Mercado - Los Angeles

4.7
772 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Happy Hour
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; 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
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Phone number
(323) 944-0947
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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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Cross street
Fairfax Ave.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 772 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was perfection. Drinks are amazing. Happy hour is for sure worth the trip. It’s noisy- so you’ll have to talk loud or plan on sitting outside.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Had reservations at 8pm. Four different employee’s walk by without acknowledging our party of three for 10 minutes. We sat in a communal table. Another party of 4 were seated an got water drink order and app’s ordered. Until I made eye contact with Victor the waiter he approached our table and asked if we were okay. We stated no. If he knew who our waiter might be. He said Noel was the waiter but he would gladly take our order and let him know.
Our waiter got bothered that Victor had attended us. He brought water cups and roughly placed them on the table saying ‘ I guess you want waters.’ I then requested to speak to the manager an stated we wanted Victor to serve us because the other guy was not fully trained on the service business.
She apologized and over saw that we were taken care of. A special shout out to Victor! Thank you for the awesome service. Because of you we will be back!

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CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome time. The service was great, the food tasted amazing, and let's not forget how good the margaritas were.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was AMAZING!! Would def go back!!!! The entire experience was awesome!!!

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W
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Any place with Allagash White on the menu immediately is in my good graces. Clever, well-presented, delicious food. Great ambiance - definitely hip.

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a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Everything was awesome! It was a busy Saturday night, and the noise level was so high, it was tough to have a conversation.
Still loved the food and excellent service.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was Excellent, the food was fabulous and service was fantastic,nuff said.

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B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had written a review last week, but have taken it off because the negative item I had mentioned was a misunderstanding and the manager Justin called me to clarify and explain and his explanation was correct.

We love this restaurant and so my only disappointment now is that they have changed their habanero salsa from what it used to be. The new version tastes more like a tomatillo salsa and does not have the bite and zing of the earlier one.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mercado never disappoints. Their Ceviche Tostaditas are heaven in your mouth, super fresh, incredibly flavorful and with the perfect amount of heat. The pork dish melts in your mouth, and is packed with flavor. Their spicy cucumber margaritas is one of the best I have had.

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t
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place for so many reasons, but sadly one of our favorite reasons is gone. We ordered their Tres Leches dessert last night and we were told they no longer have it on the menu. NOOOOO! It was so good. I hope it's only a momentary lack of good judgement by the Chef because we DEFINITELY want to see that come back to the menu!!

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EL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took five of my best lady friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. The service was excellent, we never felt rushed, or hovered over. And I love the food there! All around, an evening to remember!!

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P
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for weekend brunch. Great food, lovely cocktails, lively place. Would definitely return - and soon

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re visiting LA from out of town and wanted some

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I have Celiac. Everything I ordered I was told was gluten-free but I got severely ill. Perhaps cross contamination? Tread cautiously.

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LL
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnitas nachos are delicious as is the Jamaica. Service was attentive, especially considering the two kids in our party.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time at this Mercado and every time the food blows me away. I took my friends with me for the first time and one said, "This is not the best Mexican food, it is the best food I have had!". I talked it up so much and lived up to the expectations!

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PE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Okay food, loud restaurant and bad service. We asked repeatedly for new napkins, water, and a drink was spilled on one of us by a server who didnt indicate her approach.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for happy hour and our server was a bit rude, the manager was also not very friendly either, he was being a odd walking around the restaurant “inspecting” people’s tables but not engaging with any guests. He literally just walked aggressively throughout the restaurant (I was facing the interior of the restaurant so I watched him just marching around).

He also had a mini meltdown when my friend had asked to possibly leave his bike at the valet because he forgot his lock. It’s really not the end of the world but he was quite dramatic about it. Definitely won’t be back anytime soon.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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LC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Very expensive and the food i it's not that great, very small portion.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Community tables. Food delicious... server lovely but service too fast. Order 1 item at a time, finish it and then order the next!!!

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RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guac and carnitas are amazing! Also the cucumber jalapeno margarita

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s
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good restaurant in a really good location. Interesting menu. Very good guacamole...and that's really all that you want from a Mexican restaurant, isn't it? The noise level is extremely high. Ours was a party of four and we did have difficulty hearing each other. Don't plan to have an intimate conversation.

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for happy hour and get the carnita nachos!

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CL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The queso with chorizo was really good. As were the chips (hot, fresh, and salty!). The cauliflower was also pretty bomb. Fish tacos were just OK (fish was overcooked).
However, the margaritas were expensive and weak. I am a lightweight and I was barely buzzed from 2 margaritas (the seasonal blood orange and the a "skinny;" $15 and $13, respectively)
Overall, it was a lively, fun environment (also a bit loud). But just felt like a lot of dinero for the experience.

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JR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food here is consistent every time I go.. Such a great place!

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N
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food not only looks like a very creative chef meticulously placed each item on the plate for our eyes to be pleased, but the food taste amazing as well. These two combos makes a diner extremely happy. I ordered Chef’s Jose’s Breakfast Burrito. Ever bite I took was sensational. I loved the roasted potatoes and the tiny bits of nueske bacon my taste buds encountered with each bite I took. Their guacamole and fresh chips are also very delicious. The chips have a very distinct flavor that I became addicted to. I believe the chef bakes them and seasons them with his own special secret. To finish off my dining experience instead of dessert I opted for a mezcal infused drink, the Old Fashion. Our waitress recommended the drink and I’m glad I took her advice. The orange zest and the smoky flavor of the mezcal made this drink a winner.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mercado is amazing! The service and food never disappoints.

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BR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

If you’re going out for a meal to have a conversation avoid this restaurant at all cost! Literally the noisiest restaurant I’ve been to in L.A.

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RH
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, but restaurant was so loud that conversation was difficult. Nonetheless, will be back!

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The food is amazing, as well as the service. Every single member of the staff is awesome! Where in LA can you go where the staff remembers who you are 2 months later??? Even down to conversation and drink??? I had a friend visiting from out of state and the staff was so accommodating to her Vegan diet it was great! I would recommend Mercado to anyone looking for good food and great service!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious appetizers and entrees. Great service, as always! The cocktails are a bit pricey.

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Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chiriqueso and the Nacho’s AMAZING!!!!
The margaritas are delicious but a little less ice more drink.
The waiter was nice. The valet parking price if you’re having a good time and stay too long is outrageous!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaze balls

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!!! The margaritas, the food, the service!! Everything!!

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite brunch spot. Hands down. From the food to the staff, everything is on point. Definitely a place I bring friends and family, especially when coming in town to visit.

A+ every single visit.

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S
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Great everything and we will be back for the great flavors and service.

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F
Los Angeles
143 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and drinks = great. Seating = blah. Time to get rid of that communal dining and open up the nicer part of the restaurant more often. Tired of sitting at cramped quarters.

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London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ok, great food!

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