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Mercato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mercatobyob.com
  • Phone: (215) 985-2962
  • 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: Italian, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was in Philly for a girls' weekend with a group of friends, and we dined at Mercato on a Saturday night. The fact that it is a BYO restaurant was a huge plus, but the food completely won me over. This was one of the best meals I've ever had... and I love to eat! I will definitely be back again soon with my boyfriend, who loves good food and wine as much as I do."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "$48 for excellent 4 course prix fixe with many choices for each course...can't be beat, as the quality is consistently excellent..and the menu full of choices. Could use better wineglasses...as this place warrants a good bottle and is BYOB, a real plus. Each course was satisfying to all at our table (4 of us). Good ingredients, thoughtful recipes...and attractive presentation with large portions..none of the tapas-style tiny portion that create frustration as much as anything."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "After several trips to Mercato, out most recent (this past Saturday) was the least impressive. The bruschetta was almost bland. It was OK, but certainly nothing to write home about. My scallops were the star of the evening. They were well seasoned and perfectly cooked. My wife's chicken cacciatore was mediocre. Again, nothing to write home about. Overall a good meal, but far from spectacular."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food, but very crowded and excessively noisy. So loud that we could not have a conversation within our group."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It had been a long time since my last visit. I was surprised that the menu has not changed materially in years. And I had forgotten about the noise level, which required my friend and I to yell at each other the entire night. The food was excellent, but the noise level detracted significantly from my enjoyment of the experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food is always delicious! BYOB is wonderful, also."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "High noise, high charm , great food. Remember to bring cash. Byob is great with wine stores in the hood to get whatever you desire. What a pleasure. Intend to return whenever we're in town."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food and vibe were fantastic. Creative menu and the byob aspect lets everyone put their own spin on the occasion"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My gf and I came here on a recommendation of a friend - and it was surely the right choice. We did the $48 per person sample of the menu and it was amazing. Definitely worth the cost as they didn't skimp us on the size or portions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Mercato is consistently very good. Menu is interesting; food presentation and preparation great. Mercato has been around for many years for good reason: it delivers a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great restaurant in what's probably Philly's hottest neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "One of the best BYOB experiences I've had - the cioppino was SO delicious! The pyramid pasta was good, I wish the dough had been a little less thick, but altogether it was very tasty. They serve very nice portions as well, definitely money well spent!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I've been going to Mercato for years and it's always wonderful. The food is amazing, the servers are very friendly and on a nice summer evening, the atmosphere is perfect. I would recommend to anyone looking for a date night spot."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great menu, the duck ragu over cavatelli was amazing , very wine friendly foods. Cheeses were outstanding, only downside was the noise level, hard to hear conversation at times. Will definitely go back ! Yum"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We made last minute Father's Day reservations and were so happy that we were able to get a table. We ordered the tasting menu and did not regret one single calorie. Highly recommended. This was our second visit and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food is consistently well prepared. They were VERY busy of Sat night yet the service was attentive and well trained to circumvent problems. We have been there many times, are recognized upon entrance, and feel welcomed even during the most trying situations for the staff. I write this reluctantly because the possibility exists that the "eager to be seen" may now invade the place. None-the-less, and in spite of the noise level in the restaurant, it is a fine place to dine."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is my fourth dining experience at Mercato and like usual, it was amazing. Delicious food, took guests from out-of-town and they were raving about it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Mercato is great in the summer time with all the windows open. Great service and food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Have been going here for years and the food has always been excellent!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was incredible here! The service was very attentive and the place was very nice. The only thing I didn't like was that the tables were so close it was hard to not be in multiple conversations at once."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I've been with my boyfriend a million times, but we spontaneously decided to go at 10 for dinner. It was excellent, as usual. Greatest BYO in philly."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The service was very friendly. Check on us the right amount of times throughout the meal. I had the duck sugo & cavetelli which was delicious. Inside it looked like you could feel a little crowded but I think that's typical of any city neighborhood establishment. I don't mind close quarters because eventually you end up talking to complete strangers and having a good time. The weather was warm and humid but I noticed they kept the inside cool to provide relief. We chose to sit outside despite the humidity. It was perfect for people watching."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant does not accept credit cards, which was a major detriment."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I went to Mercato in a group of four for dinner on a Saturday night. The staff was friendly and professional, and the food tasty. The one of us who ordered Spicy Crab Linguine did not stop raving about it for a good while. I had the Mascarpone Cheesecake and did not regret it. Yum."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was incredible. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed and we love BYOB's."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I have become monthly regulars at Mercato and have never been let down by their quality service and delicious menu. The artichoke app might be the best thing I have ever eatin, and is by far one of the must haves on their menu. I like to personally order something that I've never ordered before when I go to Mercato and have yet to be disappointed. Mercato's caring and knowledgable staff is what gives this place an overall A+++ in my book. I highly suggest that you give it a try!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We stumbled on Mercato several years ago and it has become a "return to" place whenever we visit Philly. The food is awesome and the atmosphere is relaxing. Start with one of the meat and cheese trays along with a flavored olive oil or vinegar. The entrees are great with well balanced flavors. Since the restaurant is BYOB it allows you to bring your best wine at a reasonable price point."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Loved the food and loved the service it was amazing I will go back"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I shared a fresh market salad with mint dressing and two fantastic pasta dishes, followed by a delightful maple walnut mascarpone cheesecake. However, service was ill-timed and sloppy. After we were promptly seated and handed menus, we waited fifteen minutes before being acknowledged by a server, who then took our order but failed to tell us about daily specials, which we heard her recite to the couple seated next to us minutes later. Our salad plates were whisked away abruptly by another server who delivered our pasta without asking if we had finished eating the salad. Dessert was delivered ten minutes after ordering, and the check was incorrectly tabulated."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food, ambience, and location! Favorite place in Philly."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was ok but they need to change their menu to lighter options for the summer. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was absolutely delicious!! Staff very friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Everything was delicious with a creative yet not weird mix of flavors. One hors d'oeuvre had tomato sauce that was a little acidy, but the overall flavor was good and our salad was just right. We also enjoyed lamb and scallops whose flavors were perfect--as I said, interesting and delicious and not peculiar. The homemade gelato was delish. We had two waiters and one was one of the best ever--friendly, polite, helpful, and the other seemed like he wished we'd leave as soon as possible which was odd because there was no line and we were friendly. I'd give him 0 stars for service and give 5 for the nice guy, but it's not divided like that! The host(ess) was also really nice."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My wife and I love Mercato. Quaint restaruant with really great italian food. We had our wedding rehersal dinner there a year ago which was awesome and then a year later we just celebrated our anniversary with them as well. We had the antipasto with the best mozzarella and grilled vegetables i've ever had, in addition my wife had the short rib ragu and I had the ciopino which were extremely delisious and generous in portion size. Because we were celebrating our anniversary they brought us an arabiata pasta dish, gelato and cake for dessert compliments of the chef. Love there attitude, the waiters are a friendly and attentive. Its undoubtedly my favorite Italian restarunt in Philly"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I ate here about 3 times, food is excellent. I have ordered something different every time I went and I can't complain. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our 2nd trip here.Just as good in every way as the first time earlier this year---food,service,etc. Wish they accepted credit cards. App of mussels,seafood and sausage was excellent. The red snapper was seared and browned nicely. Cavatelli with duck ragu was nice as was artichoke app. I enjoyed the afogato once again. BYOB is gr8 and our '02 Charmes Chambertin was a good match for all the food. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Mercato offers simple dishes with flair. What'd be comfort food elsewhere (meatballs, pasta, salads, ribs, chicken etc) is so much more here. We love olive oils, and Mercato's had a list of them since day 1. So we started off with a flight of 3 Italians plus 1 basil-infused, all different & great on bread and on artichokes. Citrus aioli made simple grilled artichokes with olive oil & sea salt into a special treat well worth getting messy over (it's like eating ribs if you do it right). The vegetable risotto was fabulous, with fava beans, ramps, onions & mushrooms. My linguine was pasta perfection: squid ink, tasty crabmeat, chives & calabrian chiles in tomato broth. With the large windows wide open for a fine breeze, it was a fine nite!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went there on our last night in Philly. We were treated to a small restaurant with great food, ambiance, and service. I highly recommend Mercato - the meatballs are a MUST. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The wait staff was top notch and the food was superb. I will return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was great...pastas, bruschetta and pink snapper specials all pleased us. I like Mercato, as casual neighborhood spot for consistent, good pastas and fish, but I hate the tight, loud, usually very warm room. Do not choose Mercato for quiet, romantic evening! It's like all being at one big table with neighbors on either side of you. Best is to sit outside, unless there is a monsoon, as there was the night we were there."
    Dined on 5/27/2014