Mercato
Mercato

Mercato

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mercatobyob.com/
  • Phone: 2159852962x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mercato is a cash-only BYOB, open seven days a week; Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 5 to 11p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ryan McQuillan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout
  • Catering: We are certain that as a team, we will leave a lasting impression with you and your special guests and will strive to meet your every need.
    At Mercato we offer a wide variety of menu items to satisfy every palate in addition to prices to fit any budget. All of our events are handled on a personal case by case basis, with the intent to reach
    your highest expectations. Email events@anni-restaurants.com
  • Special Events: Visit www.mercatobyob.com for up-to-date reminders of special events.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is meter parking throughout the area as well as a public lot on Spruce between 13th and Broad
A word from Mercato
Focusing on market-fresh, Italian-inspired food at 1216 Spruce Street inhabits the old Camac Food Market building, a historic space that has long stood vacant on the corner of Camac and Spruce Streets, just East of Broad St.

Mercato infuses slow cooking traditions of Old World Italy with an experimental style and bold take on new Italian American cuisine, placing primary importance on using ingredients that are at their peak that day.
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Mercato reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (158)fit for foodies (148)great for outdoor dining (121)special occasion (75)romantic (72)hot spot (42)good for groups (31)late-night find (14)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A couple, who were seated after us, at a table about a foot away from ours, knew the staff. They received extra plates prior to us receiving appetizers, in addition to little extras from the kitchen and staff throughout their dining experience. I wouldn't have had an issue with this sort of special treatment, had we been made to feel just as valuable as patrons. However, we were left in the dust in comparison! Water was never refilled, appetizers & entrees arrived cold, we were never checked in on, I never received my coffee...just a really disappointing dining experience, that I am certain would not have been the same had we not been next to friends of the staff. The second-rate treatment has left me thinking we probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    Tara123
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A few friends and I ate at Mercato during restaurant week. We sat outside and it was absolutely great! The food was amazing and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Definitely recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Outstanding food with tight corders... Very romantic BYOB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    amberchelle523
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    cute byob in Philadelphia, one my favorite restaurants in the city, the short rib ragu is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dined on top of strangers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mercato did not have our reservation for 2 ready, and made us wait for a specific table that was next to an open 4 person table. After 10 minutes, the hostess became impatient and separated the 4 person table (#2 2 person tables squeezed together) by about 1 inch, as that was all the space available. She then sat us down and another group of 2, all while banging their table into ours just to allow them to squeeze by to sit. The restaurant was already way too loud to even hear, but to add insult to injury, they sat the group of 2 right on top of us, as though we were all supposed to dine together. Thank you for making us wait for a table that was open the entire time, and for sitting us centimeters away from strangers on our date. Terrible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too close for comfort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Let me first say that the food was incredible. However, the tables were so close together that they needed to be moved for me to fit out of the back to move my 5'5, 135lb body from the booth. My 6'5 boyfriend was jostled and bumped over and over again. It's a shame because the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little too cramped and loud
    Jenny13
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was excited to go to Mercato because of all of the good reviews I have heard and seen. However, it was way more cramped and loud than I had imagined, and that that definitely took something away from the experience. The food was good and overall, the waitstaff was attentive, but we did had to ask twice for our check.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eccellenteVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Tasty food. Interesting combinations. Risotto was excellent. My friend enjoyed the artichokes as she said she rarely sees them on a menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    CleanPlateClub
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a group of seven ladies out for our monthly dinner during Restaurant Week. It was very busy and loud, but that sort of atmosphere doesn't bother our group. Our server was great and attentive. Mercato has one of the better Restaurant Week menus and they include specials in the deal. Our favorite dishes were the fontina stuffed meatballs and pyramid pasta. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rosygirl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Have eaten at Mercato 4xs over the past few years and love it every single time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Suhsuh
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I went to Le Castagne for the first time yesterday for an early dinner. The staff there were very attentive and courteous. Also, the servings were a nice size and each course was served in a timely fashion. As for the atmosphere, it was small and quaint. It makes a great spot to eat outdoors european style. I enjoyed the Fontina Meatballs and the Panna Cotta the most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the best BYOB in Wash West
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This beautiful neighborhood jewel is the best of the best byob's in Wash West. The food is incredible and the service is impeccable. Even on the first night of restaurant week, they still managed to make my birthday surprise celebration special and fun! When ordering here it is easy to get carried away because everything is so good. Just don't forget to save room for desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Definitely on the louder side, but the food is incredible. There was a mix up in our order but the server fixed everything right away and ended up just giving us an extra entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    partyof3
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Couldn't ask for a better find pre-show! The past pyramid was a wonderful main course following the trio of bruschetta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed for first time
    PhillyFoodie14
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    For the first time in many years of dining at Mercato, I was disappointed for the first time. I was the first seating for restaurant week, and my pasta was undercooked. It was very hard to eat because it was about 5 minutes away from al dente. I did not say anything at the time because, like many of the patrons, I had theatre tickets and couldn't wait for a re-do. What was inside the pasta was what I have come to expect at Mercato, which was quality and deliciousness. The mousse was one of the best I've had anywhere. So, not a perfect meal, because I was disappointed at undercooked pasta, but not a complete failure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my new favorites
    MelB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Mercato has been on my "i want to go list" for quite some time. The wait was worth it. The triangle lobster pasta was amazing as was the octopus salad. The salmon special was amazing as well. Our server Larry was extremely friendly, informative and made our dining experience at Mercator a great one. We will definitely be back. And I am more than happy to know we can order delivery from them on the diningin website!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 6GroupVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A bit crowded like most byobs but as always the food does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling and Fun
    calvinbear
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good, enjoyable food in a busy and bustling atmosphere. Well worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely pre-theater dinner
    DevonDiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Mercato got our vote this time for a new place to try and we were not disappointed! We ate outside and it was a nice evening to be entertained by the bustle of the city. My husband got the grilled octopus appetizer and it was so tender. We also tried the rustic bruschetta which was a lovely combination of flavors. The four different entrees and three desserts were enjoyed by all. The service was just perfect with timing and professionalism, getting us in and out to the theater on time while never feeling rushed. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Neighborhood Find
    GMAJOYCE
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Recommended by a friend. It is in a great location to go to the Forrest Theater. Just a few blocks away. It is very small, but the food was cooked to order and delicious! Unique menu. Very friendly and it is a BYOB! Tables are close together so it is not for romantics. CASH only. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food back to previous standards after waivering some. It can get noisy and tables are very close together. Not sure I'd say a romantic place, but delightful overall. Octopus as good as ever. Thank you for now taking reservations. Hope credit cards are in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe Next Time
    Meals2Friends
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Willing to give this place a second chance. We had a 'later' reservation and had to wait 30 min to be seated, then got a rushed service. Main course showed up while we were enjoying the first course, then some early finished meals were whipped away while others finished and then had the doggie bag placed on the table while trying to finish. However, the food was very good so we'll give it another try...with an earlier reservation of course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too popular?
    finerdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our experience was less enjoyable than we hoped because we were shoehorned into a crowded space that was too loud to carry on a conversation unless we were willing to yell like the rest of the patrons. We also waited for over 15 minutes to be acknowledged by any member of the staff - hostess wasn't anywhere to be found. Food was good but not worth the annoying atmosphere. And we found out at the end of the meal that it was cash only - nothing like hunting for an ATM in the rain. Think we'll choose a different popular restaurant next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great except for the flies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything was great but the windows were open and there seemed to be alot of bugs buzzing around our table the whole time we were eating which was a bit distracting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great, as always
    francesVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've reviewed mercato before; always amazing. excellent service and food. can't go wrong with this philly BYO. It's the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    Kjali
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Mercato had some of the best food I have tried in the city, only complaint the noise was so ridiculously loud we had to request a new table outside. I would never want to sit inside. You can't hear your own thoughts
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Casual BYOB
    CHI012VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Perfect spot for a date or dinner with mom and a few friends. The staff know the food and they do not rush you. BYOB which is nice. Amazing food and you leave feeling fed. It's a place you will want to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've had better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a very popular place with a BYOB policy and cash only. One had their signature dish of short rib and ricotta gnocchi that was excellent and ample. One had the seared scallops and risotto with peas. Scallops were slightly overdone - somewhat chewy and the risotto was sticky. We find that there are better places nearby.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Antipasto plate was terrific. The house-roasted tomatoes were particularly successful. Squid ink pasta with crab/tomato had perfect texture. Pea/mushroom risotto was very good, but would have been better with a little more liquid. Affogato was disappointing; lower espresso:ice cream ratio. Not more ice cream, just less espresso. Very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice cheese selection
    PaellayTortilla
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was good, nothing special but good. I love their cheese specially their goat cheese
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As close to perfect as it gets
    GallaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I am sorry I waited so long to get to this gem. What a perfect restaurant. The good is amazing. We had scallops and salmon and shared the grilled artichoke. Delicious. Great service. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites
    PhillyToddVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    One of our favorite Italian/BYO's in the city. Always tremendous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continued Fine Food
    Prince
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have dined at Mercato many times and have never been disappointed. The menu is well rounded and the nightly specials add a necessary, finishing touch to the possibilities. There is always variety with the special presentations indeed being something different and enjoyable. The servers are knowledgable about the the dishes, their content and their preparation. The kitchen is able and willing to make the changes necessary for special dietary needs and wishes. Of special notice are the homemade pastas - always al dente - and the seafood which has never been overcooked or had its taste masked by overwhelming sauces. There is a lot to like and remember at Mercato!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The first thing we asked our server was to open the bottle of champagne - who never bothered to check that we did not have any champagne glasses on the table. Another note - he never bothered to get us ice buckets for the bottles. Anyways, we waited for 15-20 minutes until he got back to get our orders. We asked him to get glasses and ice buckets for the table. That took another 10 minutes - and the glasses he got were so dirty that we decide to share the clean ones between couples at the table.. After about 30-35 minutes he took our order for appetizers and entree - never specifying that he will be bringing both the courses together at the table. The food was far better than the service - I would give Mercato a 4 for food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I ate at Mercato about 5 years ago and although we promised we would return we never did until last night. And what a memorable experience. The food was as excellent as we remembered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu excelled
    Alfresco
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Three of us ordered the dinner tasting menu recently and enjoyed the experience, sampling three choices of each of four courses. The grilled octopus appetizer was bright and delicious; the antipasti offered a melange of flavors and textures. Risotto was meltingly delicious and filling. The grilled skirt steak was flavorful with rosemary, but somewhat chewy. Panna cotta was ethereal, and our favorite sorbet was the blueberry. We had more than enough food, leaving some behind as we hurried to a show. Bottom line, we'd eat there again happily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Disappointment
    Linda
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had been to Mercato on two previous occasions and had wonderful food. This time we had 5 in our party and all were hugely disappointed. My Salmon special was ok but the Veal Milanese and Chicken Cacciatore were very bland and 3 people out of 5 didn't even finish their meal. Maybe it was an off night or you had a new chef but either way I miss the old Mercato.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food - very loud dining space
    PhillyWashWestFoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was creative and service was attentive. Some fabric on the walls is needed to mitigate intense noise level. Weather permitting, I would only come back if I could dine outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time Visit
    Birdman
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We came to Mercato's based on a friends recommendation. We chose to sit outside and enjoyed the local traffic and people. The meals were excellent and the service was great. We definitely will return for additional visits when we come to Philadelphia to see a show or a concert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pmcclintock
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I absolutely love Mercato! The food is nothing short of amazing, I clean my plate every time I come. Love that its byo. The only downside is tables are pretty close together but thats sort of the vibe they go for anyways. You can't leave this place unhappy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.