Mercadito - River North

4.5
4411 reviews
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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 world-renowned Chef Patricio Sandoval features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, elote, mexicano, our killer Lobster Mac and Cheese and more.

Specials

Happy Hour

Enjoy $10 margaritas, $5 select beer, $8 rock shrimp and tacos.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 12, 2019

Ends: January 13, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Choose from a 5 course dinner for two, featuring our signature rock shrimp or a la carte options (limited).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 4411 People Are Saying
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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Way too loud and too warm. A reservation is meaningless... you end up waiting with everybody else for a table. Food is good, but not worth the experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lovely atmosphere, lovely drinks and delicious tacos!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. The trip of salsa was on - served in shallow plates, the salsa was hard to eat - would have been better served in bowls.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was mediocre. The atmosphere was awesome and the drinks were amazing. Definitely recommend going their!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Waitress was less than friendly and too busy throughout most of our meal to ask if we wanted another drink which we ordered at the bar while waiting for our table. Ambiance was also lacking as we were packed like sardines at a tiny 2-top between two other tables. We live in the neighborhood; food was great but we won’t be back.

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MD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was attentive and fun and brought us a special mango shot as a treat. The food is consistently good when we've been for lunch, dinner or brunch. Bring back the taquiza platter with the carnitas!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Difficult for kids. Tried to order half a plate of tacos for daughter and got charged full plate.

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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 4

We went here for my birthday Saturday, and the service was horrible. We were rushed the moment we got in, and our food was taken away before we were done. Very disappointing.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t want to share too much! Seems like a good kept secret!

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GR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing and the food was delicious, I will definitely go back

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our NYE dinner here and it was spectacular!

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EP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience for my first time. Excellent quality of authentic mexican food. Was a great ambiance as well making my date night even more enjoyable!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Way better than I remembered. Lunch is much much quieter than the dinner scene. Drinks are good but pricey. Steak and beer battered fish tacos were awesome. Chips were nice and salty. Highly recommended for lunch.

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VP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The tacos were really good! Great New Year Eve spot!

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GD
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent a great new years eve dinner here with 2 of my friends. They had a wonderful NYE menu planned out and all of the food was amazing! We had a blast and would for sure have my NYE dinner there again next year! Our waiter was incredible and the price was unreal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

They had a special menu but it was never told to us. The manager said it was on the wed site and we were given a disclaimer but I was not and I reviewed everything. When I told the manager he said that they were not responsible for what was on open table (though they told us to make reservations through open table) So we were arguing our case and the manager did not want to here us out until we asked for his name. Our waitress was great she helped us through the whole problem, as much as she could.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was terrible. Didn’t taste fresh. I ordered fish and it was full of water. The good news is they took this off the bill. Not worth the money at all.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for a pre-NYE dinner and drinks!

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gourmet mexican restaurant, though a bit loud. I never miss this place when I travel to Chicago.

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ZA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food , good ambience . Decent selection for everyone . They never fail to impress. Highly recommend

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh cuisine, quality service.
Energetic ambiance.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The experience was memorable.

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YY
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Stellar tacos and drinks - atmosphere a bit loud for my taste but others may enjoy the energy. Would return if only for the tacos!

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious besides steak tacos. They tasted weird and I had them here before and were def better

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall experience was good. We were celebrating our 23 rd Anniversary and visiting from California

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tacos were excellent. My only complaint was the noise level since so many tables are packed in there. Tough to talk. Service was also excellent though

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Denver
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there around 5:30, so not loud at that time.

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Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Todo bien, aunque cierran cierran cocina muy temprano

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Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mexican food! The guacamole and mixto ceviche were great starters, and as the main dish quesadillas were unmatched. Tacos were good with favorites from my group being the peacado and steak. Yum!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food, atmosphere, and service. Menu can add up but it’s totally worth it!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Drinks & vibe!

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QE
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

This was my third time here, the food is always Outstanding. We sat close to where the wait staff congregated (back of the restaurant) and they were, at times, loud and unprofessional. Our waiter took 10 minutes to initially come to the table because he was socializing with his co-workers. When he finally came he was brief, unhelpful and nonchalant in his service style. He just killed the mojo for our dinner. He certainly didn’t apologize and instead acted as though he was fine with the service he was delivering. I would definitely go back but ask not to be in his section.

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D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food and the service was nothing short of amazing. Thank you for making my wife’s 45th birthday a success!!

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W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fondue with the brisket was a win of an appetizer. The skirt steak tacos and shrimp tacos were full of flavor. Top it off with Matt as the down to earth, genuine server,it made for a great experience. Can’t wait to come back for more!

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SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Took a while for our server to come greet us, when she did we put in drink order, then came back we put our food in of chips and guacamole, steak tacos and chicken tacos. Chips and guacamole came out before the drinks and then steak tacos and chicken tacos were 15 min apart just wasn’t pleasant. When asked if chicken tacos were coming server claimed food comes out when ready not together which is news to me from dining there a couple times prior but if that is the case it should be iterated to customer. After we ate server seemed incredibly surprised we were leaving.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We picked Mercadito after reading some good reviews. However, it was not a great dining experience for my family. The seating is very crowded, tables have 2-3 inch gap between you and the next guest. The noise level was horrible! We had to shout at each other and we only had a party of 3. Food was not as expected either. In addition, very overpriced! 4 pork tacos cost $17 and everything else was ala Carte. Our bill for 3 people was $180. Extremely disappointed especially since the food was average.

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AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service but it was VERY VERY hot in there, which I understand. It was a busy Saturday night, but the guys in our group we’re sweating and had to even go outside at one point to cool off.

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L
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best restaurant we visited while in Chicago. Had a great time, awesome food, superb service. Only negative was it was TOO loud. My wife and I were yelling to hear each other.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Margaritas were fabulous! Chicken tacos, beans/rice and guacamole also great!

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