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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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Authentic (17)
Romantic (15)
People Watching (13)
Fun (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

It was a great place to celebrate our 43rd Wedding Anniversary!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Went for restaurant week with friends, brought some wine and had a great night!! All the food was amazing and the service was great too. Would recommend!!

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent Restaurant Week meal; nice starters (meatballs and artichoke) followed by spicy crab pasta and a swordfish special, finishing with classic Italian desserts- cannoli and tiramisu. Love that it's BYOB. We'll be back!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Chef mark is absolutely awesome ! Food was amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was slightly overbearing. Entrees were put down while salads were still on table. I realize that during Restaurant Week, tables need to be turned over, but this was annoying considering it wasn't crowded yet. Room is fabulous looking, but generally overcrowded, more like NYC-style.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Man I really wanted to be blown away by this place. The mussels were great...the fennel broth spectacular..however the bread was quite stale. Not the crusty chewy bread I was expecting. The steak was good...but the charred asparagus was so charred I couldn't even taste the vegetable. The potatoes were overseasoned. The tiramisu had good flavor but the presentation was off...it looked sloppy and not appetizing.
Our waitress was great...the space was pretty busy for a Tuesday night. Overall it was good not great.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Overpriced. We had some fish, which was overcooked. We had some pork, which was underdone. One of the cakes was almost unacceptable, but another one was very good. Very poor appetizers, in particular they served grilled artichokes that were barely edible. The place is nice and has potential, once they improve the kitchen and/or lower the prices.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Not what I expected but I liked it a lot. It's a very cozy restaurant, don't expect a lot of privacy but the food is good. My only real complaint is the limited vegetable options. It's a small restaurant so I get it, not asking for anything extravagant but spinach should always be available. Don't let me pickiness deter you, it's nice for a casual get together. Would definitely go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My wife and I have dined at M 20 times over the years. We have never been disappointed. The food is consistently top-notch and the service is unobtrusive yet efficient. We want for nothing at this restaurant. If you have never dined here you're missing a fulfilling experience topped off with interesting conversation with your dining neighbors. Go expecting a good time and you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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