Mercadito - River North

4.6
4374 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 4374 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Took a while for our server to come greet us, when she did we put in drink order, then came back we put our food in of chips and guacamole, steak tacos and chicken tacos. Chips and guacamole came out before the drinks and then steak tacos and chicken tacos were 15 min apart just wasn’t pleasant. When asked if chicken tacos were coming server claimed food comes out when ready not together which is news to me from dining there a couple times prior but if that is the case it should be iterated to customer. After we ate server seemed incredibly surprised we were leaving.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We picked Mercadito after reading some good reviews. However, it was not a great dining experience for my family. The seating is very crowded, tables have 2-3 inch gap between you and the next guest. The noise level was horrible! We had to shout at each other and we only had a party of 3. Food was not as expected either. In addition, very overpriced! 4 pork tacos cost $17 and everything else was ala Carte. Our bill for 3 people was $180. Extremely disappointed especially since the food was average.

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

Great food, great service but it was VERY VERY hot in there, which I understand. It was a busy Saturday night, but the guys in our group we’re sweating and had to even go outside at one point to cool off.

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L
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service!

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best restaurant we visited while in Chicago. Had a great time, awesome food, superb service. Only negative was it was TOO loud. My wife and I were yelling to hear each other.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Margaritas were fabulous! Chicken tacos, beans/rice and guacamole also great!

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

Very loud. But lively and fun. So many different options to choose from. Guac was amazing and the steak is outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was descent. Super noisy in restaurant. Pork taco was extremely over cooked. Pork was tough but the other 3 dishes where good.

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KK
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent food and cocktails! service was great. The only down side is that it was at least 85 degrees in the restaurant this night. definitely will recommend though!!

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

I believe our waitress name was Daniella - she was wonderful. The food was excellent as well.

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L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went here for happy hour as per their website they have it from 4-6, However they do not have a menu saying what their specials are. We sat down and no one acknowledged us sitting for ten minutes. Tables were not filled either. We had a serve come to us and ask us for our drink order and I asked what specials they have going on today and her first response was “we don’t have any specials going on today”. My husband then asked “you don’t have happy hour right now?” And she replied that yes but it’s up at the bar, do you want to see that menu? Basically telling us happy hour is only at the bar. We saw the menu and we just didn’t think it was worth it. As we were getting up to leave the server asks us “oh are you going up to the bar then?” I replied, No we are just going to leave since we thought you had specials on tacos also”. She said oh yea we do, Taco Tuesday is going on as well. Again, our very first question was asking her what specials this place had today and her initial reply was “no specials today”. We left and went down the street and had a much better experience. Since we moved to Chicago this has been on my husbands radar so we finally made it here and it will be awhile before we try again.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Extremely strange that you don’t have different hot sauces without paying. Coming from a Mexican, that is by no means authentic at all. Especially if you charge for the salsas.

Other than that, very good!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 5

Both girls checking people in laughed at my face when I told them my reservation was under open table and never released the points to me. I knew something was off when I left so I emailed the app immediately and they gave me the points. Just because you’re restaurant wasn’t crowded at 10 pm doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give me my points. There is a reason users use open table and one is to build points.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, drinks and atmosphere!

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KM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
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 on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 1

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

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Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Really solid service.

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LH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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 on December 6, 2018
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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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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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
40 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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