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Mercado - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Mercado - Santa Monica

4.5
4.5
945 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday: 5pm - 11pm, Saturday: 4pm - 11pm, Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 3pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 10pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Saturday and Sunday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 526-7121
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jose Acevedo
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    Santa Monica
  • Parking details
    Parking Structure 5 is closest to the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 945 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

945 Reviews
  1. CapitalCapitol

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Reviewed on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Best Mexican restaurant in LA. Actually, one of my favorite restaurants of any kind. It's popular so can get loud, but the food is consistently excellent. I especially like their scallops and grilled fish. Guac is wonderful to start. Highly recommend.

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  2. TempleM

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on November 11, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    Wow, very disappointing. High prices, mediocre food. Meh.

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  3. MaggieM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on September 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Great food and cocktails. Can be a touch loud and over packed.

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  4. Jake

    Los Angeles

    112 reviews

    5.0

    112 reviews

    Reviewed on August 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    The original restaurant of the chain started in 2012, Mercado continues to deliver with upscale Mexican dishes that use high-quality ingredients such as scallops and fresh fish to transform mexican staples into palate-pleasing items. The tres leches cake and churros ice cream were superb, and the service was top-rate, professional, and intuitive. Will look forward to returning here.

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  5. DavidH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on June 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    This is a nice place with good food. I would recommend it to try.

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  6. Fleez

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on June 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Great meal and service. Very authentic, check it out.

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  7. FaithFamilyFood

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Reviewed on June 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Quite impressed with the menu and kitchen execution..

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    There was hair in my food - they blamed it on me and didn’t take it off of the bill. They did give me another meal though and it was very good.

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  9. Andrea

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my new favorite restaurants! I've been back twice in the past month.

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  10. FoodLovingFamily

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A fun and vibrant environment and we loved the food. Carne asada, fish tacos, carnitas tamales & steak tacos all enjoyed. The flan was a great end to the meal. I wish I could recall our server's name, he was very friendly and efficient. We were traveling, but I wish Mercado was closer to home for us. Hope to visit again one day!

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Mercado - Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 945 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Mercado - Santa Monica

1416 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday: 5pm - 11pm, Saturday: 4pm - 11pm, Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 3pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 10pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Saturday and Sunday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking Structure 5 is closest to the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jose Acevedo
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 526-7121
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
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