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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DrewM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipFoodiechicago
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very disappointed that they took a popular item - the chicken brazos off the menu.. everything else was ok and the place was empty

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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vipBreanneE
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ShivShiv
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipEllenC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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vipBryan
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit with my business guests. Simple. Great tasting. Tacos excellent. Obsessed with Cob Salad + Chicken.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on March 6, 2020

Wow! we are so happy to hear you and your business guests had such a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Good Food. Valet Good too

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent!!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on March 6, 2020

So glad you had such a great experience

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senia
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good ambiance, pricing comparable for the area but great service by friendly staff.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on March 6, 2020

We definitely strive to give our guest the best experience! so happy to hear you enjoyed yourself. see you again real soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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!

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vipMetnco
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food. Way to loud.

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Responded on March 6, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seems to have lost some of its luster. Food is still good. Maybe i need to come back when it’s hotter outside.

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JRenee
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Host stand not very accommodating to reservation changes.

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jonathanM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

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.

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JLG9589
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipovishunter
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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/

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good. Was a bit too loud.

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food AMD service. Newly renovated with better lighting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!?....

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 20, 2020

Glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you again soon. Hope you get that point situation taken care of.

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rddsdv
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at Mercadito--excellent food and great service!

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vipCWag
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 20, 2020

Wow! so thrilled to hear that so many of our options stood out for you! Thank you for your kind words!

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SarahP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

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.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 20, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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.

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CristalM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks but way overpriced.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 20, 2020

We're happy to hear you enjoyed the food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience2

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!

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for you feedback, we appreciate it and will take it into consideration going forward. Hope you will return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Mercadito - River North
Responded on February 20, 2020

We appreciate the kind words. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion with us! Happy Anniversary!

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Mehh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience4

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.

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