About Mercadito - River North

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.

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

Cuisines:
Mexican, Seafood

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

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/

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.

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:
Rachel Florez: (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

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (51)
Fun (44)
Handcrafted Cocktails (44)
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Casual (42)
Hot Spot (36)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (32)
Authentic (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Spicy (28)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Tapas (23)
Happy Hour (22)
Romantic (19)
Great for Lunch (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Cozy (14)
People Watching (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Business Meals (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Scenic View (4)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Best Mexican food we’ve ever had. Awesome.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is outstanding and the restaurant is inviting... but the noise level can draw blood out of your ears!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

It was ok. Nothing amazing, but decent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great experience loved the lobster tacos keep those on menu

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

My Fiance and I took my parents here on valentines day. We got the special menu with 5 course meal, which I wasn't told was mandatory when booked, but i guess it was worth it. I was hesitant at first because we had 3 vegetarians in the group and 45$ per person seemed way too much. I still wish they offered a cheaper menu for vegetarians but we didn't think it would be appropriate to leave around once we sat. We felt our hands were tied. All in all the food and experience was worth it.

I have been to this place many times and the food, service and ambiance is always on point.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good. The music was loud and silly American oldies. Where is the Latin music?? Went for Valentine’s Day. $200 for the two of us. Drinks are $14 each, but nothing special. Service was fast, again nothing special. On a trip to the restroom, the food runners were oblivious of my presence and I was bumped into not once, but twice. Glad I went, I’m in no rush to go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food , great service!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food and service was great

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Pastor and Brisket tacos were outstanding! So was the Ceviche

Tags: Fun, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the best, well run restaurants I've ever been to! We arrived early for our reservation time and were seated immediately. Appetizer, dinner and drinks and plenty of time to visit and we were finished and heading out the door in an hour. The chicken tacos and quac were the best I've ever had! My mouth waters at the memory of them. The traditional margarita was exceptionally good too. Be aware of items on the menu that don't have a price listed. The small margaritas were $14. I would say they were worth it though.Go and try them for yourself. Be aware, that it is a crowded, noisy environment.

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was a bit underwhelmed. We were rushed in and out and the food was decent at best. It took about 1 minute for steak tacos to cone out so clearly they were not cooked to order. Overall disappointing all around.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our server did not tell us his name and was not very attentive. He seemed like he didn't want to be there and the bussers/server assistants were more attentive with cleaning our table and refilling our water than our server was. We also felt awkward staring from other staff members. I wont complain about the pricing because the food was amazing and it is located in Chicago so expensive menus are typical but $11 for like 8 bites of guacamole? Really?

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fun atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Food was fantastic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and colleagues.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food, variety, and comfortable atmosphere!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for dinner date for Chicago’s restaurant week. Seating was too tight, could not even communicate with my partner sitting across the table. There was table right next to me on left and right side. Had to squeeze in even to get in and take a seat. There was no space to leave coat or purse forget enough space to even seat. Food was just okay for the price we paid. They ran of dessert in the end so basically we were forced to have what was left. Overall not a very good experience. Will not try it again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food & drinks were good but, check for 4 people was $350+ seems excessive for tacos.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was amazing, great service, food was so delicious. Friendly service . Totally recommend everyone to try this place and their drinks .

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We did not like the restaurant's policy for not seating if the entire party is not present.
We inquired a couple of time and we were seated with 3/4 of our party in attendance.

The restaurant is very noisy. Hard to hear other people at our table. Great food and cocktails and good service. Our server was very accommodating.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Guacamole, ceviche, 4 tacos each, realized at home we received only 1 caramel flan to share by takeout.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Things started out well but didn't last. Yes we were seated quickly and our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. However after taking our orders he disappeared . He never served us our food and it took us almost 3 hours to eat and get our bill. Honestly I think he forgot about us. 2 different couples were seated next to us and were served and finished with their meals before we ever got our deserts which we only recived 1 but ordered 2. The food was fine but we won't be back. Very disappointing

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food and service were great, but going for restaurant week ruined the ambiance. We were seated less than a foot away from other guests on either side, so it was difficult to hold a conversation.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have to say, I typically love this restaurant, but had one of the worst experiences ever this past Saturday.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great Food, great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was good and came out super quickly, but our waiter wasn’t very attentive. We had been done eating for almost 45 minutes before we received the check. Other than that... it was fine.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

HUGE BIRTHDAY DISAPPOINTMENT! Our waiter was Ralphael. HE WAS HORRIFIC!! We came to celebrate a double birthday and THIS was BOTH our first time here. HIS service was RUDE, QUICK, NEVER CAME BACK for check, water and didn't allow me to do what we CAME for brunch for restaurant week! He stated brunch had to be 2 people. He made is go look for him at the hostess desk after 30 minutes of cleared table and NO check! He NEVER apologized and the food rice & beans were cold as well as my shrimp tacos. I HATED MY EXPERIENCE THERE! $37 OF NEGLECTFUL SERVICE! The ONLY thing beautiful was the restaurant's decor.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Special 3 course menu offered. Food was very good, but service was spotty. Our food came out of sequence with one person’s appetizer served at the same time as the other’s entree, then the other appetizer served with the other person’s entree coming soon after. All were nice, but seemed disjointed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Birthday weekend... we got to place an order of the guacamole and a drink. The waitress later came and asked if we were ready to order anything else we said yes placed an order of one of the ceviches it took about 20 min when they were already bringing us the bill when we had not even got our ceviche order. We were excited to try this place to be disappointed once there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great mescal drinks, vibrant atmosphere, really good tacos.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I really enjoyed everything. We wanted to try during restaurant week. Was not disappointed at all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The manager managed to overcharge is on the bill - hopefully it was sorted out, otherwise our server did not get the tip she deserved!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Julio C. was a great server. I love when waiters give their honest opinion and don't steer you wrong. I want to eat great food. Awesome experience! Traditional guac was the best but Granada was a nice switch up.
Get the pork belly tacos!
Nice twist on brussel sprouts. Wish they'd been roasted or sautéed longer. The goat's milk caramel flan was SWEET but the small portion made it just right

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Restaurant week! Excellent way of trying different things! Server was friendly, food was delicious & loved my refreshing cocktail!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It’s Restaurant Week in Chicago! So we took advantage of the special menu offered up which gave us a sample of a number of dishes. The Traditional Guacamole, and Pineapple Guacamole were excellent, served with warm chips. The shrimp ceviche was fresh. But, the four tacos were quite salty—so it was a good thing cocktails were included in the set menu! Try the refreshing Little Market cocktail with a spicy salt on one side of the rim, or their traditional Margarita! About 6:30 pm temperatures rose with activity as the volume adjusted to high along with their eclectic playlist! (One baby slept through it all !) This was business and pleasure—celebrating a special birthday, and the server added a candle to the flan. I wish our stomachs were able to accommodate all the offerings. Jared was a fun, attentive server!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Loved the food ! High energy environment, great vibe and did I mention, great food?!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was very very slow with no acknowledgement from the Manager.
We waited approximately 20 minuets at our table before a server came over.
After placing our order it took the server a really long time to return with the drinks and appetizers.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We participated in the 2018 Chicago’s Restaurant Week. The Sunday brunch was exceptional. All the courses were top notch. We shared everything and there were no disappointments just wanting to schedule another visit

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious. The service was great. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was really excellent considering it was a busy Saturday night. Our drinks came out quickly and the hand made Margaritas was outstanding.

The stars of the show are the mini tacos served on corn tortillas, no flour. The fillings ate abundant including Lobster. Couples should split the orders so they can order two different styles.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Drinks are way overpriced. Very difficult to carry on conversation. Too loud. Food is just OK.

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