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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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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.
Great dinner out with my girlfriend.
Food was fresh and delicious.
Love the BYO aspect with NO corkage fee.
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!
We had an excellent meal and great service… It is always a wonderful experience at Mercato.
Mercato never fails to disappoint! From apps to dessert and everything in between, so delicious! Love them
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.
Delicious food & wonderful service!
Food was just ok. Our garlic bread was delivered after we finished dinner. Menu pretty limited.
So happy to go back!
Did and service was excellent.
Mercato is a cute little BYOB spot. Great for a small group of friends.
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.
Food was fantastic. The service as always is excellent. Even sitting outside on a sidewalk in center city was a pleasure.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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!
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.
Food was fantastic, service was awesome, an overall great experience! Will be back for sure ☺️
We had outdoor seating on a lovely night. It was restaurant week and we ordered from the 3-course menu. The menu choices were varied, and everything we ordered was delicious; the prosciutto on the charcuterie board melted in our mouths. One of our dessert choices, vanilla panna cotta, had a perfect level of sweetness and combination of texture and consistency - genius in simplicity. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. Mercato is a fine example of what makes the Philly food scene so great.
During our dinner, we heard the constant clanging of dishes.
Overly salted underwhelming food, lackadaisical waitress who at one point dropped an entire glass container that shattered and just ignored that it occurred.
Amazing night out! Everything was perfect from artichoke to ravioli! The city was alive and Mercado has welcoming outdoor seating. See you again soon!
Amazing experience! Delicious food, friendly staff, great atmosphere.
Wow!! The menu sounded great so I booked a table for Mother’s Day. The food and service was outstanding! My husband remarked that his clams appetizer... was the best he’s had in the city. We will definitely be returning!!
Great neighborhood place for us. Outstanding food and service. Nice outdoor dining area during this time in our lives.
Great neighborhood spot. Service and food were perfect as usual and if course.....💗 BYOB!!
Went for a birthday and the waitress gave us tiramisu on the house. The service was fantastic, food was great. Highly recommend
I’ve lived a block from Mercato for years and finally stopped by for dinner! It was lovely. The sidewalk dining was perfect, food was terrific, BYO.
Birthday and it was lovely
This restaurant is amazing! Pricy but amazing atmosphere and food!
The place was empty but they rushed us thru our meal. The open kitchen staff kept throwing pans and pots around, unbearable noise
We live close to Mercato and love to eat there. The food is marvelous and the service is wonderful. And, being a BYO we can bring whatever we want.
excellent italian meal - is byob with no corkage fee so quite inexpensive. Meatball appetizer was great as were our two pastas highly recommended
Best restaurant in Philly hands down
The best dish from our dinner was clearly the Pasta Bolognese - a home-run! The special appetizer (salmon toast) wasn’t particularly special. However, Mussels were good and the service, waitstaff were top-notch!
Our first time there. Staff was extremely helpful and accommodating. Food was delicious, especially the short ribs on polenta!! And the pistachio cheesecake was a must have desert. The ambiance was subtly romantic!! Highly recommend!!!
Mercato does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
Mercato is rated 4.5 stars by 1421 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.