Mercado - Hollywood

4.7
561 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Mercado on Cahuenga is the 3rd location for partners Jesse Gomez and Executive Chef Jose Acevedo. The restaurant is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart & soul of new Mexican dining. The menu exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of the partners" Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo's signature Carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, flavorful sauces, enchiladas and tacos, and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted cuisine, artful design, warm atmosphere and service that is both friendly and informed to guide each guest through the dining experience. With a large selection of several tequilas and mezcals, we also offer delicious hand crafted cocktails, Join us for happy hour or a night before the Hollywood Bowl. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour Daily: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7pm , Saturday - Sunday: 4pm - 6pm
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Phone number
(323) 512-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Acevedo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Universal Studios Blvd
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Parking details
We offer valet parking adjacent to the restaurant for $5. There is also some street parking available. Please read the signs.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and service. The valet parking is reasonably priced as well and they allow credit card payments.

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NG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! I come here for everything, team outings, birthdays, and girls night out. Food and drinks are delicious!

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P
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a very good collection of red wines which i never miss everytime im there.

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve

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SP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and I love coming here, but the prices have definitely gone up.

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L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server Caterina was great. Food was great, but stingy on tortillas—no bueno.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food. The tamales and carnitas are not to be missed.

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HM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

As usual, we enjoyed our time at Mercado. We keep waiting for the chef to bring back the scallops dish but we are losing hope. When they were on the menu we visited nearly once a week. Now....maybe once a month. Other people we know have felt the same and have reduced their visits to Mercado as well.

Finally, we noticed the restaurant was not busy at all on a Saturday night at 8:00 PM. (Many many open tables) Also on this night we notice a reduction in service (waiter forgot our drinks and other things.) Maybe the restaurant has lost its flair? Nevertheless, the food is still the best in that area and there are a lot of restaurants in that area. ;)

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T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Getting way too expensive. Will think twice before we go back

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RZ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Our server suggested some great dishes! Jen, I think that’s her name - she was awesome! I was disappointed that the Tres Leche was not available - but the bread pudding was so tasty!!!!

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Ribeye with jalapeno horseradish special was excellent!! I highly recommend it.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for happy hour

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistent experience. Every time we go there the service and the food are 5 star

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my second visit to Mercado. My sister went the night before me while I babysat, and I started craving the tacos. Glad I went to you guys again!

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KC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place but the is over salted. The chef needs to be aware of this since you feelnit after you’ve left the restaurant and the next morning. Way too much salt but delicious.

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M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, very loud and hard to find a quieter spot

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Too noisy to talk

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Mexican restaurant in LA! Great experience every single time we go. Amazing food and margaritas. #ChurroIceCream

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Ambiance is pleasant. Food is quality. It’s a little bit loud for people that are hard of hearing. They have a good happy hour. It’s a PERFECT location when you are looking for a quality upscale casual restaurant that’s a middle place between The Valley and West Hollywood or Valley and East Hollywood. Also, it’s called “Hollywood” location but it’s on the valley side and super easy to get to.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with old girlfriends. Super convenient location, everything was great!

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pricey for food and drink, although delicious seemed high $$

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere
Great cocktails
Great food

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We do enjoy the food here however the restaurant is inflexible with changes. When you cannot order, shrimp for instance on a salad, it doesn’t leave you with a feeling like you want to return.

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JJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a few times -- always great food, service, vibe, etc. First time doing Sunday brunch and it do not disappoint! Great brunch-y choices along with some of their usual excellent dishes. My dish was a take on their Gringas tacos brunched out with eggs -- it was pretty darn good. Might end up being my go-to dish to freak friends out.

One might think on a quiet Sunday morning the service and food might be lazy...not the case here! These folks are always on their A game. I will be back!

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AJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic, food was amazing and their drinks are awesome.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great. Except that we were celebrating both our friend’s’ birthday and when we discretely told our waiter about it he said he would take care of it. He brought us our bill and nothing was brought to our table. It ruined the end of our night to have not been able to sing Happy Birthday to our friends. Paying for the damn dessert would not have been a problem.

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent, flavors were great, as were the house margaritas, look forward to returning.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu was too limited. Very noisy and not very busy so it didn’t need to be cranked up so loud. Opentable let us down on this one.

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S
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mercado is firing on all cylinders. The food and service have been exemplary on my last three trips there. You would never know that it's part of a mini-chain because the food is fresh, flavorful and well-executed in every way. The menu could use more depth in terms of excellent entrees but the carnitas is so good it keeps me coming back. This trip I took two out of town foodie guests. They loved it. Well done!

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We’d eaten at Mercado before and loved the food. The place is extremely noisy and overstimulating (for me). Loud music, poor acoustics. We ordered guacamole which took a long time to get and within minutes of getting it our food came out. Not good. The food is excellent but we had to rush the appetizer so the food wouldn’t get cold. That wasn’t our experience last time so maybe it was a particularly busy night for them.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was good. We went for breakfasts so we didn’t try the main menu. The music was too loud and they were blaring pit bull at 11 am. We had to sit outside because we couldn’t hear each other.

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TB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Carne Asada!!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous server and the food was delicious. Can’t wait to return!

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h
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE MERCADO!! the food, the cocktails! the staff is very considerate and accommodating.
The spicy margaritas are always great!

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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaxing food and service and such a convenient and fun place to hang and catch up with good friends

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AK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The quality of the food has been getting worse since my last two visits. This used to be a favorite spot, but we won’t be returning.

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l
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like Mercado a lot. While it is not an inexpensive meal, it is certainly a good one. I was entertaining clients and all of our food selections were good. The guacamole is off the hook. I have gone to Mercado several times and it can't miss.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a wonderfully fun evening at Mercado celebrating my birthday. Everyone at the restaurant is so fun and professional. And the food is always amazing. Another great evening at Mercado!

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JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We recently discovered this little gem after researching restaurants to go to before a concert & the Greek Theater. It’s about 2 blocks from Universal Studios & about 15-20 drive to the Greek. It’s small w/a casual ambiance but the food is sensational. Their quacomole is fantastic (luv the pumpkin seeds) Their drinks R small but strong & tasty. My son got the carnitas & I got the jumbo shrimp on a bed of rice. Everything was incredibly delicious!! Only negative was the rude hostess who tried to seat us in between 2 other couples in an extremely small table (which made no sense because there were about 10 empty tables) When I asked to please be seated in our own booth she acted annoyed & didn’t want to seat us there & then proceeded to tell us we would have to hurry up because they get very busy & they need to save these tables for when the rush comes in. I wanted to say...... excuse me but I don’t care about a rush that’s gonna happen in an hour ... I want to be seated now & be finished w/in 40 minutes so I can go to my concert. It was a tad bit rude in my opinion. But, other than that... everything & everyone else was AWESOME!!! I would still go back whenever in LA.

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CG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was happily surprised with the meal, pork. The kale salad was perfect. I loved our waitress. She went the distance in trying to accommodate my picky tastebuds. She also remembered to check on us after she served our meal. The high ceilings did make for a noisy environment, but manageable. I would definitely return.

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