About Mercato

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

1216 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Mercato is a cash-only BYOB, open seven days a week; Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 5 to 11p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(215) 985-2962

Website:
http://mercatobyob.com/

Catering:
We are certain that as a team, we will leave a lasting impression with you and your special guests and will strive to meet your every need.
At Mercato we offer a wide variety of menu items to satisfy every palate in addition to prices to fit any budget. All of our events are handled on a personal case by case basis, with the intent to reach
your highest expectations. Email events@anni-restaurants.com

Parking Details:
There is meter parking throughout the area as well as a public lot on Spruce between 13th and Broad

Additional:
BYO Wine, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit www.mercatobyob.com for up-to-date reminders of special events.

Mercato Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.1

value

4.2

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Cozy (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My friends took me here for my Birthday. It was a great time. The restaurant is small and seating is tight but a lovely and casual space. But very loud. Everything we ordered was delicious and unique but not over thought. I will be back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The rabbit pasta dish was unbelievably good as was all the food. It may be the noisy restaurant in the city and you are packed in. But it is fun. BYOB and cash only. Don't show up too early. You'll be standing outside in the cold for your table. There isn't an extra inch of space in the place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Over the last 15 years I have eaten here countless times. But this last visit on Valentine's Day was horrible. The pre-fixe menu was a great selection of dishes but fell short of actually tasting good. My scallops were doused in vinegar Making them unrecognizable, the pasta dish had an off tasting flavor that later I believe made me sick, and the chocolate bread pudding was like chewing on a shoe. Where was the chocolate and sugar?! The lamb was the only redeeming dish, but at this point my palate didn't care. What happened to this place?! I wish I could get my money back. After spending 75pp for the meal I was completely disappointed. There are just too many good restaurants for less money serving better prepared food. I will not be returning.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Consistently excellent food with good service and a fun, BYOB atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Mercato is still my favorite restaurant in the city. Great food for good value and a nice little restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went here with my family for a birthday dinner and it was great. Service was awesome and food was delicious. Just remember it is CASH only and BYOB.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Birthday dinner was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

very cute spot. great food, awesome service. its a small space so tables are pretty close together, but it makes for a fun time to meet your neighbors!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was amazing!!!! However, the Server seemed very impatient and a bit snippy throughout the meal. We put in several appetizers at first and she seemed to be noticeably annoyed that we weren’t ready to put in our entrees yet. When asked what the specials were she flippantly told us we could look at the specials board. Not sure if she was having an off-night or what. Been here several times and the food is always amazing. Luckily we are not deterred from coming back one bad server experience .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The service was very poor and unfriendly and unwelcoming. We were rushed throughout our meal and the servers were very rude. Would never recommend to anyone.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very nice tasting menu (but too much food)--for two: delicious antipasti sampler, starters of grilled octopus and cauliflower arabiata, excellent mains of stuffed veal with prosciutto and a grilled Pompano with crab, yummy desserts of pistachio gelato and a cannoli. $54 p.p. was a good value for a great meal. Friendly, welcoming neighborhood place.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Mercato is one our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia, a "go to" spot with out of town guests or simply a date night. The food and service are always excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Mercato continues to be a very good restaurant. I had not been there in a few years and was happy to learn they are now taking reservations. I’ll definitely return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a fantastic meal at Mercato. The Pyramid pasta was the best pasta dish I have ever had. It was to die for. Outstanding Antipasto appetizer was shared. Way too large for two. It would have been perfect for four people. Companion's hanger steak was cooked perfectly and tasty. We were too stuffed for dessert. Other than the very cramped quarters, it was a perfect evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our second time to Mercato. It was as good as the first and we look forward to visiting again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I love Mercato! Food is inspiring and delicious. While the waitress tends to be a bit gruff, I don't let it spoil my dinner:)

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great place to go for quiet dinner Sundays early. Food was wonderful

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal on Saturday night. The food was fresh, interesting and simply delicious! We had a wonderful waiter who seemed to know the menu and couldn't have been nicer. We shared a very tasty octopus appetizer and both enjoyed the swordfish main course which was superb. Our only disappointment (and it was minor compared to the rest of the meal) was the apple galette dessert- which was made with puffed pastry. Ugh. We'll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We 've been here during the restaurant week to discover the place,
All was tasty and good, and worth the price,
Good experience

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were looking for a place to dine during restaurant week and found this little gem. The say the place is small is an understatement. The servers were very friendly and attentive but not a distraction. We started with the meat balls. Very good. I think some of the best I've had. My wife had the pasta and I had the short rib ragu with polenta. The meat was so tender you could flake it apart with your fork. Everything came from the kitchen piping hot. Excellent. Would recommend Mercato to anyone.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Felt a little rushed

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food and service very good but way too noisy probably because it was Restaurant Week.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always a great experience here - A total BYOB standout in Philly - outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Enjoyed a dine-out experience at Mercato. Friendly service, sympatico setting, delicious food--fabulous market salad with winter greens and roasted tomatoes, poached trout with grilled artichokes, beets and more, a tasty galette with gelato to finish--yum, yum, yum. One should be prepared with cash and BYOB. Easy striking distance to Avenue of the Arts. Small neighborhood place, so reserve in advance.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I will start by saying we went during Restaurant Week. $35 PP, one app, one entree, one dessert. App was fine. A good salad. Dinner, though, was meager at best. I ordered the trout. It looked to be one-half of one side of the fish; maybe 3 or 4 ounces. I was going to say something, but we were with friends and I thought better of it.
If a restaurant is going to participate in Restaurant week, then serve your regular portion size. If what was served is the regular portion size, shame on the restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Mercato is a great place to get great Italian food. The venue is small and tight, get to know your neighbors. The kitchen is on the back end of the room and fun to watch them cook your meal.
My husband and I went during restaurant week, the place was loud and energetic with quick service, we loved it.
Mercato is BYOB and CASH Only.
1 thing- it does get warm in there so dress light.

We got the meatballs, roasted cauliflower, bolognese, short rib, apple/pear pastry with vanilla gelato & cannoli. Everything was SO good.

we will 100% come back to Mercato for another meal.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to Mercato for restaurant week and really enjoyed the food. They provided many options to their restaurant week menu. We loved the meatballs and bread! The only negative is that the restaurant is extremely small and it felt very crowded and hot inside.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, tight seating and remember it’s cash only. Loved the restaurant week menu! Delicious!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was my first trip to Mercato, and I was excited for my Restaurant Week meal. I had heard and read good reviews and thought the menu looked fantastic. I left feeling like I had a good but not great meal. We arrived right at our reservation time and had to wait probably close to 10 minutes to be seated. That's not a big deal, other than the fact that there really is not anywhere to stand, so we were between the entrance and a table, as were a couple of other patrons waiting to be seated. Service through the meal, however, was friendly and responsive.
As for the meal itself...I started off with the shaved brussel sprout salad, and it was the highlight of the meal, slaw-like but not too creamy with a crispness of texture and flavor. My friend was a little disappointed that her stuffed meatball appetizer was not hot all the way through, so the cheese inside wasn't melted. For the entree course, I had the squid-ink bucatini with crab. The pasta was just a touch more al dente than I prefer, but the flavor was good. There was a decent amount of crabmeat. My friend ordered the short rib which she enjoyed but stated she's had better. We both got a pear apple galette. We both wished it had more filling. Very little of the fruit flavor came through.
Overall, it was a decent meal but not one that wowed me.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I looked into dozens of restaurant week menus and finally decided on this restaurant. My criteria were: 1) good reviews on Yelp; 2) offer a good variety of food choices in a limited restaurant week. I had never heard of Mercato, but was attracted to their restaurant week menu. We ordered rainbow trout and spicy crab meat on squid ink pasta for the main course. The size is not too big, just enough to enjoy the taste and keep a good memory of the dishes.
The only complain is the space between tables is tiny. I (wear size 0 or xs) had to suck my belly in badly in order to get in and out when I needed to use the bathroom.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Love Angela our server always delicious food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The meatball appetizer was a little cold but everything still tasted wonderful. all the tables were really close together which got a little uncomfortable. Really excellent service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Came for restaurant week. Four of us share the first course, ordered our own second course and shared desserts. All was delicious. Will come again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very good. Food, service, and ambiance was all very nice.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very cozy. The portions were very good. Bring your own wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Super super yummy! It’s a tiny little restaurant, so it can be tight and noisy, but I think it was worth it! The service was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very fast service when going to a performance at the kimmel

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of my favorite spots in the city. Always enjoy my meal and the service is excellent (Thanks Dan!)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server Dan was great! The food was delicious and well worth it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We want to love Mercato, We really do. We go again every so often and we've seen some improvements over the years. The sound panels are a nice addition, but the music was uncomfortably loud when we got there. Service was good, Starters and entrees were delicious, (thankfully less oversalted than previous visits), and well presented. My apple galette was burnt. The problem we've had every time we go is that both my husband and I end up with some sort of intestinal distress, either in the middle of the night or the next day. Don't know if we'll chance it again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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