Cafe Mercato

4.4
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Café Mercato, located in Denver, is a brand-new modern Italian restaurant, owned and operated by Giancarlo Macchiarella of Locanda del Borgo Mercato’s light and airy atmosphere and design permeates throughout the modern space. With a large open kitchen and large wine “library”, you will feel right at home sipping on a glass of select wine while watching the chefs create your meal. The menu at Café Mercato is based on Southern Italian fare with a lighter approach. All of the pastas and sausages are made in-house, as well as gelato and desserts. Enjoy homemade pizza from our over imported from Italy and other selections from our wood-fire grill. Come visit us with your family and friends for our “family-style” specials, happy hour, or a satisfying Sunday Brunch. Bon appétit!
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EW
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait 15 minutes for our table. Then, it was another 10 minutes until we got bread and drinks. Overall, though, dinner was delicious and service, after the initial waiting, was excellent.

Y
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Nice place to have dinner. The ambiance is lovely and the food is also good. Unfortunately, the waitstaff person was not as attentive as required, but that is unusual, as I have been there a number of times in the past and that was not the case.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very very good !!!!

PJ
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere with tables appropriately spaced for private conversations. Good variety of lunch choices(salads,soup, pasta, pizza, full entres). Wait staff attentive but not smothering. Another pleasant early luncheon experience

L
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Care Mercato was a nice find for us. It is tucked away in Lowry, but a short drive from our house. Four of us enjoyed our dinner there - 3 with pasta dishes, the 4th with the seafood salad. All the meals were presented nicely, and all quite flavorful. The wine list had many possible options as well.

The tables are far enough apart to allow for pleasant conversations - a big plus vs many of today's noisy places. The wait staff was attentive as well. All in all a very good neighborhood place.

PL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Portions could be a little larger but a good dinner.

RY
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Busy restaurant, good food, busy the night we were there and service was slow, but we were not in a hurry, so not a problem.

D
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fourth visit, and it was magnificent. Did not get the elegant Italian waiter’s name, but he was ab iously grained in the Italian tradition of gracious service. The food is just outstanding . . . Pasta which melts in your mouth, tender meats, tasty fish. Highly recommended!

RH
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and very good food.

CW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great home made pasta
Great wait staff
Great ambiance

LI
Denver
82 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy our visits to Cafe Mercato. It was very good as usual.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max is the best!

KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had a date night here. We sat outside & it was nice. Our table was pretty close to another one, but it was fine. It didn’t feel crowded.
I ordered the special (halibut) & my husband ordered the lasagne. Both were delicious.
There was a good selection of wines from various countries and regions.
The service was good, but a little slow.
We decided while we were looking at the menu that we would need to return to try some other dishes.

CF
Hawaii
64 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was actually flavorful, but the service was inattentive and non existent. But at least it was slow. Frankly, I fret badly for our server because the restaurant was clearly understaffed. Need to fix that, as there is potential here.

LC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very professional and friendly. The food was delicious and the wait for it was not long at all. The wine library makes for a very nice ambiance. We will return there often.

J
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelent food choice nice service local flavor in Lowery Town Center. Easy to talk across the table in a friendly enviornment.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Love their food. Love the convenience. Last few visits saw horrible service as they appeared to be very understaffed.

BK
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

This was probably our 10th visit. We were with friends from LA Sat PM. The food was decent but the restaurant was short-staffed and the service was really poor.

A
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We love Locanda so we felt assured the experience at Mercado would be worth the drive. Unfortunately, last Saturday night was not a good night for this restaurant. Although moderately busy, our service was to say the least 'inattentive" by both the server and the bus staff. I t seemed like they were just to busy to be efficient.
The food was great, and the pricing was fine.

LA
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have found a new favorite restaurant. I had tried Cafe Mercato once, during happy hour and had a drink and appetizer with a friend.

I suggested to my boyfriend that we try it for dinner sometime on our "date night". We were finally able to make a reservation and I am sure glad that we did. We reserved a table for dinner very easily through OpenTable, arrived and were seated promptly. The ambiance is inviting and once in the door, can see an open kitchen with chefs preparing the meals.

We ordered speciality martini's and both were very tasty. Fresh bread was served prior to the meal with EVOO and balsamic vinegar.

We ordered two entrees, Chicken Parmesan and the Grilled Pork Chop. The chicken parm was served with what we believe was homemade angel hair noodles with just the right amount of sprinkled parsley and the pork chop was thick cut, grilled to perfection, served with mashed potatoes and the best Brussel sprouts I have tasted in a long time.

We had to save room for dessert and ordered creme brûlée and peach sorbet. Please do not pass this place over. We will be back and delighted to make our way through their delicious menu.

PS
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Upscale food and service in casual and relaxed surroundings. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent contemporary Italian food, with some traditional dishes. Creative pasta dishes, interesting small plates and flavorful sauces. With everything so tasty and creatively presented, all five of us shared each other's plates. More than ample portions of everything. Excellent wine list. We have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. Despite the many choices, I will always start with their meatballs in tomato sauce--takes me home!

RE
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times and have never been disappointed. The risotto special was spectacular and all three in our party were very pleased with our meals. The service and ambiance is very friendly and it’s easy to carry on conversation while enjoying a great meal.

MN
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Great location, great atmosphere, great menu, nice people, but it is so unfortunate that they are extremely understaffed. Waited 30 minutes just to be greeted. Hostess was bussing drinks, clearing tables in between trying to greet people. Tables were covered with dirty plates and silverware. All around. And the resteraunt was not that busy. Had no one waiting ahead of us. It is apparent it is under poor management. The hostess and the waiter were doing the best they could. After being sat, waited another 20 minutes to be asked if we wanted anything to drink. Appetizers came out before drinks. Very dissapointed in the experience.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our server was GREAT, they were just understaffed. I think they got sat all at once and couldn’t handle the load. The server offered to buy us dessert, but we needed a venue change after being there for so long. The food was GREAT, also.

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They brought out dirty silverware and a stack of plates that had food all over them. We had to send the appetizer plates back twice because they were so dirty. It took 25 mins to get our drinks and 35 mins for them to take our food order. The food and apps came out together and it took over an hour. The food was cold and none of the shrimp from the app had been cleaned which is disgusting. I would not have paid $5 for the meal I received. The resturant is in such a cool location and the staff were nice but the food and service were awful. I doubt I will ever go back which is sad because I live in the neighborhood and spend a lot of time in the area. There are other resturants nextdoor which could run circles around Cafe Mercato.

4
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, well prepared . A bit pricey. Excellent service!

G
Denver
118 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a lovely experience. The staff remember us our family and we always feel they are sincerely glad to see us.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Took ten minutes to get a glass of water. Didn’t take our order for drinks for 15.
Food was meh.

F
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was very noisy and the food was mediocre. But in the past we have had great food so I think (hope) it was just an off night. Sadly, I had taken out of town guests and told them how good it was...

F
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I do like this place. However the service was much slower this time. The chicken parm tasted much different than last time. But I will still go back.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the outside seating on a beautiful calm evening. Service was topps, cuisine was special. We'll be back.

KY
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The server seemed to be there to do his job but seemed to care less. I ordered a pasta dish that according to the menu contained porcini mushrooms and sausage. The dish was overwhelmed with sausage and there was hardly a mushroom to be found. The mushroom was the lead ingredient on the menu. My wife had the chicken marsala that was supposed to come with broccolini but came with broccoli instead. I ordered a glass of chianti that was $10 on the wine list. When the bill came the wine was billed at $13. When I mentioned that to the server he said that they had changed their vineyard and he didn't see me looking at the wine list. He did speak to the manager and get that corrected. This was our first visit and the quality of the food did not compensate for the lack of truth in advertising.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

For the second consecutive visit, the service was poor while the restaurant was not busy.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional and polite service. Appetizers wine entree and dessert were all great! Restaurant is nice but not stuffy!

KG
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met with old friends to catch up on things and the restaurant was the best place for lunch time food service and ambiance.

KB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Horrible service. Mediocre food. Waited nearly an hour to get our food

LM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

It was a busy night and you could tell that the staff was overtaxed. But our waiter was painfully slow on a night when we had to get to a show so only had 1.5 hours for dinner, which we though was plenty. We did eventually get our food but the waiter took another 15 minutes to bring the check after we asked for it. Granted the people around us had been waiting an even longer time... Then when we tried to give him a credit card to take back with him, he paused to roll his eyes and make an exasperated sigh. It's that last part that made us swear we'd never go back.

LD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mercato is a local treasure! The menu holds a great variety of wonderful options, the food is delicious, wine choices excellent, and the experience of dining warm, friendly and relaxed.

LC
Denver
90 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I took my high school mentee to Cafe Mercato to celebrate end of the year-just a bit late. We sat on the patio. Our server was prompt, courteous, and treated my friend very well when she had questions. She ordered the Scampi fettucine with a side of fries. (she loves fries, and these were definitely "homemade" tasting). I had the Pesto fusilli dish which was good also, however it was a bit boring. My caprese salad was fantastic! I thought the cocktails were expensive for what you got. Overall, the restaurant was good, but I thought everything was a bit overpriced for what we got. I thought service was good and the support was great also-especially when it started raining while we were outside!

DC
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food

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