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Mercadito Chicago
Mercadito Chicago

Mercadito Chicago Details

  • 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 (312) 329-9555
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Very upbeat vibe, a little noisy hard to have conversation around larger table, the waiters were very attentive. Overall GOOD experience"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food is terrific and drinks are great but it was so hot I can't give 5 stars."
    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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great River North location. Awesome food - best when shared! Great service. Not a romantic dinner spot."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This place is casual and fun. Great fresh food, don't miss the guacamole trio."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The little tacos rolled with lettuce along with other stunning dishes are gold even more enjoying with family, friends and lots of Cerveza Pacifico!"
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Found a wood chip in my tacos; other plates at the table were good."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Loved our lunch at Mercadito. The swordfish tacos were excellent - and with the Margarita and real treat."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Awesome & vibrant place!! Great food! Must try it out! Great drinks!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Way too noisy for lunch, and the taco portions way too small for the guys I was entertaining!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I was unable to hear my friends speaking across the table from me. The person next to me had to shout. Not very pleasant."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was good, the drinks were good, and the service at the table was good. The server and all of the waitstaff were lovely. The girl that worked at the host stand was rude, unfriendly, and unwelcoming."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food was great, and the people who work there even better. Surprised that I hadn't heard of this spot before."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Dined w/ my BF,we loved what we ordered: Nopales guac, Ceviche mixto & the carne tacos. Nice decor, not to Mexican, we were just a little close to the next table & a bit loud. Service was good & quick. I would go back & recommend."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My husband and I ordered the fish tacos and the short ribs as entrees. While I was still eating my salad, they brought 3 small tacos to our table. Very poor timing. 15 minutes later, we got our short ribs which was a small container of meat. That's all! No lettuce, no pico de gallo or sour cream. Not even refried beans that we ordered. We were expecting to receive entrees, not small portions to share. The flavor of the food was ok but not good enough for us to return."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Mediocre food. Subpar service. Definitely overpriced for the quality."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went here on a trip to Chicago after reading reviews online and given that I LOVE Mexican food we decided to try it. Really hip restaurant but the food was horrible. Had the pork, shrimp and Baja fish tacos. The shrimp ones were gross (tasted like the sat in a pot of sauce all day) the pork ones tasted like pork and nothing else and the fish ones were ok but only by comparison of the other 2. We told our waitress we didn't like them and she didn't apologize or offer to get us anything else. The regular guac was good but nothing out of this world. The restaurant was filled with a lot of big groups and it was very loud and hard to have a conversation. Wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all"
    Dined on 7/26/2014