Cafe Mercato

4.7
799 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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vipkimberlym
Denver
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rock solid awesomeness every single time! Great service- salmon is perfection!

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RobertS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very casual, brightly lit, very open no booths or privacy, food and service good.

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vipColleenH
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Night out with my sister! And everything was wonderful! Best calamari in Denver!!! The food is exquisite, the ambience is warm and the waiters and staff are so friendly and fun!!! Love this place and highly recommend!

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Luis
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good experience, the pizza was very good. Waiters did not ware masks

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DavidS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was outstanding. We had the ravioli and the gnocchi dishes. Never disappointed. Service was top rate.

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StacyK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful selection. We still love the burata appetizer and beet salad. Staff is lovely.

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Francis
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, fresh tasting Italian food. The butternut squash risotto was delish but the ravioli with rib meat and mushroom was exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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AjithD
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I am frequent guest at Mercato. I am not sure what's happening but food was not what they used to be. I did not see Giancarlo there but you hope team knows the drill. My pizza Margarita was absolutely disappointing as look like something from frozen section. Perhaps, oven was not up to temp. No char or lepearding. I took some friends boasting about the real deal so clearly a bad bad experience. Service was unusually better than normal.

If Giancarrlo is serious about his food and his success, wake up Giancarrlo. Please be bit humble.

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rayt
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have visited Mercato several times. The food is excellent. The service is uneven. Larger tables get better service than a table for two, although I have to say this is true of many restaurants and not just Mercato.

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KevinK
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My brother and I had a nice experience at Cafe Mercato. My only problems were with the prices for lunch and the balance of ingredients in my Fettuccine with mushrooms and sausage. The sausage was overwhelming and there wasn't enough fettuccine to last through the dish. Otherwise, the food was good. My brother enjoyed his risotto with salmon.

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Scarletomama
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very tasty; friendly service, lots of seating options.

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Vancore
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mercato is probably my most favorite restaurant in town. The food is beyond delicious, and the service is impeccable. It is perfect for meeting friends or a special date night.

I usually go there with friends and share bites, but if you go by yourself, it is quite expensive. Two small to medium sized meatballs in a bowl for $16.00 at lunch!? They ARE delicious, but that is way too much IMHO. I also had the burrata, a 6oz glass of red wine, and topped off with an affogato (you simply cannot leave without having the affogato!); lunch with a $11 tip came to $65. ouch!

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vipBarbl
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Good sized patio. Ample portions. Lovely meal.

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EricaG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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Foodforthought
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Cafe El Mercato and it didn’t not disappoint! Service was wonderful, food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented and it was an overall wonderful meal and experience. Will definitely go back!

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viprobertc
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great chicken parm. House sausages Papardelle all were great. Service as well.

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Kate
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really terrific! We were first time diners and absolutely loved the food and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful patio.

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vipDonny
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. Service was very good and food was excellent.

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was attentive and very friendly. The food and drinks were tasty, and a good value for the ambience. Great place for date night !

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vipkimberlym
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

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Salmon
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Everyone at the table had a great dish and everyone tastes everyone else's food. So good!

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vipTimW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal as usual. Raul was a wonderful server, and we had a great dinner and evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cafe Mercato just keeps getting better and better. Consistently good! The pizza was delicious, great drinks and a decadent chocolate lava cake!

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vipGirlbartending
Denver
130 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a quaint wonderful neighborhood gem. It can be lovely for a later more romantic dinner but is still good for a family earlier in the night. All the food is lovely. Drinks are nice, but they don't have a true specialty cocktail list. Groups that come for happy hour look like they are having a very fun time. I ALWAYS recommend this restaurant for a delightful moderately priced night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is rich, flavorful, comforting American Italian - really nice if you want some super yummy, familiar but not boring pasta. The service and ambience aren’t the most elegant, but it’s fine! Same type of vibe as Cherry Creek North Italian style restaurants, but a bit more casual and approachable.

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vipJacknor
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good, the service is excellent and the location works well for me. Really like this place.

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SuSang
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a pleasant experience here! We sat outside and it was quiet and pleasant. Would have liked some bread with the meal. Gelato and creme brulee were yummy!

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DavidS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We live nearby and made our first visit to Cafe Mercato. We were very happy with the experience. The service was outstanding throughout the meal--attentive but not intrusive. We had the chicken marsala and the fusilli dish. Both were delicious. We shared a scoop of the white chocolate gelato to top off the meal. We will definitely go back and take some friends.

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vipCyndeF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think Rashid is the BEST !!

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janeincolorado
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a pleasant space to spend an evening. I made a mistake and arrived too early,
yet was made welcome to wait. food delicious, nice wine list with helpful recommendations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
186 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent and overall a good value! Service was spectacular, all the staff was really friendly and the server Maya was awesome!

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joycel
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a friend asked to have spaghetti instead of potatoes and was told no alternatives allowed. This seemed odd, disappointing and unprofessional. Certainly the the cost for these two items seems comparable

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AllisonB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This is the second time I've visited Cafe Mercato with my friend, and unfortunately the staff was having a bad night. They were very short staffed, and the servers raced past our table without even pausing to acknowledge us. After waiting for several minutes, I left my seat to talk to the hostess. However, our server came over and asked me not to since he was going to take care of us.

Bottom line:
1) I had to ask the hostess to place an order for a glass of wine after our server threw down a wine list and raced off.
2) When our server came to take our order, he said, "OK, are you ready order everything?" without mentioning any of the specials. I felt rushed and ordered the first entree I saw on the menu. I would have changed my order had I known about the specials.
3) Our appetizer was served without any share plates. We resorted to using our bread plates.
4) While our server apologized for the chaos, he didn't offer anything to improve the experience i.e., "Dessert's on us. Let us buy you a glass of wine." Nothing.
5) I assume a manager was there however, he/she never came by to apologize or see if we needed anything.

Hopefully, they will resolve their staffing issues and offer a much better experience.

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vipshaffbucks
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much better than I had anticipated!! Highly recommend

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vipkimberlym
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, gracious service- keeps us coming back

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vipKKGG
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We noted on our reservation that it was our anniversary but that was never acknowledged. Overall our experience was less than satisfying, possibly due to staff shortages. The food was average in taste, not outstanding, and the plating was sloppy. Our service was inattentive and we sometimes had to request assistance from other staff as we did not see our server frequently, (including getting the check). We will likely not return.

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Kerry
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spectacular, the pasta and gelato made in house. Warm and welcoming service.

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vipGirlbartending
Denver
131 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always lovely. Great to be remembered each time I go!

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vipJoanM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great-we loved it! Highly recommend it for the great food and ambiance!

FAQs

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

Cafe Mercato is rated 4.7 stars by 799 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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