Mercat a La Planxa
Mercat a La Planxa

Mercat a La Planxa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mercatchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3127650524
  • 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: Latin American, Spanish
  • 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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Mercat a La Planxa reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (143)good for groups (91)special occasion (88)romantic (48)hot spot (45)neighborhood gem (44)scenic view (39)notable wine list (34)great for lunch (22)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (15)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (12)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was amazing! There was a little confusion with our hostess and we ended up waiting about 15 minutes past our reservation time, but once we were seated it was a great evening! We did the Chefs choice 4 course meal for our group and it did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente!
    Viajero
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Got seated right away. Waiter explained the menu. Had the multiple course meal selected by the chef. All food was outstanding. Sangria however was disappointing. I have traveled all over Spain and all the Sangria offerings need a lot of work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, courteous service
    Tobysmom
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First time here, and with new and current business associates. All had the Sampling Tour, which was a great choice for the first visit. Absolutely delicious, friendly and helpful wait staff but not overwhelming, airy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a special occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful food, wonderful staff, wonderful location; could of not wanted to go anywhere else to celebrate my anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but at a price
    Robdeedo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you're a foodie, you'll enjoy this place. We watch a fair amount of Food Network & cooking shows and have liked Chef Garces. So, we were excited to try Mercat. The food was both artistic & very tasty. We went as a group of four and opted for the Deluxe tasting menu as we were having trouble making decisions since so many of the dishes sounded awesome. There were several dishes that came with the tasting menu and they were delicious. My only criticism is that I don't think it justified the $85/person. Everything else was very good: ambiance, service, server was helpful, & they were accommodating since we were ~10 minutes late due to traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    WoodstockFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything we ordered - from the lamb chops, Bronzino to the bacon wrapped dates, the cheese, Serrano ham and chorizo were exceptional. Our friends who are first timers loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    312dweller
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    If you like cheese, don't pass up the cheese appetizer. The cheese is paired with delicious flavored spreads which are unique. The best I have had. The sangria was also fabulous. Great place to sample many different dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Matt
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went with 3 business colleagues and this place did not disappoint. We got the deluxe tasting menu and we were stuffed when we walked out. Our server was excellent - and introduced me to a fantastic new tequila. I can't wait to go back the next time I'm in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded, Busy, Overpriced
    FoodReview
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Took my gf here for her b-day and mentioned we wanted a special table. We were crammed in a corner half-booth surrounded by a thousand people and a toddler having a panic attack in a stroller. Immediately, the waiter mentioned the chef being the winner of an Iron Chef TV show. The ambiance is dated 70's colors and close tables. My gf and I shared a salad, 4 tapas dishes (mostly vegetarian) and two deserts. She had a wine flight and I had one alcoholic drink. We walked out for north of $145 for what would normally be considered drinks and appetizers amount of food. All was expertly prepared and complex. I've had food that was just as good elsewhere for 1/5th the price (Found). Insane prices for meat items. $50 for NY strip (tapas size).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas
    BuddyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great Tapas place worth a visit. Food was superb and worth sharing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, fantastic place.
    Kbee62
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch and were not disappointed. We selected the tasting menu, which is a lot of food, but every course was more delicious than the last! Bloody Mary bar, fresh sqeezed orange juice, great coffee. Service is fantastic. Loved it and can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service soured the food.
    yummy7378
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was amazing! We loved everything we were served. The tasting menu allowed us to have a little bit of many items available on the menu. The service was another mater all together. Our server spent most of the night ignoring our table. They walked past our table many times and despite trying to get their attention they just kept going. What made it worse is that they clearly knew the people at the table next to us and that table received excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Reasonable prices, great food and service. Gets to be too loud after being in there over an hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • De-lish!
    tsmiles
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Came here with a small group of friends. The food was amazing! The atmosphere was great! The vibe was fun! The service was spot on - There when we needed her and offered superb suggestions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lisab
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The degustacion menu was excellent, but too much food per person. A scale down in amount and price & would be perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Tapas!
    IrvineFamilyTravels
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My husband and I ordered a $65/person sample menu for dinner. They even accommodated our different dietary restrictions. I wish we were hungrier! Plates kept coming, each one more delicious than the other. All small plates but there were 13 or 14 of them, we lost count, everything very tasty and beautifully presented. The one thing I could do without was the annoying background techno music but that is a matter of taste and didn't affect the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded our expectations
    pvfoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything we put in our mouths was divine. Since it was our first experience at Mercat, we didn't really know what to order. I typically don't enjoy tapas and wanted to have a salad and paella. Although the chicken paella was very good, I would say the highlight was one of us ordering the tasting menu. Over the top fabulous. Best lamb chop I have ever eaten. I definitely would like to dine at Mercat again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too salty
    Lori
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service was very friendly and fast. The waiter made sure he had picked a glass of wine that I liked and was willing to replace it if I didn't. But the food was very salty and missed a little subtlety. The place was lively, too noisy for me. I thought of the restaurants that I had tried in Barcelona, that's the kind of small, lively, a little disorganized but oh! so delicious place I was looking for. I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    boooVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was only my fifth visit over the years, but food continues to be excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tapas menu
    liale
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    good selection of tapas, nice choices of 3 different kinds of sangria
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place! You gotta try it.
    oltexan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Saw Jose Garces on Iron Chef and just had to try this place when we were in town. Its another in a line of stellar Chicago at the end! restaurants. We did the $65 tasting menu and the tapas just keep coming, one better than the other. Then scallops, lamb chops and beef... all delicious. Yes were full at the end! Also has a good list of Spanish wines. Easy 4 stars in my book and on our short list. Would be very reasonably priced to just come and order off the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I spend a great evening celebrating our 18 wed anniversary. It was awesome the service and a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    BeverleeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been here a few times. This was the VERY best. Bravo to chef and staff. Paella was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, disappointing service
    jc1291819
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service in Slow Motion
    OzeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
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  • Too expensive
    mike
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I'm catalan and I was excited about having dinner in a catalan cuisine restaurant in Chicago.
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  • Not a good restaurant
    kbtocabeto
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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
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  • So So
    Fantastic
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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  • Pleasant Surprise
    Jesy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious tapas!
    DiningwithDaisy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    yummyinmytummy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to be great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service
    Marz
    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.
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    notable wine list
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  • A Catalan touch in the Windy City
    Aldo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    roadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    JohnyVIP
    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.
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  • Kept getting better
    newfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Every dish came out and topped the last. Will definitely visit again.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Mercat a la Planxa
    Peter
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice environment, decent restaurant, decent food, nothing remarkable.
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    special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
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  • Best Tapas in this part of town!
    Tyronne
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate