Bar Mercado

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Casual, multi-regional Spanish tapas restaurant and bar.
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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love tapas restaurants but this is the best one I’ve tried yet! The pork and golden raisin empanadas were perfectly cooked and amazing, the duck drumsticks were juicy and delicious and the salad was awesome! The service was friendly, attentive, and very helpful with my 7 year old in picking things she would like. The restaurant has beautiful decor and a great outdoor dining space. It’s in the Krog St. Market, which is a really fun place to explore as well. Definitely recommend and look forward to dining here again next time we are in Atlanta!

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MM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I decided to try Bar Mercado because of a picture of the Avacado Toast with Lobster that I saw on Instagram. They also have bottomless mimosas and sangria for brunch. The service was absolutely wonderful and all of the servers were super patient! Their extensive wine list consists only of Spanish wines but if you aren't familiar with Spanish wines their bartenders are very knowledgable and will help you make a selection by asking you a few quick questions. The Sangria was too bitter for us so we opted to go for other drinks. I ordered the Patatas Bravas and the Avacado Toast with lobster. The potatoes were bland and very greasy! I laid them out on a napkin and the napkin quickly soaked up so much oil. I switched them to another napkin and the same thing happened. The dipping sauces that came with the potatoes were also bland. The avocado toast was not what I was expecting. The first piece of toast was so hard that I couldn't cut through it or bite it. The waiter replaced my avocado toast. Unfortunately, it was SUPER bland. I don't think any salt, pepper, or seasoning of any kind was used in the preparation of the dish. I wanted to much to love it because it looked beautiful, but it was a huge disappointment.

Bar Mercado
Responded 3 days ago

Marielle - we see you have written a review of your experience across multiple platforms. It's unfortunate that we were unable to address your concerns while you were in the restaurant, as we would have done whatever we could to remedy the situation. I know you are describing the avocado toast as bland (when you asked us to remove the miso butter) and the patatas as lacking flavor (when you asked for the sauces on the side). Please share your email address if you would be willing to connect.

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OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visit for this local and a friend from Tampa. Cool atmosphere and vibe. Great food and drinks. Psycho Social was a fun drink but a little pricey for the size of glass. Would go back if in area again.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for dining with us!

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FT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and cocktails were great. I would go again.

Bar Mercado
Responded on June 11, 2019

FoodT - thank you for joining us and we look forward to your next visit.

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CH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of five celebrated my birthday at Bar Mercado. Almost every dish we ordered was fabulous, especially the salmon, hanger steak, piquillo peppers, and sangria. (We were mildly disappointed with the artichokes and the hamburguesa.) Sharing each plate (and comparing opinions) made for an especially festive dinner out. Grace, our server, made the evening even better with her gracious and welcoming manner and thoughtful choice of words. I highly recommend Bar Mercado, especially for a group.

Bar Mercado
Responded on June 11, 2019

CisH - thank you for celebrating this occasion with us at Bar Mercado! It was our pleasure serving you and we look forward to your next visit.

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FL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific Sunday brunch w/bottomless mimosas! Every entree at our table got high marks. We will be back!

Bar Mercado
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you for joining us for brunch, FamlL!

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our experience! I tried the wine porron and cracked up laughing because of closed my mouth when I was finished but it the cava was still flowing!
The crispy artichokes, the piston and the lobster paella were all delicious!

The service was outstanding.

We cannot wait to return!

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Bar Mercado! It was out pleasure serving you and we look forward to the next visit!

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME. Food was great, service was great. Totally cool vibe in the place.

Bar Mercado
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you for joining us TamiM! We look forward to your next visit!

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TB
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food was fair to mediocre. We got a free mushroom happy hour dish that was delightful. We had Mac & Cheese - Pass, Duck - Pass, Peppers - Pass, Hamburgers - Good, Paella - GREAT, Service was excellent. I would would go back but I would only order the mushrooms and Paella and because the service was so good.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 30, 2019

TaraB - thank you for joining us. We regret to read that your experience didn't quite meet your expectations. Would you be open to connecting for a brief moment? It is important to us that we improve, and also that this isn't your lasting impression of our restaurant. Thank you!

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Bar Mercado and definitely won’t be the last.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 26, 2019

Thank you AnnetteT! It was our pleasure to serve you.

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CM
Atlanta
92 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best excuse to visit Krog Street Market. Can't wait to visit for brunch.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 24, 2019

CowboiMindy - thank you for being such a great guest! We have enjoyed the opportunity to serve you and look forward to meeting over brunch soon!

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Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service, fun patio area! Each dish was seasoned perfectly, and delicious !

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Bar Mercado!

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R
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food left much to be desired . The staff and ambiance was great- however we did come to eat and neither of us left satisfied with the food or the drinks .

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 15, 2019

Ress - we apologize that the evening did not live up to your expectations. We would love the opportunity to connect if you are open to a brief discussion. Please share your email address if we may be in touch.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine at Bar Mercado!

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M
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Had a nice time at this place. Drinks were fantastic! The cheese board was also great. Wasn’t impressed by some of the tapas we got.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 16, 2019

Missgreek, Thank you for dining with us Bar Mercado! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your drinks and our selection of cheeses . We are disappointed to read that you did not enjoy the main course as much as you hoped. Please share your email address if you would be open to chatting briefly. We would love to know what we could do better and hope to welcome you back soon.

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JA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Bar Mercado for our anniversary and loved it. Order lots of tapas and try lots of things. Everything was full of flavor! We will definitely be going back.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing this special occasion with us at Bar Mercado! Happy Anniversary!

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AW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waiter. Mashed potatoes tasted like they were out of the box but everything else was fresh and delish.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 15, 2019

AutumnW - thank you for dining with us at Bar Mercado. We regret to read that the potatoes did not meet your expectations. We hope to welcome you back soon to earn that fifth star!

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PT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Great location. Terrible menu. Steak Tartare...at a Spanish tapas restaurant? No croquettes...and the waiter didn’t know what this was. Cocktail was half a glass. Not sure the chef knows how to prepare a Spanish menu. First and last time.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 6, 2019

PaulT, Thank you for dining at Bar Mercado. It appears we failed to showcase our menu in a way that would be appealing to your tastes and also missed the opportunity to deliver superior service. We would love to connect briefly if you would be open to it. Please share your email address and we will be in touch.

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GO
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I went for lunch on sunday @1.45pm. It was disappointing that they only had a limited brunch menu. I had seen different interesting food items on the open table album that I was looking to try. Limited paid parking available across the street.

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 22, 2019

GjOmoba, Thank you for dining with us at Bar Mercado. On Sunday's we offer brunch until 3pm followed by our traditional dinner menu. We apologize for the confusion. We hope we have the opportunity to serve you again in the future to share more of our menu with you!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was amazing. The food and sangria made it a great Sunday outing

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Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Bar Mercado!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful brunch to celebrate our first anniversary! We ordered the fried artichoke (delicious!), the banana bread (the only thing we thought didn’t quite live up to the rest but still tasty), the salad, the hangar steak, and the Benedict (my favorite!). They also brought us cheesecake to celebrate which was obviously house made and yummy - not too sweet. We will definitely be back to try to the regular menu.

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for dining with us for such a special occasion! We look forward to welcoming you back for dinner soon!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food, the artichokes are incredible! bottomless mimosas are totally worth it

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for dining with us for brunch!

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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great wine and tapas

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for dining at Bar Mercado!

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d
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! It was so cute and all the staff helped each other out even if it wasn’t their table. Our drinks were never empty! It was a great experience and we will be back.

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you for dining with us devondanielle!

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CP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Did bday brunch for my sister - our server was amazing! Byron I think? He was great. The food was expensive for the portions.

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us Claire!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I’ve been coming since day one, and I’ve never had a problem before. In fact, this was my favorite restaurant.
This visit was like walking into a completely different restaurant. The service was poor, it looked like everyone was miserable. The food was nowhere near the quality I had become accustomed to, it seemed like the idea was to cut corners instead of provide quality product. It was also my birthday and while noted on the reservation, and mentioned to the server, there was no recognition of it. We’ve always done birthdays and anniversaries here. No more. I will also stop recommending bar Mercado to people. It’s hard to believe this is part of CHG.

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Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice shared dinner for large family group. The fried artichokes and salmon were particularly good. The servings were small for the prices. Our waitress was very attentive and made good suggestions.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for dining at Bar Mercado!

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service, and lots of character! I definitely recommend Bar Mercado if you’re looking for a brunch spot in Atlanta!

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for dining at Bar Mercado LaurenT!

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a
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and full of flavor. My favorites were the paella, patatas bravas, and bikini (fancy grilled cheese). Cocktails were good, but definitely "craft"; Plaza Pomelo was my favorite.

Bar Mercado
Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us am321!

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food here is always great. Glad I found this place; makes for a great date night.

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you TavorisC! Thanks for sharing such a special evening with us.

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s
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Bar Mercado for the first time during Inman Park Restaurant Week. It was a great way to get to know the menu and everything was delicious! A great place to sit outside and people watch at Krog. You must get the Bikini!

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for joining us during Inman Park Restaurant Week! We hope to welcome you back soon!

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DS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Bar Mercado is a really cool place for time with friends with a nice patio seating area. The bottomless mimosas had way to much juice but was advised at the end that we should have gotten the sangria. People who sat next to us said that we should be able to swap out but our waiter denied that request. i decided to have the saland with lobster which was not bad but my cousin had the shrimp and grits, she stated that the shrimp was very bland. For the price it should have been a better experience. The main reason why I don’t plan to return is due to the service provided. My waiter did not let us know of the specials prior to ordering which means I would have chosen the 1/2 off off wine special instead of bottomless mimosas. Found out after the waitress for the table next to me stated it. By this time I guess it was too late to change because she said that she will mentioned it to our waiter and he returned without even acknowledging it. Also we were enjoying our conversation and since the mimosas were full of juice we did not feel as if we weren’t sipping champagne during our two hour visit. But what really did it for me is when our waiter advised us that his shift had ended and that we basically need to close out our bill. His exact words were that is your last glass (if you see menu or website there is no end time) but my waiter definitely cut me off of my wonderful spiked juice haha. Mind you we just decided to order dessert and a bottle. Needless to say I was pretty disappointed.
Oh the other waitress did try to help by bringing us better mimosas.

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 27, 2019

DenetreisS - thank you for sharing this feedback about your experience at Bar Mercado. We are disappointed to read that the experience did not meet your expectations. We would appreciate the opportunity to connect so we can ensure this isn't your lasting impression of our restaurant. Please let me know if you would be willing to share your email address. Thank you!

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SC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice time celebrating my daughters' bday!! We were able dine outside and
enjoy the beautiful view and weather!! Thank you! We will be back!!

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Responded on March 27, 2019

SusanC - thank you for sharing this special occasion with us at Bar Mercado!

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of four cousins had a wonderful time catching up, laughing and enjoying the perfect early spring weather on the patio. It was a bit chilly when we arrived and the hostess was very accommodating switching on the heaters for a few minutes to take the chill off. The atmosphere was understated and interesting--I loved the bathroom wallpaper and the large tapestry at the entrance. Our waiter Nate was great, taking care of everything quickly and efficiently...very cute and charming without being overly talkative or in our faces. He did a good job making suggestions and helping us with the menu. The food was well prepared, imaginative and of good quality. Don't miss the fried artichokes and the banana bread. I had a gin cocktail called Tomato King that was wonderful but the name is misleading. It was an unusual combination of watermelon, tomato, lemon, agave and basil. I took a risk picking Bar Mercado and was a little worried it might be too hip for our group of older ladies but everyone was very friendly, from the other patrons to the owner and all the staff, making it an absolutely perfect dining experience.

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 27, 2019

SherryC - thank you for sharing this special meal with us at Bar Mercado. It was our pleasure to serve you!

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AR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and not super expensive for a small/multi-plate tapas style place!

Bar Mercado
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you for dining at Bar Mercado AileenR!

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AA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time having tapas, and I was not disappointed. The food was great and flavorful. Our server was really attentive and there was one time where the food was taking a little longer than normal to come out and their server gave us a complimentary sandwich for the delay! Will be returning

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 27, 2019

AdrianA - thank you for dining with us at Bar Mercado! It's great to know you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JS
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

This was my first time at Bar Mercado and I really liked the vibe, the energy and the overall setting. I am a big fan of Spanish tapas since they usually offer bright and complex flavors. With four people, this would give us a chance to sample a few of the dishes.

There were two outstanding vegetable options. The ARTICHOKES were lightly salted, perfectly crisped and offered great flavor and textural contrast. I rate this dish a 10.

The second outstanding choice was the SETAS. The sherry/mushrooms combination at BM was fantastic. The addition of sprigs of thyme added more complexity to the dish I loved these two choices and give this dish a 10+.

Less to my liking was the PISTO, best described as a stew with chunks of vegetables in a rich tomato sauce. The sauce completely overwhelmed all the other components to the point, other than the Brussels sprouts, none were distinguishable. I can only give this dish a 4.

We also ordered two of the larger seafood plates.

The LOBSTER PAELLA was very good but contained very little lobster meat; I did notice one claw. The rice was cooked with some offering a little crunch on the outside (it is supposed to) and there was a good rich flavor. I would rate this an 8.

The bad news was the last dish and how the server handled the situation. The GAMBAS AL AJILLO was inedible and the two of us who took a bit of the shrimp both stopped eating them. They were mushy and very fishy, I would venture they were borderline rancid. When the server came over I told her, “the shrimp are bad, they are mushy and fishy and you should tell the chef to check them since I think they may be rancid.” She thanked me, yet they remained on the bill, bad job server. Rate both a ZERO.

Overall, we had a great time at Bar Mercado. We will definitely return, choose some of our favorites from this visit and try others. Most of the dishes were excellent, but the server, while friendly, did not handle the issue with the shrimp properly.

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 19, 2019

JeffS, Thank you for sharing such thoughtful feedback and for the honesty about the issue with the gambas (shrimp) dish. Please accept our apologies for not removing the item from your bill - it was our intentional and clearly was missed. Would you please let me know if we can connect so we can remedy this for you?

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FT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food from beginning to end.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Thank you FianmyT! It was our pleasure to serve you.

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LR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, well-thought out menu. Wonderful staff.

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 19, 2019

LeilaR - we are excited to read that you enjoyed our menu and our service. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, would highly recommend for anyone. The waitress even brought us additional cheese on our cheese board when she noticed we were not enjoying the bleu cheese option.

Bar Mercado
Responded on March 19, 2019

Thank you for dining with us ChrisW! We enjoyed the opportunity to serve you.

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