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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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.
$31 to $50
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
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There is meter parking throughout the area as well as a public lot on Spruce between 13th and Broad
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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