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About Mercado - Santa Monica

Mercado in Santa Monica is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart & soul of New Mexican dining. The main dining room is an eclectic fusion of modern design, accented with classic touches, that create the ultimate in intimate upscale dining while remaining accessible and comfortable. The menu, created by Chef Jose Acevedo, exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of he and co-owner Jesse Gomez’s deep 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, carefully crafted ceviches, 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. We look forward to having you join us soon!

1416 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

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

Cross Street:
Santa Moinca

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 526-7121

Website:
http://www.mercadosantamonica.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Structure 5 is closest to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Jose Acevedo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking

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Mercado - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Fun (16)
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Casual (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Authentic (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Spicy (11)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Healthy (6)
Romantic (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Always great food and great service! Great chips and guacamole!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

The house margarita leaves a lot to be desired, charging $12 for mediocre drinks is not on.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food , great drinks . Have happy hour. con : the resturant is very small , tables too close to each other and high noise level .

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food tonight and house salsa was all a little bit too spicy for everyone at the table but there was no other salsa option so we were all trying to catch up while blowing our noses into the cloth napkins... eww. We'd all been to Mercado before so not sure why everyone was overwhelmed by the spice tonight but not other nights. Other than that the food and service was great as always and drinks on point.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The manager should be terminated. I made reservation for 5, they seated us at a boot that barely accomodated 4 and put a chair at the begining of the booth. The manager did nothing and said that tgis was standard accomodation and they do this all the time. If your entertaining clients stay clear. I will never return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We love going to this place, great margaritas, the best fish tacos, great service. An overall and now regular treat for us!

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This place has become a real favorite for happy hour and meals. Everything is delicious and the staff are so friendly and helpful. Be sure to make a reservation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Spicy, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Loved everything about it. Only downfall was one person was served cold food and the service was overall slow. Otherwise one of our favorites!

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

Mercado is our absolute favorite. Ordered the Carne Asada and never got any tortillas, despite repeated requests (even as the order was taken). After 15 minutes and 3 more requests to various servers, I took my untouched plate up to the bar and asked for a refund. We will definitely be back but MANNNNN that was frustrating all for some flour tortillas!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a great experience
Our server was very attentive and accommodating

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have dined at this restaurant several times in the past three months. The food is outstanding in terms of ingredients, tastes and flavors. My one and only complaint is the lack uniformity in the attention and commitment in the wait staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great margaritas and Mexican food. Excellent, friendly service. Fun atmosphere.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was the second time my husband and I ate there. We invited friends to join us. We were very disappointed. We had a reservation and we still had to walk around the block for 20 minutes until an appropriate table was available. The service was lame and the food mediocre. Maybe the difference was that the first time we ate there it was on a Sunday night, and this was a Saturday night. I don't know...but I can't recommend the restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love the happy hour! Well priced and delicious. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food & a great environment for a date or catching up with a friend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

very satisfied with the food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and wonderful service. The menu has something for everyone with many fresh options. I will definitely return soon. They need to open a branch in the South Bay.

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Such great food! Knew it would be decent but wow!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was good, but pricey for the quality. The restaurant was very cute and service was good, just nothing too special. Would recommend for casual dining.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Very nice good food
Great flan!!
Waiter was very good

Tags: Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was great and so were the drinks. Every bite was delicious. The waitress and the manager checked in often making sure we were happy with everything. Would definitely go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent service and amazing food. Very unique tastes!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great as always drink and food. Their flan is out of this world good. That said, I did a reservation for this evening (ie 17Nov2017) and I get a call a few minutes ago that I may or may not be able to get a seat at the bar for my reservation this evening. I then question it and I get attitude back from the guy on the phone. Wtf did I make a reservation for? I dearly love this place but I don't know if I'll ever be back after this bs..... BAD form mercado, bad form....

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Love this place! Never disappointed! The guacamole is to die for and their margaritas are fantastic! Happy Hour is the best!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Greatly enjoyed our evening at Mercado. The shrimp tacos and the chile rellenos were both delicious.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is the best place on earth . We ate and drank here four times in nine days and the staff made every second amazing.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Organic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Quick Bite
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Tables are smashed in way too close together. Can't have a private conversation or even get to your seat easily because they are so close.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Justin was very accommodating and the staff made very tasty recommendations!!! We will definitely be back 😊 guacamole, chips,salsa, Carne Asada , fish tacos, chicken , corn. It’s all good. We are very picky about our food. You will enjoy your meal.

Tags: Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This place is a gem. Amazing food with unique taste. I would highly recommend this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our food was delicious! The manager came over and thanked us for dining there and offered us a dessert for being new diners. Glen was very personable and he impressed us with the most amazing flan I've ever had in my life! We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Would not go back as serving size was not worth the money. Having said that, the pork was tasty but no value - drinks were all ice

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Some very authentic plates (coming from Mexico City resident for many years)...great drinks

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Spicy, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food and service and location!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fun
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Mercado never disappoints. It the perfect walking distance from the parking structure. Staff is always so kind and attentive. Authentic Mexican food!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The food was amazing!!!!! Get there at opening 5pm, happy hour is 5-7. The tamales are to die for and the passionfruit margarita is unbelievable. The owner came by to talk to me and my wife and to see how it was for us....great guy!!! Mercado is a must when in Santa Monica.

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Excellent staff very attentive
Excellent food, quality was exceptional
Cocktails are very strong !
Very dark when you first go in but your eyes quickly adjust
Not overly noisy but has potential to be !
Would certainly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great evening! Great service and food was amazing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Love this place. The food is outstanding and the drinks, just as good! Nice staff. Busy place and they cope well! Been a few times and will return when I return to Santa Mon!!

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was very good but we felt rushed in trying to turn the table over and it took awhile to get water

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