Mercadito - River North
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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The food and service were great. The noise level is very very loud, and the tables are way too close to each other. You hear all of your neighbors conversation unless you are yelling with those in your party to have your own conversation.
Waiter came to the table late. Said food would not be spicey. It was. No shrimp in one of my enchiladas ..
Was there for a nice little dinner date and my boyfriend and I could barely hear each other over the noise from the restaurant. There was no ambiance it was loud to a point of Uncomfortability. The salsa is not on the house, you have to pay for each one that you order-something I didn’t appreciate because I like to use salsa all over my food and didn’t get to enjoy that. Our server was aloof for most of the time we were there. Don’t think I’d go back.
Not the servers fault because they were understaffed, but very slow service.
It took a lot to get my friend food. Portions were very small but food was great
We use to come to the the Mercadito, every year for several years in a row. It was our tradition each time we come to Chicago. But after our last experience, I know for sure that we wont come back. The food was ordinary, the service too. Far from what it use to be. Too bad...
The ambience, wait staff and the food was excellent. A little overpriced but expected, being its downtown Chicago.
We are so happy you enjoyed yourself thanks for the love! and we hope to see you again soon!
I didn't like the carne tacos, not tasty, but guacamole y queso funds are DELICIOUS, good drinks too
Food and margaritas are always amazing! We definitely go here every time we come to Chicago!
Outstanding food and drinks. The atmosphere is very lively and energetic. Despite being very busy the service was very good.
Unique spot with great quality food and cocktails. Service is great, will go back again!
Thanks so much for the love! see you soon
Really really good food and service. My only complaint is the price of the margaritas. $13 is unnecessary even forChicago!
We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself and appreciate the feedback and also invite you back for our happy hour Monday-Thursday 3-6 where our amazing Traditional Margaritas are $9! hope to see you soon!
Excellent service great food. Very loud but not unbearable
Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon!
waited 45 minutes for a table after having reservations and was missed in the seating cue. service was extremely slow and almost rude. bar ran out of glasses and had to wait 20 minutes for a drink. very bad night for what i used to look forward to as my favorite river north spot. things have really gone south.
Some of the best Mexixan food we've had this side of Mexico. The carnitas tacos were amazing! A little pricey for Mexican food, but well worth it. We'll be back for sure!
Thank you so much for the kind words, we look forward to your return! see you soon!
Although the food and drinks were very good, the noise level was extremely high. Hard to socialize and enjoy. If going, I would highly recommend going at an unpopular time.
Thank you so much for the feedback, and apologize if the volume level interfered with your experience. during peak times it can become quite vibrant . We hope that you will still join us again in the future
Anniversary dinner for me and my wife! Food was great and the service was amazing.
Glad to hear you had a great evening with us and we hope to see you again in the near future!
For the most part, service was good. Did not like how the waiter would take away dishes without asking rather I was finished with my meal.
The tacos are so amazing
Thanks! so are you! we'll see you again soon!
I liked this restaurant a lot, the food was excellent , we tried all different types of tacos, guacamoles, salsas and dessert. The atmosphere was very cool and modern and not very noisy.
Every little detail was amazing! The food was to die for. A bit pricey but what isn’t in Chicago?
Annoying and loud waiters rushed us and food sucked
Surprisingly busy for a cold Tuesday night. Fun vibe but a little loud. Great food. We happened to be sitting next to a couple celebrities, and I think our service was negatively impacted because of it. Slow to refill waters, clear plates and never offered another round of beverages. I’m sure that was an anomaly.
Food and margaritas were fantastic
Food and service were amazing. Great atmosphere. The brisket tacos were to die for! Loved them!
Came in for my birthday dinner with a group of friends. Was informed by the quite snotty hostess that we had to wait for the entire party to arrive before we could be seated, which we were not informed of beforehand. There are no chairs in the waiting area, so most of my party had to block the entrance as other people checked in.
Bathroom was pretty clean, no complaints there except I’m sure a challenge to get down two flights of stairs for people with disabilities.
Drinks came reasonably quick after being ordered, and were standard (aka quite pricey) for the area. Mine was not very strong at all, but tasty.
The food took a bit to come out, but I understood they were busy. Problem is, they neglected to bring out one persons food. As people generally do, we wanted to wait for her food to be delivered before we started eating. After a while, the manager came by and introduced himself, and we let him know we were missing a plate of chicken tacos. He said he’d check on it, and took over 5 minutes to come back, leading me to believe the kitchen probably forgot to make it, as I’m sure everything is to the point of needing to be heated/assembled in the kitchen. My lobster tacos sat for roughly 20 minutes after being served, and while they were pretty good, I’m sure they would have been better warm/fresh.
I was brought a tasty dessert with candle, which was a great touch. Our server was also very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. No gratuity was added, which I thought odd. I may return but probably for a Tuesday date night, versus with a large party.
Oh, and it also gets SO loud, the acoustics are not great, and it was hard to hear anything the person across from me was saying.
The service was slow and the server was rather indifferent. The food was lukewarm and, in the case of the chicken, drowning in excessive mole sauce. I had eaten here before and had a good, although not memorable, experience. Next time I’ll head straight to Barrio.
Perfect service !
food was beyond my expectations !
The chicken tacos are so good!!
Traditional margarita and lobster tacos are the go-to and never disappoint—although we keep requesting the “old lobster tacos” before they changed them. Still delicious though!
It was OK, food was good, not great, steak was "chewy", if you know what I mean, kind of tough. Tables are too close together and really loud. I would give it a B as a grade.
Mercadito never disappoints. Had dinner with my mom’s friend who was in town from FL and her 8 month old granddaughter. The staff was super accommodating and the food was delicious! Thank you :)
Great place and great food. Quite a bit noisy but that's just a reflection of how busy the place is all the time. Great service, very accommodating staff. We went with our 3-year old son, so not a bad place to bring your kids.
The food was completely overpriced and for the size of the drinks, they were overpriced as well. There was a hair in our salsa, so that was pretty awful to see. Chips are not complementary as other Mexican restaurants are. We had a group of 8 and the bill was over $500! I’m sorry it was NOT worth it at all.
Boys (8, 10) had a day off from school so came to work with me. Treated them to tacos at Mercadito for lunch. They loved it. Between the three of us, we ate 12 tacos and 3 sides - corn, rice and beans. The house made sodas got mixed reviews from my kids.
Always a good place to come for lunch. However, Our waitress today wasn’t very informative about the menu or dishes, as I had some people in attendance and it was there first time there, so very blah.
Will never go again bad service rude waiter and stuff said on floor between waiters that should never be heard by a customer
Great food. Quick and efficient servers. I'm new to town and this is now one of my staple restaurants for dining out.
Great food and drinks