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Mercato

4.5
1421 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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRoisinF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
70 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
28 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
2 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
5 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
71 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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vipNiceReturn
Philadelphia
211 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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ElizabethL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DawnS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

During our dinner, we heard the constant clanging of dishes.

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PriyankaJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Overly salted underwhelming food, lackadaisical waitress who at one point dropped an entire glass container that shattered and just ignored that it occurred.

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vipPQuiz
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night out! Everything was perfect from artichoke to ravioli! The city was alive and Mercado has welcoming outdoor seating. See you again soon!

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OliviaS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Delicious food, friendly staff, great atmosphere.

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vipCynthia
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place for us. Outstanding food and service. Nice outdoor dining area during this time in our lives.

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vipEileen
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Service and food were perfect as usual and if course.....💗 BYOB!!

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Julia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday and the waitress gave us tiramisu on the house. The service was fantastic, food was great. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Birthday and it was lovely

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MaddyO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing! Pricy but amazing atmosphere and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The place was empty but they rushed us thru our meal. The open kitchen staff kept throwing pans and pots around, unbearable noise

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vipCenterCityPeople
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipnathbeck
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent italian meal - is byob with no corkage fee so quite inexpensive. Meatball appetizer was great as were our two pastas highly recommended

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vipBobM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Philly hands down

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vipBill
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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!

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ChipM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!!!

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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.

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