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About Mercado - Los Angeles

Mercado on 3rd St. is the 2nd 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 restaurant is set up as several different spaces, with the main dining area as a covered patio space that looks out to 3rd street for a beautiful view. The open air bar is a relaxing way to enjoy a cocktail and food. 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, produce from the local farmers' market, 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.

7910 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Monday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Fairfax Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 944-0947

Website:
http://www.mercadorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking in front of the restaurant on 3rd Street for $7. There is also some street parking available. Please read the signs.

Executive Chef:
Jose Acevedo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mercado - Los Angeles Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

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4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
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Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Fun (11)
Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (8)
People Watching (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

First time there. Loved it. Killer guacamole. We had four entree’s; all were delicious.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

My son and I have eaten here several time and absolutely love this restaurant. Everything we have tried on the menu has been divine. The carnitas is particularly wonderful. Service is already excellent (not necessarily to be expected at a restaurant of this type), but on our last occasion it was particularly good, the wait person was attentive to exactly the right degree and generous in helping us.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we both loved the food and our server was so friendly and attentive ! Loved the cocktails they were delicious ! the food was also outstanding and can we talk about the GUACAMOLE! Delicious!

Would definitely come again !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had the best server ever. Super loud at happy hour but food was great.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was amazing (as always) and the ambiance as well. The service was very lacking. The server took 30 minutes to take our order, we had to continuously ask for water, place settings, glasses for the water, etc. and were met with an attitude each time. It was my birthday and they did give me a nice desert (which no one asked for) and that was very nice, but aside from that the service was not my favorite

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service and food were exceptional. I also loved the eclectic, original menu and the portions, they were just enough!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My hubby and I are regulars here. The food is always outstanding and delicious, it's very reasonably priced, the restaurant is lovely, and the service always fantastic! They really know what they're doing, and that's why we always return for more!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Megan was our waitress and she was great. Very personable and made us feel welcome. The food was delicious as always!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food and service were good but the noise level is insane. You can barely hear yourself talk. I think it's OK for a group but definitely not if you're trying to have a conversation. I'm not sure I would go back based on my last experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food and drink, but overpriced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

WOW!! Definitely a spot to visit every time I come to the area. Authentic Mexican Food at its finest.......Guacamole was to die for! Carnitas and Steak were perfectly made and seasoned and the house made corn tortillas was PERFECT!!! Service was Great too!!!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic food, fantastic service in a fantastic place!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent service and wonderful PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS!

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Sports, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first time at Mercado. Had a hankering for mexican food and looked on Open Table for what was available around us. Mercado was close to where we live so we decided to try it. Once we got there, I realized I had passed it many times in my car and had admired the outdoor vibe of the restaurant. Was happy to stop in and while we were expecting a lunch menu at 1:00 pm on a Saturday, we were handed a brunch menu. No worries. While the menu was definately "brunch like", we still found several items that looked yummy. We ordered and the food arrived quickly. The service is great, friendly and helpful. The food is fresh and well presented. The margaritas were great too! A definate re-do in the future.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I LOOOOVE Mercado... it’s the BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN ALL OF LOS ANGELES (and that’s saying something) the best item on their entire menu is the Carnitas Nachos, but the kitchen can be very stingy with them. They sometimes refuse to serve them unless it’s happy hour or brunch... but they are the BEST thing on the ENTIRE menu, so it should be experienced. The Dos Gringas are also PHENOMINAL. The breakfast burrito on the brunch menu is to die for. Their seasonal margaritas are also great 👍🏼

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Me and my girlfriend go here all the time we found this place on OpenTable read some reviews it all started from there we enjoy coming here all the time for the carnitas tamales Mexican kale salad and also we can't forget about the guacamole and chips.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious Mexican food. Exactly what we were looking for

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

My husband and I were both violently ill after eating at the restaurant. Notifying them to see if this happened to any other patrons last night. It's a cute place, very hip and trendy and gets wonderful revues mostly. Sadly this is not one of them.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Booked a table for two adults and one child, in the reservation I requested a high chair for my toddler. We drove across town to attend the reservation at Mercado, on arrival we were told as we required a high chair we were unable to enjoy the happy hour menu unless my toddler sat at a high communal table in a high adult chair unharnessed in which he would severely hurt him self if he fell. The only other option offered was to be seated in the back (which I was fine with) BUT we would have to give the table back in 30min therefor would have to rush our meal. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived, 2 family's seated and all other customers where at the bar, no shortage of tables!

1. Happy Hours are implemented to drive customers in during usually quiet hours, happy hours are mostly attended by family's as children eat early - the fact that we were unable to sit at a table with a safe seat for my toddler and therefor turned away when there was plenty of empty seating is RIDICULOUS!

2. Had we sat at the high table and my child had badly fallen this could be a liability suit, why would you risk that?

3. The ridiculous seating rules during 'Happy Hour' are not stipulated in the Open Table profile or on the restaurants own website for that matter other wise we would never had made a reservation and waisted our time driving to this location.

I had always been a fan of the Resturant location in Santa Monica which have never enforced such stupid rules or turned us away as a family and have always been accommodating. However I will never return to either location as I'm completely appalled by the service I received today, the food is fine it's not amazing and definitely not worth this terrible service. I'm happy never to return and will never recommend this restaurant again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love Mercado. Great food and ambience. I go once a month.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is tasty and great for sharing but the service was way too slow and unacceptable. It took our waitress 20 min to take our initial order, and throughout the rest of our meal we had to get up from our seat to find her or bother another staff member to do her job.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great everything. Try that cucumber jalapeño margarita and the carne asada entree. Can't go wrong here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Really good food, service is great, but is ALWAYS freezing in there- ladies bring a good jacket.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was FANTASTIC. My clients were impressed. Drinks were great, service was friendly and savvy of menu. Overall great experience.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Spicy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The guacamole is excellent. Steak tacos, tamales, amazing. Tres leches cake delightful. The margaritas were good, but not my favorite part of the meal. Definitely get the steak tacos.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First time to this resturant. Started off with a jalapeno margarita, the best I’ve had! For appetizer we had the guacamole which was super fresh and tasty, well seasoned. Chips were perfect.

Entrees we tried, the Chile Relleno which was extremely tasty, and my son tried the fish special which was MahiMahi and it was also well prepared and delicious. For dessert, we shared an order of flan. It was very creamy and not to sweet, perfect way to top off our dinner. Highly recommend, hip place and bar is vibrant and exciting!

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Hostess staff could use classes in coustomer service. Need to drop attitude.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We always have a great time & wonderful meal at Mercado, a favorite of ours for 3 years running!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great ambiance. Love sitting in the booth area with a larger party. Margaritas are amazing as well as the guacamole.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server was amazing

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was OK but I don't get the hype with this place. The queso and guacamole was $20 and nothing special. The $12 house margs were weak and small. With so many great places in LA, I would skip Mercado.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

An extensive tequila and mezcal list and good shrimp tacos.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Mercado is my favorite neighborhood spot. Great food and good service. A bit in the noisy side on weekends but goo atmosphere and love everything on the menu

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Been here a few times now. I always get the carne Asada and it's very well cooked. I get medium. The pricing is a bit overkill for some of their dishes like $27 for a piece of carne asada and that's all you get, but it's very good. I'm not much a tequila person so I can't rate their drinks as I always get the wine which is decent. Maybe a little overpriced but ok.

The restaurant is a fun place to eat and I do enjoy coming here but wouldn't make it my regular spot. Definitely worth a try!

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The noise level was intolerable, but the food and service were very good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

As usual, we had a good meal here with delicious drinks and very good food. Carnitas were great, though the ceviche was a little underwhelming. It’s the only thing we would not recommend. Otherwise the spices and flavor notes are interesting and surprising and we would return. The servers are very friendly.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Mercado is very consistent, great carnitas nachos! I'm always disappointed that red sangria is elusive on sundays, though.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Service wasn't the best but the food is amazing! Home made tortillas was hands down the difference.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I always have a wonderful time when I go to Mercado. Everyone is so nice and friendly. The best guacamole and chips I have ever had! Always delicious. I usually get their classic Margarita and it's so good. But their other custom Margaritas are amazing. The food their is special and unique.
Kenny was our waiter. He is the best. I was so happy to see him. I highly recommend this place. It's an LA Gem!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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