About Mercadito - River North

Mexican food with authentic flavors. Lobster, Shrimp, Fish, Steak, Chicken, and Pork TACOS!! Craft Cocktails that will blow your mind!!! Ample sized banquets accommodate large parties while smaller white quartzite tables and the soft wood floor and ceiling keep the atmosphere cozy. Exquisite details include rope screens separating banquettes, handmade pyramid-shaped copper lights illuminating the bar, and unique graffiti-style murals dressing the dining rooms. A massive bar area and lounge lets guests relax while taking in the stylish and upscale environment.

108 W. Kinzie
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Wednesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Friday: 3:00pm- 2:00am: Saturday: 3:00pm - 3:00am

Cross Street:
Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 329-9555

Website:
http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/

Catering:
MH-Catering: website: www.mh-catering.com
Call: 312.361.3299

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.

Parking Details:
Valet parking daily

Public Transit:
Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.

Executive Chef:
Patricio Sandoval

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.

Private Party Contact:
Wendy Wohlfeill: (312) 329-9555

Additional:
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

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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Details
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

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Mercadito - River North Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (51)
Good for a Date (42)
Good for Groups (39)
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Casual (39)
Vibrant Bar Scene (39)
Hot Spot (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Authentic (32)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Tapas (22)
Spicy (21)
Happy Hour (19)
People Watching (16)
Late-night Find (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Scenic View (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

We were on vacation in Chicago and I needed to find a place quick. We'd already eaten at some places we'd planned to hit up prior to arriving in Chicago, but this night was a toss-up depending on how the day went. I quickly found it on Google Maps, checked the menu, and made a reservation. I was not sure what to expect because I'm not from Chicago, but I needed something close to where we were. I was very pleased with the food, the service, and the atmosphere. They have an incredible array of Tequilas and Mezcals and a great cocktail list featuring them. I have two kids under 3 years old, and it worked out great for them too, despite the amount of spicy items on the menu (my kids don't do spicy). Mercadito was a wonderful experience for our family, and I highly recommend it!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been here before for business lunches, which were quite good. This visit, however, seems to have forsaken flavor for the sake of heat. Granted, I'm no fan of tongue burn in general, but it overwhelmed what I'm sure were otherwise culinary treats. Heat is not a flavor, chef.... Even the drinks were overly spiced - I ordered a soda just to put out the flames.

Otherwise, service was fantastic. Even with as much, I don't plan to walk on these hot coals again in the near future.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

I used to like this restaurant a lot. But my previous great experience was ruined by the most recent visit on a Saturday morning. The brunch was not great, especially the pancakes. They were lukewarm and after I asked the kitchen to warm them up, they were still lukewarm. I asked for maple syrup and I was charged by $1. The service was also terrible. The waiter was defensive for no reason and told us "You don't want scorching hot pancakes and you didn't pay for them anyway (b/c I used a Gilt City certificate). I did pay for my Gilt City certificate. The whole experience was just terrible. Don't recommend this restaurant anymore.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious. The drinks were great...you could clearly taste the tequila in the margaritas. The music was a bit loud but the place had lots of energy. My only complaints were that salsa and chips were a menu item and not complimentary. And, the table bus guys were constantly helpful but grabbed things off the table that we hadn't finished eating.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was really good. The salsas and guacamole are very flavorful. We were there early - about 4:30 so before the dinner rush so it wasn't that crowded. No one pressured us to order so it was nice to relax and eat appetizers before we ordered.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a wonderful time, our server was amazing, and drinks by Sammy were phenomenal. One of my favorite places by far.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great tacos, ceviche, and strong margaritas. Fun, but loud on a Friday night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Completely forgot it was my fiancées birthday even though I told them several times.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This was my third time at Mercadito and I always recommend this place to people coming into the city. The tacos are always great, margaritas are fun and tasty, and the guacamole is seriously SO GOOD. Our server was outstanding as well - I wish I could remember her name, but she helped us through the menu and deciding what drinks would be best!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love the chicken flautas and the mahi mahi taquitos!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and service. Great take on classic Mexican dishes. Efficient, but not warm service. Too loud. Cannot hear your table companion. The 4 inches between tables was very uncomfortable.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was outstanding. I ordered a La Vida Rosa cocktail, rock shrimp appetizer, and lobster tacos. They were all spectacular. High energy place very busy even for early dinner at 6pm but service was quick. Highly recommend!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I have been to Mercadito almost every time I come to Chicago. They have great drinks, apps and the tacos are amazing. The guacamole and chips are also outstanding. This place has a great lively atmosphere.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service gave the food a run for its money! Seriously top shelf, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Not your everyday Mexican restaurant. I ordered tacos. Chicken and steak taco were off the chain, but lobster tacos had more corn than lobster... couldn't taste it. Didn't know it was on the taco. Overall.. very nice place. Drinks were great.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

As always great food and great service. Manager was a little jerky when he asked when we were leaving even though our group spent a considerable amount of money and were continuing to buy drinks. Our waitress apologized as she was embarrassed

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This place is LOUD. Like, really really loud. I was thinking that it would be great to have those headsets that they have for touring Chicago on bicycle tours. You could have a conversation with your table mates without shouting. The food was fabulous. Don't miss the Mexican corn and the swordfish tacos.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had lobster tacos and veggie tacos and they were really good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing, we genuinely enjoyed everything we ordered!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Fun, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We came for happy hour, but were unfortunately told the only availability was the already packed bar (the typical downstairs space was under constructions). Regardless, the Brussels sprouts, carne tacos, and salsa were very good. I got the Ma-hot-Ma mama, it could have been stronger but the flavor was very good. It’s a spicy drink, so if that’s what you like I definitely recommend (with an extra shot of tequila possibly)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service, drinks and food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago! A must if you are visiting the city.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent service, highly recommended. Good food, outstanding customer service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Spicy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

My waiter and the rest of the staff were beyond welcoming and optimistic! The environment was comfortable and I felt like my presence was enjoyed. The food was beyond delicious with such flavor leaving you wanting more! Highly recommended spot!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Client experience isn’t a priority.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food is average.

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 (Warwickshire)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really noisy couldn't hear my partner who was having to shout across the table. As the music got louder so did the clientele who were having to shout above the noise.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Too loud! Food good but portions a bit small for the price.

Tags: Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Tacos were okay but priced very high. Seating was too close for my personal preference. Server wasn’t friendly & ambience was too loud for my taste. Wouldn’t visit again or suggest to friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great place to share a variety of options from the menu. Can’t go wrong with the tacos.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Get the brisket tacos!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great food, but the tables are six inches away from one another. You feel like you're dining with your neighbors, and not your date. It's also extremely loud.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

My passed experience dining here, has been fine. Service provided that night with a new employee that has never been, was disappointing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great, Spicy Menu with The Best Music at Mercadito!

We enjoyed a wonderful Sunday night at Mercadito! A varied and authentic menu featuring spicy and comforting foods! Standouts include the carnitas tacos,elote, and flan! Paul, our manager and phenomenal DJ, and, Victor, our server, were so fabulous! Don't miss this hot spot!

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place, but this experience was not my favorite. Tables were packed in like sardines, and my date and I had to keep leaning over the table and asking each other to repeat ourselves to hold a conversation, it was so loud. Bc it was so busy, the service was very very slow. We ordered everything at once, but were half way through our appetizer before our drinks arrived. We were 2 drinks in and on our second round of chips before finally asking if our tacos were on their way. They took over an hour. The food was delicious though, I did run out of water a couple times. Things quieted a bit and we were able to hear better once the space cleared out a bit around 10:30. We ordered a third drink when our tacos arrived, but they didn’t come until we were through eating them. Our waitress disappeared, and our empty food plates sat for a very long time before we could finally ask for the check. Luckily we were happy spending time with each other. So the slow and off-kilter service didn’t ruin things, but it would have been nice to have more than one of our three drinks each with the actual meal.

We had a much more pleasant experience the week before, and I’m sure it was just an off night. But for the expensive cost of our meal, I️ was hoping for a little more.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great, the cocktails delicious, but it was too noisy to have a conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing good and service but the music was soooo loud! Hard to talk to parents at the dinner table - that was disappointing

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server, Jared, was outstanding. Tacos, guacamole and margaritas were all very correct. Will definitely be coming back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I was disappointed by this restaurant. It was incredibly loud and it was too fancy for my taste. It felt more like a dance club than a restaurant for me. I like a quieter ambiance. The food is outstanding though and the customer service is terrific.

Tags: People Watching
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