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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.3
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4.4
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 18 hours 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.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 .

LV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
10 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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Mercadito - River North
Responded 5 days ago

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

YJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

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!

JJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great but the place was a bit loud.

AW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on January 24, 2020

We are so happy to hear you had such a memorable experience and look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service over the top. Spacing of tables too close together but overall a wonderful experience

IF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for girls night!

J
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, drink and service. Excellent list of tequila and mescal. Order several plates to share among your group. A great dining adventure.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on January 17, 2020

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!

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DL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

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.

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