The steak is very very good. Large portions. My husband and I ordered a half pasta and small steak. We were so full.
The service was very good also.
The atmosphere is very different from the mission location, much more quite and less crowded.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have always enjoyed Mercato
We have always enjoyed Mercato Mission and this location is bigger and as delicious. Could add a few cheaper wines as prices are high. Is a wonderful group place as sharing of food and the bill makes it easier to afford!!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Decor was a little bit different
Decor was a little bit different than what I was used to. But the food was some of the best ive had in calgary! Service was great and the waitress was very knowlegable in all the foods and wine and quick to help us with recommendations. Definitely a must go to place
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Was very impressed by the
Was very impressed by the food and the service at Mercato. Was on the pricier side but it was well worth it as a treat now and again. We really enjoyed the family style of service, we took our servers advice and ordered one dish from each category and we had more food than we could possibly eat (there were 2 of us), but it was all delicious. I will definitely be back!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten at Mercato a
We have eaten at Mercato a few times and always find it excellent.
Being able to reserve using the open table also is a major benefit for us.
We enjoy watching the chefs prepare the food.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The only negative I had is that as a group of 4 we ordered the arancini as an appetizer to share. Our waitress did not tell us that there were only 3 on a plate, nor did she ask if we wanted to add one or bring us an extra knowing we were a group of 4 and it made it very hard to share this appetizer considering they recommend dining in a family style manner.
4/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Mercato West 3 times over the past couple of months. Each time was very good but our latest visit scored a 10 in all departments. We took a friend from out of town and were glad we chose Mercato West. Waiter was very attentive and welcoming and helpful with the menu. Food was excellent.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went on a meeting-service
Went on a meeting-service was excellent. Suggestions for food turned out much better than if we'd ordered ourselves. Food was excellent.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best spots in town
What can you say that hasn't been already said? Terrific service, outstanding food, great menu so no matter what you have a taste for, there will be something there....overall one of the best spots in town.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Mercato's for lunch and loved it … and when it came time to find a restaurant for my husband's and my anniversary, I chose Mercato's West because he had never been. It's close to home which is a huge bonus and the food is absolutely delicious! The wine list offers a variety of Italian wines as well as a nice selection of apertifs. Portions are family style meaning enough to share with the table so it's fun to get a few different things to try. We split the special pasta which was radiatore with minced prosciutto and kale and it was unbelievable.
I can't wait to go back … lucky us for it being so close!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant was nice and open. I really enjoyed being able to watch the kitchen work. Our waitress was excellant and very knowledgable about both the wine and the food. It's nice when the restaurant takes the time to make sure their staff is well informed and is able to make suggestions flawlessly, and great suggestions at that. Thanks, it's was a great evening.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Food but Loud
The ceiling height makes this place very loud but the food is fabulous.
5/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had another great experience,
Had another great experience, food is stellar and the staff was very accomodating to our young son.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very knowledgable and attentive
Very knowledgable and attentive staff. Great food for sharing.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brought family for overseas and first in the restaurant. They loved the food very much!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this restaurant. The food is always amazing and I really enjoy that they serve it family style.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time to Mercato West
My husband and I have been going to Mercato on 4th Street S.W. for quite some time. We already love the restaurant for its excellent food and great service. Mercato West, however, is outstanding. We loved the restaurant layout, much more spacious than the 4th Street location, and very open. The food and service, of course, were excellent! We will defintely recommend it to our friends who enjoy culinary art. We are very lucky to live around the area so we can go more often.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
We went to Mercato west after receiving a gift card from our realtor. We weren't sure what to expect however were pleasantly surprised by the great atmosphere, service and amazing food. It was an experience and not just a meal! Highly recommended however pricey.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Experience
When you dine at Mercato, you not only have a great meal, you have a great experience.If you find yourself talking about the great service and meal for days, you know it's a winner. Mercato leaves you longing to get back again. Cost about $200 for myself and my wife, and worth every penny!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Florentine to die for!
We have been to both mercato restaurants and although we prefer the mission location, this one is still very good. I love the florentine steak at both locations, best in the city!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & service, VERY pricy
Excellent for a special occasion and with 4+ groups. Great service and excellent food quality but EXTREMELY pricy, beyond standard high-priced Calgary restaurants. Worth if for a special occasion.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food Medium Service
Our first dining experience at Mercato and we quite enjoyed ourselves. We liked the concept of the family style meals, everyone got to sample the different menu items we ordered. I wasn't overly crazy about the bruschetta but quite enjoyed the mussels/oyster platter and the linguine special.
The only con was the service was super slow. We enjoyed we were not rushed through the meal, but after 3 hours of dining we were left wondering at times if we were forgotten about.
The other interesting note is they do not serve hard alcohol. Fine for my wife and I but others in our party wanted something other than a glass of vino or beer.
Also, thanks to another review we did request a table and appreciated the accommodation.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came to the west Mercato's to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and was not disappointed. I'd seen a couple of reviews that said it was loud but found that wasn't the case for us. Food was fantastic, liked that their was some different items on the menu and as always a great wine selection. We've been to the downtown location numerous times and was glad to hear that there was another that was more spacious. Just need a location in the south end!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The serving staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was very delicious and nicely presented. We were disappointed that even with reservations we were seated at a tiny corner at the bar where my chair hit the back of another customer behind me. We asked to move as there were three unused tables the entire time we were there. We were told that we needed to be more specific when we booked and could not change tables.
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Expensive but very tasty.
Too noisy if you are looking for ambiance
Great service. Sat at the bar so it was a non stop show of culinary artistry.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Memorable Meal
Great food and service-have been here for many visits and have never been disappointed!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and Food Outstanding!
We had made our reservation for 6:00 PM on our arrival the hostess greeted us and promptly said we have another reservation at 8:00 PM so you ail have to out by then...is that a problem?
This did not set a very good tone from the start, fortunate enough our server and food made up for Ms Tacky!!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Knowledgable, friendly staff and talented, creative Chefs gave us a memorable evening. Also, many thanks for the cooking tips....!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third visit to
This was our third visit to Mercato West and we continue to be impressed with the food quality, taste and presentation. Staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend to others. Great place to go for a celebration or a night out with your significant other.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is plentiful and well prepared - I like the sharing aspect. The room itself is too wide open and affords no privacy; the table next to you will be able to clearly hear your conversation.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
good dinner but too noisy
This was our second time dining at Mercato West. The first time was only "ok". Second time we thought the food was very good. Its just too noisy and we could not chat freely with our friends or hear what the waiter was saying with respect to menu specials. For the price, the ambience is poor and fells like a cafeteria. Cheapest wine is $40. Love the 4th street location better. Wish they would put some noise absorbing flooring down. We would not go back unless it was just to sit at the bar area and have a quick meal.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the bruschetta and linguine
The grilled bread with bean spread and tomatoes is our favorite, especially with a nice valpolicella. Followed with the ever consistent seafood linguine which the large serving is a perfect dinner for 2, one of our favorites. All is served family style in a vibrant active setting. The service is good and the food always comes at the right time. Followed with an after dinner cappuccino, makes for a nice meal out. One of our mainstays in our dining portfolio.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
When good food is Not enough
The food at mercato is always fantastic. I am a repeat customer and am never disappointed. That being said, there is one thing that makes it a problem for groups. They don't have mixed drinks or hard alcohol. It can make it hard, especially in a group when your only choices are beer and wine. The beer selection is not extensive, so you would think it would be simple to keep enough on hand. Not so. The last time I was there, they ran out of beer. Which is pretty hard to do when you are across the parking lot from a liquor store. I would highly recommend this restaurant based on the food and service, but if you are looking for a martini or a cosmo on your one night when you can get the babysitter, don't look here.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spontaneous Night Out
Being placed at the 'bar' was at first disillusioning, but later enjoyable as we got to watch the kitchen staff work their magic. I mean, how many noodles do these guys test in a given night? Judging by the the younger chef - a lot . At one point he gave a big sigh, paused, and popped another large flat noodle piece into his mouth. You just don't get these kinds of experiences at a table.
On the whole it was an enjoyable experience with good food. Our second course took a while due to the globe zucchini taking forever to bake (as we were told later) but really this just gave us more time to watch the kitchen - so not a huge deal.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been here twice now
I have been here twice now and both times I was there to celebrate a birthday. Great atmosphere with an open kitchen; one can choose to sit at the bar to see the chefs preparing the food. The food is Italian and there are lots to choose from the menu. The portions are huge and meant for sharing. My favourite is the bistecca, one serving can feed 2 people nicely! As well, I enjoyed their feature pasta which is always changing. I love that the pasta is fresh and simple! The grilled mackerel is also delicious! You get a whole fish with the order! Overall, I enjoyed eating at Mercato West! They have great food and great service.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food!
The food here is outstanding! Service was great!
The only recommendation is book using open table. We phoned for four hours and it went through to voicemail. Front staff are generally useless, not at all like the front staff of the 4th street location that are so great! We finally booked on open table since it was over two hours for them to call back, got there at 5 and we were the only table. Wondered why they couldnt answer the phone! Asked for directions, the girl said the main Aspen mall, it's actually in Wentworth. Totally different mall! For people coming from different areas of the city,such as NW Bearspaw, it would have been great not to be told beside the shoppers In The Aspen mall.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for 6
Great place for a grown family that like it try a little of everything.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it all .. Also highly recommend the take out area!!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
There are not many memorable spots to eat on the west side of Calgary, Mercato West solves this perfectly. Great service, wonderful food, trendy atmosphere and easy, easy, easy location to get to.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Homemade pasta and fabulous sauces make this my favorite Italian restaurant for lunch. I wouldn't want to sit at a table near the back as there are no windows but we chose a table at the front with large windows and lots of light. I love their restaurant downtown too for fun with a group and the same great tasting food. The portions are for sharing or take home for a wonderful repeat for lunch the next day!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The family style service is
The family style service is great but sometimes it too much for just two people especially if you want a bit of variety. ( ie salad, vegetables and meat) . The only choice is to over order and take food home. It is almost impossible to get a balanced meal if you are alone if you don't want take home food. It would be nice if there were a couple of individual sized serving menu items.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quite Simply Loved It
Read the reviews in advance, so expectations were lowered. Yes, we had the talk about sharing dishes - good advice. The kitchen side seating - didn't like the high chairs, but we were so engrossed in the food flavours, who noticed after the first course?
Capriccio - awesome. Ravioli special - very light & yummy. Lamb main - unbelievably good. Dessert - Lemon cheesecake is a large portion, but nothing special; tiramisu was excellent.
Wine list is decent with OK pricing. Service was impeccable. Must have read these reviews and fixed some problems.
Doesn't really have an ambience that I enjoy, but who cares - based on this visit, we'll be back!
Go with more people, try more dishes - menu is designed for it. You shouldn't be disappointed.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty pricey, but nice for a special occasion. Family style dishes that are delicious!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for a special occasion
Went for a special occasion with friends. It came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Staff was extremely knowledgable and helpful. I don't normally drink wine at restaurants, but their recommendations were outstanding and complemented the meal marvelously. Worth every penny!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mercato West -better than Yelpers
Most of the reviews were soso or poor so I was pleasantly surprised by our nice lunch at the is restaurant. The food is a bit slow but we were in no hurry. The wait staff explanations are useful and helped us save money. The ribs were slightly drier than I liked but my fellow diners did not think so. The gnocchi was fabulous. I just loved it. You cannot really see the cooks even though the cooking area is open to the restaurant. You would have to sit at the bar tables to see the cooks. Overall a nice restaurant with great staff and good food.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Go To for great food!
Always, the best experience when we go to Mercato West. The food is incredible and sitting at the bar watching the kitchen at work is a show in it's self.. Absolutely fantastic from beginning to end!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dedication to great food, service, and an enjoyable dining experience is one of the best in the city. Quality is second to none. Even when at its busiest, there is no compromise. Truly a beautiful experience.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always try the pasta special for the evening. You will never go wrong . The servers went out of their way to make sure the evening was classy, energetic and memorable.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this restaurant, have
Love this restaurant, have been to Mercato West many times. Our young children (6, 3) love the tagliatelle and meatballs, it's so nice that they can eat real food there, not like most restaurants that make separate kids menus full of junk. Staff are very welcoming, we have never had a bad experience. Will continue to dine at Mercato West, couldn't be happier with our neighbourhood restaurant!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place to go with family or small group. Relaxed dining with attentive service.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM