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Mercado - Los Angeles

654 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (19)
  • Fit for Foodies (18)
  • Good for a Date (18)
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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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
What 654 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!!!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always excellent !

JasonO (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

vipSODining (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

vipamsluvsfun (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was too salty

hungrymn (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food! Mexican cuisine with a flair and the flan for dessert (and I am not a flan person) is not to be missed!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food is a step above. Good service. Started with a glass of Tequila. Enjoyed the Carnitas and Elote.

KatDee (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Mercado is one of my favorite restaurants. I always recommend family and friends go to the Santa Monica or Los Angeles/Grove locations.

maricels (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Mercado is THE place! Food bursts with supreme taste and freshness. Special mention to KATIA. Her hospitality skills ... her generous spirit was amazing ! That's why I keep on coming here. The service is as wonderful as what it serves . In fact, I'm taking my coworkers for them to experience this place. It never disappoints!- Maricel

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Host did not have our reservation and would not seat us at a nearly empty restaurant - told us we would need to leave by 7:30 if we were to be seated at 6 pm. She also could not manage the 3 parties waiting to check in to save her life.

Manager sat us down but what an awful way to start the evening.

ERERER (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service . The table we sat at was horrible . It was located next to the check in counter and were repeatedly had my chair bumped . Order a simple gin and soda and wasn't that good . Hard to mess up a drink like that ..... we felt rushed . A party of two should not be sat in a community table , just a suggestion. We have been here plenty of times , this time not so good .

Foodie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It was great as always

vipFoodDude17 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I love this restaurant! The food and margaritas were amazing. Every time I eat at Mercado I'm impressed by their very consistent quality and service. I met a friend here for dinner and drinks. I had a very tasty Carne asada and my friend had carnitas and chicken tacos.

This is not your typical Mexican fare. It's a cool lively place with a unique . We both enjoyed our experience at Mercado and highly recommend it. With a wide selection of drinks and tequila, and a happy hour M-F from 5-7pm.