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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Special Valentine's Day Menu - Four Courses $65 per person. ??

This menu will be the only one offered this evening. A credit card will be taken for all reservations for this particular date. Cancellations must be made within 24 hours.

Mercato Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Based on the online reviews, I was really excited to try Mercato for a date with my partner. But once we arrived, the experience failed to live up to they hype. The restaurant is extremely cramped. Tables are literally 1-2 inches apart, and you feel like you’re sitting at one long communal table. If you’re wanting a romantic atmosphere, this is not the place. The place is overcrowded, barely any room to stand up and put on your coat. The food is not worth the price. We ordered meatballs for a starter and they arrived lukewarm. Our entrees were charred beyond recognition; we had trouble figuring out the ingredients on the plate because all the veggies had the same blackened look. I ordered rissoto, and it was undercooked and grainy tasting. For the price, I was expecting much higher quality. The food wasn’t terrible, but it was nothing that stands out and is worth the price or cramped dining conditions. The BYO and friendly staff are positives.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great spot
Love the food and byob
Food is always interesting and delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food and service. Seating is a little tight, but we also had great conversations with our neighbors. I'd go back in a heartbeat, and look forward to the next time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our favorite italian restaurant in the neighborhood

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food is always great. Service was super friendly and very good. Can't wait to go back. Bring red - byob!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were sad to see that the food at Mercado has taken a big slide. The octopus was all salad and almost no octopus and the octopus was severely over cooked. The meatballs were dry and burnt. The Brussels sprout salad was soggy and did to taste fresh. Won’t be going back. It was quite a good place. Not now.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It has been too long since I have been to Mercato. It is superb in every way, and our waiter Larry was a hoot. Our bad that the wine bottle we brought had a very dry cork that broke, but he fished it out and decanted the bottle like the pro he is. Food is imaginative and just delicious. The place is tiny, and you sit cheek by jowl, but who cares.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great, as always

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food, but tables too crowded and over priced. Scollops were $10 each!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was very good. The problem was... I asked the server to space our meals out so we could enjoy a leisurely meal with an 8:30 reservation.

However the appetizers came out by 8:45 and the meal before 9:00.

It completely ruined the experience, wasted a 120 dollar bottle of wine and just wasn't handled well. Our waiter avoided us after I mentioned how quickly it came out.

They took 15% off of the main courses, i left a poor tip because of the service and lack of attention.

The food would have been 4-5 stars but the service ruined the meal... what a true disappointment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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