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Mercadito - River North

4.5
4010 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

Brunch:
Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Tuesday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday - 3:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
Friday: 3:00pm- 2:00am
Saturday: 3:00pm - 3:00am
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Phone number
(312) 329-9555
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Patricio Sandoval
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Private party facilities
Plan your next birthday, office party, or event at Mercadito. For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan a memorable event that will exceed your expectations.
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Private party contact
Rachel Florez: (312) 329-9555
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Catering
Mercadito Catering: website: mercaditocatering.com
Call: (312) 487-1607

Our team's knowledge is grounded in their experience as consumers and connoisseurs, and then improved through decades of restaurant and industry experience. We strive to create a remarkable and unique experience by perfectly detailing every aspect of your catering and event needs. It is important to us that every guest has an exceptional experience and is provided with extraordinary service.

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Cross street
Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle
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Parking details
Valet parking daily
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Public transit
Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.
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Special events & promotions
For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan your event. Contact: events@mercaditorestaurants.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 9:00PM - 11:30PM
Mon - Thu 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 11:30PM
Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:15PM
Sat 3:00PM - 5:15PM

What 4010 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Lobster tacos were excellent, salsa Verdi was very was good just kinda expensive @ three dollars an ounce

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Somewhat pricey, but absolutely delicious! We have been here several times. The "Little Market" is great!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I come here every time I visit Chicago. Without fail.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

The worst service I've ever experienced. We were seated and after a few minutes the waiter came and asked if we would lile an appetizer. I proceeded to tell him I had the coupon for free guac and chips. He stormed away with an attitude and never asked for our drink order. Someone else brought our chips out...we ate them all..and still no drink order out in. So after 20 mins of waiting for the waiter I put my coat on and we were leaving...he sees us getting ready to leave and proceeds to ask us "you ready" I said yea...we were ready 20 mins ago...now we are ready to leave. We will give it another try because the guac was good. But service leaves something to be desired.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

It was ok we didn’t care for the 1/4 cup of salsa and guacamole to share with 4 people.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

The service at mercadito has been and continues to be mediocre at best. They are no where near excellent service, nor do they try to be. When the bartender quoted me a higher price than listed on the menu he said verbatim “that’s with tax, welcome to Chicago.” After having checked my ID and seeing I was from Chicago, it seemed unnecessary and rude but par for the course for River North. Our waiter wasn’t much better, basically phoned it in and hurried us along. I felt our bill just went towards whatever astronomical rent they pay and not towards service. I’ve learned my lesson!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Good service with knowledgeable servers.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food, but too noisy, almost impossible to talk to your dining guest. The place needs some acoustic panels for noise.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fun lively vibe. Fresh delicious tacos. House margaritas were a little too sweet. Sooo noisy, you can barely hold a conversation but if that’s not your goal (e.g., business meeting), then no worries. I’d go again for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

One of my favorite go-to places. Always great food and drink. Fair warning: very loud.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Food tasty. A bit loud for quiet conversations. Individual shared plate items are on the pricey side.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Love Mercadito!! I'm sorry that I keep saying that it's a Rick Bayless restaurant because it's not.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had the carnitas and grilled seafood taquizas, both of which were delicious and sized correctly. Platanos and rice/bean sides were perfect as well. Had the smoky pablo margarita, which was terrific. I consider the quality/quantity/value balance to be just right, as long as you don’t compare this carefully prepared cuisine to generic Tex-Mex slop you can get anywhere.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Tania took such good care of us! Her recommendations were spot on! She was attentive and super friendly. The food was out of this world. Highly recommend to anyone in Chicago!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We came here for my 30th birthday. We made reservations and were quickly seated. I absolutely love this place! The food was awesome as well as the service & atmosphere. I definitely recommend & will go back next time I visit Chicago.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love this place!! My third time here and I had been jonesing for a Misty's Sleeve, big time. The food is fresh and fantastic and could not be any better. My only issue was that the place was crazy busy and packed. I arrived at 7:55pm for an 8:00 reservation when there were empty tables and the hostess would not seat me even though my friends were enroute and arrived at 8:05. Within 10 mins the place filled up and when I checked in again for our table the same hostess told me that we had to wait. We didn't get seated until 8:30.... totally aggravating!! If you are a walkin waiting for others to arrive that's one thing, but I had been in communication with my friends and knew they would arrive in minutes. Bad call, hostess!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food and margaritas. Outstanding service!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food and drinks were good. My only complaint is the music was a little too loud, felt like I had to yell in order for the waiter and my friends to here me every time I talked.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had an awesome meal. Mango guacamole is my favorite. Swordfish tacos are amazing. Drinks are absolutely awesome too.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excruciatingly Loud. Food and service were good

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great staff, great food, and great atmosphere, will definitely return next time in the Windy City.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Update online info about happy hour. Was very disappointed in learning the days I thought happy hour occurred (Tuesday through Friday) was wrong. Update online info! Make it clear!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was very good and atmosphere was awesome!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My girlfriends and I traveled to Chicago this past weekend for a girls trip. We dined at Mercadito on Saturday night. We absolutely loved everything! The margaritas were top notch! We will definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends and family traveling to the city and I think it's safe to say we will all be back!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My birthday! Loved the environment and food. Food a bit overpriced for the portions you’re getting. The bar below for a good time dancing afterwards was great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went to Mercadito for our anniversary, we don’t get into the city very often and were in the mood for some good tacos. Mercadito is an energetic, really cool spot. I agree with previous reviews that the place definitely isn’t a place to have private serious conversations, the music is quite loud. But the atmosphere was fun. The food came very quickly, which was appreciated but kind of surprising, the meal barely took an hour between seating and check. We ordered the toreado guacamole and the tomatillo salsa. The salsa came in the tiniest little container I’ve ever seen, which I get it it’s only $3 but most Mexican restaurants give you salsa and chips for free so that was disappointing. The guacamole was delicious and very spicy, but definitely not worth $11. Our tacos were fantastic, we ordered carne and estillo de baja (battered mahi mahi) tacos. The portions on the tacos were good and the flavors were on point. I was really disappointed with the rice and beans side (that we had to order extra). For $6 we got the tiniest portion of rice and beans, and the rice didn’t even have any flavor! It was plain, dry, salted white rice with some frozen veggies in it (I know they were frozen because the carrots were cubed). So overall, the tacos were good and the service was fast, but what you get for the high price isn’t worth it for the sides. I would not recommend for a special occasion, but rather for a quick date.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Good drinks and food...however EVERYTHING is a la carte down to the salsa or sauce that goes with your chips or tacos 🙄

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing drinks and food!! The margarita is incredible!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our family went (2 adults, 6 and 8 year old) and ate here for dinner. The noise level was pretty high, but we enjoyed the atmosphere. There wasn’t a kids meal, but were able to find something for them to eat. They tried to accommodate my allergies of gluten and dairy. It was super good!! I was impressed with the taste. Great place to eat.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was excellent! :) We went before a show and it was the perfect dinner before! We also could leave our car parked there while we went to our show!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I've now had every taco on their menu at some point and can say with no doubt, order tacos.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Other than being a bit loud and close to your neighbor we really liked Mercadito. The food was excellent and our margaritas were tasty.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Noisy, food average and rarher expensive for the qualitu

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was very tasty, but overall too pricey for what it is. The service was fine, good crowd , it was really loud, which was good for us since we were dining w kids.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

They rush the food out way too fast. If you order an appetizer, expect the main course to follow in less than 5 minutes. Plates were falling off of our table because everything practically came at once. The food we had was good but nothing spectacular.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Went on a Monday night, I forgot our servers name, but he was friendly. The tacos and my sister’s steak was amazing. We had enough food, but I couldn’t resist to order another order of tacos. The only downside was it took forever to get our check and we needed to go somewhere else before it closed and then heading back to Indianapolis. Love it here and will stop by when I’m in town.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The music was EXTREMELY LOUD especially for an empty Sunday morning. Not only did we have issues communicating with one another, we had issues communicating with the staff.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

4 people should never be put at a corner table. Not enough room

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I have always loved coming to Mercadito in the past. This time, my experience was different. They have really gone downhill. The quality of the food was just not the same. The taquitos were way overdone and had no flavor. We ordered a lot of food- all that came out at the exact same time. There wasn't even room on the table, and no time to enjoy each dish as the food then got cold quickly. I understand the concept of small plates, but this was overwhelming. The cocktails were not good, so we had to stick with drinking straight Mezcal. This is unfortunate as I used to love Mercadito. It was always my go-to for great tacos and margs in the city. Our waiter was still very nice. With the combo of higher prices and quality of food and drinks, I will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious!! we went there this past weekend for my husband's birthday and it was SO good. The mango guacamole are a MUST. We got a few orders of tacos and then the tres leches cake. It was so good! and a bonus...I'm 7 months pregnant and sort of miss fun cocktails. The waiter brought me a delicious cucumbery-limey-something that had no alcohol and it was so yummy!

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