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Mercat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercatbistro.com
  • Email: pperinot@harwoodinc.com
  • Phone: (214) 953-0917
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 10:00am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday Brunch - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Moody St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet lot located on the corner of Harwood St and Moody St
A word from Mercat
Classic European bistro.

@Mercatbistro @harwooddistrict
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Had been slow to try this restaurant and glad that we did. The food was exactly what we expected and are anxious to try additional menu offerings, the ambiance was perfect, but the service was somewhat rushed, even though we told our server not to rush. Others have indicated that their service was too slow. Hopefully the service issues will improve over time."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Overall excellent. Service very friendly but a little slow"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is a great place for a diner with a refined palate. You'll enjoy your experience as long as your not expecting comfort food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very authentic French bistro atmosphere and décor. Food on two dinner occasions and one brunch was marvelous. Very friendly staff. I was in town for four days and after one night at Mercat came back two more times. Wish I could go back again this week a couple of times."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Although a little difficult to locate the first time [even with GPS] - parking is across the street - it was worth the hassle of finding it. Beautiful interior; well done menu, pleasant wait staff and all reasonably priced. The steak tartare, mussels, sweetbreads and steak were all stand outs. Looking forward to our return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "my wife and i had dinner there saturday night and found it most enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Tucked away in bustling uptown district, this restaurant was a perfect lunch choice. Tomatoes and mozzarella appetizer was excellent."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This is a very cute bistro that does have outdoor seating in the city. Ambience is great. I ordered the steak salad and it came with way too much dressing and I had to wipe my mouth after every bite. Also a bit undercooked meat. Overall nice place, but if you don't like too much dressing get it on the side!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The only thing that made our visit unpleasant was our server Sergio. He was courteous but terrible time management, would walk away without finishing taking order, disappear for a long time, didn't knew how to enter orders in the computer. Saw the manager helping him in the computer and later on he stepped in to serve us at the table. The food was good and we enjoy the experience enough to think about going back but they need to do a better job at training their staff."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The atmosphere is wonderful and they have a great patio.Great for a date night or a girls night. It's upscale but comfy European cafe style. Our steaks were full of flavor with delicious sauce, and the seafood was fresh and tasty. However, sloppiness kept this from being more stars. Seafood cocktail was served on top of what tasted like straight ketchup and nothing else. I asked for horseradish. We sat for over 15 mins before our drink order was taken and had incredibly slow service the entire time. We had to ask for menus.The staff seemed stressed and were all rushing around, bumping our table. I hope that something unusual was going on that night and this isn't typical. I'd go back, but I'd expect improvement before returning a 3rd time."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed Mercat very much. It does a great job transporting you to a Parisian cafe in downtown Dallas. The food and wine were very good. The service outstanding. My wife and I look forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our go-to French restaurant, coming from a couple that lived in Paris for 2 years. Haven't had anything we didn't like, but do recommend the tartare, any of the steaks, and the roasted chicken!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I would never hd found this place without OpenTable"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Except for the faux chalk board menu above the bar, this was very reminiscent of a real Paris bistro. Reasonable prices. Limited menu but covers a lot of culinary territory and executed flawlessly. Wonderful professional service. Great ambience. We were there on Valentine+1 so not yet terrace time but really nice outdoor tables available. Salmon en croute was delicate, perfectly done. Marinated fresh anchovies were just right. Farro salads, yumm. Excellent sea scallops. Good wine list, although a bit pricey."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "had a quiet business lunch here this week, had never been here before. It's french influence casual food, lots of awesome sandwiches. We don't have much french food in Dallas so it was a treat to try some new things. Very approachable menu, friendly and laid-back staff and vibe. Not cheap, but what good food is these days, I'd recommend it. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Stopped in for breakfast Saturday morning. They'd just opened, so it took a bit for service to get started, but was fantastic once the restaurant was awake! There's probably a stick of butter in every croissant - incroyable! I've always wondered why gourmet restaurants don't make Eggs Benedict with prosciutto - now I've found one that does, and it's every bit as wonderful as I expected. Lovely people, somehow tucked away and hidden in the middle of downtown Dallas. No more hotel breakfasts in the Big D for us..... we'll be back here every chance we can get!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great little bistro, you won't be disappointed. It is subdued at 6:00, so it wasn't a vibrant scene or hotspot. There was more noise coming from St. Ann's than there was on the patio itself. The food was very good, and the staff was attentive. I hope this place catches on. There aren't that many casual places for French food in Dallas. I think this place can be a good one."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Mercat is as close to a French Brasserie as you can get, this side of the pond. The food was executed perfectly [special note: I love that they bring the chicken to your table prior to carving to make sure it is cooked to your liking] Dallas restaurants struggle with properly coursing your meal [delivering each course separately and letting you enjoy before setting another course in front of you] that ability is both art and science and Mercat courses with precision. If you are looking for a special place for date night or any night -- Mercat is your answer -- Mercat -- we don't know why it took you so long to get to Dallas but we are glad you are here!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Mercat on Saturday night and had a wonderful experience. The restaurant has a "modern bistro" feel, it is located just a few steps away from Saint Ann's but offers a much more warm and intimate environment. The service was very friendly and professional, and had a decidedly more relaxed / Euro pace that was refreshing. The food was excellent, we started the meal with foie gras and then enjoyed the steak frites with peppercorn sauce and scallops with risotto as main courses. Along the way, we were also treated to warm French bread and whipped blueberry butter that was even better than it sounds. All in all, a great experience -- we look forward to trying Mercat for brunch soon."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We selected this place on a whim because of its location near the performing arts district for an early dinner before a performance. The food was excellent - great recommendations by our waiter. Perfectly cooked steak and pomme frites with homemade mayo to die for! They had a very nice wine list for by the glass selections. My only complaint was the tiny cafe table they tried to put us at are just two small for two people at dinner."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "the reviews were overblown- they were out of the wine I wanted. They were out of the dessert I ordered- and I had an early reservation-7. They are nice enoughj- but need to get their act together- The food is ok but nothing special."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Nice, quaint addition to the area. Menu is diverse, creative. Food was good, not great. Nicoise was tuna salad. Ambience was great for business lunch. Quiet, formal without being imposing, relaxed. Very good service."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "The food was very thoughtfully prepared. The plates were nice China. The service was a bit too casual for the degree of quiet intimacy the restaurant conveys. The service was good, mind you, but too casual for the venue. The space itself is cozy and rather small, but nicely done. I recommend this for dates, but not for a large group (as that would take up the whole restaurant). I hope this place stays in business a long time as Dallas needs more good French restaurants! A- But a solid A."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Really incredible food and great service! One of my new favorite restaurants!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I have now been here a couple times for dinner and a couple times for lunch. I would say lunch far outweighs the dinner. Quiche is the best ever! I've had two different steaks for dinner plus the short ribs and all were very average. The steak for two is priced quite high and should have more than just french fries -- also should be a better cut of meat. The people are always so congenial and service is great. Hope they can up the food level but it may be too late."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Food was mediocre and service was terrible. We won't be back.The bloody mary was good."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Very good French bistro. Most authentic bistro in Dallas. Good wine selection. Overall a notch above the admittedly few local authentic French bistros. Very good food, nothing, however, to knock your socks off. Just wish it was around the corner. A lot of hassle to go downtown for a very nice meal that is not necessarily a special occasion type destination or weekend scene type place. Would be happy to go there weekly for decent, fairly priced food. If Mercat had something simple like homemade oh my God best ice cream ever, for example, it would entice me to go the extra mile (s) to go there. Was very quiet Saturday night 7-8 PM, I hope this place can make it for years to come but was surprised how slow it was given the quality. 4.5 stars"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Ambience of a French bistro, some unique items like quail and sweetbreads, which both were very good. Only complaint is that salads were on the small side and wine list was very limited and very mediocre."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Great space but the menu, while inspired was lacking (the only starch you can get is French fries!). Service needs work as wait staff were not engaging and it felt more like you were in a diner vs. a restaurant. Has potential just needs more work ...."
    Dined on 7/19/2013