Mercadito Fish
Mercadito Fish

Mercadito Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercaditofish.com/
  • Phone: 3126408141x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday-Friday 6:30am-11:00am

    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:00am-3:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday-Monday 3:30pm-10:00pm / Tuesday-Thursday 3:30pm-11:00pm / Friday-Saturday 3:30pm-12:00am

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 6:30am-3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Guillermo Tellez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer special menus for breakfast, lunch, meetings and dinner events, on our 3 private banquet rooms at the Talbott Hotel.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact events@mercaditofish.com for information and booking.
  • Private Party Contact: Wendy Wohlfeill x
  • Entertainment: Acoustic Brunch Saturdays and Sundays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking or valet parking available.
A word from Mercadito Fish
A contemporary American seafood eatery is the latest concept developed by Managing Partner Alfredo Sandoval of the esteemed Mercadito Hospitality group. Located in the heart of Chicago's thriving Gold Coast neighborhood at The Talbott Hotel, Mercadito Fish features the best of casual and fine dining seafood restaurants. Fresh seasonal “catches” and personable service amplify its’ modern day sensibility, inspiring exploration of new flavors and approachability. The restaurant showcases a range of familiar and new seafood preparations, as well as an expertly customized beverage program. Matched with a warm and thoughtfully designed environment, Mercadito Fish offers exquisitely prepared seafood without compromising atmosphere and price.
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Mercadito Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (67)neighborhood gem (56)good for groups (38)great for brunch (30)great for lunch (30)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (23)hot spot (19)romantic (19)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (10)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • No Ear Plugs Required at this place
    ChiTownMoVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Was there on Saturday, missed the lunch menu, but was pleasantly surprised by the midday menu. The staff was friendly the decor was simplistic and comfortable. The shrimp cocktail had a great presentation, but more importantly delicious. The wedge salad was tasty. We ordered the Salmon and the Chicken, both cooked to perfection and flavorful. We are definitely returning for dinner as there are some menu items that could look very tempting.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is my go to for breakfast and lunch in the Gold Coast, so convenient and everyone is always so friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious fishes!
    karlamb
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were running late due to horrible traffic. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. Great cocktails, not too sweet. LOVED the calamari, tuna crudo, and the lobster roll. We also had the grilled salad and it was great, although it was over dressed. Parker House rolls were dry and not at all what we know as Parker House rolls, but it did not ruin the overall experience. They brought a delicious pistachio sundae for our daughter since it was her birthday. Great place....we will be back again.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Outdoor Patio in the area
    kktaylorVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Out door patio is very charming. It is in a wind tunnel down Delaware St. So it is usually very cool and pleasant. They do a great job with planters and trees. Indoors they have new décor. The restaurant is easier to get into than other restaurants on Rush St. Much quieter too. The food is quite good with fresh seafood and fish. Service is always good, indoors or outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Not ready for prime time
    skyroverVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    For the location and the prices, the execution is amateurish. Food came at irregular intervals and was just thrown down on the table. I hope it improves.
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  • Great Service, Not So Great Food
    KayBVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service was really amazing. Our server was energetic and was incredibly knowledgeable of the menu and overall restaurant industry. However, our actual food was not very good at all. My friend had the lobster roll and while it was edible, she didn't enjoy it. I, on the other hand, had the chicken and it was just inedible. It was really greasy and just too heavy for me. When the waiter saw that I hadn't eaten much of it, he graciously took it off of the bill. But, overall, I can't say I was impressed with this place. It's unfortunate because Mercadito is literally my favorite restaurant and I eat there several times a month.
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  • Another yummy dinner
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My long time friend was visiting from Sausalito, Ca, staying at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. We wanted something yummy and within walking distance from the hotel. When we arrived to the Hostess desk we were greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. Tim our server was spot on. Not in your face - attentive when needed for sure. He had all of the right suggestions and our meal could not have been better. Sitting outside on a gorgeous Chicago evening on a cute tree lined street was perfect. The manager Michael visited our table to make sure everything was going well. My friend is looking forward to her next visit so we can dine here! Thank you - Michael, Tim & staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    Tgc1VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had the fish dip, deviled eggs, ceciche, mac and cheese, red snapper and the halibut. Fish dip, deviled eggs, ceviche, and hilbut were all good. The red snapper and mac n cheese were both just ok. I thought it was a little over priced which I expected for the area and the Mercadito brand name. It definitely wasn't worth over $150 for two people.
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  • Nummy
    PurrfectVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything we had was delicious. Love the fish tacos! Would return just for them. Good service, lovely cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed our first experience at Mercadito Fish. We'll be back
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Change
    AliceBCVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Mercadito Fish had previously been Little Market. Little Market was a failure--no one liked the menu. Same owners, I believe, but Mercadito Fish is a much better solution for this space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Outstanding service!
    Dpgreviews
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When we sat down, the waiter was busy with a big party. But within a minute, he greeted us to say he'd be right with us. Then, within another minute, another waiter checked on us to make sure we were greeted. We waited a few mins for the waiter to come back to get our drink order, but it didn't matter because they had greeted us- so important. At one point during the meal, my boyfriend spilled something on his shirt and was using a napkin with water to try to clean it. The waiter saw this from across the room, and quickly brought him soda water without us asking! At one point a manager checked in with us as well too see how we were doing. The food was good, but the service was so outstanding, I'd definitely go back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seafood but
    TerryBVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The seafood entrees my husband and I ordered were good (salmon and snapper), but the side of broccolini was overspiced. The service wasn't good, especially considering the price of the meal. The waiter was inattentive. Halfway through the meal, I had to remind him to bring me the glass of wine I ordered, and when our entrees arrived they forgot to bring our side of broccolini and the lemon wedges we ordered. When the dining bill goes above the $100 mark, I expect better.
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  • Great food!
    ChrisRocksVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had the lobster roll, salmon tar tar, mac&cheese and fish tacos - all were amazing! It wasnt very busy so service was great and they have 1/2 off wine on Wednesdays!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Quickly becoming a favorite. So convenient, always attentive service and lots of options on the menu. The french toast was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly wonderful
    ElyseGVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had heard good things about Mercadito Fish but really had no idea what to expect. We will definitely return often! The red snapper was outstanding and the lobster roll was, as well. The waiter did a great job of explaining the menu and allowing revisions for food allergies and preferences. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • But, why the wait?
    FamilyDissappointment
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Mercadito Fish was a great find. Food was terrific, service was good, the restaurant looks great. But, why did they make us wait for 25 minutes at an overcrowded and loud bar if the restaurant was half empty at the time of our reservation? Did they want us to spend some more in alcohol? That didn't work out since the bartenders were the only ones too busy anyways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Wine Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great dinner. I didn't know they do half off their wine bottles on Wednesdays. My server informed me and we gladly took advantage!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take a "PASS" on this restaurant.
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This location was previously Little Market Brassarie - food was very nice, great happy hour, other nice specials (including music for weekend brunch). Loved Little Market Brassarie. Mercadito Fish is TERRIBLE! High priced - for minimal portions and were far less than average in quality. Just my opinion... and I live in the 'hood. I am one who will share my disappointments when they are "extreme", yet share my top complements when warrented. Sought out the manager after closing out the check and departing. Indicated that I would be very surprised if they "made it". SUGGESTION... dine at "FIG AND OLIVE" on Oak Street just West of Michigan Ave... Terrific!
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  • Missing something
    PoorguyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Showed up on labor day. They still had the brunch menu so we decided to order a bunch of different things and share them. Started with the clams and the clam chowder. Both were delicious. Then we had the biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict with pork belly and the house made bacon. Biscuits and gravy were good. The gravy was more like big chunks of sausage and some gravy. It was very good, but not great. Then we get to the Benedict and bacon. I think they ran out of salt because these were the blandest things I've ever eaten. My grandmother can only have 1 tsp of salt per day and she could have eaten these 2 things 3 times a day and not come close. I had to put salt on the bacon which is a problem in my opinion.
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  • I liked the old concept better
    FoodiequeenVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I loved the concept before, the food was amazing and the decor fit perfect. For being a "seafood" restaurant the menu was lacking for 2 people who love seafood. There just the same old stuff I could anywhere else and it was a limited menu...I would have been ok with that if there was something spectacular on it, but there wasn't. And for the decor it was the same they just threw some fish stuff up. Service was good but it was so dead in there I felt he was a little to friendly. Over all I won't return unless the old restaurant does.
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    notable wine list
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  • enjoyed the setting more than food
    NadineYVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    we sat outside on a friday night and enjoyed the experience. the ceviche appetizer had a unique citrus flavor that i enjoyed while my date did not. it was served with taro root chips, a huge plus. the tamarind salmon was incredibly fresh and well flavored, while the tuna BLT was disappointing. it came with fried onions in the sandwich, which was not on the menu and which were really overpowering. i wanted to eat tuna, not friend onions. the fries were well cooked. overall, this was a just-ok experience. i don't think i'm tempted enough to return. i liked little market brasserie (which used to be in this space) much better. i was also surprised that scallops were not on the menu.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Delish!
    MaegVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We sat outside in the very spacious outdoor seating area. Great spot for al fresco dining. Tuna crudo was delicious, as was our special entrée. I've been there twice, and will be back again. Slightly on the pricier side, though.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been here a few times now, great spot for a nice dinner or a quick brunch. Love the acoustic music during brunch. Friendly service and beautiful patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoors is special
    ThanksVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    portions are small by chicago standards but quite good
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never again
    morrisVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Stopped for dinner Friday 5:30 pm. Places our order. Drinks (Mojito- probably the worst ever my wife had and Bloody Mary -just OK) arrived 1/2 hour later. The appetizer -mussels was just OK, the grilled ceasar salad-terrible, mushroom soup looks like straight from the can!. My wife's salmon was super sweet to the point that she sent it back, my trout was so-so. Very disappointed with both food and service...
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  • Bring on the pistachio!
    BonVivant
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I came here for my birthday celebration. Highlights include the clam chowder and the chicken. Oh and I can't forget the pistachio chocolate sundae the server brought us! Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep Coming Back For More
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Second time coming in for dinner. My husband and I loved the first experience so much, we decided to stop by for a quick dinner before a show. Ceviche and tuna tataki club are a must!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food and scenery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was great and the outdoor seating was amazing as well. Our server had a huge beard and was awesome...funny, helpful and fast.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Must try if you're a seafood fan
    Sevenmeg
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The citrus ceviche was outstanding! My friend ordered the Salmon which knocked my Red Snapper out of the water. I would order Salmon my next visit. The ginger smash was very refreshing and exactly what I was in the mood for on a summer eve.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    LeniVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    One of the best patios in the Gold Coast. Service was great as well.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love the original Mercadito and figured this place would be just as good. It was! Oysters were fresh and fabulous, Salmon and fish tacos were excellent--and the non fish lover in our group ordered the chicken, which was also fabulous. Highly recommend!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DISAPPOINTING
    DINERVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    THIS WAS MY SECOND LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT. THE FIRST TIME THE FLUKE SANDWICH WAS DELICIOUS. THE SECOND TIME WAS NOT AS GOOD. - DEFINITELY LESS FISH ON THE SANDWICH. THE SERVICE WAS ALSO WAS LESS SATISFACTORY. THE RESTAURANT WAS ALMOST EMPTY AT 12:3O AND THE BUSTLING OUTDOOR BUSINESS WAS GONE.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • really need to work out the kinks
    mssam1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The seafood format is a great change from their prior bistro life. They just really falter in the execution which is such a shame. Great food is tarnished when it comes out cold or not at all. Was a birthday celebration & most of parts of the meal get messed up - from the appetizers not showing up at all to some of the meals & sides coming out cold. The waiter was GREAT but he was so overstretched, that must have been a stressful night. Same for bar area. We gave up our dinner table even though it was comfortable outside because we know the wait for drinks would be unbearable, but the bartender was just as harried. To provide a comfortable experience, restaurants really need to have the right number of staff or allocate them better.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AllisonVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    There was barely anyone in the restaurant when we were there which was at 8pm on a Friday night. The food was ok and the service was just eh. I am not dying to go back but it wasn't terrible.
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  • Glad to see more Seafood in Chicago
    Lizz1212VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had been to Mercadito before and when they saw they were opening a seafood restaurant I decided to give it a shot for my birthday. We sat outside and had a great meal. The oysters were fresh, the fish tacos amazing, and the seared tuna cooked perfectly. The waiter was friendly. I would go back for lunch to check out some more things on their menu.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We ate here a few weeks after the restaurant changed its concept to seafood from the former brasserie. Fish was well-prepared. Both Halibut and Ahi Tuna were very good. Service was a bit spotty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food, nice atmosphere
    ChicagoGirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I like this place a lot. The food was very good, I had the salmon and my boyfriend has the halibut which was amazing. We also had the calamari appetizer and a creme brulé dessert. The easier was very nice and attentive. The only problem was that the main curse took to long to be served. Our waiter was aware of it and he redeem himself by bringing dessert for free. Great atmosphere and location. I would definitely go back there.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great service...bearded fellow named Zac was a great server. awesome outdoor spot and great food. what more to ask for?
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    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2 reviews are from the Mercadito Fish reviews archive.
  • Pretty good food at a very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Pretty good food at a very good price given the area.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic