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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was yummy! The vanilla lemonade (non alcoholic) was good , different but good!

LS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. The carrots are a must!

JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and a really welcoming and casual atmosphere

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks. Waitress was very sweet and helpful.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - we ate outside and took advantage of their happy out deals in addition to regular menu items. Everything was excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too spicy, unimaginative salads with too much naranja or oranges with too much dressing, even fried squash blossoms had too much filling.

Needs improvement and better presentation as my friend wants to celebrate his birthday on Oct 19 at 7pm

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The palette is refreshingly different from everything else in LA. The pacing of the dishes is great.

CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, there are too many delicious items to choose. Everything was delicious, even the iced tea.

c
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were delicious. So many tasty items on the menu. We plan to come back to try more.

O
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ordered so many dishes and they were all amazing. They each had such a unique flavor. We wanted to order double! Try the squash blossoms, Hamachi crudo, the soup, and oxtail dish with polenta.

BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious, insanely expensive but good. The service made us feel like we were in Europe. They just never showed up! Restaurant was empty so it wasn't like they were slammed.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

The kitchen is splendid. Superb and inventive. But Once the food leaves the kitchen it all falls apart

JS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. The food was innovative and yet familiar, comforting but edgy. I would defintely go again.

BL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. My only complaint was that we had to ask a few times for an extra setting and they took our spoons away while we were still eating dessert. Had to wait a long while before someone came back with new spoons so we could finish our dessert. Otherwise, food was top notch!

SK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was friendly and informed about the dishes. Additional info on the menu or from the server that the "Toron" Baco is served on the rare side would have alleviated some initial concern that it was under-cooked, but it was delicious. The "Tuscan Melon with Persian Cucumber Salad" is about as perfect as a dish can get -- creamy, cooling, spicy, crunchy, flavorful. Wishing now that I had bought the restaurant cookbook, since it appears that it is among the recipes included.

KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Za-Atar+Eggplant+Fava Dip was amazing and so flavorful. I could have eaten this appetizer, all day! The service is wonderful, patient, kind. I would recommend this place - without hesitation as a DTLA dining destination!

RA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience! The staff is very friendly and super attentive. I’ve never regretted having a night out here, the food is always delicious and the drinks are always perfection.

KS
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here a few times now. Great food selection especially vegetarian options.

DH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time visit, food was very good, service was great

DC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going there. The first impressions were good: pleasant ambiance and attentive and friendly service. The area where we were was a little too loud for us but other people may be ok with that. We both got the fix prix dinner and it was a good value.

The food was amazing. The eggplant and fava bean dip was delicious: a perfect combination of ingredients. It came with a wonderful fluffy bread. The Caramelized cauliflower was also very good. The peppery albacore tuna was covered in a delicious sauce. My husband had the steak and he loved it. Highly recommend this place.

If we come back to LA, we will definitely dine here again.

KT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The entrees are good, but the desserts are super tiny!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is not a large restaurant but cozy enough to have a wonderful meal with friends and family. Dishes are amazing and tasty, Drinks are adequate and some are really creative. We definitely will come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Creative flavors. Great atmosphere.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for my brother’s birthday, and I must say we were all very impressed by the service and food. Everything we ordered was delicious and full of flavor! I’ll definitely be back and highly recommend- it’s a true foodie experience =)

Oh and the panna cotta was A-m-a-z-I-n-g!

b
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Haven’t been here in several years, but it’s even better than I remember. Really well thought out food with combinations of spices other elements you wouldn’t normally see together. But everything I tried really came together in the best way. Nice atmosphere combined with tasty inventive food.

DF
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Terrifically interesting and delicious food. Casual but friendly service. Smart wine list. Very much worth the time to go downtown.

FZ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for DineLA with 3 other ladies. Our first time; waiter Was welcoming and overall service was great. Food was delish; will be back to try other dishes that weren’t featured on dinela menu.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service it was immaculate. If you are looking for a nice place for a date night you should definitely give them a try. You will not regret it.

BG
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely place
Valet was a bit slow but there is a parking garage in front. Food was very good.

K
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I’ve been to Baco Mercat multiple times and it’s always been excellent food and service. This time the food did not disappoint, but unfortunately, the service suffered quite tremendously. We were seated outside on the patio and waited nearly 30 minutes between our plates and even had to remind another staff member that we never received our final entree. It seems our server completely just disappeared as another waiter ended up giving us our check and finally closed us out. I’ll make sure to sit inside next time.

WP
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible. Just horrible. My server was high too and was just incompetent. Not worth the pricetag

SE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for DineLA. Highly recommend the cauliflower and the oxtail baco! Everything was great but those are the standouts. This is a great place to take out of towners when you want something easy but impressive.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the food price reasonable enjoyed dine.

VK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't had pizza for a while so I decided to get the mushroom pizza. It was very flavorful and honestly one of the best pizzas I've had in a long time. The vibe was chill and service was friendly and quick.

LR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It was such an umami of flavors. The blend of spices and cultures in each dish is so unique and balanced. We will defiantly brave LA traffic to come back up and try more.

S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the food here, we were eating light this time, so we just ordered three different vegetable dishes. Loved the squash blossoms and the cauliflower. My partner ordered the summer salad which was very light and refreshing.

DP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food variety, shared plates but decent portions. Really enjoyed

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had!

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for a while and every time the food is amazing. The menu had changed a little since the last time I was here so my husband and I ordered some of the new items. The squash blossoms and the bone marrow for starters, both dishes left us wanting more, they were so good. For the entrees we ordered the Toron Baco (my favorite) and the grilled octopus with a side of the cauliflower, everything was amazing - this place never disappoints!

FL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

“Torn pasta” in a pork sauce that was terrible. Terribly overpriced. I could go on but I won’t...

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