Mercadito - River North
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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
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.
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 .
Valentine’s Day, set menu, limited vegetarian options, rushes service
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.
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!!
The portion sizes are very small for the price. The food is decent though.
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!
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!
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
Hostesses were incredibly rude. Food was ok. Service was ok.
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!!!
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
Great Food and Drinks.
Weekend is kind of loud for a first date.
Glad you enjoyed yourself! thank you for your review, we appreciate it and hope to see you again soon
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.
Food, drinks and music are always good here!
Thanks! We appreciate all the love!
Great food, definitely recommend the shrimp tacos!
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!
The place had a strong grease smell and the food is mediocre at best.
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!
Thank you so much for your kind words! We look forward to your next visit
Guac was great but small portions. Everything else was good but not amazing.
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
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!
Thank you for the feedback! We appreciate it! Very happy to hear you had a good time!
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.
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.
Thanks for everything from customer service to the friendly patrons of this establishment.
Wow! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! we appreciate you, and cant wait for you to join us again
Everything was excellent!!! Drinks and food was delicious! Staff was very friendly and accommodating! Definitely will be back!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Great service and food, I will definitely be coming back To this establishment
Thank You! we think you're pretty great as well! See you soon!
Excellent food. Ambience was loud but not overly. Felt like a great Latin party with great food.
So happy to hear you enjoyed yourself! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know, we appreciate it!
The food is really amazing. The lights were dimmed but I would visit again.
So glad to hear you enjoyed everything! cant wait for you to join us again!
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
Great place ! Love the good
Fast service . Will go back an visit
The food is not bad but a little pricey. Too loud for a date night or children. The server was busy so more staff to help would have been nice. Great drinks! Much easier to eat and converse in the lounge.
The food and drinks at Mercadito were amazing! It's such a fun atmosphere and is a hip and cool place. It was VERY loud in there so if you are one who likes to have good dinner conversations, this is not your place. Other than that, it was great!
I’ve been quite a few times and always loved the food. This past weekend we had a reservation for 7pm and were not seated until 7:30 as the restaurant seemed packed. All the food was rushed out to the point that we were done by 8:30pm. Server came and asked if we want to order more drinks and when we said not at this moment he left the check and left. I’ve never felt this rushed. No question was asked about dessert which we would have totally ordered.
It was like “here’s the check, get out so we can turn the table”. Absolutely ridiculous!
This was my first time at Mercadito and I was very pleased! Our food was delicious and so were the drinks. The ambiance and decor were both very beautiful. I definitely will be returning! I had a good experience but some of my guests notes that our waitress had a slight attitude towards them. That wasn’t my experience but some of my guests noted that to me. We had a reservation but still waited about a half hour . I was also told to let them know when my whole party was there but we all were present. Other than that, 5 stars on my end!
The food and service was great but the place was a bit loud.
It was our first time at Mercadito and we really enjoyed it. We were seated quickly and received good service even though it was crowded on a Saturday night. We plan on coming back again.
We are so happy to hear you had such a memorable experience and look forward to your next visit!
Food and service over the top. Spacing of tables too close together but overall a wonderful experience
The food was delicious and moderately priced. I got the carne asada ($27) which came with two pieces of asada, nopales, a mini quesadilla which came with a side of beans and rice. It’s a cute place but the tables are way too close together, it is far too loud in there I could barley hear my boyfriend speaking and he was sitting right in front of me in a tiny table. It’s rather dark in there but that didn’t bother me as much as the noise level and the crowdedness of the restaurant.
Service and food were great!!
Great for girls night!
Fabulous food, drink and service. Excellent list of tequila and mescal. Order several plates to share among your group. A great dining adventure.
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are thrilled you had such an excellent experience! we"ll hopefully see you again real soon!
When I mentioned that I wanted to order from the Happy Hour menu, the server’s attitude totally changed. It was almost as if he didn’t want me to see it. Instead of suggesting how to get the best value, the waiter stayed away from us, and we were not able to order another drink before the Happy Hour ended. Also, the time for the Happy Hour is different online than it was when I arrived. Online it is from 4-7p. In the restaurant it was from 3-6p. Bait and switch! The food was good, though.