Mercadito - River North

4.6
5074 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 5074 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KristenS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The ambiance and service was great as well!

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vipLibbyAndrews
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican and drinks in Chicago!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

it’s not what it used to be

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vipRSchuchart
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Horrible service. Overpriced food. Will NEVER go back!

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Emily
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The shrimp tacos and guacamole were amazing.

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Phyllis4
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was good but not filling. We ordered tacos and there were only 4 small tacos. We had to get food somewhere else. The drinks were good as well. But, the service was awful! We were ignored by our waiter the entire night (the restaurant was not even busy) and it made the experience unbearable.

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SheriW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was really grateful, and surprised, to find the option of tacos eaten with Bibb lettuce instead of tortillas. I avoid gluten and minimize corn in my diet.

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AayushA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must visit place place! great ambience, service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place in River North

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AshleyK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best tacos in the city, all food is made in house, including the corn tortillas. Highly reccomend the chicken tacos, Misty Sleeve Margarita, Queso Fundido, Chile De Arbol Salsa.

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LaShoneM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food was subpar my meat on my carnitas tacos was dry....margarita was very tasty and refreshing... the elote corn seemed liked it was served out the can a lot of liquid was in the bowl and not much corn

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AhjahG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always helpful staff and quick service, love the decorations for the holiday season!! Made my sister's birthday super special

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply amazing as always and the staff was extremely friendly and practiced all COVID regulations.

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LBH2019
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and delectable dining in a posh perfect venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great and tacos were good! The rice was not good at all it had no flavor, it should probably be removed from the menu. Overall the price of the food was not worth it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. My favorite restaurant

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ttttt
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was very subpar. We had to send back shrimp tacos. Very disappointing on all fronts (waiter was very understanding though) as we had both been there before with decent results.

Will not return again....

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vipMike
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Mercadito has been one of our favorites and we were excited to return for the first time since COVID started. Unfortunately, it turned out to be an uncomfortable experience as tables were still too close together. We considered leaving and, in retrospect, wish we had. Instead, we rushed through dinner so that we could leave. The food was good, as usual. We'll likely wait until the COVID situation is much better before returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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vipAmberW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed myself at Mercadito, the food and drinks never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

People were walking around without mask... overall the food and drinks were great.

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Ladulceviiida
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place is great! Thank you for following the Safty covid guidelines and still making it a warm environment!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

It was our anniversary and we were visiting from out of town. Our server was very dismissive and inattentive. He busted every single table next to ours except us multiple times. By the time he came to us, we wanted to place an order for everything since we knew our apps, drinks and meals. After we gave our drinks our server walked away. We ended up finishing out drinks, leaving and going to Nonnina down the street - where we had absolutely amazing service. This was our only bad experience in Chicago. I hope this is not the norm for this restaurant.

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DrOzellaB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service... outstanding drinks!

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SandraB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was amazing my daughter has severe food allergies and they went above and beyond to make sure She was safe . Thank you definitely recommend and definitely will be back

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vipMsMelixo
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I feel they should publicize the fact there is a covid surcharge! Brought us extra salsa ( about a shot glass full) that we didn’t ask for and charged us for it They they are taking your plates before your even done or at least ask before you pick up my plate. Shrimp appetizer was delicious!!

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tacos, the chicken tacos are unique, flavorful and moist...not the oh so typical dry ones. Drinks were good too!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Got some flautas and they were good, some tacos and they were really good, overall food was really good and tasty, but we ordered a guacamole with mango that had been in the fridge maybe forever because of the color of the guac, that wasn’t that good as it didn’t look fresh at all.

Service was a 3, they were not that busy and the waiter just attended us at the beginning and never checked in the table until the very end, we were looking for someone to order more good around the middle of the dinner and he wasn’t around, at the end they took forever to get my check, took forever too to get it paid because they never picked my credit card from the table and I ended leaving cash instead.

Didn’t leave me excited about coming back but at least good was good, I wish service would’ve been different.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, from start to finish! Some of THE best tacos I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Anniversary

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Matt
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Energetic vibe with good food. Was a bit too loud for my taste though.

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AndreR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We had no complaints at all!

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vipGenevieveS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Welp, let's just say we wont be coming back here...

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GwenD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is very nice as far as ambiance. Drinks were good, tacos good. Beans & rice were bland. I felt like the waitress was stretched as we had to wait awhile to order, and it also took awhile to receive a second round of drinks. We had to speak with the manager & he did give us that round of drinks for free.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my first time dining here. Overall nice establishment, but overpriced, and not too many options to choose from. Also, I ran into a situation where the waiter overcharged my credit card. I spoke to the manager, but she was hesitant about returning the payment which I didn't like, so I called my bank to dispute the transaction.

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TanyaM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercadito never misses to amaze me with their flavors. Always great!

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EnyelisR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun as usual. Omar our server was super.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food fast service

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CeciliaR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good, well made food, service is great!
Wish the area by the windows didn’t feel so secluded or dark.
But overall good place to eat with large groups or just a date.
Drinks are also delish!

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vipLisa
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! We went for Mexican Independence week and the food was great! Loved the fresh pomegranate guacamole, chile de nogada and the pozole rojo! We sat outside on the patio and it was very comfortable with heat lamps and carnival lights.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mercadito - River North using the Order Online button. Mercadito - River North also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 5074 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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