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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

NYE 2018 - Prixe Fixe Dinner
5pm-6pm 3 Courses | 7pm-8pm $60p/p | 4 Courses $75 p/p | 9pm-10pm 5 Courses $85p/p
MENU COMING SOON !

Mercato Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (41)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Special Occasion (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (16)
Authentic (14)
Casual (14)
Romantic (13)
People Watching (11)
Fun (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Cute neighborhood BYO restaurant with a short but interesting menu. The food was really good but the space is very small and you are sitting next to other diners. Don't forget your cash, they don't take plastic.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointed this visit. Jammed in so tight it was uncomfortable. Service not up to the normal experience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious! We loved everything!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Terrific neighborhood BYO! A gem. Reservations needed as it is very cozy. Try the octopus appetizer. Very tender and flavorful.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Interesting menu, usually great meals, outstanding service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The butternut squash gnudi was really delicious. We also had a cauliflower appetizer that was yummy. Everyone enjoyed their dinner choices. The service was very attentive. Very good experience. We were going to a show at the Kimmel, and had plenty of time for the short walk there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my third visit and it has been delicious every time. Food and service both wonderful.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service. Food was just OK. Price of the meal was good.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Cute little Italian BYOB with delicious fresh food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Creative and fresh dishes that satisfy!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My pasta was delicious but my husband's fish had multiple bones in it and the fish was slightly under cooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This restaurant never fails to impress our friends. The food is always an interesting take on classic dishes.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was really good; some different items on menu. Waitress was not friendly - seemed annoyed but that still did not hinder our fine experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved that we could bring our own wine to make this a very affordable option. My wife and I got the $54 pp tasting menu. The food was excellent from the roasted vegetables, olives, and burrata to the chef-selected desserts. the signature dish -- pyramid pasta -- was ethereal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Traditional Italian with a twist. Unfortunately no wine list and neighborhood not teeming with liquor stores. "Affiliate" restaurant sold us very mediocre wine at inflated prices. but the food was good and tasted homemade so we forgave them.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

So so appetizers, excellent entrees. Cheese plate seemed to be afterthought. Meatballs dry and overdone. We had 3 pastas and they were excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great local place with wonderful flavors and options. Service was not friendly on this last visit

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Terrible service. Very inflexible staff

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent as always...new menu items delicious. Wonderful neighborhood gem.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service and food. Larry is the best.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food and service. Definitely looking forward to going back and trying more of the menu!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

It had been years since I had been to Mercato.I don't know whether it is a good or bad thing that old stand bys like the pyramid pasta and grilled artichoke are still on the menu. That said we had a very good meal, ordering the 4 courses for $54. A highlight was the shared antipasto board. Delicious burrata, grilled veggies, spicey olives, and more. Appetizers were good but not flawless. Mussels, large but very tasty, maybe a little too much fennel. Artichoke could be a real winner if they could figure out how to make it more tender. Maybe grill just the hearts. Octopus tennacle would not be everyone's cup of tea but many would love it. Mains of pork chop, veal saltimbucca and hanger steak were all good. Did not like the sauce on the steak as it too hinted of fennel and took away from the beefy taste. Starting to dislike this flavor as it seems so many restaurants are now flavoring with fennel. The 3 different, excellent desserts, tiramisu, apple tart with ice cream and nutella cannolli were another highlight of the meal. This meal was a very good value and with BYOB , I would certainly go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was great but the server was rude. Yet, that did not ruin our experience. I would definitively go back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I've been meaning to try this spot for a while based on positive anecdotes, and my fiance's birthday finally provided an opportunity. We were both thrilled. It was clean, quiet, and charming inside (even though a block party raged on outside).

We both had pasta dishes, which I am sometimes disappointed by since it's fairly easy to make pasta at home, but these were both distinctive, delicious, and filling enough that neither of us had room for dessert. Definitely recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Staff were a little stand offish when we arrived and I thought, "uh oh" since customer service is a big deal to me. But I think maybe they were just a little busy when we arrived because after we were seated the service was nothing but wonderful. Food is AMAZING. The Pyramid Pasta and the Spicy Crab Squid Ink Pasta were both phenomenal, as was the cheese board. Also love that this is a BYO.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My sister was in town visiting so we went to Mercato for dinner. The service was terrific, we sat outside, our meals were phenomenal. Be sure to try the pyramid pasta and the short ribs Ragu. And don't forget the tiramisu for dessert. Bring a great bottle of wine as it is BYOB. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food has gone down hill ever since McKenzie left .
Just a bad experience .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This has become one of my favorite Center City restaurants. The melon salad is so refreshing. Grilled octopus is amazing. Mussels are spectacular. It is a bit noisyx but less so in the nice weather with the front opened up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My favorite restaurant to go to when I visit Philadelphia. Staff and the the food are always exceptional. BYOB is a bonus. Cash only. Always a great experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Big, fresh, clean mussels in a delicious fennel-based broth; the grilled artichoke is always great. The bucatini had big chunks of tender crab, and it's just a lovely place to sit outside and sip the wine we brought.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It was a beautiful evening and nice outdoor seating. The food was just ok. My husband got Bolognese one of his fave dishes but he said it was nothing special. I got a crab pasta and there was very little crab in it. For just pasta you expect a little wow.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Sat outside. Staff knew we were running late for the theater and did everything needed to keep us from being late. The sword fish and pasta were "top notch-top notch"

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was delicious and service was very good, and pricing was reasonable for two. Felt slightly rushed through our meal but that's my only complaint, and it's a minor one to me.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The food was amazing, always is! The service is always stellar too! The espresso however was horrible :( served in a cappuccino cup it tasted like watered down coffee -upping the coffee game is the only recommendation.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wonderful varied menu even though it was restaurant week! Great choices, flavors and gusto served with welcoming, friendly staff. Way to impress!

Thanks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent meal and service . The melon salad, short ribs with gnocchi, sirloin, and tiramisu were all terrific. Worth the trip.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great as usual!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Superb yet simple! Always a great dining experience!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Due to unforeseen rain they made some people with reservations wait a bit to be seated, but they wound up getting us to a table within minutes. We went for restaurant week and the food was excellent. Best gnocchi I ever had and very generous portions! The place is small so reservations are a good idea. BYOB + cash only!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I'm a regular dining person there but I didn't like there restaurant week menu the swordfish was bland and the dessert was not very good the cannoli shell was hard the meatballs were tasty but were hard I would go back again just not for restaurant week unless I tried something else 🙁

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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