Cafe Mercato

4.5
774 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 3 days ago
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
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think Rashid is the BEST !!

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janeincolorado
Denver
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
184 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
42 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much better than I had anticipated!! Highly recommend

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vipkimberlym
Denver
30 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
1 review
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
130 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!

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vipWilliamM
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening to enjoy dinner on their patio. Food was good and service was attentive.

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vipGirlbartending
Denver
130 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is a great go-to place for nice dining. Regulars are always remembered and it is clear that new folks have a great time as well. Wonderful local restaurant with nice outdoor seating as well.

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vipKateS
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a wonderful vibe. Friendly, bustling atmosphere, outstanding menu with so much selection, and very tasty food.

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Ellie
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Cafe Mercato and I loved it! My chicken parmigiana was delicious. I can’t wait to go back and try something else. Our waiter was wonderful, as well.

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vipFrequentDenverDiner
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Superb food. Service a little spotty but only because of the staff shortage affecting everywhere. Will dine here again happily. Love the food

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JoeyC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

basically really disappointed. Service was SLOW. long wait for our drink order. no floor manager to speak, greet us. Nope, not attending this place ever again.

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itgirlscoots
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed everything about our meal. Great service and delicious food. We will be back, often!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
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
34 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
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
130 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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OpYop
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Undercooked meat is terrifying and not edible, even if you char it, and everything else on the plate to jerky status afterward.

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Rich
Tallahassee
6 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
101 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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Cafe Mercato offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 366-1315.

Cafe Mercato is rated 4.5 stars by 774 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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