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

Mercado - Los Angeles

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercadorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3239440947
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mercado - Los Angeles reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (67)good for groups (66)hot spot (54)vibrant bar scene (50)special occasion (24)great for outdoor dining (21)romantic (18)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (14)late-night find (13)scenic view (7)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food is terrific
    FriedmansVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Best tacos in town and very filling. Also had the shrimp in garlic butter....wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice place, but pricy
    HK11
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A nice place, but too pricy given the quality of the food and the small size of the portions
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the best of the best !!!
    allurebyerickm
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I have the best experience ever ... Best Food ever and great service... You guys are the best ... See you soon !!! 💄💋💎
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprised
    rangodogVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Thought I was going to a Mexican restaurant and was pleasantly surprised to find all of the food fixed with very fresh ingredients and not your typical Mexican fare....everything cooked with a flare....healthy, fresh, non-greasy....try the roasted pork...steak tacos....white fish tacos. Guacamole a must!!! I was disappointed that they are not open during the week for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dining experience...
    Leilizzle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As expected, our recent dining experience at Mercado LA was a great one. The food, drinks and service are consistently amazing. What else can you ask for!? Still dreaming of the tres leches cake and flan. Till next time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First time here and we found it to be very good. Service was excellent, my main course was served not hot, waiter immediately took it back, apologized and made things right. This is how a restaurant is suppose to treat customers. Manager came over at end of meal to inquire about food they take pride in their food and service. The restaurant itself is well designed. The music they play is a bit loud but I think that's designed for the younger crowd that eats there. Overall a very good experience and will be going back. BTW ONE reviewer said no refills on ice tea, that is not correct they provide refills like most CA restaurants. Maybe the reviewer had too many of their great margaritas and thought he was in NYC.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid, well-located
    danton
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This location has been the death of many other restaurants. Mercado has done a great job upgrading the space. I hope it lasts. Food was good--clean and fresh. The kitchen obviously has its act together as the food came out quickly even though the place was busy, and with no evidence of extensive pre-prep. Service was friendly and attentive. Good spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!!!
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I eat here all the time. Best carnitas ever!!!!! Don't miss the flan.
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  • $3.50 for iced tea-no free refills?
    steelman73VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've been here for brunch several times. Brunch menu is a nice departure from the ordinary omelets and toast. Usually a good experience, however I was shocked this time when the check came and I was charged $3.50 for an iced tea, and then charged another $3.50 for a refill! Hey Mercado, if you're going to be that cheap, at least tell the customers that you are charging for a refill, especially when you ask them if they would like more iced tea! Oh, and if you're going to charge me for a refill, then bring me a fresh glass with fresh ice and lemon...don't just refill my first glass!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Vibe !
    MaxOneVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love Mexican food and I we found this restaurant after reading OT review , food was excellent and also we enjoyed the atmosphere , the service was fast , overall a great food experience .
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  • EXTRA EXTRA..YUMMY FOODIE PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    So I have been to Mercado LA before and each time I plan a dinner here, it has always been an extremely remarkable experience. I went with my best friend who was visiting for Virginia who likes to eat boutique Mexican food...so first thought came to mind was Mercado. As soon as we walked in I was greeted by a attentive host who seated us right away...which is always a plus as I did arrive 15 minutes early of my initial reservation. Once seated, I was greeted by a beautiful waitress named Stephanie who fulfilled every request with no delay. Like her excellent customer service didn't seem like she was trying hard like some waiters/waitresses do; it was seamless :). I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who enjoys top notch quality
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexican food in a fun atmosphere
    rag2105VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Mercado is different from a place like El Cholo in that you'll be exposed to more interesting dishes with non-traditional ingredients. However, if you are having a craving for American-style Mexican food, the things on their menu will generally hit the spot. The price premium is about 20-30% over El Cholo. As for the good: their corn side dish, the tamales, choriqueso, fish tacos, the "pina" martini. As for the bad: the carne asada... one of the worst I have ever had in LA. The last time we visited, I felt like the service was also lacking a bit, but not enough to ruin the experience. Overall, a good place to bring a group to have some pretty good food over a lot of drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Demasiado ruido
    ChuMinHo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Es la tercera vez que cenamos en Mercado de la 3a. con Fairfax y probablemente será la última. No es que la comida sea mala, todo lo contrario, es de los mejores restaurantes Mexicanos de LA, las carnitas son de mantequilla y la carne asada está sabrosísima. Tampoco es por el servicio, que me parece que es bastante bueno. Básicamente es por el ruido que hay en la sala. No se puede hablar; entender a las personas del servicio es casi misión imposible. Ese ruido convierte un buen restaurante en un infierno, sobre todo si, como es mi caso, tienes problemas para oir con tanto ruido. Las 3 veces nos fuimos lo más rápidamente que pudimos y al salir nos quedamos todavía más impresionados del ruido que había dentro. No volveremos, ¡una pena!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Michael
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I've been there several times and we absolutely love the food. The Service and the staff are without equal, just like the owner who I had the pleasure of meeting several months ago. The flan is over-the-top unbelievable; unlike any other flan that I've ever had before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service
    KZYKZ
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My second time here. Love the food, the service has been great. I will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As Always... Amazing
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The best Mexican food in Los Angeles... love this place!!!!! Carnitas to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mmm, Mercado…
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Been here several times, took my friend for the first time. We split 3 small and 1 large plate. Everything was tasty, some more than others. The Callos de Hacha and Carnitas Tamales were the best. The Jamaica Margarita never disappoints (they're getting stingy on the alcohol now…). Avoid La Piña and the Mercado Margarita unless you don't mind paying for ice with a shot of tequila… Mercado was good. Was it $106 good? I've had better for less. But I'd be more stealthy about what I order next time :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mercado
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food at Mercado is great and the drinks are amazing! The Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita is to die for! Overall, great place! The servers seem a little overwhelmed and it takes them quite a long time to come back to the table to take your food order etc. But the food and drinks make up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your average Mexican food
    Eatemup
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Mercado staff were excellent. My buddy and his wife and 15 month old son enjoyed their meal and everything was delicious. I ordered too much food but it was all worth. Scallop was tender and tasty. Steak was cooked just right. Chicken was slightly dry but overall it was good. Pulled pork melted in my mouth. Small plates like elotes, tacos, and shrimp were also great starters. I was actually getting full before I got my food, but I had to finish it off with flan. Btw... Don't forget house made corn tortillas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous.....
    kwall
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    ....had a great time - again.....this time we sat in the dining booths vs the communal table tops....awesome and super comfy....did the ribeye special and it was incredible.....hard to try it as i'm a huge carne asada fan.....still, everything was fabulous - as always....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!
    JulesManfredi
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Really cool atmosphere. There was a covered patio and indoor seating. Service was great, food was even better. Well lit bar area, great vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrDB
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent all around but very loud. Perhaps there is a way to soften the noise level? Other than that...PERFECT!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Carnitas!!!
    TomasVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Carnitas are the Best I've found ANYWHERE!! You have got to try them, I'm just sayin...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food
    Prepusio
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Mexicans in kitchen, because that food speaks chilango. Much better than expected. Very loud place, but good food, good good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was wonderful.
    Suesue
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it.
    adepape
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Birthday Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a group of 6 and had a great time. The food was delicious, especially the carnitas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mateo41VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Love the contemporary look of the restaurant - they offer a large Sunday brunch menu - try the corn side - it complements all of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, Modern Mexican
    Chinesefoodlover
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    docwalker
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I loved eating here. My wife and I took my parents when they were in town. We were a little nervous since we had never been before. The food was fantastic! The service was good, but the manager was stellar. He gave us complimentary flan... I will order it every time I go back because it was so rich and amazing! The sauce they give you is amazing too. I got the carnitas for dinner and the meat was SOOOO tender! I loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    GoodTimesVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grerat drinks, great food
    spicyispreferred
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, friendly, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • The food is tasty
    FoodServiceCritique2
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints!
    RecipebusterVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    JGregs
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Delicious small plates and drinks at Mercado. Wonderful decor and service make the experience even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • concierge
    jalapeno
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JennyMK
    JennyK
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate