Mercadito - River North

4.6
4361 reviews
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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 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, Contemporary Mexican
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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, Discover, 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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Great tacos and margaritas to welcome Santa. Join us from 1 -9 pm. Join us for tacos and drinks specials.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join our amazing New Year's Eve Fiesta! 5 course menu ($75 per person) DJ after 9 pm, midnight toast, and our signature margaritas!!! Come celebrate with us!

Monday, December 31, 2018

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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 4361 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, drinks and atmosphere!

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KM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We visited here 2 years ago when in Chicago and loved everything about the place. The food and service were outstanding. This time not quite the same experience. The restaurant was WAY TOO HOT!!! It really made for a bad experience, I think it even made the food not taste as good. The service was very good as always, but we could not get out of there fast enough due to the heat. It was only 24 degrees outside so I'm really not sure what the problem was.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 1

Food was great, the rest sucked very very loud an packed shoulder to shoulder.

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OT
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food. Average service. No stools at bar. Separate eating area in basement. No ambiance.

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious and the Margaritas were very good. Overall a great experience however it seemed like there were sufficient staff to cover the evening but our service was still terribly slow and we often had to ask for people to come to our table to help us out. Get the Queso Fundido....EXCELLENT.

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CE
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was very slow. One guest asked for decaf coffee and they didn’t have any, but the food was very good.

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N
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was excellent, Service was very good. There happened to be a private party in the front half of the restaurant and the rest of the restaurant and bar was excessively noisy and crowded. Don't go on a Friday night if you hate crowds and loud environments

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Really solid service.

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LH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

While the food was good, the service was just ok. We went through two glasses of water before a server came to the table to take our drink order. The tables are so close together you are practically eating with complete strangers.

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TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is awesome! Te entire experience was fantastic, from the margaritas to the guacamole and finally dinner. We can not wait until we go again.

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NN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food ever!!! DE-licious!!! Loved the cucumber margarita!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Shrimp and Lobster tacos are subpar - not worth it. Bland taste. Looked like a ladle of soup on a hand made thin masa tortilla. Los Comales’ 2.25 tacos are 5x better. Service was actually great as long as you’re ok with almost no elbow room to eat your tiny runny ‘tacos’.

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W
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful. Waited 20 minutes after being sat without any greeting. Attempted to address with the manager as we were walking out - he just looked at me dumbfounded like a deer in headlines and didn’t say anything. Ironically was clearly busier than they could handle but were still taking reservations

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and drinks, authentic mexican. Overall great but a bit on the loud side.

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GV
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good but very loud! Couldn’t hear the others at my table.

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N
Chicago
257 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We started out with flaming cocktails but one of the four glasses was cracked. We notified the waiter, returned it but it took forever to get the replacement drink back (it was not flaming & did not taste that good). Four of us shared a variety of plates ~ traditional guacamole, a salsa with chips, carne (steak), pastor (pork & pineapple), carnita de puerto (pork). The food was good. The service was terrible because our waiter was smug & unavailable the entire meal. He never returned the drink until we flagged him down, he never checked on us until it was time for the bill. We ordered two items that were to be served with chips (guacamole & chips/salsa) but got only a handful of chips. We had to get a server who did not understand us very well to get us more chips. I don’t know that I’ll ever return due to the poor service.

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is OK at best - Heavily salted and tons of garlic. The atmosphere is cool.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was ok. The salsa had the consistency of baby food and I feel like the tacos should give you can option to mix proteins..no one wants to eat

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NH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks at Mercadito were AMAZING! I was pleasantly surprised and fully satisfied. It was a very busy night and was a bit loud, but I understand why since the food was so good. The service was very fast which is good for turning over tables but at the same time, it felt a bit rushed. But overall, I would definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food but the restaurant is sooooo noisy it hurts your ears. Not conducive for date or couple outing, good for larger groups.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is outstanding. Service tends to be pretentious.

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G
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Nice lively ambience but overall a bit to small for all the people and tables. Food was good but the menu could be made a bit easier to understand.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I’ve been here 8-10 times. Food is always good but I called twice the days before to ensure they knew we were celebrating my girlfriends bday

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A
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Mexican fusiin did. Try the tacos.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I am part Mexican - and the good was terrible - the ceviche was terrible and the salsa was not special at all- I will never recomendé it

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CC
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! J world always pass by Mercadito but had never thought of it as a place to have a business meal... This place meet ALL my expectations m.. Great food, drinks and service... Definitely coming back...

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GP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and atmosphere. Only drawback during our most recent visit was how closely the tables were spaced. It was as if we were also having dinner with the two groups sitting on either side of us.

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TM
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Salsa, lobster tacos, shrimp enchiladas and queso fundido were all delicious. Service was excellent. Only downside was that it was extremely noisy and tables are too close together.

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GC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. I go here nearly every time I'm in the city.

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l
Chicago
132 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we had some concerns given some of the reviews about noise, service and food, everything was excellent for us. Our reservation was for 5:45pm, but the restaurant was jammed and very noisy by 6:30pm. So, the key is going there early. The chips & salsa (we got the tomatillo version which was yummy - a little spicey but not uncomfortably hot), enchiladas, mini mexican-style hot dogs, and queso
fundido w/ chorizo were all delicious and shared among the 2 of us. We did take home half the enchiladas because it was too much food. We decided in the future we could do well by just sharing the enchiladas platas and one appetizer. Margaritas were very good too!

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SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! If you want more than your typical taco joint this is the place to go.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing as always. I was a bit sad when I got home to eat my leftovers they did not add all the food in the box that was to go. I actually looked forward to having it.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Amazing food, environment and service. Would definitely come back again.

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m
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, nice ambience but so ridiculously loud we had to text each other across a two top table. My head hurt from the noise level. Maybe for lunch, but not again for dinner.

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried several dishes and all were excellent. Highly recommend. Service was excellent. Fun atmosphere.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

VERY LOUD. Tables are on top of each other. Forget having a conversation with your date. Not the place for a romantic dinner by any means. Waiter had to move table for me to get up from my seat since it was so close to the surrounding tables, and I’m fairly average size. Fancy Mexican inspired menu, but far from traditional. You won’t find any nachos or burritos on the menu!

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant! My food was awesome and I tried the Blueberry Margarita and it was amazing!!!
I definitely tell everyone I know to try you guys!!

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M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early reservation worked great for our group. Great service. Wonderful food and selection of tequilas.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Loved the restaurant and the food. Margarita was the best!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation for 7:00pm far in advance. We didn’t sit down until 7:59. Hostess #1 was good while hostess #2 was absolutely terrible (and mean!). Should have been given a discount or at least a free round of drinks....

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