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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:
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Mercato Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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