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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Fun (16)
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Casual (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Spicy (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Authentic (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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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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vip
 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Mercado has a lively and young scene. This is definitely a "date night" restaurant. Nearly everything we ordered was quite tasty -- the shrimp tacos especially, but the fish tacos less so. The hostess told us that the guacamole was considered to be the best in the city, and indeed, it was terrific. Most of the dishes on the menu have a sophisticated preparation with high-end ingredients. Definitely a cut well above typical Mexican restaurants. If you are hungry for a particular classic mexican dish though, this isn't the place.

The one area in which I didn't give Mercado a great rating is value. We ordered a few starter dishes, a salad, & one beer. When the bill came it just didn't feel like we had gotten quite enough for the money. Given that people don't really come here for the value however, this is a minor point.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Honestly- good friendly service- food was ok- but the venue is too noisy crowded and uncomfortable hard seats!
Best for happy hour at communal tables, otherwise not a nice place to actually dine!

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Good food. Like the group table happy hour option, but tables can get cramped.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I always want to like the food more than I actually do. The guacamole is funky - they add extra, odd ingredients, such as pepitas, which are off-putting. The house margarita is almost flavorless and served in a tiny glass full of ice. Two sips and it's gone. The carne asada - I give up. It's rubbery to the point that it is practically inedible. Gristly, hard to cut. I'm just done with it. My kids always want to go there (not sure why). I could always talk them into Border Grill across the street instead (far better food), but sadly it's now gone. Looking for a new Mexican/southwestern go-to place.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Absolutely amazing food. We just ordered appetizers and every one was beyond comparison. Corn, ceviche, pastor tacos, steak tacos and pork tamales were all fantastic. Only knock down a star for service as drinks were very slow: we got 2 apps before our 2 drinks and we had to ask twice for water.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants every time I go. The menu is great, but order from the daily specials on the wall. Margarita menu is beyond compare and they have way more tequila or mezcal options than I know what to do with.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The carnitas, scallops, and flan were very good, as usual; the scallops, however, could have been hotter. Perhaps they were done before the carnitas. The guava margarita was a mistake - better to stick with the regular margarita.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Super tasty fish tacos and guacamole. Chips are homemade. Everything was fresh and made with quality ingredients. Sit upstairs if you want quiet. Mercado is the best of the company's restaurants.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I really think that this restaurant needs a new menu because there are so few options for the entrées and since this is a Mexican restaurant, it should've had more options for the entrée portion of the menu. I was thoroughly disappointed with my Chicken enchiladas. there was no flavor throughout the plate. the sauce they have on top was virtually tasteless, the rice was undercooked and the rest of the dish was taste-wise mundane. The service however was great. Our waitress was kind and very attentive. They were able to accommodate my friend seat wise and I found that to be a key factor in our night. I think overall, for the price, the food needs to be twice as good as it is now. The service was perfect, and the ambience is perfect it's just the food that I found unsatisfactory.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Despite having made a reservation, it took us 30 minutes to be seated (at table unfit to acomodate our 2 year-old daughter). And there was also this awkward moment: we were still having our starters when the main course arrived. As the waiter didn't seem to know what to do, he simply left me holding a plate of tortillas in my hands and went away.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food and service! Guacamole was amazing! Would definitely recommend to friends

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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