Mercadito - River North

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
We are the city’s top Mexican restaurant for authentic cuisine, specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails, located in the heart of River North. Our culinary team led by Chef Marissa Tunon features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, elote, our killer Lobster Mac and Cheese and more.
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Sun 11:00AM - 1:00PM 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Thu 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 1:00PM

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food AMD service. Newly renovated with better lighting.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My mercadito dinner was so great as usual but I booked and it said I would receive 1000 pts for a 6pm and I got only 100!?....

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

Glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you again soon. Hope you get that point situation taken care of.

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r
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at Mercadito--excellent food and great service!

CW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were three diners so we decided to each get different tacos. Brisket, chicken & shrimp. They were all delicious but especially the smoky beef brisket and the chicken with crispy onions on top. My pineapple margarita was outstanding.

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

Wow! so thrilled to hear that so many of our options stood out for you! Thank you for your kind words!

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We were seated 30 mins after our reservation and the meal was very rushed. However, the food was delicious. I just wish we had more time to enjoy it.

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

So sorry to hear your visit didn't go as well as planned. We are a Tapas style restaurant so dishes do tend to arrive at a quicker pace. Thank you for the feedback, We will definitely take it into consideration going forward

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing. The only problem I had was it was super loud and even though we made a reservation we still had to wait and extra 30 minutes to be seated. But the food was worth the wait.

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks but way overpriced.

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

We're happy to hear you enjoyed the food and drinks

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience2

had 8pm reservations but didn't get seated until 830pm after complaining. bar was so busy couldn't get a drink while waiting. so noisy couldn't hold a conversation or hear waiter. food was rushed after ordering. terrible experience!

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

Thank you for you feedback, we appreciate it and will take it into consideration going forward. Hope you will return in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my experience at Mercaditos, my husband and I celebrate our anniversary every year dining with this establishment because the food is appropriately seasoned.

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

We appreciate the kind words. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion with us! Happy Anniversary!

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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food4service2ambience4

We made 9:45 reservations, arrived at 9:30 and was told they were behind and there was a 30-45 minute wait. Due to it being Valentine's day we understood. We waited and hour and was not seated till about 10:40. We were told the only menu available was the Valentines special. We let the waitress know we did not eat shrimp (one of the appetizers that was being provided) she said she would send out quesadillas. Long story short, they kept trying to bring us shrimp, we didn't get tacos till and hour and a half after we sat down while everyone else around us (that sat down after us) received their complete dinner. I had to speak with the manager to get our tacos out. By that time we still had not received the quesadillas either. I understand that it was really busy due to Valentine's day but we did NOT expect to be there for 3 hours (2 of those hours sitting at the table waiting for food). The food was good BUT we did not have a good experience.

GD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Prior to my recent dining experience, I’ve dined at Mercadito twice; for my birthday and a mixology class. Both of those experiences were great. However, my recent dining experience on Valentine’s Day was poor. I made dinner reservations over a week in advance, but still waited almost an hour to be seated. Appears that Mercadito over booked reservations. Notification regarding the long wait time for reservations would have been courteous. We were seated next to drafty windows on a night with negative outside temperatures, which made the section too cold to enjoy our food. That section of the restaurant needs heat lamps. Took the waitress over 10 minutes to greet us after we were seated. Asked to be seated in another area, but the waitress stated there was not another table available. Despite me seeing several empty tables away from the window, so we ate with our coats & hats on. The food was good. But, overall we had a poor dining experience. After dining here on Valentine’s Day, I would not recommend dining here on Holidays.

R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation was an hour late, there were missing items from the order. Clearly they overbooked on Valentine’s Day and couldn’t handle it. I should have listened to the other bad reviews for this place. Won’t return again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We really enjoy ourselves! The only thing that i didn't like was that i had to wait to 2 hours to be seated when i had a reservation, I'm pregrant i got tired of standing .

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

I'm sorry that you weren't sat closer to your reservation time. Special days like valentines day can be busier then usual but that isn't an excuse. we deeply apologize and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The music and ambiance was loud, but I was still able to have a conversation and hear the other person. Highly recommend for a finer Mexican experience!

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to share your experience with us. Happy to hear it was memorable. hope to see you again soon!

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LV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Valentine’s Day, set menu, limited vegetarian options, rushes service

B
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The interior must be getting redone. Hopefully the future design is good. Right now it's just boring white walls though. Otherwise, the food was great as always. It was $100 with tip for 3 meals, the chips & guac trio, and 1 drink, so that's kinda expensive in my book.

Mercadito - River North
Responded a day ago

Glad you enjoyed your meal! Hope to see you again soon

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment I walked in, I knew I found a winner. Hostess greeted me as I walked into the established. I was seated right away even though I was 30 minutes early for my reservation. I panned to have a cocktail prior to firmed arriving. The bartender saw that I was Pershing the drink menu and offered me a drink, at his recommendation - Dancing Pineapple (very tasty). I then took a call by then my friend arrived. We ordered the traditional and seasonal Guac (mango) AMAZING!!!! I ordered the carne tacos and the carnitas (delicious), also at the recommendation of waiter.

Will definitely be back soon!!

N
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The portion sizes are very small for the price. The food is decent though.

VL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I made reservations weeks in advance for my Birthday dinner. When we arrived the hostess was not very friendly and refused to give me a time when our table would be available because they were very busy. She said I know you have reservations but other people with reservations are waiting too. So she said if I wanted I could cancel or go wait in the lounge downstairs. We ended up just going to the bar. I then received a text that my table was ready and when I went to the host stand she said No we didnt text you and I even showed her my phone and she continued to deny texting me. By this point we were already waiting 40 minutes past our reservation time. There was 7 of us. Finally about 50 minutes past my reservation time we were seated. They then told us it was restaurant week, which i knew and I was excited to do the restaurant week menu but he said since there was 7 of us all of us had to order from that menu or none of us could. We ordered and some people got their food and some didnt until about 10 minutes later. The food was very good and the drinks were delicious but the service and lack of caring and customer service was horrible and not what I expect for River North!

JK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! My husband and I each ordered tacos and they were outstanding! We had a reservation but they were running behind. My chef complaint would be the noise level, we could not even hold a conversation because we couldn’t hear each other talk!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Sorry to hear our weekend atmosphere affected your experience. however, I'm pleased that you still were able to enjoy yourself. Thank you so much for the feedback, and we hope to see you again

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Hostesses were incredibly rude. Food was ok. Service was ok.

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were absolutely amazing!! The noise level in the restaurant is extremely high and it is difficult to hear yourself speak. But that will not prevent me from returning!!!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

There's definitely a live atmosphere in here on weekends. So glad that wont stop you from joining us again! We look forward to it

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T
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and Drinks.
Weekend is kind of loud for a first date.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Glad you enjoyed yourself! thank you for your review, we appreciate it and hope to see you again soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was horrible to begin with. The food was stale. We ordered avocado toast and it was impossible to bite the toast without breaking your teeth. We had to send it back. No apologies nor did they bother to ask if you wanted something else. That was just the appetizer. I am never going back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food, drinks and music are always good here!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks! We appreciate all the love!

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J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, definitely recommend the shrimp tacos!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you, we're thrilled you enjoyed your visit! our Shrimp tacos are definitely our best seller for a reason haha hope to see you again soon!

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RB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The place had a strong grease smell and the food is mediocre at best.

J
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner. The service was top notch! The ambience was good because it was loud, which made it difficult to chat across the table. The value was good only because the serving sizes were smaller. We were still full when we left, and I'm sure the prices are very competitive. The brisket and shrimp tacos were out of this world. We will definitely revisit when we are in Chicago again!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We look forward to your next visit

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j
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Guac was great but small portions. Everything else was good but not amazing.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Sorry to hear we didn't exceed your expectations, I hope you give us another opportunity to make it up to you. I will send you a private message to discuss what we can do. Thanks for the feedback

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very bright inside, usually the lights are dimmed down and the music was very low. Made for a strange ambiance but the food, drinks and company made it a fun time!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! We appreciate it! Very happy to hear you had a good time!

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Was told that the lunch menu for restaurant week was not available for weekends; this was not noted on the Choose Chicago restaurant week menus or in the mercadito website. Only brunch restaurant week menu available which did not have as good options as the lunch menu.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 5, 2020

Our Apologies for the misunderstanding. We will make sure our website reflects our available menus to prevent any future mishaps. Again, we apologize and appreciate your feedback.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks for everything from customer service to the friendly patrons of this establishment.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 4, 2020

Wow! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! we appreciate you, and cant wait for you to join us again

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a
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!! Drinks and food was delicious! Staff was very friendly and accommodating! Definitely will be back!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you so much! We Appreciate your taking the time to let us know how positive you experience with us was. hope to see you again real soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went there for a friend’s birthday, which was put in the reservation notes and completely unacknowledged.
We had to send back the guac twice.
So loud we had to yell at each other and the waiter even commented how hard it was to hear.
Very expensive for what we ordered, and I’m more than willing to pay for a nice meal.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

So sorry to hear there were important details missed during your visit. I understand how disappointing that can be. I will message you directly so we can rectify the situation. Again, my apologies.

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DZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food. Service was ok - waited for our table 30+ minutes despite our reservation, and the hostesses were slightly rude when we followed up on when our table would be available. Waitress was kind.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 5, 2020

We are so sorry to hear that there were some issues with you visit. All feedback is welcome and appreciated. if you don't mind, I would like to message you personally to receive a few details. Again, thank you for your feedback

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, I will definitely be coming back To this establishment

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank You! we think you're pretty great as well! See you soon!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Ambience was loud but not overly. Felt like a great Latin party with great food.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 4, 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed yourself! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know, we appreciate it!

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DI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is really amazing. The lights were dimmed but I would visit again.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 4, 2020

So glad to hear you enjoyed everything! cant wait for you to join us again!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Small portion and over priced. But I guess that’s how it goes in the city. Food taste was ok. But the worst part was having the waiter stare at your wife in front of you and making her and myself uncomfortable. I worked in the food industry before so I like to leave a good tip but now I regret it. Anyway because of the overall experience I will not be going back. No thanks

TR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place ! Love the good
Fast service . Will go back an visit

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