Mercadito - River North
Mac & Cheese
Poblano, manchego cheese, corn, cilantro
Crispy brussel sprouts, smoked pork belly, salsa verde, pickled onions & cilantro, crispy shallots
Wild mushrooms, huitlacoche, cilantro, cured onions, crispy manchego cheese
We really enjoyed all the appetizers, entrees and cocktails we had. A little loud in the dining room with music and chatter, but everything else was great.
Very disappointed that they took a popular item - the chicken brazos off the menu.. everything else was ok and the place was empty
Food, drinks and our waiter were all outstanding. I called earlier to inform them we would be late by 10 mins. They informed me they could only hold the reservation for 15 mins. We were on time but they didn’t seat us for 45 mins. I didn’t really appreciate that they would only hold the reservation for 15 mins but didn’t seat us for so long. Also there ware plenty of tables available. I don’t know if they wanted us to spend money at the bar before being seated or if they didn’t have enough waiters to support the tables.
This is a fantastic spot for Mexican. I've never been disappointed. The flavor profiles are equally unique and amazing. I make it a priority to stop here every time I'm in the city.
We went on a Friday evening. Our service was outstanding, the server was very attentive and understanding and made great drink recommendations. The drinks were delicious. The food was nothing special, granted I’m a vegetarian. Have been here before and the food was better. The restaurant was very busy!
Great food and service.
Always a great go-to. Wonderful tacos, the shrimp enchiladas are addicting, and the margaritas never disappoint. Depending on when you go it could get a tad loud. But I feel like that's just because it's so good!
Always a hit with my business guests. Simple. Great tasting. Tacos excellent. Obsessed with Cob Salad + Chicken.
Wow! we are so happy to hear you and your business guests had such a great time!
Great experience. Good Food. Valet Good too
Waiter was excellent!!
So glad you had such a great experience
Good ambiance, pricing comparable for the area but great service by friendly staff.
We definitely strive to give our guest the best experience! so happy to hear you enjoyed yourself. see you again real soon!
Food is always phenomenal at Mercadito as I’ve dined here plenty of times! The service was HORRIBLE. The hosts at the host stand could not have been any ruder. They literally threw menus down at the table and walked away and gave me attitude when I said my party was standing off the the side of the host stand out of the way of the crowds of people and they refused to seat us until they were standing directly in front of us. While they were crowded- we had a reservation and it took 7 minutes for a server to approach our table. In addition, from start to finishing our food we were at the table for maybe 35 minutes and were rudely rushed out by the server. He also looked over our shoulders to see how much we were tipping him. Ridiculous!
Good food. Way to loud.
We do have a very live atmosphere on the weekends, but we are so glad you enjoyed the food! hope to see you again soon
Seems to have lost some of its luster. Food is still good. Maybe i need to come back when it’s hotter outside.
Host stand not very accommodating to reservation changes.
Insanely loud and made considerably worse by the insanely loud music that is blaring out of speakers placed every 10 feet from one another. We were a party of 5 seated at a round table and the person across from me could not hear anything I was saying and visa versa. The server said that it is this way 7 days a week and it is for the "ambiance". So.....decent to good Mexican food but do not in any way go thinking that you will be able to enjoy the company of your friends or family.
The food was outstanding!! So delicious. And our server was great and really attentive. Unfortunately, the noise level was really off putting. It was hard to even hear myself talk due to the loud music and the echoes of all the other conversations. Otherwise, it was great!
Everything was great minus the noise level. It was hard to communicate with the waiter. Food was great and service was very fast! The interior was nice as well. Would recommend.
Delightful place. Great ambiance. Beautiful setting. My crew said the cocktails were great ( I like beer with Mexican food). The food was fabulous! I'd go back any chance I get. We went for lunch and my sensitive tummy was happy all day/
Food was good. Was a bit too loud.
Food was okay/good nothing mind blowing. Staff was refusing to let us sit in a quieter part of the venue, pointing to an incoming large party that reserved the area. That party never arrived. Music was just loud enough to not be able to hold a conversation, so good for people that want a party experience. Ceviche was excellent. Tacos were good but over thought. Drink were also good.
Great food AMD service. Newly renovated with better lighting.
My mercadito dinner was so great as usual but I booked and it said I would receive 1000 pts for a 6pm and I got only 100!?....
Glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you again soon. Hope you get that point situation taken care of.
We had a great lunch at Mercadito--excellent food and great service!
We were three diners so we decided to each get different tacos. Brisket, chicken & shrimp. They were all delicious but especially the smoky beef brisket and the chicken with crispy onions on top. My pineapple margarita was outstanding.
Wow! so thrilled to hear that so many of our options stood out for you! Thank you for your kind words!
We were seated 30 mins after our reservation and the meal was very rushed. However, the food was delicious. I just wish we had more time to enjoy it.
So sorry to hear your visit didn't go as well as planned. We are a Tapas style restaurant so dishes do tend to arrive at a quicker pace. Thank you for the feedback, We will definitely take it into consideration going forward
Food was amazing. The only problem I had was it was super loud and even though we made a reservation we still had to wait and extra 30 minutes to be seated. But the food was worth the wait.
Great food, great drinks but way overpriced.
We're happy to hear you enjoyed the food and drinks
had 8pm reservations but didn't get seated until 830pm after complaining. bar was so busy couldn't get a drink while waiting. so noisy couldn't hold a conversation or hear waiter. food was rushed after ordering. terrible experience!
Thank you for you feedback, we appreciate it and will take it into consideration going forward. Hope you will return in the future.
I enjoyed my experience at Mercaditos, my husband and I celebrate our anniversary every year dining with this establishment because the food is appropriately seasoned.
We appreciate the kind words. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion with us! Happy Anniversary!
We made 9:45 reservations, arrived at 9:30 and was told they were behind and there was a 30-45 minute wait. Due to it being Valentine's day we understood. We waited and hour and was not seated till about 10:40. We were told the only menu available was the Valentines special. We let the waitress know we did not eat shrimp (one of the appetizers that was being provided) she said she would send out quesadillas. Long story short, they kept trying to bring us shrimp, we didn't get tacos till and hour and a half after we sat down while everyone else around us (that sat down after us) received their complete dinner. I had to speak with the manager to get our tacos out. By that time we still had not received the quesadillas either. I understand that it was really busy due to Valentine's day but we did NOT expect to be there for 3 hours (2 of those hours sitting at the table waiting for food). The food was good BUT we did not have a good experience.
Prior to my recent dining experience, I’ve dined at Mercadito twice; for my birthday and a mixology class. Both of those experiences were great. However, my recent dining experience on Valentine’s Day was poor. I made dinner reservations over a week in advance, but still waited almost an hour to be seated. Appears that Mercadito over booked reservations. Notification regarding the long wait time for reservations would have been courteous. We were seated next to drafty windows on a night with negative outside temperatures, which made the section too cold to enjoy our food. That section of the restaurant needs heat lamps. Took the waitress over 10 minutes to greet us after we were seated. Asked to be seated in another area, but the waitress stated there was not another table available. Despite me seeing several empty tables away from the window, so we ate with our coats & hats on. The food was good. But, overall we had a poor dining experience. After dining here on Valentine’s Day, I would not recommend dining here on Holidays.
Reservation was an hour late, there were missing items from the order. Clearly they overbooked on Valentine’s Day and couldn’t handle it. I should have listened to the other bad reviews for this place. Won’t return again.
We really enjoy ourselves! The only thing that i didn't like was that i had to wait to 2 hours to be seated when i had a reservation, I'm pregrant i got tired of standing .
I'm sorry that you weren't sat closer to your reservation time. Special days like valentines day can be busier then usual but that isn't an excuse. we deeply apologize and hope to see you again soon!
The food was great! The music and ambiance was loud, but I was still able to have a conversation and hear the other person. Highly recommend for a finer Mexican experience!
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to share your experience with us. Happy to hear it was memorable. hope to see you again soon!
Valentine’s Day, set menu, limited vegetarian options, rushes service
The interior must be getting redone. Hopefully the future design is good. Right now it's just boring white walls though. Otherwise, the food was great as always. It was $100 with tip for 3 meals, the chips & guac trio, and 1 drink, so that's kinda expensive in my book.
Glad you enjoyed your meal! Hope to see you again soon
From the moment I walked in, I knew I found a winner. Hostess greeted me as I walked into the established. I was seated right away even though I was 30 minutes early for my reservation. I panned to have a cocktail prior to firmed arriving. The bartender saw that I was Pershing the drink menu and offered me a drink, at his recommendation - Dancing Pineapple (very tasty). I then took a call by then my friend arrived. We ordered the traditional and seasonal Guac (mango) AMAZING!!!! I ordered the carne tacos and the carnitas (delicious), also at the recommendation of waiter.
Will definitely be back soon!!
The portion sizes are very small for the price. The food is decent though.
I made reservations weeks in advance for my Birthday dinner. When we arrived the hostess was not very friendly and refused to give me a time when our table would be available because they were very busy. She said I know you have reservations but other people with reservations are waiting too. So she said if I wanted I could cancel or go wait in the lounge downstairs. We ended up just going to the bar. I then received a text that my table was ready and when I went to the host stand she said No we didnt text you and I even showed her my phone and she continued to deny texting me. By this point we were already waiting 40 minutes past our reservation time. There was 7 of us. Finally about 50 minutes past my reservation time we were seated. They then told us it was restaurant week, which i knew and I was excited to do the restaurant week menu but he said since there was 7 of us all of us had to order from that menu or none of us could. We ordered and some people got their food and some didnt until about 10 minutes later. The food was very good and the drinks were delicious but the service and lack of caring and customer service was horrible and not what I expect for River North!
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 4.5 stars by 4932 OpenTable diners.
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