Mercato

4.4
1068 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

Mercato BYOB is a festive and modern Italian eatery that lets you bring your own drinks. A simple and to the point menu focuses on quality over quantity and features items like ricotta raviolo and a spicy crab bucatini with squid ink pasta.



The artisan cheeses and house-cured meats at Mercato BYOB are perfect for sharing and are paired with sauces and condiments like agrodolce and pickled white grapes. A whole grilled artichoke appetizer will undoubtedly turn you into the vegetable's biggest fan. Heavier dishes, like the Grilled Hanger Steak with yukon gold potato wedge, are equally impressive. Mercato BYOB opens at 5 p.m. The restaurant has a four course tasting menu that is ideal for groups.


CASH ONLY

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's Day!
Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm, 3 Course Prix Fixe Menu.
Dinner 4pm-10pm

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a celebration of a specialty meal. Always great service and will continue to come back.

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mercato is a gem. The food is wonderful and the service is great. Now that the weather is nice, I can sit outside with my daughter and her dog.

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b
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pesto garganelli was awesome as were the hot & sweet peppers as an appetizer. Debbie and the whole crew took great care of us. We’ll be back soon.

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place, the old building, the open kitchen, the food - it's all great. It's pretty loud and crowded when the place is busy, though there is the option to sit outside in nice weather. With the windows and door open, it was comfortable on a warm spring night, and the people watching was great. Food's excellent. Don't forget it's cash only and BYOB.

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CF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade pasta dishes are yummy. We had the bolognese and short rib pasta dishes this time and both were delicious. Debbie our server was great. Can't wait to come back and try something else.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal. Quick service, cute atmosphere.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Experience was OK wasn’t my favorite meal here. Octopus appetizer special was more potato with a few bits of octopus hidden beneath.

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K
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. This is a neighborhood gem, good for couples and groups.

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LK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Mercato is always a delight. I’d booked an early reservation since we were going to the Kimmel Center. We were seated right away, greeted by our waiter who opened our wine and then let us linger and chat and catch up without ever making us feel like we were taking too long to order. So refreshing and not the norm when dining in the city these days. I love the atmosphere; the windows were open, even though it was a cool and drizzly evening. The food was great-we shared the grilled artichoke appetizer and each ordered the wild mushroom risotto- delish. Key lime pie tart for dessert was a perfect finish.

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b
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

we have been to Mercato a number of times. This visit was somewhat disappointing. The roasted artichoke we shared was very good, and my husband’s chicken dish was also very good, but a little too spicy, even when he didn’t eat the long peppers. The tuna main course was over cooked and dry and really undistinguished in every way for $34. The cheesecake was anything but light, although tasty. Even tough this was a BYO it was still expensive and we concluded it was not worth the price, especially given so many other choices today.

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Y
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Went for the $35 deal for three courses. It was great value.

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Pasta dish was mushy not near al denti and poor showing for Italian style restaurant.
Mussels were not nearly PEI but small and covered with cannelloni beans to cover up tiny size.
Sorbetto was south Philly ices not sorbetto.

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BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a go to place when we're in Philadelphia. The food is always excellent, pasta dishes are divine. There are not many BYOB restaurants and this one is outstanding!

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NR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We sat outside, great place to be in the gayborhood on a nice night. Next time I am going to try ordering only appetizers--entrées were smaller than the fantastic mussels we got, yet priced as if much larger. From host to runners to servers, the flamboyant waitstaff are kind, patient and helpful, though you'll have to hound them for bread as they don't seem to want to give nearly enough to satisfy a true Italian diet. Bring a lot of wine, enjoy!

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B
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Neat little neighborhood restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. BYOB and cash only which we knew ahead. Special 3 course meals or off the menu dining. Suggest off the menu.

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TW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Portions are large!

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r
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We went here on the recommendation from my son. First impression was cool vibe, nice setting. When we sat down restaurant was about half full, noise level ok. As the restaurant filled the noise level became overwhelming. I know that this is trendy, but I like to hear my wife while we dine. Ordered the grilled octopus appetizer, outstanding! Dinner was wild mushroom risotto and the pyramid pasta with shrimp and lobster, presentation was beautiful. First, risotto was very flavorful, small portions (no problem), have had better. The pyramid pasta was an elegant presentation, that’s where we should have stopped. Shrimp and lobster must have walked through the very good ricotta filling, but we didn’t order regular ravioli. As we ate our meal, noise level became unbearable, I guess if your young, hip ((and we know that this now a dining trend,) this works, but for us we like a restaurant where you can do more than smile at your wife and guess what she is saying. Outside maybe works better for us but food was ok, not going back. Sorry

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A
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. We had carrot ginger soup which was delicious. The “chicken parm” was more like chicken cacciatore.
We ended our delightful meal with pistachio gelato.
Overall- a very nice meal.

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B
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared meal. Great wait staff.

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service!! Loved the new spring menu!!

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G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful staff and a nice environment. Put them together and you have a delightful dinner.

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t
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious, space was intimate, ambiance was authentic

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DJ
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At least 50% of the menu were new items that demanded a more sophisticated level of preparation. This resulted in a selection of plates that were significantly better than past choices. My wife and I ordered only new presentations. We were richly rewarded. If you don’t dine at Mercator, you’re missing out on a wonderful experience

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CF
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Larry was the best. Every one was extremely nice. The meatball appetizer was the best and the cheesecake topped with strawberries was excellent too.
Can't wait to come back and have more meatballs and try out another entree. Hopefully they will have the cheesecake again too.

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CR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very attentive and friendly. Our appetizers and dinners were absolutely delicious! Had the grilled artichoke as an appetizer, it was perfectly grille and was a nice portion. I also had the bronzino special, it too, was cooked perfectly.

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D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not impressed. Went out for girls’ weekend. Appetizers and food came out warm - not hot. Service below average. Would not go back.

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NW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The weather was nice enough to open the large front window and a VERY loud car lingered at the corner. I don't know how the driver isn't deaf...maybe he is!

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Just okay. It was a good meal, but nothing extraordinary. For the price, I was expecting a much better experience. The staff seemed a quite uppity and pretentious as well. Maybe it was just an off day?

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

branzino special was outstanding - crispiest skin!

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FL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Imaginative, often unusual, very tasty food. The menu is limited; make sure there is something on the menu you will want to eat. The tables are small and close meaning you will know your neighboring diners, and everyone seems to enjoy that. Someone in your party has to try and share the Pyramid Pasta.,

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and the waiter wad extremely nice and attentive. I will say it’s a bit tight in there so it’s tough to move around. Would definitely recommend and return there again!!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was great but it was very crowded and difficult to chat! We liked our server.

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TS
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Wish I lived in Philly so I could go there more often. Love that they are a BYOB.

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IY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thrilled with our visit to Mercato! Together with my brother and sister-in law, we wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were running a little behind schedule and reached out to the staff to see if we could get a later reservation... they were kind and accommodating. When we arrived, we were seated immediately and welcomed by the most delightful staff. We were well-prepared with spirits and were set up nicely with extra ice and a bucket without even having to ask. The appetizers and food were amazing! I requested my food not be prepared spicy and somehow that was overlooked. The staff were extremely apologetic and replaced my meal with no fuss or issue! They were amazingly accommodating and just a delight to dine with.

This restaurant is intimate, swanky, and for lovers of fine food and atmosphere. I'd return like tomorrow and encourage others to add them to you to-do list!

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LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Mercato, I had a roasted beet salad (I passed on the goat cheese) which was delicious. We also shared mushrooms which were also delicious and green olives which I liked. My husband had a short rib dish which he enjoyed. I had the airplane chicken. The chicken was good, the chopped veggies and bacon that it sat on were quite salty. The espresso was good and the decaf coffee was surprisingly good. The prices were high, BYOB's always seem to do this. The real issue with the restaurant was that they have too many tables in there. I understand them wanting to make money but there was literally three inches between us and the table next to us. One of the patrons sitting next to my husband spoke so loudly that it was impossible not to hear everything he was saying. If the owners took out a two top table from each row, the dining experience would be much better.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was average, service was average, it was VERY crowded, tables smushed together, extremely loud, very limited vegetarian options. They did accommodate me and create a simple pesto dish for me, I really did appreciate that (although it was mostly just garlic, oil and pasta, I didn’t taste any basil at all). I was happy they made an effort and I love that it’s BYOB! Overall, it just felt very average. Menu hasn’t changed in a long time!

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L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but too salty and expensive

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both of our entree’s were delicious, Pyramid Pasta and Branzino. Wonderful bread and olive oil too. We’ve eaten at Mercato several times and have never been disappointed!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The place was jumping! Elbow to elbow. The restaurant experience was sublime. I wish I could have shared it with less people. The summer is the hot time to visit.

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