappoints. The food, drinks, and service are always on point. Always a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place with delicious food
    Dbruno
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Awesome & vibrant place!! Great food! Must try it out! Great drinks!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kate
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Way too noisy for lunch, and the taco portions way too small for the guys I was entertaining!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At least as loud as a rock concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I was unable to hear my friends speaking across the table from me. The person next to me had to shout. Not very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic