love this place, top quality food, fresh, well prepared,
the closesd you can get to Italian faire
3/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
In my opinion, the best Italian
In my opinion, the best Italian restaurant in the city. Try their bistecca for their take on the classic Florentine steak.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful birthday dinner
When I managed to get the last table for 2 on a Saturday at 5:30pm I was thrilled. I was taking my husband out for his birthday and we have always wanted to eat here. We started with a couple glasses of red wine, the caprese salad, and then the gnocchi special they were having followed by the Bistecca and finally the pancetta wrapped asparagus. Everything was really tasty and was seasoned very simply which we really liked. Some dishes were salted a bit heavier than others, but ultimately it was all delicious. We finished with lattes along with the tiramisu and a chocolate semi freddo. Service was friendly and quick and we didn't feel rushed at all. We will be back for sure!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Took a friend for her birthday
Took a friend for her birthday lunch....food and drink was outstanding...great location, after lunch we walked down 4th Street S.W...
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was excellent. However,
Food was excellent. However, I booked for 12:00 through Open Table and was told it was full then so we had to come at 11:45. The restaurant was mostly empty throughout the lunch which was very annoying.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love the option of half
I love the option of half portion pasta dishes which are delicious. Good choice of vegetable sides. A great lunch destination.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had 2 Australian guests
I had 2 Australian guests who are new to Canada and I wanted to introduce them to what Calgary has in restaurants. She's a vegetarian and he's not and both had a fabulous meal. She loved the caprise salad and pasta; the men shared the excellent bisteca. Both were suitably impressed.
We sat at the new centre bar counters and had wonderful service from a young lady who was born to be in the hospitality industry!! She was certainly one of the reasons we had such a wonderful evening. They will be back which was the intended outcome of the visit!
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food here is exceptional!
The food here is exceptional! The hostess always remembers you, the wait staff are interested in helping. We have always shared dishes and I can say, all the food is incredible! I would highly recommend sharing at least one dish from every category, and have them pair wines. There are very few places you can say wow, it's perfectly delicious... But wow it's perfectly delicious! I could eat here every day.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love! Love! Love! The Bistecca
Love! Love! Love!
The Bistecca is fantastic and you'll never have one better!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Bang for your buck
I brought my mom here for her 65th birthday. I was impressed with the service (same server as I had last time), and the portions. The food was excellent, and the bill wasn't overwhelming. I will have to put Mercato into my regular rotation.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service is fabulous,
Food and service is fabulous, noise level was high so a bit hard to visit, only other draw back - no mixed cocktails.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love it here and normally
We love it here and normally everything is perfect!!! This time out steak was a bad cut and was mostly fat which was dissapointing however we will always return and we love having Brady as our sever! And would always recommend it to friends :)
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our monthly dinning group
Our monthly dinning group visited Mercato in Mission on a Friday evening. Once we decided on what dishes we'd share as Mercato is a family style (sharing) restaurant. We selected a few appies (antipasti) bruschetta & the caprese followed by 3 full servings of (primi) pasta dishes (tagliatelle, gigli & gnocchi). Every dish was absolutely delicious but we did skip ordering any main courses as the pasta was very filling. If you happen to have enough room for dessert, their light & fluffy slice of tiramisu is large enough to be shared with others.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
No Table Through Open Table
If you book a "table" at Il Mercato on OpenTable, be warned: you will not get an actual table. You will get places at essentially a bar (possibly overlooking the kitchen). This was a "special occasion" dinner that I had booked over a week earlier. When we were taken to the bar to be seated, we said we'd prefer one of the many unoccupied regular tables. We were told that was only possible we had specifically reserved a table, and that one could only do this over the phone--not through this website. They were unable/unwilling to switch us.
Aside from that, the meal was lovely. We were the only people that didn't seem to order bistecca Fiorintina (a house specialty?). But the tagliatelle with braised lamb and scallop risotto were great.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been going to Mercato
I've been going to Mercato for years - I love sitting up at the counter to watch the chefs - great food, great wines... great olives!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simply the best!!!
I have been to Mercato on a number of occaisions with my boss and we both love it !!!!
The pasta special was amazing and the bifteka was excellent as always!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food. Excellent service. Very accommodating for little ones.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
great service,great food-rare
great service,great food-rare combination in Calgary these days!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had dinner at Mercato again the other night and as expected it was everything we have come to expect. The wait staff are their strongest attribute, knowledgeable, professional, personable and unobtrusive. They assist in a meaningful way with the menu and wine list and are attentive without needing to become your "friend". Of course the meal was as fresh and delicious as we have come to expect at this fine establishment.
C U again soon I hope!!!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wait staff very engaging and knowledgable about the food and wine. Encouragment to share anything you want from the menu or the market. Relaxed and very comfortable atmosphere
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was awesome especially the mussels. The rib eye steak is always done to perfection.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is like being in Italy.
I will definitely be back to try more dishes.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again an excellent meal. Food here is best when several courses are shared family style.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unbelievable food and service
This restaurant is a perfect gem, has been my favorite for about 6 months now!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great !
Food is always amazing. Had the special and it was unbelievable!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great family style dining
I took my parents and family here for Father's Day dinner. We had the Antipasti platter,, Risotto, Seafood Soup, Bistecca, Stuffed Calamari, Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus, Speck wrapped Endive, and no-bake cheesecake for dessert. Although the steak was a little heavy on the salt, everything was cooked perfectly and delicious. If I could change anything, it would be for the Endive dish to be bigger, and next time, we won't order as much food as we were all stuffed. My daughter is a very picky eater, but she chowed down on the mortadella on the antipasti platter and had multiple helpings of the risotto, so I think that says a lot about the food.
The service was wonderful and our waitress was very attentive. I'd highly recommend Mercato.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, Casual Experience
Having heard rave reviews about this place, we were more than impressed with Mercato. Our waiter was friendly and helpful, and the open kitchen concept was fun to experience. Watching the cooks create the dishes was very enjoyable. The food itself - amazing! The bruschetta, the original recipe, was awesome, though we didn't care as much for their white bean concoction. We shared an item from each course, and found that the swordfish was by far the best we have both ever had. Looking around at other diners' dishes, we can't wait to go back to try something else! It looked like the beef steak and the gnocchi were very popular that night!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Continue to love it!
We love the steak, tomato bruschetta, (tanglia) spaghetti, asparagus, cocktails, and tiramisu.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time at Mercato.
We had a great time at Mercato. We were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary and our waiter did a great job making us feel special. He suggested that we share a small portion of each course and then pair wine with each. It was the perfect amount of food and drink. Will definitely be back again.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Notch Getaway From Downtown
Mercato - great pasta, excellent caprese salad with sweet tomatoes and delicious soft mozzarella cheese, and Chinotto! Not only that, you can have a cookie and an espresso for dessert instead of an $8 item. Love the half-size lunch pastas. It makes the perfect break from downtown. Just make sure to get a table unless you want to sit at the lunch counter or bar.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique cooking style, good taste
Food is fresh and unique, but bring your wallet. You get what you pay for!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Calgary favorite - best
A Calgary favorite - best with meals shared family style.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food quality food.
Excellent food quality food. Best eaten as shared cources. The Bistecca is a favorite.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
My favorite Italian
Mercatos is always a treat for me as the food is consistently good with excellent service. The Bistecca is a favorite as are the Gnocchi and Tagliatelle. It's the kind of place that you can dress right up or down as you please and not feel out of place. The Italian wine list is superb and if you don't know them the waiters will be sure to select you a good one for the evening.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been living in Calgary for a year now and I decided to take a friend who was visiting from out of town. I had heard great things about the food, and it definitely lived up my expectations! The food was absolutely delicious, great wine selection, our server was very friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little disappointed
My wife and I have been going to Mercato for a number of year for lunch and other times for dinner.
The wine list was the quite disappointing. We could not believe there was not one bottle of wine under $135. It's a $45 dollar bottle of wine marked up 3x. We know enough about wine to know. I like a moderate priced wine for around $60-70. 90% of customers cannot tell a $60 bottle of wine from a $135 bottle of wine. The other disappointment was the Risotto. The risotto was nice but a touch over done, it should have had a slight crunch type of texture. The scallops that came with it were perfect but the purple cabbage or rutabaga was overpowering. We ordered Risotto. It should have been the star of the dish. Not the vegetable.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were very
Food and service were very good however it is a noisy reastaraunt.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, but ....
Fantastic food, great service, but way too noisy to have any conversation.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The experience was very positive
The experience was very positive from the hostess to the waiter. The entire staff was very accommodating.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mercato does one thing well. That one thing just happens to be running an operating a fantastic restaurant. From the moment you walk in to the last bite, you are going to feel like everything was setup just for you. Great food and service. Sit at the kitchen bar to see professional chefs at work.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was a great dining experience
It was a great dining experience and social atmosphere. It gets a little loud with everyone enjoying themselves and talking. The food is very good. A great place for sharing plates of food. I can't wait to go back again
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding meal! Bistecca always cooked just right! Lots of pasta choices and sides. Nice wine selection.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM