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Welcome to The Restaurant at Mercato. Join us in an authentic Italian experience in our open kitchen concept restaurant. We offer a wide array of traditional dishes and a bustling dining atmosphere!!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Dedicated to delivering an authentic Italian experience, with each course we were engaged in the history, flavours and all that is Italian about food, wine and celebration."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "All the food was heavily salted and had aggressive amounts of oil. Service was like deli service-not smooth. Wine list was their own stock and lacked variety from other parts of the world, .....overall B- rating. Seems to be slipping and living off their laurels. OTIS"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Loved everything about this restaurant. Do make an reservation!! This place has very good service, the waiter was VERY knowledgeable and helpful picking out a wine pairing for our food, and really easy to talk to. The food was fresh and serving sizes were more than enough. The atmosphere was great, we really loved sitting at the bar overlooking the Chef's preparing our dishes. The market place was a great idea as well! Will definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "In our group there was a lot of dietary restrictions and the waitress was very non-judgemental, patient and helpful in selecting a suitable meal and offered to make modifications to what is on the menu or even suggestions for things that were off the menu. We found this to be exceptional and had not had such a positive experience at any other restaurants like Mercato. The food was wonderful and satisfying. I would definitely recommend Mercato!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The restaurant was a bit on the expensive side, but The food and service was on-par with the prices so all in all it was a good experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I've always had great meals at Mercato's but was disappointed that their, fabulous, cauliflower dish was taken off the menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We celebrated my sister's birthday with Sunday lunch at Mercato . It was our first time. The food was great. Everyone enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Another great experience at Mercato. Food and service were solid - and the atmoshere great for a business lunch. On a sunny day the patio kills!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I took my my family out for a Sunday lunch at Mercato. It was everyone's first time here and the food was amazing. The service was lacking big time in comparison to other restaurants we frequent. Our waiter seemed a bit bothered to have to be doing his job. We had tiramisu for dessert which was just ok but other than that everything was deliscious and we will defiantly be back and hopefully have a different waiter!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "food was adequate, not overly flavourful. appetizers arrived late -- after main course in fact and only after we asked on the whereabouts. service was very slow. honestly, better italian out there at any number of places. i like the take-out from mercato much better than in service food."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "What a mess, poor service, over cooked steak, mistake on the first course, over crowded, mistake on bill, very disappointed by what is normally one of my favorite places to eat in the city."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I loved the food but i almost snaped at our server she was rude and angry for no reason.she didnt listen to us and wasnt attentive at all."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have been to Mercato a number of times going back many years. This time was the last time for a while. From the hostess seating us at a seat that wasn't available, to the waiter screwing up our order, and the food not being anything special this was an underwhelming experience. And it is expensive. I would recommend if you plan on going out for a nice dinner, try another place. There are lots without the chip on their shoulder like Mercato seems to have."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Consistently good food-best eaten family style with multiple courses. Watching the open kitchen is bonus."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was my first time at Mercato and we came as a group following a business meeting. The food came out really quick, our server provided great service, and the lively ambience of the venue made for a relaxed dining experience. The staff were really great at accommodating our reservation change when our meeting ran a bit long and made us run late. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Really enjoy our meals here, service and food are amazing."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Best Capriccio and Gnocchi I've ever had! Very loud I had to yell during my conversations."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "place is trendy and lively but way too loud... wine list is really good and Italian for real although pricey for the value.. food to be reviewed..i tried pappardelle with octopus and it was a completely wrong dish.. sand in the dish (octopus not well prepared) and spicy tomato sauce that i never saw in italy coupled with the octopus... but service is very good! and it s probably worth another try..meat looked good from far.."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Mercato offers a well rounded menu with many options. It was great as a communication tool for the people I dined with as they did not know each other! The orange almond gnocchi is AMAZING!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My partner and I have been to Mercato many times, both for lunch and dinner. On a recent lunchtime visit I decided to try the risotto which was cooked to perfection. It was truly delicious. As a side dish, I ordered a very fresh baby kale and green apple salad. Although very good and well presented, it was a bit awkward to eat out of a very full small bowl. We asked our waiter to pair a wine with our menu selection and we were not disappointed with the Sardinian wine. Although table seating is available, at our request we were seated at the kitchen bar so we could watch the chefs at work. Always entertaining! For lack of time, we passed on dessert. But a very smooth espresso was an excellent way to end a very fine meal."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Consistanly superior dining experience. To be enjoyed family style with shared cources."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Beef, Lamb = highlights. 5 diners. Family style dining. Ordered 7 or so courses. (2 from each section + one extra appy) Easily able to accommodate allergies (walnut pesto on the side ..sadly ;). Great wine list (all Italian as I recall). Very knowledgeable server -- knew where every food item came from, how prepped, was fresh or frozen etc., able to recommend wines for each course (if desired). Note - No liquors - wine and beer only. Very lively, dined on a Friday night. Great table by the windows. Don't come for a serene, quiet romantic night. By all means, come here for a good night, romantic or otherwise, and enjoy the fresh food, sharing, and overall great energy of the place. IMO, view of 4th is nice too. Good for people watching."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "They delivered the wrong dish to me with different ingredients from menu, my wife's dish arrived 5-8 minutes AFTER my dish and with missing ingredients (scallops). When I made the reservation (confirmed by phone) I was VERY specific about it and asked for a TABLE, but they put us in the bar instead.... I'm very disappointed with this restaurant and they definetely ruined a part of my speacial date with my wife."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Took my son and girlfriend out for a special occasion dinner. It was fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Business lunch with some vino - great food and friendly helpful service. Love the open kitchen and the wine list is great. Its a bit expensive but great for special occasions."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Truly amazing experience. Food is preparred fresh right in front of you. We had the carpaccio, steak, pasta with tiger shrimp, brocotini and finished off with a tiramisu. Will definetly be back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This was the first time I've been to Mercato. I've heard great things about it. Well they were right. When you was in you don't expect the restaurant to be a market style inside. The left is a Italian market and the right is the restaurant all open to each other with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs prepare your amazing meal. As it was our first time there we asked the waitress how the menu works. She explained it with ease and mentioned that lots of people share. So we we decided on a few items to share and glad we did. The food was prepared well with healthy portions and just enough for our table of 4 to share. Last we had dessert and I had the lost amazing smooth, not too sweet cheese cake."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Another fantastic experience at Mercato. The food was great and the service was terrific!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "The other reviews said it but I figured I'd give it a try anyway. Everything was incredibly salty. The service was slow. It was my boyfriend's birthday and I requested a candle on the dessert in my reservation and then called in and spoke with the hostess to make sure it was going to happen. When dessert came it was just a glob of dessert. The only redeeming quality was the wine list. I won't be back and I won't have anything good to say if anyone asks how dinner was."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "My first food experience here and it was a good one, great waitress, fun watching the susse chef do his magic. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The food was good, but it was a little on the salty side. Good service and it is not too expensive considering the portion sizes!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Mercato is always a solid bet to impress a group of men for lunch. I've been many times and as usual the restaurant is packed and loud. They have a very distinctly Northern Itallian menu. Tuscan steak for two our four pastas a few fish dishes. It's never been my favourite restaurant but it was exceptions this day. On par the price of the meal expensive."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Gigli; Radiatore and Mama Cathy's cheesecake for Dessert! Amazing"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "I went there for a business lunch and it was very good. It was great to have the open setting. Smelling the food, watching them cook and viewing the little market was sweet. Next time I have to stay for dessert."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "I found the gnocchi 'noodle's terrific but the sauce wasn't that great - too many onions for my liking..."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Way too much salt in every dish. Service still great but food now very disappointing. Presents well but the only taste is salt. Used to be my favorite Calgary restaurant. Now no longer. Will probably never go back and never recommend. Too many better options now when I visit Calgary. And I visit often."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Outstanding meal! Bistecca always cooked just right! Lots of pasta choices and sides. Nice wine selection."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Every time we come into Calgary we make reservations for Mercato. The service is top notch, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable without being pretentious. The food is some of the best I have tasted. The tagliatelle with sausage and the gnocchi are faves, along with the ribeye. They cook these steaks to perfection! Also make sure you have a glass of the Tramin Pinto Nero."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food choice, quality of food and service were excellent. All of this certainly warrants the pricing, however, if I am spending this much for a meal, I would prefer a quieter and more comfortable atmosphere. The atmosphere of bar seating, elbow-to-elbow with strangers, seems more conducive to grabbing a quick sandwich than to sitting down to enjoy a multi-course meal. Clearly the majority of diners preferred sitting at a table, as these were all reserved well in advance. Although, even the tables did not look particularly comfortable for a long meal. The restaurant is attractive, but not comfortable. I won''t be back."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Consistently superior dining experience. Best enjoyed with multiple cources eaten family style. We had a fish entree on this occassion - meat dishes eaten previously have also been excellent."
    Dined on 11/1/2013