Mercadito - River North

4.6
5378 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, esquites and more.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5378 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing!!!

TM
vipTravelinMan
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time at Mercadito. Very creative menu, not Tex-mex. unique dishes, very well prepared. Excellent Rita’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing restaurant great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent I’ll definitely go again for that.
The food was quickly served.
The only place for improvement would be the waiter didn’t attend our table at all. Would have been a better experience if we didn’t wait so long at our table.
The dessert was good.

EM
vipEmelieM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday celebration with girlfriends. Great food…and one girl was a vegetarian. We had great options. Yummy food, great drinks and great company. Can’t expect more than that!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, just very noisy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashley was awesome! Food and drinks are consistently amazing.

KB
vipKarenB
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The restaurant itself is cute. It is very small though. Was a little too cold for our liking. The food was just okay

PP
PaigeP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our group of 6 was seated at 7:40 for our 7:45 reservation, and were asked by the manager to ‘wrap it up’ at 8:50 because the group behind us was ready to be seated. One hour and 10 minutes is an unacceptable amount of time to be expected to dine with 6. Thankfully this wasn’t for a special occasion.

DP
DianeP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and got seated well within an acceptable time for a Saturday night. The food here is outstanding as are the margarita's! Our server Jose was fabulous! We took his recommendation on dessert and it was sooo good. The tables in the center of the dining space could be a bit bigger. Getting water, drinks and food on them at one time can be a bit of a challenge. We will be dining here again and would recommend this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always love Mercadito but wish they would put more alcohol in the overpriced drinks lol

DJ
DJeff
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. My niece wanted tacos and it fit the bill. We definitely enjoyed the food.

M
Martap
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was perfect. Food , drink , service… a bit expensive
I will come back
Thank you

AL
vipAndrewL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Jose was great!! Drinks were strong and delicious!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Had a reservation at 8 but did not get seated until 8:45. What is the point of a reservation then?

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Seated 45 mins after reservation

ML
vipML400
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED the food, happy with service and energy. In my recent experience, this was the most-crowded restaurant In which I have dined. It was on a Friday night. The noise level is so high and people so close, it was difficult to talk. I might like to try it for lunch if open.

SB
SBell
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had hoped to eat outside on a nice weather evening, but section was dead so headed inside. Good menu selection and quality of food was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fly in from Miami every so often and always go to Mercadito. The food and cocktails are the best things outside of being in Mexico. All fresh and tasty.

JS
JohnS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attention to gluten-free requests as members of our party have Celiacs Disease. Drinks and food were delicious!

DU
DrewU
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch date with my wife! We had the Brisket, Estilo Baja, and Camaron tacos… all were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Did not get booth

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Tacos were super cold!

JA
vipJohnA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Mercadito’s vibe is tough to beat, and the tacos and margs are excellent. That said, it’s rather pricey for what it is and they seem to be hurting for waitstaff, as it took what felt like an eternity for us to put in our food order and to get the check at the end of the evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas and guac!!

C
Chavco
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

delicious food, great service. LOUD

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it

SS
SamS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and extremely fast. Drinks and food were great but was very loud in the restaurant.

MF
vipMirandaF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Greta food, fun ambiance.

EW
EmilyW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good. The spicy margarita with avocado was amazing and the freshly made salsas are delish. All the food was great. Would definitely dine here again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Because we were 5 mins late, we were seated an hour after reservations…. Never had such poor hosting service. People were being seated before us, they had a later reservation but because they checked in early they prioritize those reservations first. It was a mess.

JS
JSG2015
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Friday night noise level is like an Iron Maiden concert, front row, in front of the Marshall stacks. 40 minute wait for a 8:00 pm reservation. Excellent tacos and drinks

LS
LeaSimone
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friends birthday and she really enjoyed! The seasonal drink special was great (I’m blanking on the name, something with grapefruit). I love the tacos here and visit often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quick and good food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, drinks, and food!

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vipOneyatta
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The waiter was terrible not very accommodating

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service1ambience5

Had to wait 45 minutes before we got seated for our reservation

SS
SamS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We had a 7:15 reservation and were not sat until 8pm. The bar was packed and definitely not following covid protocol. We were sat in the basement which was nice because it was less chaotic. Service was fine, food was below average. Best thing about the night was the margaritas.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great cocktails and the lobster tacos were delicious. The guacamole had the perfect amount of heat - chips were fresh and warm.

AS
AmandaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place! Everything was amazing, especially the different types of salsa.

FAQs

Mercadito - River North does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Mercadito - River North also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 329-9555.

Mercadito - River North is rated 4.6 stars by 5378 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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