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Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles, CA

Bäco Mercat

4.6
4.6
312 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Inspired by Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, Bäco Mercat is Chef Josef Centeno's first restaurant in Downtown LA. This restaurant offers guests a casual atmosphere in a modern, yet comfortable setting that includes outdoor patio seating. Its doors are open for dinner, lunch and brunch. Bäco Mercat also offers a variety of flatbread sandwiches, as well as seafood, meat and vegetable dishes. Bäco Mercat has a bar that serves wine, beer and spirits, and it accepts reservations.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 687-8808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josef Centeno

  • Catering

    For catering, please contact info@bacomercat.com

  • Private party facilities

    For parties of 7 or more, please contact events@bacomercat.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    4th St

  • Parking details

    Valet starts at 6pm (every night except Art Walk Thursdays) $10 per car. Other parking options: Street/Public parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 312 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. LB

    LaurenB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is so delicious, every dish unique and totally on point. The salt n honey cocktail was perfect complement. Love this spot!
  2. AS

    AmyS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was very excited to try this place, but I was very disappointed. The new menu is not exciting. The star 'Noodle salad' was just a lot of meat, not spicy at all, and very little noodles. The place is very very cold, for a winter day. The location is terrible and scary at times.
  3. W

    William

    Los Angeles

    290 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    290 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    the hamachi crude with avocado and potato ball was excellent. The grilled branzino was stellar with the beets, okra, etc.
  4. DE

    DesE

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is unique and delicious. If you enjoy exploring new flavors and unexpected, creative dishes, you’ll enjoy this menu. The cocktails were very nice as well.
  5. l

    lesliec

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    We had interesting and flavorful ireful food, however, it was brought out in a haphazard manor and most of the time our server was no where to be found. We asked for a chiller for our white wine twice, and never got one. The restaurant forgoes corkage if you purchase a bottle, which we did, but found the corkage fee on our bill, regardless (which was then mitigated).
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Baco Mercat is an innovative, reliable “neighborhood” place. Relaxed and accessible. From beginning to end, a wonderful experience. Such interesting and delicious food - simple ingredients, but in the hand of a master. Hamachi crudo was particularly exceptional.
  7. S

    Spotter

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasty food that satisfies a variety of palates. Interesting and innovative. But not so weird that my midwest visitors were scared of it. Happenin' part of town. Great non-alcoholic drinks. Relaxed, jeans are fine.
  8. BD

    BeverlyD

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch with a friend. Food was delicious and the service great.
  9. M

    Minday

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The food and service was amazing. will be back soon!
  10. R

    Roxyoso

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great variety of vegetarian items
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Baco is amazing!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Meal was amazing and so delicious but the service was alright. The waiter forgotten one of our orders which we had to request again but that was minor compared to the overall experience. Would come back again because the food was tasty!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and friendly service combined with amazing food (get the el pasco baco!) made for a fabulous evening!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great experince
  15. AS

    ASant

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious food. Amazing restaurant. Can't wait to go back!
  16. V

    Victornovember

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible food, reasonable prices, extremely helpful wait staff. This is a place I would visit multiple times so I could try everything on the menu.
  17. JV

    JohnV

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    amazing detail ro every dish we ordered the shrinp, the califlaeur and octapus, all 3 were perfect! The cahf nailed it. My girl and I just enjoyed the whole experience a lot the night before Valentines Day ... highly recommend this place !
  18. s

    scribbler

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite go to downtown places. I think about trying someplace new but return to Baco frequently. The flavors are just so good and unique.
  19. d

    dcreader

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great variety of interesting food, well prepared, and served with a smile. Perfect for sharing.
  20. VS

    VinnyS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great combination of flavors, choice of vegetables, and meat cooked to a delight of our taste buds. My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, it was a memorable dinner and desert was simply outstanding made in combination of fruit & tapioca with ice cream was truly a nice end to the dinner...
  21. NG

    NicoleG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food - Superb. Sooo flavorful and tasty. Smells great, tastes good, textures unique and satisfying. Filling portions. Just enough. I can't wait to go back. Service - Okay. We didn't get a ton of checking in from our server but the food came out within good time, was warm. Slight delay on one of the entree dishes but we were patient. Space - small and intimate and not very noisy (we were probably the loudest). Overall wonderful experience.
  22. ST

    STSmith

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time @ Baco Mercat, and we'll be back. There are still things on the menu we want to try.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food great service. Will definitely recommend.
  24. DM

    DannyM1975

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking for a place that would challenge my pallet for a remembrance of living in Europe and this place delivered. The chicken wraps and Panna Cotta reminded me of living in northern Italy like it was yesterday. Thank you!
  25. Z

    Zuul

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Excellent food but the drinks and desserts seem like an afterthought. Can also be quite loud if you go when the restaurant is full. Order your drinks neat and go elsewhere for desserts.
  26. BE

    BernardoE

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was extraordinary. The lamb belly is on of the best I have ever tried.
  27. j

    jamesg

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    My wife and I have been loyal fans of Baco Mercat for many years, celebrating special occasions there and bringing friends from out of town to experience the unique and delicious menu. We even went to the short lived Baco outpost in Culver City, Baco Shop, a number of times before it closed. One of our favorite dishes on the Baco menu had been the ricotta fritters with honey. A great dish, so we were sorry when it was discontinued on our last couple of visits. But we were delighted to see it resurface as part of the Baco dinner menu for Dine Out LA, along with many of our other favorites. So we booked a reservation and planned an outing to downtown LA around it, which is a long way and not that convenient from where we live in Santa Monica. Upon arriving at Baco we were given the Dine Out menu which was totally different than the one that had been posted online, and continues to be posted. No ricotta fritters, no fava bean baco sandwich, no eggplant dip, or other items we were so looking forward to. When we pointed out to the hostess that this is not the menu online she kind of shrugged and said well it changes. That is not accurate according to what is still posted. I mean, how hard it is to post what your serving? There is no excuse for that. It is false advertising and disrespectful of customers, especially longtime loyal one like us. It was a big disappointment and put a damper on a day we were excited about. Had we known we would have made other plans. What Baco did is totally unprofessional and inexcusable, especially from a restaurant we loved.
  28. TD

    TrevorD

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place downtown!
  29. LB

    LucianaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING! I love this place with all my heart! The food is incredible, great atmosphere, waiters are lovely, and great management!
  30. P

    Pecha

    Cancun

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing food was delicious! Will come back
  31. d

    dillpickles

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Only problem: seating. Although we had a reservation for a party of 4, when we arrived the only table available that would seat four was a high-top table for 6 (awkward!) and near the front door (chilly and many interruptions), which opened directly into the cold night air on a busy city street.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the dineLA menu as well as things we’ve never had before. Amazing experience.
  33. m

    megand

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always ... great food, wonderful service and the best cocktails!
  34. TH

    TommyH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really incredible food. All the layers of flavors in each dish were amazing. We especially loved the crudo! We were 4 people, each with different food requests, our server and the kitchen accommodated us beautifully. Will be back with enthusiasm.
  35. AL

    AlfredoL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We went to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we thoroughly regret it. To be fair, we've been to Baco before and have had wonderful food and experiences. But not today. From the second we sat down, everything felt rushed. People constantly came by to check on us, as if hinting at "you done? we need you to go so we can fill the table again." Terrible. Also, much to our surprise, the food was blah. We've had great food before but not sure what happened. All in all, given the moment (10 year anniversary) and the poor experience, I believe they have now lost our business. We will not return.
  36. JP

    JasonP

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    It was good. The entre was cold when served but it was good.
  37. JR

    JakeR

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall our experience tonight was very good. The service, though, is what made our evening truly enjoyable. My partner and I went out for dinner with our newborn, and so going out tonight was a luxury for us. We we’re warmly welcomed and graciously taken care of by our server Adam and the staff. Taken care of, and attended to without hovering over the table. The host was so sweet and she sent us the pork hand-torn pasta: a savory, rustic pasta that definitely screams comfort especially in these winter months. We enjoyed the Hamachi Crudo very much, the hummus was good (but the portion was minuscule). The blistered okra were alright and we weren’t super impressed. I loved the pork ribs, but my partner thought they were a little too spicy. We also had the boco (naan sandwich) with the cabbage slaw and fried shrimp - this was the best dish of the night. Although we didn’t love everything as far as food goes, and the portions were steep for the prices, the service is really what set this place apart. Thank you for a great dining experience! We will be back.
  38. GG

    GraciasGracias1

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was very cute but overpriced for what the menu offered. Tasty food but I wish it was not as overpriced
  39. D

    Duct

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Everyone was friendly. The service was a little slow.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious.

FAQs

Bäco Mercat is rated 4.6 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet starts at 6pm (every night except Art Walk Thursdays) $10 per car. Other parking options: Street/Public parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Josef Centeno

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 687-8808

  • Catering

    For catering, please contact info@bacomercat.com

  • Private party facilities

    For parties of 7 or more, please contact events@bacomercat.com.

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