Mercadito - River North

4.6
4251 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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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

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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 4251 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to! Excellent food, service, and ambience!

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CH
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were awesome! Kevin was a great waiter and was very in tune with his customers!!!

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DW
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First trip there resulted in immediate return the next night!! Completely, absolutely delicious - beautiful presentation and perfect portions. Can’t wait to come back to Chicago to go again!!!

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RS
Chicago
12 reviews
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining here. Plan on getting a variety to share... think like ordering at tapas place. We will be back.

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MR
1 review
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food was impressive however do not go unless you don't mind club music blasting in your ears! I LOVE a club vibe but not when I am trying to have dinner conversation. I could barely hear the person sitting next to me. When I asked the server if they could turn the music down he first said no, then changed his mind when I said I want to talk to the manager. My colleague's order was missed because the server couldn't hear him!?! Simply outrageous. Not to mention all the diners were yelling over the music so the whole thing was a travesty. You can be a restaurant or a club but not both. I am not sure I will go back based on the noise level and poor service.

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NL
Savannah
2 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but too loud! We couldn’t have a conversation without yelling at each other. But the food is amazing

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

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AC
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hosted a Birthday dinner for a party of 14 people. The staff was very helpful and attentive. The food was amazing!!!

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J
Chicago
7 reviews
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoyable, all of the food had a kick (for better or worse depending on what you're looking for). The only thing that's become ridiculous is that you order four, FOUR, of the same tacos at a time. For two people this turns into 8 tacos if you want to sample them (sample being used loosely here since it's only 2 varieties), which is just too many. It's basically encouraging food waste.

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JC
Chicago
12 reviews
5.0Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great tasting high end Mexican food. Love this place. Tried and true.

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been looking forward to checking out this restaurant and I was not disappointed. Great cocktail selection, and great authentic food.

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RK
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Reputation for a lot of noise but we were there early so not an issue.

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RT
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime I visit Chicago I make sure I visit this restaurant. Love te people, food & drinks!

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PG
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercadito is one of my favorite spot for special occasion, food was excellent, service very accommodating, the cocktails great and overall a great place!

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e
Chicago
19 reviews
3.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not very friendly service. Tacos too salty and overpriced

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shrimp tacos are amazing! We put in 3 orders of just the shrimp tacos because they’re so delicious!

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesus was very attentive to our needs. He’s a great asset to your restaurant .

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OT
Chicago
1 review
2.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Had to wait 15 minutes despite having a reservation - no apologies for the wait

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k
Chicago
12 reviews
4.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was good but the noise level was very high. Not easy to talk to the person next to you.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Birthday celebratipn

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i
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercadito is one of my favorite go-to places for Mexican food and the greatest margaritas in Chicago! Everyone had a great time hanging out and catching up!

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TS
Chicago
6 reviews
4.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Just a little over priced in my opinion. Flautas are the best thing we’ve tried on multiple occasions.

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OT
London
11 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food options. The guac trio is really good! Best guac I have ever had in ages. Great portion sizes. Will definitely visit again

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at this restaurant. It was recommended by friends to eat here while visiting Chicago. Very authentic Mexican food that has aromatic flavors blended quite well. We had the trio of guacamole, traditional Margaritas, tacos and enchiladas. All were absolutely tasteful, full of flavors and the service was top notch. Always filling water glasses, cleaning off table and Madison our server was very knowledgeable in the food creations as well as what key items on the menu would be to try. Don’t leave Chicago without trying if you like authentic Mexican. You may stumble home from the strength of the Margaritas.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Love the lobster tacos

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OT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a lively venue! The food was some of the best I’ve had in Chicago. My wife ordered the lobster tacos and ceviche mixto - both were excellent. I ordered the brisket tacos, delicious. We both loved the 80’s play list, although it was a little louder than we were expecting.

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JA
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were looking forward to to a delicious Mexican dinner on our trip to Chicago and Mercadito fit the bill. We made reservations and found the restaurant lively upon arrival. We we offered outdoor seating, which we were hoping for. We people watched and enjoyed Pollo Tacos and Surf & Turf Taquizas.

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KF
Chicago
4 reviews
3.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

the food is really good but just too loud for us inside and it was too hot to be outside

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LC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was wonderful as always! Experience was wonderful as always! Experience was wonderful as always!

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G
Chicago
34 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for great & creative tacos, drinks were fun too. Nice selection of bigger plates or items to taste and share. Lively atmosphere, food consistently great!

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J
Charleston
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very authentic & delicious!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place for Mexican food!! It's just really loud, so don't go if you're trying to have a conversation while eating. However, the restaurant is really cute, and the food is mouthwatering.

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G
Chicago
5 reviews
4.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly, would have appreciated the server mentioning the happy hour menu but all in all great experience. The food was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
3.0Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food and drinks are always amazing! Service is just ok seems like the servers are at times overwhelmed. The food constantly came out before our drink orders. The fruit flies were out of control we spent most of the night swatting them away from our food (gross) .One of the support staff members was extremely rude when we asked for beverage napkins. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable on the menu even though service was a bit slow again not going to blame him they seemed a bit short handed (management!).We will give Mercadito another try in the future.

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K
Chicago
8 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place the food is amazing, the atmosphere is amazing and every now and then at the bar you may get a goofball serving you drinks but for the most part all good.

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b
Chicago
60 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend in town, and after taking in a jazz show, we needed food, stat!! I consulted my Open Table app for late night options, and, having lunched at Mercadito, thought it would be a great spot to showcase the city's offerings. The food was as great as I remembered, and the service was wonderful. We headed out into the much later night very happy and full.

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NO
Chicago
4 reviews
4.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great. We ordered a few dishes and shared. The lobster mac and cheese is amazing as were the tacos and guacamole. The red fish we ordered was however a bit on the saltier side.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Dinner date and as good and bad, atmosphere was energetic and alive. Table was ready on time, food was very very good... service was fair. Our server never checked on us after our order came, which was wrong, only checked to see if we needed drinks. Felt like I was being upsold.
Will go back for good and to give it another try.

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EB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
4.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Mexican food in a lively environment. It's best for a larger fun group and less so for a romantic or family occasion.

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RC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food, Excellent Customer Service and Great Ambience. Definite will be recommending this restaurant to family and friends.

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