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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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

AW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

IF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for girls night!

J
San Francisco
26 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 4 days ago

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.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing. We enjoyed the food and the restaurant was not as packed as it usually is so it was great.

Mercadito - River North
Responded 4 days ago

We're so happy to hear you had such a great time! Cant wait for you to join us again!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is always great and service always attentive.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We love Mercadito and go often, but the service has been very slow the past two times we have gone. The food was still amazing and the drinks were great. Our favorite tacos were the lobster!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nothing to write home about

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible. We were seated and no server came to greet/take out order after 15 minutes of just sitting there, making eye contact with staff. After asking two bussers if we could please order, the manager on duty came and told us how he wasn’t a server but he would be taking our order. He then left and came back after a couple of minutes. At that point we ordered our food and were told by the manager, I believe his name was Kevin we would be receiving a 50% discount due to our situation. We got the check with no discount. It was one of the worst services and I could see how other tables were frustrated as well.

YR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We eat at mercadito once a week and it’s always been great, however the last three visits have been terrible. the service level has gone down. One specific server has been the worst. A female server we’ve had during multiple visits takes 15-20 minutes to greet us and take a drink order. We just visited for New Year’s Day and we ran into the same issue. she took 15 minutes before greeting us, and another 30 minutes before checking in-when I had to ask if we could order food. The drinks were strong but way too sweet. This is really disappointing, since we love this place, but I think it’s time to find a new weekly place. Best of luck mercadito, hope you notice how bad your server is performing and get back to your amazing service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Comida deliciosa, el menú un poco caro pero era entendible por ser víspera de Año Nuevo. La mesera que nos atendió muy buena y servicial. Los meseros que te llevan la comida no tanto (no podías pedirles ni agua, porque te decían que te atendía la mesera.. esto podría mejorar).

En general una muy buena experiencia, definitivamente volvería.

El guacamole, salsa, esquites, tacos de carne y el postre fueron espectaculares 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

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LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

News Years Eve, Great food & cocktail!

l
Des Moines
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Made a reservation via open table. There was no note regarding the prefix menu for NYE. We didn’t mind it but if you’re going to offer a prefix menu at prefix menu prices the service has to be on par. We sat for 10 minutes and no one took our drink order, the rest of the night was just rushed. Plates piling up on each other while we were still finishing courses. Asked three different waiter for tortilla chips, and two different waiters for the bill. All while management took a picture with the photo op sign. Would’ve paid good money for any other prefix NYE menu in town. The food was good but overshadowed by the lackluster service and attention to patrons.

N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Mercadito is always our go-to but the NYE experience was not the best. Our server was not aware of the menu and was as if going over it with us was the first time she'd seen it. Our drink order came in incorrect and she tried to limit us "per table" for part of the fixed menu when it clearly said "per person". This made for a so-so overall experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner on New Year’s Eve.

R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe here! Delicious margaritas. The tacos were delicious. Try the lobster or brisket tacos, delicious! The guacamole is fresh and tasty. Tried the seasonal pomegranate guac. Loved it.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on January 7, 2020

Wow! thank you so much for your kind review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food, ambiance, service - all fabulous

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The food was poor, we ordered the short ribs which were so fatty almost inedible and a round of skinny margaritas that were super weak. We were excited about this restaurant. Super disappointing.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on January 7, 2020

We are so sorry to hear your experience was less then memorable! i'd like to send you a direct message and discuss your visit a little more.

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A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection in every way! Finally the music volume has been lowered. Thank you!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on January 7, 2020

we think your review was pretty perfect as well! Thank you so much

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there many times and they never disappoint!! Had three different types of tacos and all were amazing.
Would always recommend Mercadito's to anyone!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you! Come back soon :)

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MF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We found the Mercadito to be very loud, over crowded and extremely overpriced. Also, what Mexican restaurant charges extra for chips and salsa...Mercadito does! Food was good but very small portions. Forget about changing your mind during the ordering process because as soon as the server enters it on his handheld the order is sent to the kitchen...no changes allowed. Finally, we never spent so much money for simple Mexican food in our lives...way over priced. Would not recommend the Mercadito.

SE
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Amazing tacos. I’d higly recommend Carnitas de Puerco. Big size of portions. Quality of service and desserts can be improved. Our server barely had time to listen to us as he was running around and taking care of maybe more than 10 tables. He entered the tip amount himself and asked me to sign which was not very nice. I had Spicy Chocolate Cake and I am not a fan of it, will try something else next time.

EA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I felt like I was being Russ her to leave by the waitress. After eating at the restaurant. I order food to go and ordered rice that was not what I was expecting. I communicated this with the waitress and she was hesitant about taking it back even though it wasn’t touched and she tried to convince me it was something that it’s not. Bad experience. Never going back.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 19, 2019

I am so sorry to hear that your experience was less then amazing and I hope you give us an opportunity to change your mind. I'm going to message you personally so we can make it right

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SR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Excellent! Great food! Great location!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 18, 2019

Wow! thanks so much for the glowing review! we think you're excellent! see you next time!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food!! The street tacos were fantastic as was the traditional guacamole. Definitely recommend!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you so much! could not have said it better myself! cant wait to have you back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Server was rude. That says it all. Besides being over priced and food nothing exceptional

I addition to being rude, my purse was draped over back of chair. Server got snagged on it and broke strap. No apology or attempts at restitution. I just let it go but I’m still annoyed.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 17, 2019

I'm sorry to hear you had a less then amazing experience. I would like to message you personally to come up with a solution to ensure this manner is dealt with appropriately.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The drinks are good, but the food is consistently terrible.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 18, 2019

Sorry to hear you did not enjoy yourself, if you wouldn't mind I would like to message you privately to discuss what exactly you were not pleased with. We appreciate all feedback, as it can only make us better.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I came down to Chicago to see a matinee of Hamilton. We looked for highly rated restaurants near our hotel before the show. We really loved the ambiance of this restaurant and the food matched.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 19, 2019

We are thrilled that you had a great time with us! come back again soon

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LM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service and food excellent. Music very loud. Hard to hold a conversation due to the noise level.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 18, 2019

I'm sorry to hear the volume was a bit much. We hear you and appreciate the feedback. hope you wont let it stop you from giving us another chance Hope to see you again soon!

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TB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a Pepino El Pyu cocktail, it was a margarita with a cucumber mixture, it so delicious and refreshing! We ordered traditional and seasonal guacamole, they were both so fresh and tasty. Finally I had the carne tacos ( small but packed with steak) which were fantastic! Not over the moon on the Tres Leches though, although it was good. Our server, Benicio Was very friendly and attentive, as well as all the other staff. I really cannot wait to go back!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 18, 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed yourself!

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SG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great as always. Just wish they’d go back to 3 tacos per serving. 2 is too little and 4 is too much.

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Everything was pretty great except for dessert.
Tres leche was bland.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 11, 2019

I'm sorry to hear you weren't a fan of our Tres Leches dessert. We appreciate your feedback and invite you back to try our torrejas de bolillo or Flan Napolitano!

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E
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have never been in a restaurant so loud. We waited a long time for our reservation then when finally sat there was a mix up and our table had people at it. Had to wait once again, at this point we left. No food is worth the level of noise or lack of organization, will not return.

AK
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

VERY loud and very tight seating ... could barely avoid bumping elbows with our neighboring tables and the crowd volume was so loud we couldn’t carry a conversation. There was plenty of food on the plate but was only adequate in flavor (mole tasted burned).

JW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Too loud but otherwise excellent - great food and fun place

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on December 10, 2019

I'm sorry that you had a less then memorable experience. I invite you to join us at an off peak time, as it can at times definitely become a live atmosphere which we understand isn't for everyone. Thank you so much for the feedback and we hope to see you soon!

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