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Mercato

4.5
1461 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 4 p.m. The restaurant has a four course tasting menu that is ideal for groups.
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vipMJRvvvvvv
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service was very good. The food was just ok. The fontina meatballs were a little boring. The main dish I got was the Cacio e Pepe. It was somehow extremely peppery and bland at the same time. I definitely would not recommend it. My husband got the pork which was better. The tiramisu was very good, but my portion was about 1/3 the size they show on their website. It wasn’t a bad experience, I just wasn’t that impressed. With so many amazing restaurants in Philadelphia, I don’t think we’ll be back to Mercato anytime soon.

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vipVeronicaB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Always a favorite. Due to COVID, seating is compromised outdoors. Would rate ambiance higher if indoors.

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SoyoonK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great appetizer (the burrata fig toast) despite one side being heavily burnt; pork Milanese was a bit too dry for my liking.

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have eaten there quite often as we live in the neighborhood and love the food. We have never had a bad meal there. The entire staff is friendly and accommodating. You should try it. I believe that you will become a regular.

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Jennifer
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. We sat outside on the side street and it was lovely - not too many cars and spaced well from other tables. Can't wait to go back!

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RMA10
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent except for fruit fly that joined us and wouldn’t leave us alone 🙂

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The Rigatoni Pesto had no taste of pesto. It was more creamy than pestoie. The charcuterie board was very good. Overall experience was very pleasant.

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vipPhillycliff
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Recently have rediscovered. We live down the street. Great outdoor seating during these crazy times. Perfect 2 minute stroll from home. Always made to feel welcome. Dan, Ryan and all the staff always a pleasure.

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vipTracyG
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and service were spot on! Had the Crab Fra Diavlo. Loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to eat in Philly! We love the staff, Dan and Ryan and we miss Larry! The food is always so good....consistently great! We love this place and highly recommend it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nothing extraordinary. The food was ok and the places was very noisy.

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vipGlenn
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating in a closed-off street on a summer night is perfect!

JC
vipJCox
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mercato continues to offer wonderful and delicious food. This was our fourth time and promise to return again. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a phenomenal staff. Chef Anthony was great too, super friendly as well!

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Namandabu
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside. Food was fine (clam toast, crab fra diavalo, short ribs, cheesecake), service very cheerful and attentive, steel chairs not so great. Appreciated BYO.
GB

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat there quite often. As usual, our dinners last night were unbelievable. Tasty, filling and everything we expect Mercato's food to be. The added bonus is the superb wait staff who are attentive and there if you need them. We are happy that this restaurant is in our neighborhood. We will be back very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and pasta were. fabulous. Service was excellent

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Armc
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

So excited to make this our new Italian spot since we moved onto the street a month ago. Really disappointing experience, our server was pretty short and unfriendly from the moment we sat down but we didnt take it personally and just assumed she were having a bad day.

My roommate pointed out that the server would occasionally walk out of the door and glare at us but I told her she was probably just seeing how far along we were with our appetizers. We finished the appetizers and waited for around 15 more mins before the server came over to ask us if we wanted any dessert. We let her know we never received our entrees and she said she thought that we had. We then waited for 40 minutes and our food was finally brought out to us (very unapologetically).

At this point, it was over an hour after our reservation started and my roommate had a work call with her international company in 20 minutes (we didnt trust that they would give us the bill in that amount of time), so we had to ask them to box it up. They didnt seem to care whatsoever that we were having an uncomfortable experience dining with them.

Almost felt like we did something to insult them or upset them, honestly just really sad about the way the night went and really confused. The lack of apology, bizarre attitude from the server, and 1 hour wait time for food felt like it was intentional. We'll stick to Ambrosia on Locust and 24th for our Italian dining.

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trishinboots
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My husband and I came to Mercato for our anniversary. We've been to Mercato a few times (including on our elopement day a year ago) and knew it would be great. We sat outdoors on Camac Street. Tables were a little uneven but a server (manager?) helped straighten them out whenever she noticed someone's table was wobbling. It's to be expected in a streatery! The service was a little slow, but that was because they were super busy at 7:30pm when we arrived for our reservation and I was glad they've come back. The menu is mostly staples with a few dishes rotating with seasonal flavors. We ordered our usuals - fontina-stuffed meatballs, charcuterie (a burrata), chicken parmesan, and the pyramid pasta. Everything was delicious as we expected/remembered and the portions were perfect. Overall a great dinner and we'll almost definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this place! Food is always incredible and the staff is friendly. I moved from Philly, but always make sure to stop back in whenever I’m in town. Get a bottle of wine and enjoy some of Philly’s best Italian.

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vipSdSH
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfectly cooked swordfish on top of a lovely carrot purée.
Heavy hand on the salad dressing.

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Mercato many, many times without being disappointed. Anthony, the chef, is excellent. The food is always fresh and prepared to your taste. What more do you need?

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vipNahjaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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vipAngelaS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Anthony is amazing! Our meal of clam toast, crab fra diavlo, and grilled swordfish was sublime. We had the delicious blueberry cheesecake and pana cotta topped with strawberries for dessert. The service was terrific and the dining room was super comfortable, clean, and felt safe with the front glass fully open. All of the outdoor seating was filled to capacity. My first dining experience since Covid started and Mercato BYOB was worth the wait!!

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SteveW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first time at Mercado and the food was amazing.

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vipRebeccaL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great but indoors was very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Great atmosphere.

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vipPuppywalker
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

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vipMatthewR
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best BYO in Philly and one of the best restaurants overall. Consistently knocks every dish out of the park, and it has a very great atmosphere. The menu changes, but they do really classic-yet-inventive pastas and have the best tiramisu on the planet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service and really nice people, pretty place. Thank you!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are so friendly and wonderful. We go here all the time and they have gotten to know us and couldn’t be kinder. The food is always fresh and delicious. Cant recommend it enough, it’s definitely one of the best BYOBs in the city.

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be one of my favorites. The food and service never ceases to be top notch. One of the best chefs in Philadelphia and maybe the best. Never a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ would Mercato again. Great service, delish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambiance and crowd were great—am coming back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our best meal there to date.

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vipTruthBeTold
Philadelphia
265 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food at this Center City staple. And even better, now, they FINALLY have commenced accepting credit cards !

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GlenW
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Short ribs were more like pot roast, but everything else was very good.

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MBE1
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with the dining experience.

Initially, I made a reservation for outdoor dining, but it was a rather warm, humid evening & my guest preferred indoor dining. The change was easily accommodated. My guest, who follows a vegetarian/quasi-vegan diet did not find an acceptable entree on the menu, but the staff accommodated with a special entree made for her - I was impressed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Enjoyed all the food. Services were attentive and the vibe of the place is cool + BYOB. Only drawback was that the kitchen was very slow the night we went. Not sure if that’s common or was just a bad night, but it soured an otherwise positive experience.

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friends
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the greeting at the door to the service. A definite go back!
We had the Burrata Toast and stuffed artichoke to start and our entrees were the short rib (excellent) and the campanella pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage (very tasty). It was a happy, very comfortable night out.

Thank you to the staff!!

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Mercato does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Mercato is rated 4.5 stars by 1461 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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