Mercadito - River North

4.6
5302 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, esquites and more.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5302 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
ambience
4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SunnylynnB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and our table was ready. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu ideas. The drinks were yummy. The food was absolutely delicious. We’ll definitely be going back and recommending to our friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best mexican food we have ever eaten!! we especially loved the meat tacos and guacamole. the waiters were really nice and friendly. the service was extremely fast. we loved the restaurant and would visit again. i’d visit chicago again just to eat at this restaurant.

PG
PrettyG34
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Constance was amazing. She explained the menu so well and gave us great options to choose from. The drinks and food were delicious. It came out quickly and hot. I hadn’t been in a while and it was just as good as I remembered it! I’ll definitely be back.

TB
vipTomB
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Creative and authentic Mexican cuisine describes Mercadito. The spice and the heat from the Tomatillo and Chili de Arbol salsas sneak up on you which I like. The Pollo Tacos and the Hongos Tacos were perfectly seasoned. I suggest that if you pay your bill with a credit card that you check the table card reader because it defaults to a 25% tip.

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Jayna
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved every dish we ordered! The prices were great as well! It was our anniversary and this was a great last minute pick! We will be back to visit the lounge!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Had a reservation at 8pm and did not get seated until after 9pm…

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QualityEater
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come hear every time I’m in Chicago…great food, service and margaritas!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was terrible. Will never go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Made my birthday special

AC
AngelaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the ambience. Our server was awesome! I had the red snapper and it was delish. It was a little loud but overall great experience. We will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Place was hopping. Service was doing its best to keep up, not too bad on waits once seated. Food and the margarita were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shrimp tacos and brisket tacos are delish! You must also try the creamed corn. Sooooo goooid!

MF
vipMirandaF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good margaritas and delicious food.

SW
SarahW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress (Constance I think) was awesome. She was super helpful with the menu for my friend who is observing a specific diet and she was great fun to chat with!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food is good and cocktails are great. I knew we would be near the amount we paid for dinner. However, I don’t think it was worth as much as we paid.

BT
BizTraveler
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superior menu. Excellent Mexican influences creating new culinary experiences! Exciting new combinations without straying from beloved source flavors. Tequila and Mescal menu intrigues and overwhelms.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spectacular! The service is great as well. We had a wonderful meal.

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NickC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, but they were out of a couple things we ordered. Service was extremely slow.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible service from host, manager and waiter. Bust boy was the only good part about the service. Absolutely rude, unfriendly and not accommodating staff. Way to loud couldn’t hear our own table talk - food was the only positive about this place. Never going again and also sharing with friends/associates about our experience.

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BriannaL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! I would certainly visit again! Great!

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williamP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was the worst Mexican restaurant we have ever been to. My wife is Mexican American and said her mother always made authentic Mexican food. This was not! We got our food in 3 minutes, which leads us to believe it was sitting under a heating lamp for quite some time. The ambiance....what ambiance. The acoustics were so bad that we couldn't have a normal conversation. We had to shout throughout our dinner. I felt we were at McDonald's....get them in and get them out. Like a herd of cattle.

JS
JenS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and fresh. One of the best margaritas I’ve had.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall the experience was good, appetizers and drinks were great. Tacos not so good.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We didn’t get sat until 30 minutes after our reservation but everything after that was perfect!

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Sahil
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience again. Will and his staff are top notch! Can't wait to come back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We sat outdoors which was pleasant. It is too loud to have a conversation inside.

MB
MeridaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Not what it used to be ..sadly my food was just a reminder of what the quality used to be ..took quite some time to get out our order..sloppy presentation ..and food was not as delicious as I remember being in the past ..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I’m not sure if owners have changed, but the quality and taste of food have fallen short for the past couple of years. Mercadito used to be a fave, but there is a definite notice of change in their dishes and not a positive one.

BR
BrittneyR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place . Little loud but a great young spot to have drinks and tacos

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RebeccaW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food in general is good - I love their tacos, but some dishes are over-priced (e.g. $12+ for a small portion of guacamole). The major downside for me is the constant loud noise that makes it difficult for us to enjoy the food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and it came out super fast. We also really enjoyed Will the manager !

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vipmdillon41
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very interesting menu with some novel choices....ie peach guacamole. Great server and
fabulous margaritas.

K
Kamal
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Could do with more attentive service though. Did not pay attention to "on the side" and "no cheese on the black beans". Drinks slightly overpriced, but good overall

SC
StevenC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very fresh and presented nicely. We had pork tacos and shrimp tacos, delish. Apps were good and Margaritas excellent.

RK
RahshondaK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks the amiga drink was amazing and our server Constance was wonderful. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Bad food terrible price. Guacamole with soy sauce disgusting

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant environment. Food came out quick, piping hot, and delicious. Wonderful service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were amazing and the food was fantastic! Loved the overall vibes of the restaurant and our server was excellent!

FAQs

Mercadito - River North does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Mercadito - River North also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 329-9555.

Mercadito - River North is rated 4.6 stars by 5302 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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