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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4.5based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

RW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every little detail was amazing! The food was to die for. A bit pricey but what isn’t in Chicago?

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Annoying and loud waiters rushed us and food sucked

GG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

DM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and margaritas were fantastic

T
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Great atmosphere. The brisket tacos were to die for! Loved them!

P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

SN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

OV
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service !
food was beyond my expectations !

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The chicken tacos are so good!!

DR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

b
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

NM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

EK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience2

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

KY
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Will never go again bad service rude waiter and stuff said on floor between waiters that should never be heard by a customer

j
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Quick and efficient servers. I'm new to town and this is now one of my staple restaurants for dining out.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! They were so warm and friendly. And made our friend’s night even more special!

JS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The portions you get is not worth the cost. Food was good but very expensive.

RG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing !!!!! I had the pastor and chicken tacos! The guacamole especially the one with the pomegranate was delightful. The Brussels sprout was an amazing surprise !!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Too noisy!

MS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious as always, but Kevin is the absolute bomb! He’s kind, energetic, happy, attentive, impeccable manners, with an overall lovable energy! Thank you for making our birthday celebratory lunch, a happier moment!

CP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Been to Mercadito before and it’s really gone downhill. The service was terrible. Margs tasted like sour water. And the noise level was unbearable. I could not even hear my friend. And the tables were WAY too close together. We left after one drink to go someplace else since it was so bad. I will not be returning to this place ever again.

ES
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dinner was great! Went here to catch up with a friend and it was a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. Meals appear to be small, but 4 tacos is filling. Great drinks, great atmosphere. The room is very loud, so it was a bit challenging to have intimate conversations - especially since the tables were so close together. Service was good, not eactly sure who our waiter/waitress was all night because we had 4 people come up to us every 2-3 minutes, good for service but maybe a little too much. Overall, great experience, would recommend to a friend or visitor in Chicago!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Mercadito was fabulous. We got the guacamole flight and we wanted to lick the bowls clean. The corn pudding was to die for. I was loathe to share it with my table mates! The tacos were perfect.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Our reservation was for 8:30PM and we were not seated until 9PM. We were promised free drinks for the inconvenience but our drinks were still full price on the bill. Would not recommend on a Saturday night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

they forgot about my dinner and it came out with the check but they were very apologetic! everything else was great!!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Had reservations for 8pm, but waited 40 minutes before being seated. Host was friendly, but not able to even guess at how long the wait would be. Service was fine, all business (probably because it was literally too loud to converse about anything other than...”I’LL HAVE A MARGARITA.”)The food came out sporadically; two in our party we’re finished before the other meals arrived. Tacos were good, not great. I did like the queso. Very, very loud. I think this place is riding on the “hot spot” reputation, and when that fades, they better get the other areas in order.

FF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious Tacos. Not my first time here but I tried the mahi Tacos and they were amazing

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and savory drinks!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, delicious and great vibes!

BF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

WAY. TOO. LOUD. Very overpriced for Mexican cuisine.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious food! Worth the wait!

B
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place all around!

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Everything is always great but they’ve recently changed their menu. I use to love the red snapper but they’ve changed the recipe. Not a fan

Mercadito - River North
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi KendaM, Thanks for your feedback! We try and revamp certain dishes so that we can remain new and innovative. Sometimes it isn’t received as well as others. ,I will echo your sentiments to other members of the kitchen. Thank you for being the best part of Mercadito. Sincerely, Christopher Bilyk Guest Experience at Mercadito River North

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