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Mercado - Los Angeles
Mercado - Los Angeles
  • Address:
    7910 West 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Mercado - Los Angeles Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercadorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (323) 944-0947
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner

    Monday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 10am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jose Acevedo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfax Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking in front of the restaurant on 3rd Street. There is also some street parking available. Please read the signs.
A word from Mercado - Los Angeles
Mercado on 3rd St. is the 2nd location for partners Jesse Gomez and Executive Chef Jose Acevedo. The restaurant is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart & soul of new Mexican dining. The restaurant is set up as several different spaces, with the main dining area as a covered patio space that looks out to 3rd street for a beautiful view. The open air bar is a relaxing way to enjoy a cocktail and food. The menu exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of the partners Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo's signature Carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, flavorful sauces, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmers' market, and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted cuisine, artful design, warm atmosphere and service that is both friendly and informed to guide each guest through the dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Mexicans in kitchen, because that food speaks chilango. Much better than expected. Very loud place, but good food, good good food."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I don't remember waitresses name but young African American with close cut hair: excellent service, very knowledgeable about food. Excellent service. Will be returning with friends."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Amazing spot for brunch. Really cleverly put together mexican rooted brunch options. Really great service. Awesome interior and great food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 and had a great time. The food was delicious, especially the carnitas!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Love the contemporary look of the restaurant - they offer a large Sunday brunch menu - try the corn side - it complements all of the dishes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant to go with a group of friends for modern Mexican cuisine and drinks. Arrive early to enjoy cocktails, most are inventive takes on Mexican and tropical drinks. The restaurant is light and bright with large panel windows that are open to Third street. This makes the ambience more lively than intimate, so not really the place to take a date. t's advisable for a group to order as many appetizers as possible including the squash blossoms, guacamole, and the delicious tamales (order two)! For a main course all but two of our party ordered the sea bass special, but the chicken mole was delicious as well. And save room for dessert - the flan is excellent as is the tres leches cake. And both are large enough to share."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Except for the noise level, it was excellent. Your system did not allow me to give it the max on noise."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We randomly came to the new Mercado after shopping at The Grove. Lucky for us we made it just in time for happy. Everything was great and our server David was the best. My husband absolutely loved the scallops so I definitely see us making another visit in the near future. IF you are looking for a place that has great food and drinks than this is it. If you can stop during happy hour and try a number of different items. Beside the scallops I recommend the carnitas tacos. Both locations are great for a good time and yummy Mexican food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "If you like great appetizers, you have to try their guacamole. It's chunky with great flavor. Another spicy treats is their jicama salad. A nice refreshing salad with a kick of spice. I love their steak and chicken tacos, but the carnitas are to die for; a must have if you love pork. Great drinks that are always made to your liking. Everything I've eaten there is great!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my happy hour dinner there (lots of small plates). Great friendly competent service, nice atmosphere with the open fronted room."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Not proportionate in value. The Tres Leches cake is wonderfully delicious. A contained bar scene with no managerial order. A dark atmosphere with a lot of energy moving about. Not a place for kids , seniors, or anyone wanting a private place to talk. Disrespectful valet services"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've eaten at Mercado a half a dozen times and have tried different dishes at each visit- including the specials. It's a great taste sharing opportunity and a gastronomic delight. The flavors are distinct and creative..... and the service is excellent- the waiters are informed, attentive but not hovering. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. Just don't expect a quiet intimate dining experience - the mood is festive, it's almost always packed, so conversation can be challenging."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Delicious small plates and drinks at Mercado. Wonderful decor and service make the experience even better."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The first hostess wasn't too friendly. She tried to give us a "bad" table. even though they had so many tables open. After complaining the guy in charge gave us a good table...only after complaining. Otherwise we would've had a table next to the kitchen noise and the toilets."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Every food and drink item was very well done, including fresh margaritas and the cactus plate. One side of restaurant (with bar) is incredibly loud."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I enjoyed all dishes - we over ordered but it was worth trying everything, Carnitas - Great, tender and tasty. Tamales - flavorful and dos-tacos off the chart. The gaucamole was unique and just perfect. Yum"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We tried Mercado for the first time -- we'll be back. Everything about the place was fantastic -- food, room, service. The prices are good for the quality -- not cheap, but not bad. So glad we found a new upscale Mexican close to home."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great guacamole, corn and fish tacos. Skinny margarita was solid. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food and service were great! We enjoyed everything about our dinner. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent, service top notch and the ambience was vibrant. Love that is restaurant is in my neighborhood, can't wait to go back...again and again and again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "2nd time here. Brought a friend visiting from London. Came from jazz at Lacma and this was a great energetic end to the day! Had the mahi mahi which was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We ordered many small plates so we could sample a lot. Everything was delicious especially the carnitas and tamales. I do have a problem with spicy foods so this isn't the best place for me personally but even with that said, it was so good that I will probably go back. The service was excellent also. We highly recommend Mercado for people who have no health issues with spicy food. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "this was my 3rd time to the restaurant. the first 2 times were amazing, great food (the best flan in the world), great drinks (but small), great service, great ambiance. this 3rd time, the food was still great, but the service was the terrible. i think we had poor luck of the server that was assigned to us (brandon). i will go again, but will make sure i am not in his section. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Yum. The food here is so flavorful and there are enough vegetarian choices that you don't have to start ordering off the menu or ask for any items to be removed from a dish to make it suitable if you're a veg. I've had two great meals here with girlfriends, but both times when the bill has come it does seem remarkably high considering we each have had one (delicious!) drink and shared a few dishes. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Prior restaurants in the same space have not been able to survive so I hope Mercado stays for good. It's a great modern take on traditional Mexican food (I'm Mexican). The Mole de Pavo (turkey mole) was fall off the bone delicious with a sauce that was both savory and sweet. The rice was perfect. I took my mom for brunch on Mothers Day and they accommodated us very well. Cocktails were fresh and delicious. We had margaritas; traditional, grapefruit, watermelon and bloody Mary's. I will caution you, the chilaquiles were very spicy and I probably won't get them again only for that reason but aside from that everything I've had is delicious. The choriqueso and guacamole I highly reccomend."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We love Mexican food and our friends had dined for dinner a couple of nights prior and raved, so I made a rez for Sunday brunch. Limited menu, lots of dishes with meat and no substitutions. In a city where vegetarians are plenty, they wouldn't change the cheese with meat on the nachos appetizer to a simple shredded mozzarella (which they had because my daughter had an open face quesadilla which is not on the menu - undercooked). Server was really sweet and apologetic. They brought the wrong dish for me, coffee was so week I sent it back. Guac was good but for $10 and a family of 4 they gave about 20 chips with it. Michelada was the best item of our meal. Next time - Red or even Pink Taco! Maybe the dinner menu is better than brunch?"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Good drinks. Intensely flavored food. Great for happy hour. Attentive service. Good first experience here. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "....once again, mercado continues to amaze, taking mexican cuisine to new heights.....the pablano and corn appetizer is addicting....the camerones devine....the chicken tinga tacos are off the hook.....been here nearly a dozen times....each time better than before...."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Honestly the place was packed but I had a reservation, they ended up seating us at a communal table, which is fine but not ideal. The bar was so busy are tacos came out and we finished eating them before any of our margaritas came out. Good food good crowd, great restaurant design! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Extremely noisy even in the smaller room. Food and service make up for it, but don't go there to talk."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "There are many reasons why service can be bad. Perhaps there was a reason when we dined at Mercado on Saturday, but I cannot imagine what the reason would be for the service to be that bad. If it was possible to rate service with negative stars, I would. The sad part is the poor service is more what I will remember about Mercado than the amazing food. The food is absolutely amazing...it would just be nice if you would get it in a timely manner. One of our dishes was not brought out until after we paid the check!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This place is awesome for groups who want to enjoy savory Mexican food. The noise level is pretty high but it makes for a great time. The bar was limited but they did have a vast selection of tequila. Would recommend trying the scallops!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had a great meal during a recent visit from Chicago. Fish tacos were fresh and tasty. Carnitas was fall apart delicious. Thanks to s recommendation from a FB friend, we checked it out. Will return if back in town."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Awesome food, really fun, good drinks and literally the only restaurant I've ever seen work in this space. With this food and this tequila list, you can see why."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The ambiance is great, the entire front wall opens so there is a natural breeze and light from outside while the high wall keeps it protected from 3rd street. We got all small plates and shared, they were all delicious. The margarita and the michelada were both very good. Our server was very friendly but got a little distracted by a large party at times. Overall I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • ". . . The service was not attentive. We waited for a long time for our server to come back to us once we were done with dinner and to get us the check. Otherwise, a great experience! We will be back. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "My recent visit to Mercado was a fantastic dining experience. The food continues to be simply amazing- flavorful, creative, and consistently good. The drinks are impeccable...can't stop raving about the blood orange and jalapeño margaritas! The service is always friendly and attentive. The chilaquiles and tortas are a must for brunch. For dinner -try the street style corn, carnitas, rib eye, and chicken tinga tacos. For small plates -try the guacamole, choriqueso dip, carnitas nachos, and the fried squash blossoms. What ever you do -don't leave w/o tasting the tres leches cake and the flan! While I'm typically not a fan of tres leches cake, Mercado's version is out-of-this-world. And the flan is perfection..so unbelievably creamy. So good!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Finally, a good restaurant is in this spot! Good menu choices for those who are watching the calories. Everyone is very friendly and the restaurant has a good vibe!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Mercado is the best! Food and service is excellent. The menu had so many delicious selections! Definitely try the Alambres de Arrachera tacos and the Tostaditas de Ceviche Tropical. The flan is an excellent choice for dessert. Will go back and try more dishes."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I come here all the time and I LOVE IT. The Carnitas are great as is the jicama salad. Also like the spicy margaritas."
    Dined on 4/12/2014