Mercado - Los Angeles

4.6
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825 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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About

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 825 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercado is always a good go to for consistent food and great drinks.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very slow for brunch - only a few tables. But it was great food.

MB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was okay. Not worth the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going for Happy Hour! The potato tacos and Mexican Kale Salad are my two favorites and the hour Margarita is so good! One of my favorite spots!

SO
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always top notch but today I think it’s worth mentioning that our server wasn’t good. He was spectacular. Such a lovely demeanor, he checked on us often without being intrusive, never seemed hurried, and got everything done quickly and correct the first time.

It’s always good. It’s usually like this but on a day where everyone else is in holiday? Thank you for being so very good at your job.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not the restaurant’s fault but there was an annoying family next to us and on the other side an entitled loud woman asking for stupid customizations. Tamales and flan were fabulous! Best flan ever actually

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food. No complaints.

VT
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably good food. Got to sit by the fireplace which made for a nice evening too.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great service.

KS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server David Tapia was AMAZING! He was very attentive and easy on the eyes. We will definitely come back to sit in his section!

PR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Just sensational.

JM
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Mercado. Wow! Awesome food, great service, generous portions, friendly host/ hostess. We will be going back for sure!

KP
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercado was delicious. Portions are a good size so you can share. Food is on the spicier side but the guacamole was the best I ever had. Service was excellent.

KC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm biased because they carry my favorite tequila, Mandala. The staff is super well trained and always looking to serve its patrons. Food was superb. There was a minor mix up on our order, but we quickly had it rectified and they discounted our bill even though it wasn't necessary. I Love Mercado!

n
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Love Mercado, have only been to the Santa Monica and LA location. It’s always crowded and loud but I can deal with that because the food has always been consistently delicious! I made reservations but we still had to wait....some patrons just won’t leave their table.

SJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great place great food always fun!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the carnitas

GO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Tasty as always. Not cheap, but truly the best gourmet mexican cuisine in town.

JS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The front desk duo and server were all incredibly nice and helpful. Above and beyond nice.

m
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The guacamole is so fresh, so well-prepared, and the margaritas with top shelf tequilas are lovely.

I
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place had a cool vibe, and the food was fantastic. A bit of a modern twist on the recipes, well worth the drive. Oh, and definitely have the guacamole!

E
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is always reliably delicious, a real treat! Two us had the carne asada, skirt steak, & it was incredibly tender & cooked to perfection--rare but not raw. It was hot, too, which isn't always the case with rare steak. One of us found the mole wonderful, when he typically dislikes mole. Our guacamole was superb, the tamale appetizer was excellent, & the flan I ordered for dessert was the best I've ever had, & I always order flan. It never disappoints.

AC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and each time was a great new experience.

d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent service and reliably good food. A bit pricey for what it is, weak drinks.

EO
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We wanted a booth and kind of got one but not quite. The food is more expensive than it should be. But it is good.

J
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal — great happy hour specials!

J
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Mercado!!!! Consistently great food and great value! :))

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good. Ambience is nice although a bit loud but I was least impressed with the service. Not friendly at all

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The prices are way too high for the quality of service we received. We ordered chips and salsa as an appetizer before ordering our entrees, but we had to ask 3 times before they brought them, and they only came out AFTER our main dishes. Drinks came in glasses only half full, when we asked why they looked like someone had already taken some she said “oh these are pure booze—there’s no filler.” Looked like 1 oz poured over ice, a 2-sips-and-done “cocktail” for $13. Not impressed. Food was good but the service impeded is from fully enjoying the experience. Not to mention $16 for TWO tacos, rice and beans not included. Come on Mercado, what happened??

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our evening at Mercado and cannot wait to be back !

JF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

guacamole was outstanding
turkey tamales were amazing
carnitas over roasted pastor cauliflower was incredible
my wife LOVED the mole enchiladas
margarita’s are a lil pricey but good
we will definitely be back

AF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was although a little pricey, so delicious! I was also very impressed with our service. Everything came out so fast and efficiently. I will definitely be returning :)

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food4service1ambience4

Service & cocktails were superb. Food was very good but pricey. Will likely be coming back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and a nice atmosphere

N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love the food at Mercado. It’s a little pricey and the service can be hit or miss, but the food is consistently excellent. Nice chill crowd, great for a get together spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience3

As a vegetarian I would like more options. I really only have one option there.

r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. I had the chicken mole'. Happy hour prices were good. I had one of the margaritas (forgot the name). We sat by the window, which was nice for a warm evening. The service was great! Both the host, and especially our server.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dining at the bar and talking with the bartenders. the food and drinks are consistently great. One of our favorite places to eat and get cocktails in LA

v
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was very good but it is very packed and extremely loud. Difficult to have a conversation and it's shared seating (you can be seated right next to another group of people at the same table) Service seems very rushed as there are so many people.

L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this spot, food and drinks are always on point. This night there was a mixup with our entrees, but they made right as expected. We were in a hurry so we had to leave before we could enjoy them. Either way, thank you for keeping a high standard for the industry. Too many establishments fall short with customer service and still happily take your money, kudos. I believe the Manager was Matt, he made it a point to introduce himself.