Cafe Mercato

4.6
751 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mercato is a 1st. rate Italian restaurant. I’ve been going there for years and the food is always excellent. Try an overlooked item: the tomato bisque. It’s the best ever!

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Shyshy
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere the waiter and host were extremely nice and I felt comfortable which is important to us as a black couple sometimes you can feel the tension of being unwanted but everyone was so nice. Thank you.

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vipDavid
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Open Table did not inform restaurant of our reservation but sent another's listed 3 times! System error?

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ShelleyS
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

So inconsistent!! The seafood salad which I always get was half the size and not very good. I ordered a side of veggies that came when I was done eating. When I mentioned to the waitress she got very snippy with me, I really said it in a nice way. Had to ask another to get our waitress twice, she never checked on us. Probably won't be going back again for a long while.

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vipGirlbartending
Denver
125 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations were EASY (and they accommodated my leg injury!). Service (despite being happy hour) was quick and responsive. Food great as always! Always a go-to for drinks and/or dinner!

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Tess
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

expensive for what you get
food was good
service was decent

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vipRich
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mercado is one of our favorites. The food is always good, the wine list has plenty of good choices by the glass, and the staff is friendly. When they ran out of one of their specials after we ordered it, they gifted us with desert.

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NatalieS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

This is my second visit to Cafe Mercato and the food is just so good! My review would have been a full five stars if it wasn’t for the service. Our waitress (did not get her name) was always was focused on something else and was only half listening. I let the waitress know that my martini was way too strong and all she said was okay? I couldn’t not drink it. It felt like I drinking straight out the bottle of rubbing alcohol. Not sure what happened with the table behind us, but the waitress was also serving their table. The couple let the managers know that their waitress was horrible, and I couldn’t have agreed more. She never came and checked on us, and was only nice when she brought the bill (when it was time for us to determine her tip). Overall, I would come back for the food, but if I get the same waitress, I will leave.

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Vancore
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meatballs--Excellent...Burrata--Excellent...Affogato--Amazing!

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EugeneB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Lauren C" did a great job for 4 of us at a "mini" family reunion Sunday. She was pleasant and efficient, and the food was good. Thank you!

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vipLoveColorado
Denver
100 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu looks great, and the pastas we ordered were good. The side of french fries (the girl with me always likes fries with her food!) was soggy, wimpy and not fresh from the frier. All we ordered was two pasta dishes, the fries, a cocktail for me and a mocktail for her. The bill was over $90!! My papparadelle with meat sauce was very greasy and a small portion. My guest had the scampi with fettucine which was not that great. I was really disappointed to pay that much for a mediocre meal that was nothing special.

On the flip side, our server was good-very nice and handled all our requests quickly and kindly. We sat outside on their nice patio. Unfortunately, we will not be returning because the value for the money was just not there.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! This place is amazing - great food and friendly - warm service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wine was over-priced but food was delicious and service was great.

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MarleenS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant. Interesting and very tasty menu! Love going here!!

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ThomasM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is good and is value. Waiter we had is a little surly with not much sense of humor.

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FernD
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Calm atmosphere, excellent wait staff, and good food

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hohenlage
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Having been to Cafe Mercato on many occasions (pre COVID) we were excited for a return visit and the food. However we were very disappointed with our recent visit...

The service was horrible and the food was just as bad, except for the beet salad that we ordered and shared. The server failed to bring us bread and the olive oil/balsamic mixings, we had to ask for those. She also didn't tell us about the specials, again we had to ask for those. We did order the porcini mushroom with pork loin special, which was not worth the money we were billed. The risotto was chewy and undercooked, the pork loin was mostly gristle, to the extent we were mostly picking it out of our teeth and depositing it back onto our plates. We ended up not finishing the meal due to the quality.

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PatA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our meals were all very good (sole, chicken parm, tortellini special)! Just a little disappointed in the service: no visit back to our table to ask if we wanted additional drinks, water refills or bread basket refills)...

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vipMikeC
Denver
103 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The food was great. I had the Tagliatelle and she had the Margherita pizza. The only thing bad was the large party they had making lots of noise and ruining the dining experience. Our waitress was nice enough to let us move to the bar area to avoid this.

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vipWilliamM
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good menu with a selection of Italian specialties. Service was professional and friendly.

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boulderfoodie
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and we enjoyed the food very much. It's a bit hard to see the restaurant name from the street as it is behind a big tree.

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CarolC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised and will be going back to try some of their other dishes.

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KelsieS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great service. Love this spot and will keep coming back every time I need a pasta fix

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IrvS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ambience and service were good. Food was a little rich.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giancarlo is a Denver Gem

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MaryS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional as usual. Love this place and tell all about it!

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vipnotrub
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with good food

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vipDottoD33
Denver
56 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always at Mercato. Excellent food, service! What else is there??

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Travellers
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband ate every bite of the seafood salad and practically licked the plate! My gluten free fettuccine Alfredo was yummy with 3 HUGE prawns. Yum!

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AlbertG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been twice and both times we had a excellent experience

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AnneL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good food, excellent drinks (limoncello martini) and service.

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JasonA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place was awesome, we loved the food, the service was a little slow, but overall it was great, and we will be back

MB
vipMichaelB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent quality, thoughtfully prepared.

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vipsmacbride
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the food, always good every time we go. Would highly recommend!

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Cliff
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was poor, the pizza we ordered was undercooked that being said the atmosphere was nice

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable experience as always! Thank you!!!!

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LynnG
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Calamari appetizer was a bit spongy. Should have been cooked more. Salad, pear and something, the greens were not very crisp.
Lasagna was not nearly as good as I remembered. Disappointed overall..

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fairfax
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

4 people. Most are satisfied with food. Food could have been warmer.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Gay couple here. The waitress did not pay us any attention and skipped our table many times. The owner had to complete our orders etc. would not recommend overall for any out of the box couples.

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MEBR
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, service, atmosphere, location. always good

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Cafe Mercato offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 366-1315.

Cafe Mercato is rated 4.6 stars by 751 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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