Bäco Mercat

4.6
132 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lively room with interesting interpretations of largely middle-eastern style foods. BUT -- if you're there on a night with fried chicken, that's always a winner!

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CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was fine, the service was confusing, and all our food came at once which was overwhelming.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Everything was great. We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Second time I’ve been here. It’s a cute spot and definitely on the trendy end of dtla. Love the idea of it and the menu seems to cover a broad areas of interest for me (and I’m sure the avid foodie). But I cannot justify the price to taste ratio. The food is quality but I felt ripped off for the quantity and flavor for the price. It wasn’t bad, just expensive for what you are getting.

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SK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very tasty and different!

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DM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The bar tenders, hostess and wait staff were not very friendly and we didn't like the overall vibe of the place. The sprouts and octopus are overpriced and over seasoned but the og baco was the bomb if we lived in the area we'd grab it for take out but otherwise we wouldn't return.

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JK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious puffy bread and dips, and delectable meatballs. The apple salad is super fresh and different.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit hard to catch a waiter. Food was overall pretty good: Mecican and Italian fusion style.

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RL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was one of the best I’ve had in recent memory...

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H
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Restaurant in LA. Josh the Manager is great and service and food are the best!

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing, not a single dish was just okay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super yummy. Best flank steak ever. Cauliflower was heaven sent. Chocolate hazelnut dessert ruled the world.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great and i love the pineapple upside down cake!! The server was great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent flavors and great selection. The Brussels sprouts were incredible:)

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply amazing!!!!

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SF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience.

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MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Baco!

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w
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, wine. We enjoyed the three small plates that we ordered for a pre-concert meal. We walked from Disney hall but ubered back up the hill. Food was exceptional and service very pleasant.

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JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but expensive for entrees. I was in the back by restroom doors so didn’t experience much “ambiance “. Looked like a sandwich shop.

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Can't beat that hamachi crudo and the cocktails are all fire. The shrimp baco is also insanely good. Actually, it's all insanely good. Can't wait to return.

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MC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Baco... The quality of the food and coziness of the decor... delicious but not too upscale... fun, delicious adult beverages, excellent shareable plates. Baco is a favorite of mine.

Best,
Martin

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JC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server clearly didn’t want us there. We dine out a few times a month, are undemanding, and tip well. This was an unusual experience. We won’t be back.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! So glad we made the trip downtown. Great service.

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HD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed dining here with friends before theater. Great flavors and good advice from friendly service, including not up-selling us but warning us we might be over-ordering. Very much enjoyed the experience and the veggies and cocktails were standouts.

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C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Baco Mercat is a place to find innovative food, a cool interior and good drinks. They need to work on their noise level to make for a top notch dining experience for people who value good conversation while they est:-)

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In love with this place!

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AS
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food! I also had the Medicina cocktail which was super yummy. Elegant atmosphere but not too uptight. We enjoyed spending Valentine's Day there!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was, as always, incredible. Server was very nice and helpful with menu but she took forever to greet us or get me my drink. I think she may have been only one working but it was busy and a little frustrating.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing vegetables. Very small cocktails.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food but felt a little overpriced for its drinks and food. The ambiance was great and service was ordinary with tired looking waiters.

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E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service, and LOVED the amaro tasting!

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BG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall still one of the downtown greats, and very affordable. Service staff seem a bit stuffy/tragically hip, and the quality of the food has gone down a bit.

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f
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Our server was outstanding and the food was creative and very flavorful.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Cute place to go for a date or happy hour. The appetizers were uniqur, healthy and tasty, but the service could have been a little better. Also our table was wobbling so we had to put a napkin under the table so it would stop rocking.

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r
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so original and flavorful- and the servers are really nice - great place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was really delicious but there was so much sauce that the bottom of the bread got so soggy I had to eat just the inside :/ Other than that, everything was wonderful.

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DA
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot. Service is awesome. And I love their Chicken Schnitzel sandwich! Can’t wait to go back.

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VP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, enjoyed the Spanish and Mediterranean influences on most of the dishes. Unique and great tasting dishes.
A little over crowded and noise for my taste but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Patio tables are on the smaller side but the servers are on point when to come and take the finished dishes away..
drinks are great and the food is outstanding what more could you ask for!?!
Great for casual dinning or even for a date night!

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TM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hadn't been in five years... Food as good or better...

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r
Costa Rica
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in LA, five years running. Staff always fun with amazing food and service. My son and I always order order the menu because we simply can’t pass on their specialties like a whole fried chicken.

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