Mercadito - River North
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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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.
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
Loved it! They were so warm and friendly. And made our friend’s night even more special!
The portions you get is not worth the cost. Food was good but very expensive.
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 !!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
they forgot about my dinner and it came out with the check but they were very apologetic! everything else was great!!
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.
Unique and delicious Tacos. Not my first time here but I tried the mahi Tacos and they were amazing
Great food and savory drinks!
Fun, delicious and great vibes!
WAY. TOO. LOUD. Very overpriced for Mexican cuisine.
Fresh and delicious food! Worth the wait!
Great place all around!
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
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