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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
  • "great time... fun place great for margaritas and cava!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this restaurant; we thought it was much better than Frontera Grill. Food was innovative and delicious; wait staff was very attentive; and the interior was very comfortable and urbane tho a bit loud."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was merely perfect. My only annoyance was that it was extremely loud. I do admit, this was due to my personal preference. It was Thursday night, and my girlfriend and I spent hours walking and touring the city. We just wanted to chat. I would def love this spot for happy hour, pre-game or celebrations for large parties. The good is great. The service is on-point. We arrived 15 minutes ahead of time and were seated 10 minutes before our reservation time and the place was packed. They keep a really accurate schedule!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service excellent! We ordered a variety of dishes and there wasn't any dish we didn't like. My only complaint was the noise level which made it almost impossible to have a conversation with the people I was dining with."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went because a colleague noted it was the only Mexican restaurant his wife, a native of Mexico, would eat at. Food was good and reasonably priced. The busboy kept circling the table, stopping by 5 or 6 times. We were still eating, and he could not just leave us alone. The restaurant was not that busyj they did not need the table. The server was perfunctory in his descriptions, having said it so many times, and talking so fast, it meant nothing to him or us. Unfortunately, won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Would recommend with some hesitation. Food is good, service is decent. But -- the restaurant is small and cramped for space, leading to crowded dining conditions. Partly as a result, the restaurants noise level is also MUCH too loud."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food is great as always but our waitor seemed to be abrupt and a bit slower than the usual at mercadito"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Finally deviated from my fave Tacos de Huevo and it was so worth it. Huevos Rancheros are a must-try at brunch. My companions went pretty American with their pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon, but were pleased. Love this place, not sure why it took me so many years to try it for brunch!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had excellent service and a memorable dining experience. The food was delicious and we loved trying different cocktails. We had a group of 5 and shared a trio of guacamole, flautas, tacos de camaron, tacos de pollo, tacos de carne, and then churros and bread pudding for dessert. We enjoyed everything and had a great time! Special thanks to Rafael, our server, who recommended great items and talked tequila with us, and Manny, the manager, who made time to ask how our meal was and show us the downstairs space, Double A. Gracias a todos y hasta pronto !"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Mercadito is part of the trend toward contemporary Mexican restaurants which replace the free chips & salsa with a more innovative menu and a modern decor. I had the steak tacos. The meat was good, but the potatoes didn't really fit with the rest of the dish."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant. Food was pretty good. The tacos were a bit pricey for what you receive. The bacon guacamole was delish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The service was not friendly and the food was average at best. The shrimp tacos was drowned in sauce, the lobster tacos had too much breading. The swordfish and shrimp enchiladas were good. The margaritas were very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were in the mood for Mexican before heading to a show at the Goodman and decided to try Mercadito. Definitely interesting food, inventive cocktails, and a great atmosphere. However, if you're in the mood for super traditional Mexican food not the best (and far from the cheapest) choice. I'd probably go there again for drinks and guacamole but don't think I'd stay for dinner."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Service on the patio was good and the tacos were excellent."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Too loud. Meals came out at different times for members of our group."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food and drinks are both great here. Had a margarita and tacos along with chips and salsa"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food and drinks, crowded and happening. The only complaint was the noise level, a little too much for my tastes. Would still recommend though, worth it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "in for an afternoon snack, had great Margaritas, chips and guacamole as well as great Ceviche, highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food and staff were outstanding. We will be going back and tack more guest as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Cocktail waitress from the Langham recommended it for fish tacos. It was so much more. Great Place, lots of people and lots of fun."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Still obsessed with the tacos de huevos but there were so many delicious things passing by I might have to try them next time! Companion had huevos rancheros and it was not only a fab twist on the dish it was gorgeous and delicious! Many thanks."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Love the food at mercadito and I tell all my friends to go there all the time! Love it!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Everything about Mercadito is wonderful.... the drinks, tacos and atmosphere! I love love the house margarita! The portions can be big so I recommend sharing the tacos. The fish tacos are a must try!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I had a great time here this weekend! I had the roasted corn on the cob, carne tacos, and my guy had the swordwish tacos both were seansoned extremely well! The drinks werw very very tasty too! We had the three trees which consisted of a tequila mixed with pear ginger amd spmething else tasty amd the famous cucumber drink! I cany wait to visit again. Great place to pregame before a party night!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "street corn is good - but you can get some at 1/5 of the price if you go to ashland and division and your portion size will be double the size. everything else was mediocre and beyond overpriced. never eating here again. they need to stop charging for hot sauce when their food is flavorless. i would not recommend this place to you anyone."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love this place. Whether it is for brunch with my family or ladies' night with my girls, it is always a hit! The food is fantastic and the best in the city."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My companions love love love Mercadito (as do I). We had brunch. The one drinking Bloody Marys said it was hands down the best in the city. We had shrimp tacos, tacos de huevos and swordfish tacos. They loved theirs (the fish) and the huevo taco is one of my favorite things anywhere. Mercadito is the brunch staple no one seems to know about! If you're up for low-key (the poser crowd stays away), deliciousness and great drinks with superb service, definitely give the Merc a try."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent. The ambience was very bad. Everyone was screaming at the table given the overall noise in the restaurant. Between the music being played very loud and tables trying to communicate with each other, one had to talk very loud. When we walked out, our entire group was relieved. This was too bad as the food was actually very good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place has fantastic drinks, the food is really good, the portions are perfect (except for the salsas but they are delicious!) the staff is knowledgeable and very attentive. However... it is soooooo loud you simply cannot have a conversation but with the person next to you. We were a group of 6 friends trying to catch up and we simply couldn't hear eachother."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It's basically a taco place. There were 3 of us - all women. We had two types of guacamole and 3 orders of tacos - shrimp, chicken and mushroom. Portions of guacamole were small. Tacos were just okay. I would not run back for more. The shrimp taco which our waiter recommended was not exciting at all - just shrimp in a sauce. Chicken had more veggies with it but not as exciting as I had expected based on the description. We asked for half the tacos in lettuce wraps which was good but the lettuce was not crisp so we had to use a knife and fork to cut it. They did have options for gluten free. Jicama instead of chips for the guacamole was nice. It's a hot spot but food is just ok. No need to return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The restaurant took a while to get our table together even though I had a reservation and got there early. Groups of 7 or more HAVE to use the sharing menu which offers TONS and TONS of food and options. It is a bit expensive and the drinks are out there but they are strong and worth the money! Our waiter was very attentive, helpful, and cute! Overall, it was pretty good!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Nice ambiance, cozy, all tables were full on Friday night. Had a drink a the bar and by the time we finished our drinks we were seated . Great Lobster tacos, over the margaritas with cucumber."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Loud... Sat at a bad low lounge table almost sitting in floor..... Service and food were fine... Would go back at less busy time"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Best chips and margaritas ever! The chicken tacos were outstanding. My husband loved the mahi mahi tacos. Wouldn't order the shrimp tacos next time. They were tasty but just shrimp and sauce in tortillas. Other tacos had shredded veggies/slaw on top. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was super flavorful and fun atmosphere. Try the guacamole and salsas!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Nice for larger groups. For groups over 7 people, you need to order off a different menu, but there is a lot of food and you are able to try different things!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Lunch was delicious and the service was fast - we needed to get back to the Mart and we were able to eat in about 45 minutes! Food was as good as i remember from last year!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Good food, but a bit pricey for Mexican. It's EXTREMELY loud inside, so be prepared for this type of atmosphere if you choose to go here. Tacos are delicious, but don't like that you can't mix and match among the options to create variety. Overall, really like this place when in the mood for this type of atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We made a res for 10 people & they lectured me about being on time or they'd give the table away (then they made us wait 35 mins to be seated), they made us do a sharing menu since we had 10 people, but then we heard you have the option to decline that, and overall they were just pretty "strict" leading up to the dinner. But overall food was good & drinks were fun & different. Cool place, but maybe not a good fit for groups. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our waitress was great. My party was late and the hostess was very kind about sitting us and being very accommodating. Noise level wasn't bad at all like the reviews said so I was very happy. It was very chic and I loved the drinks. Great time overall."
    Dined on 6/7/2014