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Date
Sat, 4/21
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7:00 PM
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Mercado - Los Angeles

4.7
688 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us at your favorite Cocinas y Calaveras restaurant & celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
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$10 Mercado Margaritas + food specials all night - Happy Hour not available this evening

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us at Mercado for Mother's Day Brunch or Dinner!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 688 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Lively and fun spot
Highly recommend the fish and shrimp tacos.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food is good, service great but the noise level is high. Coming for food and drinks is great

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Super food, service, drinks, ambiance...loved every minute.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Mercado is lively and a fun place for a date night. My husband and I were seated in a more quiet part of the restaurant per our request and were very comfortable.
The jalapeno margaritas were very tasty and the smoky chipotle sauce that came with the guacamole was delicious. We both liked our entrees - carnitas and the enchiladas in mole.
The service was friendly and attentive.
All in all very good. They could put a little more alcohol in the margaritas however.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent experience. Brought an east coast foodie and tequila guy here , and they had more than A few he's never seen before . Food excellent, service accommodating and honest.

Great stuff. Will return.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The ambiance of the restaurant was nice and the location is pretty great as it is right next to the grove. However, the food was not that good. A couple friends and I went during happy hour and even the happy hour prices were not justified. The service was not great- we had to ask for water four separate times and got it an hour into our meal.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Talking business with friends at one of my favorite restaurants. Great evening of food and convo all around.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Carnitas were a little dry but I still stuffed myself. The enchiladas were awesome.

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Had really bad service

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our waitress rushed my friend and I, even took our guacamole away that we paid for with our waters as soon as we got the bill. And our food came out cold but of course no one was around to send it back when we needed them. It wasn’t even busy, definitely not coming back.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Try the spicy marg with mescal, a nice change. Dos Gringas tacos and carnitas still the standouts here. Loud place but fun.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was great !!! Our server was sooo sweet, the food was really good, have to say the guacamole was so delicious it’s a Must .... I would call this place a Gourmet Mexican food and going casual, which I really like... overall our experience was awesome and we will be back . Thank you Mercado .

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The only issue I have with this restaurant is that most of the seating is by communal table. The reservation system doesn’t say this so when we arrived and inquired about a table at a non communal table we were told it would take 45 minutes. The restaurant should have to list that reservations are for communal tables. It’s misleading.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Its just like a fast food restaurant. They shove you on ant table and move you through.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Enyoyed the evening, service was great Margaritas are some of the best!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food was great per usual

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything we ordered tasted excellent. Service was quick and friendly. No complaints. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Super yummy Mexican food and delicious cocktails. Very fun atmosphere! Just the right amount of noise. We brought our six year old who is well behaved to dinner with us. We didn’t feel out of place bringing her along.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Hair in food
Service not good and didn’t care

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food! The best guacamole and fish tacos! Best service! Loved the place. Will go back there if I ever visit LA again!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Delicious food but it was insanely loud. We all have hoarse voices today from yelling. I could barely hear the person next to me. That’s just TOO loud for 7p on a Sunday. Also, my open table res was for 3 people at 7p but when I showed up they had no record of that but only one for 2 people at 7:30p very strange.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Disappointing Overpriced Mexican food, lacked flavor and bland. Chips and salsa were great and drinks were on point. With six people all eating different meals none of us line any of it sadly. Also they don’t give you any desert for your birthday we had to oh for it, they’ll charge you per person for bringing a cake in as well. Defiantly won’t be back more cons then pros.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Happy Hour fun!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Mercado exceeded our lofty expectations. In a city full of excellent Mexican restaurants, Mercado is among the very best.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Mercado never disappoints. We started with the guacamole which is a must. It’s def authentic and amazing. My husband had the mole enchiladas, and loved them. Not too sweet not too spicy. The carne asada on a bed of grilled corn is always so delicious as well. The spicy margarita is the best! And the staff is always great!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We always get the same thing here because we don’t want to regret not getting it LOL. We get the Carnitas which is always perfect. It comes in big chunks so you get to shred it yourself and it stays nice and moist and warm. For an appetizer we get the guacamole and chorizo cheese dip which is very decadent and we always always wish there was more.

The only thing about this restaurant on the negative side is I don’t think they really put any liquor in their drinks, or at least not a full shot.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Really enjoyed our dinner here - high quality food with energetic scene. Drinks are really good too. Be ready to sit family style and share your table with other people - they won't hesitate to seat someone right next to you - but that's part of the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is phenomenal! Drinks were tasty! Easily one of my favorite restaurants in LA.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here. The food is amazing, the service impeccable . Love to take people who have never been there so they can experience something new.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Love this restaurant! The food is delicious and the drinks are great. I got the carnitas plate which was HUGE and amazing. I would definitely recommend sharing and maybe get a side. The service was awesome as well. I’ll definitely be back and recommend this place!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The guacamole and skirt steak was great, but I was very disappointed in the drinks... great taste but not a lot of alcohol at all.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

In celebration of my boyfriend's birthday, I brought my own cake to the restaurant---which I gave to the host upon entry to store in the fridge for me. After having cut the cake, I asked the waitress for several plates and forks, but she said it would be an additional $15.00 fee per person. I understand the service fee, yet really wished I was warned up-front when I gave my cake to the host. I wasn't aware of this fee, and thought it was very rude to bring it up after cutting a cake. Like, are you really not gonna give me a plate or fork to eat food inside a restaurant? Mind you, our overall bill for the table was about $300. Overall, have to convinve the waitress that I maybe I just needed a clean fork or two made me feel uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Mercado never disappoints. The main hostess is always welcoming and accommodating, the service is excellent and the food ranges from good to outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Date night and National Margarita Day was A’Mazing at our favorite place! The Cucumber Jalapeño Spicy Margarita is so delish! It’s our neighborhood fav place to go!!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE GO TO SPOT!! The Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita is like crack:-) Best drink ever if you like Spicy. The skirt steak and fish tacos are my favs. The guac is the BEST!!!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Always excellent !

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

I had the chicken, mash and corn, the sauce was excellent, I'm still thinking about it 2 days later, will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The manager (I forget his name - i only remember that it was middle eastern)was exceptional. The food is good. The service is good enough. The drinks are weak but pleasant and the management picks up on every little detail making he most high maintenance diners (me!) feel like the restaurant was built for them.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We went for Happy Hour and it was great! Menu selections were good, the tacos and Dos Gringos were really good too!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was delicious! The guacamole was perfect, and it was paired with a Smokey chipotle salsa. The spicy cucumber margarita was just the right amount of spicy and so tasty! The micheladas were spicy, but still flavorful.

The manager was very accommodating for my party. I had a reservation for 8, but two more people showed up, and it was handled perfectly.

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