Mercato

4.6
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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
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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Mercato often. We love the food and we were so excited to see a throw back Sunday Italian dinner. Loved the menu as there were so many of my old favorites . The one item I would have loved to seen the menu was the Milan salad.
Old school Philly. One of my all time favorites. For our dinner we had the mussels in red sauce. My husband had the chicken parm and I had one of my special dinners-eggplant rollatini. We both had the ice box cake for dessert. Dinner was delicious. The chef is terrific as is the waitstaff. Looking forward to returning for another wonderful meal once the restrictions on dining out are lifted.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was subpar and did not meet expectations

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best!

L
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service AND Byob, so excellent value!

DJ
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful place to spend an evening with fine food and insightful company. The tables are close enough to make everyone else your neighbor for the evening. The menu changes just enough on a regular basis and the food never lacks for both enjoyable taste and creativity. Also, they keep their reservation times (no little thing) in the middle of cold, winter nights. If you have never dined here, you're missing one of the memorable experiences of center city

KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had an excellent meal at Mercato. The meatballs and Sunday gravy are delicious! They do need to revisit their reservations/timing. We had a 7:45 reservation and were not seated until 8:15.

CF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta with seafood frutti di mare was the best and the fried pork chop with long hot pepper was yummy too. Cheese board appetizer was great too and our usual order of meatballs app was delicious as always. Love that it's a BYOB too. Can't wait to come back again.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Tight space

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as usual. The service and food was fantastic. It’s our favorite spot.

JO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time diners. We had a wonderful experience. The food was as good as we have always heard.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went to mercato on 2/15 for valentines date with my boyfriend. We were informed in advanced about it being cash only and only a pre fixe menu on this date. I absolutely loved the food, however, it was BYOB and we bright 2 bottles of wine. We were asked for our choices for all 4 courses at the beginning which I understood. That being said, whenever any waiter saw our course finished they grabbed it immediately and brought the next one. For paying so much for a meal we were extremely rushed. Not necessarily rushed but felt extremely pressured the entire meal and felt there was no time in between courses for conversation or to enjoy our drinks. The music was a good volume and we could hear each other speak but we were seated so close to one another that I was practically knocking over the drinks of the table next to me just to sit down or leave to go to the bathroom. For the price we paid I really wish they could have slowed the meal down. The staff was extremely nice but would ask me how my food was before I had even taken a bite. The minute it was placed on the table I was asked how it was.. the food quality was amazing but for the price I expected the rest to be amazing... I really would have appreciated a better ambiance (it was packed) and better service.

EH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Overall experience was good. Pasta was little bit overdone and veal for scallopini was little thick and also overdone. Good taste overall. Will wait alittle while before we go back and order freely from menu instead of set menu for Valentines.

BS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Came here for dinner before a show on Valentine’s Day weekend. They checked with us a couple times to make sure we knew it was a prix fixe menu of $75 pp. That seemed awfully steep but when you’re up against a wall for a holiday weekend, what can you do? At least they were byob. The place was very tight, most patrons looked visibly uncomfortable to be in such crowded conditions. The service was very quick (a bit too quick, we were definitely being rushed along) but what was most disappointing was the food. Nothing was great, maybe the one exception was the gnocchi, that was delicious. We warned the table next to us (since they were practically in our lap anyway) against ordering the bland risotto. I’ve honestly had better risotto from a Lean Cuisine. I don’t think I’d go back here, even at the regular prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Table's are so close together you essentially dine with other people. In addition, valentines day 4 course meal was 75 dollars a person but was overall made of bad quality food. would never go back. Server's were not very warm and welcoming as well.

OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Seating is tight but not uncomfortably tight. The BYOB adds a charm to the restaurant. We will be back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day, it was amazing. The gnocchi was the best we’ve ever had. Very cute and intimate- great date night BYOB !

RD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

This used to be one of my favorite places. My husband and I had really awful meals there last week: he ordered the pyramid pasta dish, one of our favorites; the pasta was tough and dry like it had been frozen for a long time. I had the mushroom, fava been pasta with truffle, one of blandest things I've eaten there. No flavor, especially not truffle. That, combined with the feeling that you're packed in like sardines makes me think it will be a long time before we go back.

C
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

While the food & service were excellent, it was beyond noisy. We were at a table for two & the tables are small but it was extremely difficult to carry on a conversation. Since part of the dining experience for my husband & I is to enjoy conversation over our wine & food, it was impossible to hear each other so it was a rather silent meal. I love the small intimate setting but the intimacy is hampered by not being able to hear your dinner partner’s conversation.

SM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Great atmosphere. it is a bit loud but it makes for a more lively time. Definitely recommend.

PC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way.

t
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great place with a pleasant vibe. The pork chop was amazing!

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. If you don’t like to be right up next to another table go elsewhere. But we had a nice chat with our neighbors. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food! Favorite byob.

WE
Philadelphia
206 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal and decent experience at Mercato. Ceasar salad was very good. Ricotta toast was interesting but a tad too sweet. Less honey would make it more appealing. The ricotta was fantastic as was the little bit of citrus. The chicken saltenbuca was wonderful. Great flavors melded together. The seafood pyramid pasta was a bit of a disappointment. It was extremely fishy, almost as if the fish used was not as fresh as it should be and it seemed a bit sparse on fish. Broth was good, interesting flavors. The afrogatto was standard. Good size portion, easily shared. Space at Mercato is always an issue. You have to prepare yourself for the extremely tight quarters. Food used to be phenomenal for which you could deal with the space restrictions. As the food gets less phenomenal, the space is harder to tolerate.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place- always friendly.

JY
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends, we all had a different entre and everyone loved what they ordered . Will definitely be back

F
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Happy with food and service. Will return. Nice friendly place.

MF
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. Appetizers and entree’s were phenomenal. Always love dining there

CJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding. The mussels are exceptional. Spicy and unexpected but delicious. It’s cozy seating for sure but fun. The service was also very good. I definitely recommend it.

DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went the last night of Restaurant Week. It was very busy and the tables were very close together. No chance for a private conversation Food was good though.

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Mercato is a cozy restaurant in general, but I felt durning restaurant week it seemed more tables were set out making the restaurant very loud & having the people on both sides of you to knock your table or even elbow you a few times by accident. Not the atmosphere we were looking forward to. Thank you

BK
Philadelphia
215 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ate there during Restaurant Week so the value was better than usual. We liked our menu choices, especially the branzino and the stuffed artichokes. It’s a small place so the noise level is very high- a common problem in many center city restaurants. I’m not sure I would go back when they have their “regular” prices- entrees are supposedly $$$ and there are many more reasonably priced Italian restaurants in Philly,

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service excellent. Very small restaurant so you are seated very close to other diners, can over hear conversations and is difficult to get up from table once seated.—visit restroom , get up to leave etc., without disturbing table next to you.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my meal for restaurant week. I will def come back to eat!

SE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Great service, quick but food was very salty, I had the mussels fra Diablo, delicious, shrimp scampi, VERY SALTY! And tiramisu for dessert.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ate here for restaurant week and got the mussels, short rib, and tiramisu. Overall the food was good, my mussels were much spicier than I expected - we did forget it was CASH ONLY so had to make a quick run to the ATM. The space is very small and I felt like when I was trying to leave the restaurant with my bag and coat I was going to hit one of the other patrons in the room.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate there during restaurant week, and it was great. Tables are pretty close together so you are pretty cozy with your neighbors, but otherwise the food was great, service was great too!

NM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food impeccable as always! One of my favorite places in Philly.

c
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time at this restaurant for Restaurant Week and was not disappointed. The Branzino was incredible and Tiramasu dessert amazing. We ate at 10 so it was not too crowded and the service as attentive. Will try it again under a normal menu.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good food but too crowded

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