El Mercado Modern Cuisine
El Mercado Modern Cuisine brings you the daily adventure of obtaining fresh ingredients from the market to cook the perfect supper. At El Mercado Modern Cuisine, we take this every day trip and transform it into a modern dining experience. We carefully choose our ingredients for our hand crafted cocktails and dishes to bring you the best expression of our Modern Cuisine. Offering a Taco Tuesday special of 3 Tacos for $10, Happy Hour from Tuesday-Friday (5pm-7pm) & all night on Wednesday.
Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations
Bottomless Mimosas and full bar available for Father's Day Brunch! 10am-3pm
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Absolutely a amazing meal , traveled 4 hours away with my family and whir blown away . The food was delicious, great atmosphere with incredible food and service . I ordered a “Italian Wolfe” cocktail and was so good and the presentation with the infused smoke was 💯💯‼️ Excellent dining experience Martinez Family
This restaurant is a true gem. The food is delicious, the service great, the ambiance beautiful, and the cocktails are inspired! Try the Italian Wolf or the Hot Queen, if you want an adventure in sight and taste.
Food is a little esoteric. Food comes out at different times for the table, which is offputting, and they forgot my meal entirely and had to put in the order again after everyone at my table was finished (on Mothers' Day). They did take the meal off the bill. They are trying to serve traditional foods in a non-traditional way, and it doesn't always work. The ambiance is very nice but the restaurant is loud.
The decor of El Mercado isn't overly done and don't be put off, their cocktails are fantastic and their dishes are so creative and flavorful. We were recommended to try this place out and we're glad we did. The camaraones a la diabla had heat and spice and the rice porridge cooled it off. The mole had great flavor and the chicken was juicy and tasty. The carnitas, don't miss the carnitas, the char on the outside and the melt in your mouth meat was on point!
Oil lamps on the tables fill the dining room with the smell of burnt fuel. It’s unhealthy. Candles burn much cleaner and don’t detract from an otherwise fantastic dining experience.
I met a friend at El Mercado for an early dinner. Our reservation was so early that the restaurant had a quiet and inviting atmosphere. It was wonderful because my friend and I wanted a place to talk and hear each other. The service was excellent and the menu was explained to us very well. The food was fantastic. It was our first time there and by the end of dinner we were already planning our next dinner there. I went home and told a friend about it! Thank you for everything!
Everything about this place is superb
Excellent food and drinks. Loved the patio
Amazing cocktails, food, and most importantly service. Abraham was a fantastic server with a ton of knowledge of everything on the menu. Will definitely be back!
Location is great, ambiance is great but the service was slow ( 2 servers for 4 tables so not sure why it was so slow). We went during brunch and the menu is very limited. They were out of the cocktails I wanted to try and the food was flavorless. I was very excited about this place but definitely disappointed. I do not recommend.
Unfortunately my experience here was more than unpleasant. The wait (even having a reservation), the service, the quality of the food was all disappointing. We were seated in the lunge area to order drinks before our table was ready, no one ever came over to order our drinks. Our table was ready, so we sit and the tables are rocky/uneven. They finally order our drinks for my drink to come first, waiting 10-15 minutes until the next drink, then another 8 minutes till the final 2 drinks. As courtesy, I waited till everyone got their drinks. We started with 2 appetizers - one came out (poor taste, no salt) - but the second never arrived. We decided to close out and eat out meal elsewhere. We’ve gone to the one in Santa Monica, and it was like they are two separate restaurants.
The food is very good and interesting, but the noise level is way too high, making for an uncomfortable experience. Even when the restaraunt was not busy, one could hardly hear people at our table. But when the restaurant got busier, you had to shout to be heard.
Awesome dinner after a long day at the convention center in Anaheim. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts!
This is a modern, fun take on traditional Mexican cuisine. The restaurant has a dim industrial modern interior. The bartender is amazing and makes masterful cocktails, definitely worth trying. The dishes are sort of like tapas and you can order several and share. I especially enjoyed the Pulpo (octopus), enchiladas and arrachera (skirt steak), didn't care too much for Tlayuda and the mole was pretty good. Service was good, not great. Our server brought the check when we were nearly done with the dinner without asking whether we wanted dessert. There are only two dessert choices listed on the menu (a sorbet and a flourless chocolate cake) plus a chef's choice, but I got the feeling that they are not big on dessert!?
Overall a good experience and I would recommend El Mercado Modern.
Very unusual menu - had we seen the menu we would not have gone - modern must mean unusual dishes and small portions.
Quality was good - just not what we think of as a Mexican restaurant
Great service and delicious food flavor profile was well balanced very quiet place perfect for couples.
Fantastic business dinner at one of my favorite spots.
This was my second visit and it was just as great as the first; we like it for dinner before shows at the Yost or The Cavern. The carnitas were very flavorful and crispy and the mole chicken was delicious, but my favorite was the tlayuda - sort of a flat bread with black beans, pea puree and other little gems. Very pretty and very tasty! Our waiter was also a delight (unfortunately I didn't get his name). Highly recommended!
The food was not good enough to make up for the terrible service.
Very friendly waiters, out of the ordinary dishes, comfortable but a little expensive. An excellent list of mezcales worth trying in the future.
A spectacular Place, great ambience and food that is to die for.
Neighborhood gem! Brunch was wonderful!!Food was superb! Love this place! OPEN FACED PAMBAZO and enchiladas verdes. Drinks were AMAZING!!! Recado, Reina, Del Toro & Calle Cuatro!! Can't wait to go back for more. Jorge was a great bartender/Host!!
A;ready have enjoyed tapas and drinks here one evening. Decided to come back for brunch and we loved it! Cocktails on point and the food is amazing!
Incredibly delicious and unique. Every item on the menu was outstanding. I would drive back from Palm Springs every Sunday for brunch.
Incredible food. Wish they didn't make even basic rice and/or tortilla extra.
The portion sizes vary wildly and it would help to note that in the menu beside each one.
Great spot! The meat -eaters in our group loved the carnitas in particular. I am a vegetarian and would have loved a little more flavorful options, it the drinks and environment were awesome and the options I did have were good. Especially the quesadilla.
Awesome experience in a fun area.
Innovative menu, great cocktail selection, excellent service. A delicious addition to the DTSA restaurant scene. Outdoor patio is perfect for those who want to dine with their dog.
Tasted most of the dishes! All fantastic! Very happy with our choice for my dads bday dinner. Great cocktails as well!!
Excellent food and ambiance! Chef never ceases to amaze me with his creations.
Terrific food! Service is consistently excellent. Dishes are meant to be shared but don't let that discourage you. Some of the tastiest cuisine in all of Orange County.
We had heard great things about this place and were so excited to try it out. I surprised my husband for his birthday and took him here. The food was very bland, the carnitas came on a very small layer of salsa and tortillas and that's it. No avocado or any veggies. We had the taquitos, which were nothing great. Super dissapointed...
Way too dark. Menu is hard to read. Not good for vegetarians because they have limited options and do not do substitutions.
the food was ok. the portions too small for the price, especially the arrachera, way too noisy and dark, we had to use our phones to look at the menu and you can barely heard each other, not going back.
My husband and I loved this restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance. We love finding unique places with good food. I would highly recommend going!!
Excelling food and Cocktails. Great service and vibe. Would be great if they had better lighting on the tables. Table pin lighting
Muy buenos tragos, pero la comida muy regular
We had to sit outside the noise inside was insane, not able to converse at all!!!
The food is outstanding!!!!!
Brunch menu is simple, delicious and has variety. Service was not rushed and every plate is delicious.