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.

CASH ONLY

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We are offering a prix fixe 4 course menu, $75 p/p (tax & gratuity not included).

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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MF
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Good food but too crowded

CW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good service and food was tasty and well prepared. Server was attentive and enjoyed the byob vibe! Good value for restaurant week!

P
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Awful Service. Had a reservation and waited 45mins (standing room)

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious, service was excellent. Noise level was way too loud and seating was not good. I was stuck against a wall where servers had to walk behind me and almost each and every time, they bumped my chair or stepped on my coat. I'm not a large person but felt so uncomfortable because of the size of the table, size of the chair, and the room between my table and the one next to mine. I couldn't push my chair back or I would have had more issues.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food. Was delicious...noise level a bit high & tight sitting

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and friendly efficient service.

A
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a small place so you will be sitting pretty close to the table next to you. The food is amazing, the service was excellent and all of the staff were very nice and friendly.

a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Small place with good ambient lighting and cozy sitting. The food was great and the servers were really attentive. Definitely would recommend.

F
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very accommodating servers. Corrected any problems. Enjoyed the food, some dishes better than others. Great location.

GL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been coming here for years and it's one of our top spots. The menu has changed and a lot of our favorites have been replaced. The pyramid pasta is still there, but they are doing it differently which was disappointing (still very good, but the other way was better). We did the tasting menu and loved the first course they sent out. The dessert was also great. My meal was good, but not something I would go out of my way to order again (pan seared ricotta gnocchi). The pork chop of our neighbor looked amazing (and we were so close I probably could have taken a piece off of his plate without him noticing). The closeness of the tables is fine if you are expecting it, but at times can seem ridiculous- there is literally 2 inches between the tables, so if you aren't comfortable dining with strangers practically at your table, then this may not be the best spot for you. Overall, we had a nice night, but I think we will check out of of their other spots on our next night out.

PG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I had the chicken Marsala and there was no taste of Marsala and it was heavy with olive oil. I am not sure if they forgot to add it. I have heard nothing but good reviews on the restaurant but must admit I was disappointed. All the other meals were excellent and this is the first negative review I have ever written!

EL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very disappointing food. Expected better quality from a BYOB. Small room, very loud noise level. No reason to return.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercato is our 'go to' place in Philly. We love the people and the food and no, we're not related to any of them. We've never been disappointed with a meal there. Never.

K
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing BYOB place. We had the cheese plate which was the best I ever had. My husband had the lamb which he said was one of the best meat meals he ever had. I had the crab Diablo that was good but I could not finish it because it was so spicy. I usually love spice! Overall great meal.

p
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful restaurant, just steps from the Kimmel Center! I had the market salad, which was delicious, with crispy kale, roasted beets, almonds, green apples, goat cheese and a home-made vinaigrette dressing. My husband had the romaine salad which was served on a rectangular plate with fresh cheese and anchovies. For my main entree, I had the pyramid pasta which was stuffed with cooked to perfection lobster and shrimp, with fresh veggies in a creamy blush sauce. My husband ordered the Pork Chop Parmesan which was tender and HUGE! It barely fit on the plate. For dessert, we shared the tiramisu which was by the far the best we've ever tasted. But the highlight of the evening was our server, Morgan. She was informative and attentive, a true "bright light" and an absolute delight! In fact, every single staff member that we interacted with was professional and courteous. The restaurant is small, which adds to its' charm and keep in mind, it's BYOB. Reserve your table as it can get crowded before a show and don't hesitate to dine at this wonderful neighborhood restaurant! You won't be disappointed!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We waited 30 minutes for dinner and on top of it the food was subpar. The first two course were good, but the dinners were horrible. I got the wild boar Ragu and my boyfriend got the New York strip. The ragu was watery and had minimal flavor. I really wouldn’t have minded but it definitely wasn’t worth a $200 bill :(

LA
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We made a 8pm reservation for New Years Eve and were not seated until 8:30pm. There is no lobby/foyer so we had to stand outside of the restaurant.. in the cold. The food was nothing to write home about on the price fix menu. Husband ordered strip steak medium and it came rare. Was served a hard muffin masked as a "ricotta cake". Would not return.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Perhaps because of New Years Eve, but the restaurant seemed to be doing everything possible to maximize profits over the experience of diners, leading to a thoroughly disappointing meal.

The restaurant is small which is well known, but there were probably 10-15% more tables than could be reasonably accommodated squeezed into the space. We were seated in a table in front of the entrance door, getting bumped by every person entering and exiting the restaurant as well as getting buffeted by cold air every time the door opened, not to mention bumping elbows with the next table when we both went to eat at the same time. None of that should be the expectation at a higher end restaurant with the reputation (and price) of Mercato. A number of other parties with the same reservation time were forced to wait because the restaurant accepted too many reservations for the same time, so at least we didn’t experience that.

Throughout the meal, the waitstaff felt like they were rushing to turn the table, our server was over with her notepad something like 90 seconds after we were seated, and at each course, the plates were cleared and the next brought out with great expediency. Overall just felt like they were trying to maximize tables on a big night and cared little for the experiential part of the meal.

Most of the food was quite good. Appetizers were original and excellent, the “cheese board” was a bit of a dud but fine, mains were tasty and well portioned, dessert was fine, but unremarkable would probably be too favorable of a description.

Tough to consider this place again given the experience we had, despite positive word of mouth from others.

MM
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a staple when we are in Philadelphia. They had a prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve with good selections, the service was quick which was fine with us because we had a concert to catch, and the price was right. The food bursts with flavor. The BYOB policy really makes this place a bargain. We highly recommend it.

Mercato
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for leaving such a great review. We truly appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Loud, food was spicy

s
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was excellent and the atmosphere is very nice. It was very loud when the dining room was full but lovely as it cleared out. While we enjoyed our dinner, the staff if not very attentive.

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is SO GOOD!! A little spicy, but we were all ok with that. Love a great BYO and the chef’s tasting menu is such an awesome value.

MR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I ordered the pyramid pasta that was on the menu as a “lobster cream sauce” which came as a tomato based sauce with very little flavor and very different from the butter sauce that it used to be served with. My partner’s crab fra diavolo was also not anything to write home about. We’ve been to Mercato a number of times and this was the first time we’ve been disappointed.

GM
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Been here many times. The lobster Pyramid Pasta (old standby done a bit differently now) is still excellent though you only get three pieces. The bay scallop pasta special was very good, too. Unfortunately, the Tuscan kale salad was awful. Too cold and wet (like it had been sitting in the fridge for hours) with no taste and lots of grit from not washing the kale properly. For $13, it was a huge disappointment. So three stars this time. But we'll be back someday!

KC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the pyramid pasta, very yummy! Our party of 4 chose 4 different items, and we were all pleased! We will return.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday date with my wife. Cozy atmosphere, great food and service!

TB
Philadelphia
228 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food is to be found at this nice Center City dining room. Close to the theatres. B.Y.O.B. Cash only .

m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Food is fantastic and so is the service.

RB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would absolutely recommend this to others. The waitress Morgan was wonderful as well as the Manager who seems to be there each of the 3 times I have been there. I look forward to visiting again.

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