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Mercato

4.6
1439 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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4.6
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNahjaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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vipAngelaS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great but indoors was very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Great atmosphere.

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vipPuppywalker
Philadelphia
47 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!!!

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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
72 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
5 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
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our best meal there to date.

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vipTruthBeTold
Philadelphia
263 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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Staff was friendly. Service was slow due to there being another large party there at the same time. We were very underwhelmed by the food. The sauces were bold but lacked depth. The clam toast was nice. The first bite of the artichoke was good and then you realize it’s just a load of parm on a vegetable and the dipping sauce was mediocre too. The pyramid pasta was just “fine”, but lobster was chewy. Overall, we wish we had gone somewhere else.

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SeanR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner out with my girlfriend.
Food was fresh and delicious.
Love the BYO aspect with NO corkage fee.

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vipjackiea
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Mercato at least twice a month, perfect date night spot. Our meals are always amazing and the waiters could not be nicer!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal and great service… It is always a wonderful experience at Mercato.

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vipRoisinF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercato never fails to disappoint! From apps to dessert and everything in between, so delicious! Love them

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great little Italian restaurant in a nice neighborhood. The food and service was amazing and the portions were large for the price which I loved! Certainly will be going back again.

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have eaten there so many times and I can only say that we have never experienced a bad meal. Anthony (the chef) and his assistants are marvelous. The wait staff is very attentive. Try it, you'll love it.

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vipmainlinediner
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food & wonderful service!

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vipShari
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was just ok. Our garlic bread was delivered after we finished dinner. Menu pretty limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to go back!

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DonC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did and service was excellent.

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vipDani
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mercato is a cute little BYOB spot. Great for a small group of friends.

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vipDevon
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My fiancé and I ate outside at Mercato for restaurant week. We overall enjoyed the atmosphere and dining experience. The only complaints that we had was that our appetizers were cold and the artichoke was burnt which made it impossible to eat. We would try again but not during restaurant week.

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. The service as always is excellent. Even sitting outside on a sidewalk in center city was a pleasure.

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AmyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portion sizes were big, food was excellent and I love the ambiance of the place! A little noisy in there but honestly that just shows that it’s a good place to me because of the amount of people in there :)

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MaryG
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Our millennial friends had spoken highly of Mercato so we thought to give it a try during Center City Restaurant Week (we are seniors). Mercato's food was good but the overall ambiance and service was so-so.

We had to finally flag down our server to get our wine glasses after 10 minutes of waiting (Mercato is a BYOB). Perhaps the servers were just getting their scattered mojo back since the pandemic, don't know.

Also, the inside ambiance of Mercato left much to be desired. Right in the center of the main inside dining room was a utilitarian work table for the help with papers, paper towels and markers scattered about, very sloppy, and not something I wanted to look out while "fine dining."

Bottom Line: food was fine but service was rocky and ambiance was a zero.

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Rikon
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

We went to this restaurant for restaurant week. We had to return one dish because the pasta was very hard and could not be eaten. Chicken we ordered was terribly overcooked. I would not recommend it.

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KarenW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Got to try a couple new things. Ate inside but back door was open. Temperature was comfortable but alot of bugs kept flying around me. That's why I ate inside-to avoid bugs!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Liked the appetizers, entree was not a favor for either of us. Desert was good. Area has minimal parking, the walk was nice and soothing. Lovely area, trees and olde building designs

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HannahH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We dined at Mercato during restaurant week and had a lovely experience. Very tasty food with a nice outdoor atmosphere. Loved our entrees and the desserts were tasty as well. Would definitely go back!

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vipPleasantEvening
Philadelphia
215 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very good meal at Mercato. It was restaurant week which I typically do not like but this proved to be different. We ate inside despite the fantastic weather so there was only one other table. However we were against the open windows so it was quite pleasant. Food was great as always. We shared a Burrata/prosciutto/bread board which was excellent. The Salmon putanesca was great. Orecchiette with broccoli rabe & sausage was good. Panna cotta was to die for and Tierra missou was very good.
We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was awesome, an overall great experience! Will be back for sure ☺️

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Mercato does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Mercato is rated 4.6 stars by 1439 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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