Mercadito Chicago
Mercadito Chicago

Mercadito Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (312) 329-9555
  • 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
370 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (187)hot spot (182)good for groups (157)vibrant bar scene (114)special occasion (68)neighborhood gem (63)late-night find (52)great for lunch (44)great for outdoor dining (31)romantic (27)great for brunch (25)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • the merc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Waited a half hour pasted my reservation time to be seated. Seemed the staff made a mistake, shows they are disorganized. this place isn't worth the money. It's over priced mexican food with a trendy looking interior in river north. If you want mexican food you go to a real mexican restaurant. If you want over pay for small portions and eat in river north with "the crowd" then this is your place. Was not worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food but hard on the ears
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This was our second trip to Mercadito. While the food is wonderful , the noise level was oppressive on this visit. We will likely not be back any time soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food is fantastic
    mmkchicagoVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    This was my second time to Mercadito. It is a lively atmosphere with good service and great food. We had the Guacamole pair, one traditional and one with sweet potato in it. Both were excellent. We also had the steak tacos and pork tacos, again, both delicious with a little kick. The elotes is really good as well. We had a few margaritas, one actually lit on fire at the table, which was interesting. Overall a great place to go for some creative Mexican.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot for Tacos
    ChicagodinerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    great people watching. Excellent food and bar menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mercadito can't be beat-o!
    AandB
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Both the guacamole and salsa selections were "wonder-full" .... very unusual blends and quite tasty. Try the lobster ceviche .... out of this world. Many choices ... great 'sharing plate' restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have time to burn?
    Travis
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had reservations for 830 and we booked a week in advance (visiting from out of town) and from the look of it, it may have not been early enough. We were sat at 850/9 after standing awkwardly positioning for standing room in a overly packed bar area with a walk way through it waiting for our table. Once sat we were elbow to elbow with the table next to us (literally, they had to pull the table out to get to the other seat). Besides that the service was pretty good and the food was outstanding. Would I do this again? On a date? probably not. As a stop out on a night of drinking? possibly. If i had no time constraints, and wanted to blow money on good food, definitely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed.
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had an 8:00 pm reservation for a party of 5. We did not sit down until 8:27. I dine out a lot in Chicago, and when I take the time to make a reservation, that is typically the time I sit down at the table. They did not apologize for the delay whatsoever. If something like this happens at any other restaurant, they normally give you a free appetizer or something for the inconvenience. I would have been fine with an apology. I found their staff to be quite unprofessional. It is too bad, because I use to dine at Mercadito all of the time. It has been a little over a year since I have been here, and I will never return. The food has gone downhill, and the staff is not someone I would like to deal with ever again. I am so disappointed that I pick this restaurant for my cousins big night out for her Bachelorette. I hope you are able to make some vast improvements, and get your staff up to par.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were seated at a miniature table next to a group--right next to like we were the children at the small table. We moved and had to eat in an hour. Poor menu selections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our waitress was MIA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This was the second time at Mercadito. First I want to stress that the food and the rest of the wait staff were fantastic. Everything was great except that OUR server (petite with red lipstick on) was MIA the majority of the time we were there. She also forgot to place one of our taco orders. I saw everyone else on the floor working hard, but we never saw her, not even to attend another table. God knows where she was while everyone else was working hard. After she dropped off our bill, she never came back so we asked her colleague to wrap our leftovers to take home. Unfortunately, we lowered our usual 20% tip to 18%. But we didn’t want to punish the others because of this one waitress' lack of service and not pulling her weight.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tacos
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This is a very nice Mexican chain that offers gourmet tacos, salsas, and guacamoles. The food is always tasty. Service is friendly and efficient. Just wish the drinks were a bit larger. Prices are a tad high for Mexican fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tacos
    DockVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Good for the blackened swordfish and the upgraded margaritas
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Long Wait &VERY Loud
    CHICagoDINE
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Mercadito is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! The food is incredible! Especially the guac and tacos (pescado is my fav). BUT if you are going to dine here, be prepared to wait for at least 15 minutes (even if you make a reservation). On top of that, it is REALLY loud; my boyfriend and I were literally screaming at each other from across the table. Overall, this place is fun for a night out, but it is not for the impatient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, long wait
    iluvfood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We made a reservation and still had to wait 30-40 minutes. Luckily the service was fast bc we had to be somewhere after dinner. The food was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was excellent and the service was great and we had a wonderful time. Drinks were delicious, as was the food. Our waiter was very helpful in selecting dishes for us to share. The only negative was the sound level made it difficult to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak tacos, Margaritas, a favorite spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service is always rushed, salsa are small, margaritas are dangerous, steak tacos with potatoes when in season are life changing, guacamole is fresh and flavorful, hostesses are not accommodating. Overall a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation?
    CupcakeVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had an 8:30 reservation but were not seated until 9:30. What was the point of having a reservation??
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Friday Fun
    RinaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went here after work on a Friday to catch up with a girlfriend. We were there at 5, so the first ones there. All of our food came out together, and nice and hot. It was fantastic. Great drinks! It does get pretty loud the more crouded it gets. There isn't a ton of room at the bar, but it was PACKED. Great place overall! I've been here with a large group as well. Great for that, sharing plates, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated by the "Trend-oids"
    KapalouisVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    One of the most disappointing dining experiences that I have had in Chicago. $90 for 2 margaritas, guacamole, 8 taquitos, and tip...really? The flavors were good, but not "amazing" like many of the Lincoln Park Trixies would have you believe. For authentic Mexican, head to Pilsen; you'll have a real culinary experience and save some money (even with a longer Uber ride!). At Mercadito, you'll sit on top of other patrons as the tables are literally two inches apart. Mercadito should advertise that they use community tables as that would be more honest. So difficult to have a conversation with the person with whom you are dining because you actually sitting closer to diners at the next table. Take a pass unless you need to "make the scene."
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Noisy to Enjoy Dining
    FromCalgary
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went to Mercadito around 7:00 PM on a Wednesday, but didn't spend much time there because of the noise level. We had to shout to each other as well as to the waiter. We ordered some tacos (carne and pastor) which were quite flavourful and came promptly. We just couldn't enjoy the meal with the noise level, so left after finishing the tacos.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Mercadito has the most amazing tacos and guac ever! I think it is great for special occasions, however it is a little loud. Otherwise great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner spot
    Zako
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Amazing food, great drinks, and a unique atmosphere...I took my wife here for our 6 month anniversary, and we will definitely be returning. Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    JessG
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Had dinner here for girls night. Friendly staff and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had family in town visiting, and decided to take them to one of my favorites, Mercadito. All in all, another amazing experience. Our waiter, Alex, was awesome. Food was delicious, Margaritas were the best I've ever had, and the service and ambiance were outstanding. Will continue to recommend this little gem to everyone I know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elizpatron
    Elizpatron
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The decor is inviting, and the overall atmosphere is welcoming. The servers were prompt in service of food, and monitoring the customer's progress. The fact that there seemed to be a meeting in progress for part of the time that I was there not delay service, as the staff members met at staggered intervals, so some people were always on the floor. The music was at good decibel level. The appetizer and meal were ample and stylized such that one could easily finish the portions and enjoy the presentation at the same time. When I asked to speak to the manager to commend my server, the manager was not overbusy that he could not visit my table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling
    Markchicago
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was very good, bit cramped where we sat, wait staff attentive almost to a fault often too quick to remove plates. Overall good experience. You'll want to go with 4 as 2 tops too tight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    enforcers
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was excellent and tasty. I have 3 complaints, 1. the portions are very small and expensive 2. there's no kids menu(not a kid friendly restaurant) and 3. They charge you for everything like for even salsa to put on your tacos. overall besides everything the food tasted great and the margaritas very good!!! Be prepare to spend some cash here!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    caserin
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I do recomend the Shirmp tacos they are great, also the enchiladas so delicious, I also love the micheladas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite brunch
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I could eat brunch here every weekend. This time, I brought with me a pair of out of towners, one from TX, one from SoCal. They loved it. We stayed and ordered more food and drink and didn't want to leave. Sometimes the timing of the food is spotty (I know, sharing plates), this time we all had our own dishes and everything came out together which was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mercadito
    BeRoyal
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Jesus was our waiter and he made recommendations that were on point! Everything we had was so flavorful and delicious. They lose one star because I'm a petite girl and the tables were so tightly packed together we actually had to physically move our table so I could get into my seat without sticking my booty in someone else's plate of food- when you're spending on average $60-$100 a person I would expect better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went there for brunch and relished in their brunch special called the ultimate hangover cure. Comes with your choice of 3 dishes and 1 cocktail each. We had the chilaquiles, mahi mahi tacos, and carne tampiquena. Super delicious! And the drinks. Wow! They pack a punch. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Me Gusta!
    Ppicasso76VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    To be fair, I have to state that I've worked in the restaurant business at various stages of my life, so I can be quite critical. 2 weeks ago I ate at El Mercadito and had an average experience. Not great, but not bad. What I noticed was that the infrastructure was there but the staff had a bad night. I sensed potential. So, I came back on for a second go around and it was spectacular. Food was delicious and the staff seemed to be on top of their game. That being said, just a little more attention to guests wouldn't hurt. I will return and recommend El Mercadito to friends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I asked for a second Smokey Pablo drink and it took 20 minutes to bring it to me. I had to ask a different server for the drink because my server probably forgot. When she finally brought me the drink, she did not even apologize for the delay. I would recommend to keep an eye on your costumers and apologize.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • downtown11
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I was very excited to find a Mexican restaurant which was a little more upscale and offered fun and tasty drinks. The Misty Sleeve was a nice and spicy drink. The variety of guacamole was also really nice, I highly recommend you try a variety. The noise was a bit higher than I would like, especially if you want a private conversation because it was loud enough and the tables were close that you pretty much were sharing and hearing many different conversations from both sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tacos and margaritas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    not a place for a date night as tables are literally (>3) inches next to each other. very busy restaurant at night but food is quickly served!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Estupendo!
    Chiquita
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Our first time here and we had a very enjoyable and satisfying time! Loved the food,delish, loved the ambiance a must go again on our list! Oh and the drinks...AWESOME!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three girls walk into Mercadito...
    Hechicera
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great music! Outstanding service from both Miguel and Victor. Delicious Mango Margaritas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved it but quite loud. They really rush you through your meal too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, poor service.
    T3000
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    After waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time, we were seated and had to wait about another ten minutes to order drinks. Once we spoke to out waiter he was very accommodating and service improved. The food was excellent once we were finally able to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, small portions, rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was good but it's not a great place for groups. They also provide a group menu with the cheapest option for each person being $30. The portions are very small and they charged for any extra guacamole, salsa, sides, etc. The size of the sides are saucer size for 4 people and even the saucer is not full with food. They also asked if we could be done eating by a certain time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love
    jbo1
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love this place. Amazing margaritas and food never disappoints! Great eclectic take on Mexican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic