Mercadito - River North

4.6
5206 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 5206 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and friendly staff. Will definitely come again.

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AnaR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Its a bit too loud. Food it's fantastic, and service it's also great.

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JessicaM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent, the portions generous and the wait staff friendly and accommodating.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Mercadito, but I'm sure it will not be my last. The food was excellent as was the service. We started with guacamole and queso fundido with chorizo, which were both great. My part of 3 ordered tacos across the board: fish tacos, brisket, and steak - everyone loved what they ordered and the portion size was good. We finished with the tres leche cake, which had understated flavors, but was good as well. Our waiter was on point and provided terrific service. Recommended!

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Tann
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Definitely recommend. The only thing is, they brought out my date food way before mine. So it was a bit awkward. Other than that nice place. Will definitely go back.

JA
vipJoAnna
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was good the ambience was upbeat and energetic. We were three in a group and our tab was over $100 not including tax or tip. We had four tacos a piece and three margaritas. The tacos are street tacos, Not your typical 6 inch tortilla. Nothing spectacular but their drinks were pretty good. I did not like the 4% Covid charge added to my bill and the server could not explain what it was for either.

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peterl
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed it - good food, great, attentive service, prices a bit steep, but still will go back.

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Ashley
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Had a reservation at 9:15pm and showed up early. They were busy and told us they would be able to seat us closer to 8:45 which was fine. However it was around 9 and I asked again to be seated and they told us that they were still waiting on a table. The thing that irritated me was that people who didn’t have reservations who came in after us got seated before us. Not just one or two parties but multiple. It was quite frustrating to watch.

We finally got seated and our server had a bad attitude. We asked for his recommendation for salsas and he stated that “none of them were really anything special” and proceeded to sass us. I was quite turned off and at this point I was ready to get up and leave. I wish I did.

Food was overpriced. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

Such a disappointing experience and my worst dining experience in Chicago for the duration of my trip!

Don’t waste your time or money on this place.

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vipIanN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant tacos we have had. Ordered several for the table and shared.

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VictoriaP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mercadito is a great place to go if you are okay with loud music and dark lit places. Probably best for a young adult night out. Great location, food was pretty good. Didn’t quite meet the expectations of reviews

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vipJackS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great to have an evening out. A little crowded but we felt COVID comfortable where our table was located.

MM
vipMarcoM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for the last decade!!! Complex and contemporary

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, food and drinks are awesome!

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Oneyatta
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I missed some of the food choices removed from the menu. The overall experience was good. I would go back.

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Molly
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The tacos are some of the best I’ve ever had and the margs a really good too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The organization for seating guests could be a little better but I enjoyed my experience overall. The food was delicious! The menu should put a mark or something next to the drinks that taste spicy. The decor was beautiful. I will definitely dine here again.

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vipPhyllisG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

This place is sooooo loud …it’s impossible to talk to anyone without yelling & you still can’t hear !!! Plus the tables are so close together ! We went downstairs to the small bar & it was more tolerable but still noisy … Very limited menu …I won’t be returning for these reasons especially the noise level which is unbearable !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg for 5 de Mayo....it was popping!!!

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vipmyra
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waiter was very slow and had the whole downstairs section to herself

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Boxer720
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for date night 😍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Go and try to sit outside on the street to get a nice feel of the city. Margs are great and I recommend the pork tacos.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Loud, crowded in the afternoon. Much better evening experience. This is another restaurant that awkwardly makes you tip in front of the waitress/waiter.

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Alarconl
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I wrote in my reservation, I was in my wedding anniversary and nothing special happen. I celebrated in three different restaurants before this one and each one said congratulations and gave to us a glass of champagne or Prosecco or dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real authentic Mexican food.

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AlexisP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was awesome! Food was great! Had family from out of town and this was the best place to be at.

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Chris
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, great energy and friendly staff. Food was mouthwatering and they were quick too!

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Ebstand
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very lively, busy atmosphere. My girlfriends and I enjoyed the guacamole and chips, mahi tacos, and queso fundido and Brussels sprouts; all was very good. Drinks were excellent. I would go back, however, if you’re looking for a quiet place, not it. It’s a loud restaurant! Good but loud and didn’t bother us, might bother some.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always great and accommodating

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The food and service was very good but the COVID prodicols were POOR. The restaurant was packed and there was little regard to spacing and masking when guests were not at their tables. And the noise level was so high you had to shout to be heard. It was a super spreader dining event which made us very uncomfortable. Very irresponsible during a spike period in Chicago.

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FallsWarrior
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good and very reasonable tacos and food. Very good and very expensive margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sat by myself so my daughter could sit with her 6 friends and celebrate her 15th birthday. They loved the food and atmosphere. I was disappointed they didn’t do anything to acknowledge her birthday though. I told them when I made the reservation and when I checked in. I even tipped extra thinking they would do something. Besides that wonderful dining experience. Great location and delicious food!

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KatiyaY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

food is always tasty. staff is friendly. I enjoyed going back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Waiter not so friendly . Not had that experience before.

MC
vipMarkC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the cocktails even better. Waiter was great. Nice energetic crowd. Me and my date had a great time

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vipKenny
Glasgow
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived for our reservation the place was getting slammed with about 30 people waiting to be seated. The manager was very honest about how long we would have to wait for our reservation and in the end did a great job getting us a table downstairs within 15 mins - super nice wait staff and greet food. I highly recommend the restaurant.

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Ap86
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Not practicing social distancing at all. Tables are close to each other and overall way crowded restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was packed way beyond COVID regulations. The food was okay, less flavorful than expected but we enjoyed the quesadillas and mushroom tacos.

AE
vipAllisonE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love the watermelon margaritas from Mercadito. Their chips with guacamole are also great, and I love their chicken flauntas. It is noisy, but a good energetic vibe.

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vipBuck
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Had dinner at the bar. Bartenwerefun and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday. We definitely enjoyed

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 5206 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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