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Mercat a La Planxa
Mercat a La Planxa

Mercat a La Planxa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mercatchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 765-0524
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

    Brunch: Sunday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Lunch: Daily - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Lounge Menu Available: Daily - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sage Restaurant Group has been successful in creating memories for clients by providing them with superior food & service. Please inquire within for catering services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balbo
  • Public Transit: Nearest Red-line Stop is Harrison, head east on Balbo, restaurant is on the corner of Balbo & Michigan.

    Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the Entrance of Mercat a la Planxa, $14 per car.
A word from Mercat a La Planxa
Mercat a La Planxa features an extraordinary selection of tapas dishes from cut-to-order charcuterie and cheeses to fresh seafood, steaks and chops, all inspired by Spain's Catalan region. The impressive menu includes an emphasis on meats and seafood served 'a la planxa' or grilled-to-order. At the bar enjoy a tempting array of seasonally inspired sangrias, Spanish-styled cocktails, an extensive collection of Spanish cavas and our carefully selected wine list featuring 40 Spanish wines available by the bottle or by the glass.

Private dining is available in our upstairs space, La Veranda, overlooking the entire main dining room.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I spend a great evening celebrating our 18 wed anniversary. It was awesome the service and a delicious meal."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Been here a few times. This was the VERY best. Bravo to chef and staff. Paella was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Unfortunately we were in a party of 6 so our waiter Mateo (sp?) had an automatic tip added and no incentive to give good service. We had to flag him down or ask the busboys to get him every time we wanted a drink or to order food, and he was particularly abrupt, would take a drink order and walk away without asking if anyone else wanted a drink. The food was solid, but had to knock a star off for high prices (known in advance) but the price to size of tapa ratio was disappointing. Also bacon wrapped dates are a staple of tapas and these tasted to me like they were made from a box. Otherwise, all dishes were great, oxtail ravioli was fantastic, goat ropa vieja was also a highlight. Cocktails were also great!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My party of 4 ordered some small plates and all of us wanted something different. One diner was a vegetarian and couldn't even eat some of the meat-based dishes that the other 3 of us ordered. In spite of that our server spread out our dishes over a two-hour period causing one diner to eat while the others sat waiting for food. The dish that I ordered at 7:30 didn't come to the table until 9:15p. I resent a restaurant that insists on controlling my dining experience to the extent that Mercat does and won't be back as a result."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I'm catalan and I was excited about having dinner in a catalan cuisine restaurant in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Sangria was watery Pulpito was burned CALAMARI was ok Mixto Croquetas was ok Patatas bravas were good CROQUETES DE XOCOLATA were good I am a spanish food lover and lived in Spain"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I've been going to Mercat for years. Unfortunately, this trip found the food okay and the service rushed. It's become a serve the masses versus a gourmet destination."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I am not crazy about tapa style cuisine, but must say that Mercat surprised me. The food was exquisite. The service was also outstanding. We went with our 10 month old and the server was very accommodating and understanding. Overall, a very positive experience. A definite must try!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "While the menu offers a variety of wonderful choices, I recommend putting yourself in the chef's hands for a terrific and flavorful experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I plan a dinner date every couple of months. The evening we went to Mercat a la Planxa, we were so involved in our conversation, we didn't look at the menu. The server suggested 3 wines to us. The one we chose was an outstanding red. I'm not a wine drinker normally, & I don't remember the name of it, but it was delicious. We also chose the chef's selection for dinner. Every dish that was brought out to us was outstanding. My favorite was the bacon wrapped dates. I will definitely be dining here again."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We have been to Mercat several times, and usually get the tasting menu. They are able to accommodate the fact that one of us is a vegetarian, with no problem. The food is consistently interesting and delicious. The service was knowledgeable and friendly, without hovering. Love the decor. Love everything about this restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Bar service was great, food was nothing to write home about. Wait staff and hostess just down right bad. I expected service to be top of the line. I have eaten in many of the iron chef restaurants , this was a disappointment in food taste."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Took some Catalán friends and they were impressed. Stay away from the set menu. Order a few different tapas and it is also a great value."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We did the wine pairing tasting menu and it was just wonderful, although more food than we thought anticipated at a tapas restaurant! Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Make sure you're hungry - the food and service is amazing - a little noisy, though. I will definitely dine there again on my next trip to Chicago!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We decided to go there on the same day we actually went so we couldn't order the Cochinillo - you have to order it 3 days in advance. The Paella Negra was the best paella I had in Chicago. The tapas were Ok, except for the octopus, which I do not recommend. The ambiance was ok but far away from what I expected from a Catalan restaurant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Every dish came out and topped the last. Will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Nice environment, decent restaurant, decent food, nothing remarkable."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food was greasy and over priced. And service was sub par. Went for lunch, there were only two tables filled. Yet the waiter still forgot our drinks, didn't re-fill my coffee and took forever with the bill. There are so many better options in Chicago. Not going back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Went here to celebrate my partner's birthday and am very pleased with our experience. We could not decide which items to order from the menu so we went all out - ordered the de luxe chef's offering. I'm glad we did because the chef/kitchen did not disappoint. I did not love everything but there is nothing that they served us that I will send back to the kitchen. It was A LOT of food. So eat like you are from Spain/Catalan... which means savor your food over long conversations. My favorites for sure are the octopus, risotto, cheese and meat platter, and the ox tail ravioli. If you will try just ONE (which I do not recommend), definitely go with the ox tail ravioli. It's a mouthful of heaven."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The express lunch is a steal. The fig salad was the best I have ever tasted. The burger was cooked perfectly. So happy we made a lunch stop here on our Chicago vacation. One of our favorite meals of our trip!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "we got a bunch of tacos de siempre and other small plates, they were fantastic. our waiter expedited in great order and I highly recommend getting the first desert."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The chef does an outstanding job of combining flavors and is very creative"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great service, nice Spanish wines..butternut squash ravioli with lamb ragout was to die for"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Our family of four left with our jaws hanging open. We were stunned and amazed by the delicious food we experienced. Our 21 & 19 year old had never done tapas before and now they are hooked. Our waiter did a great job of explaining tapas to the table and we appreciated the complimentary brushetta appetizer. Our waiter recommended we each pick three items....some of us only picked two and we had PLENTY of food. Hats off to the chefs for unbelievable matchings of flavors and pairing food items some of us never would have tried. We will definitely return the next time we are in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have been to Mercat for dinner on numerous occasions but never for brunch. What a treat! Highly recommend the chef's tasting, so worth the $30!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food looks great here, but unfortunately the flavors are only fair. For example, the wild mushrooms were oily, and the garlic shrimp was so salty it was difficult to eat."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "For lunch we had the 4 course tapas tasting and it was a very good way to try several of the excellent menu items."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great place for foodies. Portions are generous to share. However, noise level was just too loud. No place to use your indoor voice."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The restaurant is definitely fit for folks with a mature pallet. The tasting menu at the brunch was totally worth the $28 and had tons of great options. They also won me over by preparing a "kids tasting menu" for my toddler."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Came to the restaurant with our 18 month old in a trike that you can push as a stroller. The hostess was putting our trike away when a rude waiter shouted at us that they would not take responsibility for the trike. I found this strange since I have travelled out of town and restaurants will store our carseat if we took a cab. We sat in the bar to keep the trike near our table. I know the restaurant serves brunch and began to wonder what does the restaurant do with strollers. I went upstairs and asked another hostess about strollers and was told they seat those guest in a certain area or put the strollers in the coat check. We are south loopers and don't plan to return. If you have young ones and want tapas head to Valencia on state st."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our second time to Mercat. It was as exceptional as I remember. We consider ourselves foodies and the has probably been the best food I have experienced in my life. Many of the plates have very deep different levels of flavor. Service was impeccable. My wife and I had "perma-grins" all the way back to the hotel. Highly recommend and a not to miss if you are in Chicago. The stuffed dates, garlic shrimp, and butternut dumplings were our favorites."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The flatbreads are amazing, and the soups? Out of this world. Everything is great, and it is surprisingly quiet during lunch, making for the perfect space for a business lunch when you are dining with foodies. Everything is so impressive, although the service was a tad slow considering there were about 5 full tables in the restaurant. Food comes out quickly but doesn't scrimp on the quality."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Mercat was a great experience. It's a lovely restaurant and all of the food was fantastic. However, be forewarned! If you order one of the Chef's Tasting Menus be prepared to EAT. My husband and I couldn't believe it as dish after dish was brought out - each one better than the last! We were stuffed by the time we were done."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My lunch was too salty. Why does it have to be that salty?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We got the luxury tasting menu and wine pairings. The food was delicious and plentiful. I'm not sure the wine pairings were worth it, but the food definitely was."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great experience, wonderful food! We choose the go with the Chef's Selections and we very pleased. The 36" round table we were seated at was way too small for 4 people eating multiple tapas courses, making us juggle plates, glasses, etc. Service was excellent and the server's wine recommendations were spot on."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I cannot express how wonderful all of our dishes were! The pork al a planxa was fabulous!!! The oxtail pasta was wonderful as well as the octopus! We had no complaints about the food or the service, top notch. Our only complaint is the seating, which I know is trendy, but when the sex life of those seated next to us is now embedded in my mind, it's a bit too close! Ask for a seat with no bench/couch, you'll thank me later."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Very nice selection of tapas - also some unusual ones. It was hard to "specifically recommend" and tag it, as the restaurant was "nothing special", but still had very good food and everybody in our group really liked the place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was generally tasty. The paella was excellent. The "jumbo shrimps" probably referred to the price and not the size of the shrimps. The 5-foot high table and high stools were a bit dizzying for us older folks. Unfortunately, the hostess turned down our request for a table closer to ground level."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Second time here. Enjoyed our food very much, delicious. Will return for sure."
    Dined on 7/3/2014