Bäco Mercat

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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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LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
San Francisco
11 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.

b
Los Angeles
212 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

DE
Los Angeles
4 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.

l
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 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).

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 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.

S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 27, 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.

BD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great variety of vegetarian items

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Baco is amazing!

OT
New England
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!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experince

AS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 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.

JV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 13, 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 !

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 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.

d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

VS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 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...

NG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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.

ST
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service. Will definitely recommend.

DM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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!

Z
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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.

BE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 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.

TD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place downtown!

LB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Cancun
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing food was delicious! Will come back

d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 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.

AL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 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.

JP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was good. The entre was cold when served but it was good.

JR
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 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.

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Everyone was friendly. The service was a little slow.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious.

d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, vibe and service. Food is served family style and works great when you have several people dining with you. I highly recommend this restaurant 👍🏻