Mercato

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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.

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DD
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have driven down Spruce Street for years and have seen the crowds at Mercato. I finally made a reservation for dinner. The seating is pretty tight but not uncomfortable. I started with a half grilled artichoke and I haven't had an artichoke this good outside of Rome. I also ordered pork Milanese. The bone in chop was pounded very thin, breaded and fried and served with arugula and tomatoes. I often order this dish and the chop was as good as any I've had. My partner had the fish special which he said was delicious. I can't wait to go back to Mercato again and order the Bolognese which I saw at the table next to me!

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our waiter was attentive and accommodating. Mercato is a gem!

P
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service
Amazing food
Never disappoints

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Though it was very busy, service was great and everything was delicious and well -prepared.

IH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My husband and I had not been to Mercato for several years. We were regulars over a long period of time. To our surprise many of the same servers were still there and remembered us. The seating is extremely close. Luckily we had a wonderful conversation with diners next to us. The food was very good and we will return very soon.

L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I still wanted to love this place! First I have to say the wait staff were very good and the hostess extremely accommodating. That being said, the food was a MAJOR disappointment. I read all the reviews online and the wonderful comments about the PASTA PYRAMID / Not even close. It was three pieces of ravioli on the plate with a very pale watery sauce. My partner ordered the gemelli with crabmeat-we had to search to find even a tablespoon of crab, which did not taste fresh. I am a salt lover, and I even I had difficulty eating the arugula salad on top of my pork chop. Not sure why the salad was salted, but the taste was overpowering. I’ve read reviews where other people have complained about this as well. Food is just average and it did not have to go to Center City for Italian food. The waiter kindly brought us a doggy bag to bring home our meals, which were only 1/3 eaten. My friend and I disliked the meal that we actually left the doggy bag behind. Unfortunately we will not be back, sorry.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always. Still our favorite restaurant in the city!

l
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Mercato. Service was excellent, the food was delicious and portions were generous. The tables are tight, but it wasn't overly busy when we were there - 5pm on a Sunday. I would imagine it is a bit noisy when full. We will go back and would certainly recommend.

M
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of us enjoyed our meal. Branzino was excellent. My pork chop was delicious, but rare near the bone. These days I think this is ok.

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 45 minutes late due to traffic getting into the city, but they were able to accommodate us and even got us out so that we could make our show. Food was great and we would definitely go back again. Hopefully we can be a little more relaxed last time.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia! Low key and always delicious.

KO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and even better service.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed dining outside at Mercato. Apps we're great, except the mussels. They weren't as fresh and tasty as they should be. We tried several dishes and that was the only one that was not to our linking. We would return.

LP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, everything was delicious especially the Beef Ragu, definitely will be going back for that

n
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week with my mom. Food was really good, service was great, the restaurant is really tight. Cash only, but they are a byob which is nice.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a friendly staff. BYO so you can splurge on your favorite wine. We visit every time we are in Philly for the past 10 years.

S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I've only gone for restaurant week, but always love Mercato. They have amazing fresh pasta and seafood and generous portions.

OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Not rushed and everyone enjoyed their dishes.

TT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food! Great BYOB ! Nice size portions.

TB
Philadelphia
194 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drinks are to be found at this nice Washington Square West popular dining room. It is " cash only " here, perhaps one day they'll commence taking credit cards .

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork was unbelievable

j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would give it 5 starts if tables were not so close.. It is a small place with tight--very tight seating. there was about 4" of space between tables. once your seated, don't plan on getting up or you will have to disrupt other tables to wiggle out..
Service was great, food was great and BYOB always good!!

MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. It was a little noisy because the entire restaurant was having a FABULOUS time!

E
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Probably won’t recommend restaurant week.
Great service
Nice team
Food mediocre and Luke warm
Couldn’t eat it
They offered coverage but sort of lost altitude

AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Too small, we basically sat on top of each other. Waitress rushed us and food was way too salty.

a
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service. Always honor reservations on time. Wonderfully consistent BYOB

t
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mercato is BYOB and cash only. The restaurant week menu was spectacular. The noise level inside was awful. Unfortunately, the outdoor tables were all taken. I think this is a good find for folks interested in a Mediterranean meal. Portions were reasonable sizes and food was delicious.

PP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Mercato before a show at the Forest and it was perfect. The Restaurant Week offerings were beyond our expectations. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. I would definitely plan a trip to the city just for this restaurant.

R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mercato was lovely. Some of the food knocked it out of the park -- the artichoke! But the meatballs were a little underwhelming, as was the squid ink pasta. But the short rib ragu was OUTSTANDING!

JB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food, great service. They opened up the outside area with pretty lights for a beautiful evening ambiance

P
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved loved this Restaurant great food and atmosphere and waiters absolutely a great experience. I can’t wait to dine here again

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant week meal! Started with beet salad, then I had a wonderful salmon dinner...but my husbands short rib dinner was hands down the best! Very friendly staff, great vibe, great music!! Fun night!!

EK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food,great value and service.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Excellent food. Pleasant and friendly service

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were in Philadelphia for a Birthday celebration.

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was pretty much cold by the time we got it for both appetizers and entrees. I wouldn't want to go back especially for the high prices were not worth it at all.

GW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great and short ribs were amazing. Tiramisu was a great way to end the night

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing — we had the meatballs and grilled artichoke for appetizers, the Ragu and the Bolognese for dinner. Everything was cooked perfectly and our server was so kind and attentive.

TT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have frequented Mercato several times before this was the first time during restaurant week. The portions were the same healthy size and the food was delicious, hot, and served timely. Will go back again!

B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and terrific service. One of my favorites in town.

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